Bachelor of Science
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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are deeply involved in activities that are essential to our modern civilization. These activities include the research, development, design and testing of materials, structures and machines for the generation of power, transportation and the production of electricity by the conversion of energy from various sources including chemical, nuclear, solar and geothermal; conception and design of all types of machines that serve humans and their many needs; construction and operation of production machinery for the manufacture of materials and consumer products; and instrumentation, control and regulation of these and other types of manual and automatic mechanical systems.

The undergraduate curriculum of the mechanical engineering major at Florida Tech presents the fundamentals underlying modern mechanical engineering and prepares the student for a lifetime of continued learning.  During the freshman and sophomore years, the emphasis is placed on mathematics and physics. An introduction to engineering in the freshman year previews the field and gives the students their first experience in engineering design. The sophomore and junior years direct the student toward the engineering sciences, including mechanics of solids, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.  During the junior and senior years, the study becomes progressively centered on the specific issues facing practicing mechanical engineers. The mechanical engineering major uses the basic tools imparted during the first two years and applies them in studies of machine systems, instrumentation, automatic controls, thermal systems and design projects. Other courses taken during the last two years expand the student's knowledge in the fields of thermal energy systems, heat transfer, electronics, vibrations and mathematics. Technical electives taken during the senior year allow the student to direct the program toward specific areas of personal interest.

Laboratory experiences are essential to the education of engineers, and these are provided in chemistry, physics, computer-aided design, materials, fluids and heat transfer. The capstone of the educational process is the senior mechanical engineering design project, which synthesizes and focuses elements from the various disciplines into a design activity of current mechanical engineering interest. The faculty serve jointly in the supervision and consultation for these projects.

The nuclear technology area of emphasis curriculum consists of four courses, available as free and/or technical electives. The objective is to train students from a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines (i.e., mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical) that will be needed to construct, operate, maintain and regulate nuclear power plants and associated facilities. The nuclear technology curriculum is interdisciplinary.

After graduation, the mechanical engineering major is prepared to pursue a career either in industry or government as a practicing engineer, or to enter graduate work in engineering, applied mechanics or mathematics. In some cases, mechanical engineering graduates also enter professional schools of medicine, law or business.

Mechanical engineering majors are encouraged to define career objectives early in the program (preferably during the sophomore year) so that in consultation with faculty advisers, electives can be selected that are best suited to the achievement of specific goals.

Educational Objectives

The broad educational objectives of the mechanical engineering major at Florida Tech are:

Academic fundamentals: Graduates have successfully applied and integrated their knowledge of fundamental principles in their chosen career.

Engineering practice: Graduates have used their engineering skills in the successful completion of an engineering project.

Teamwork and communication: Graduates have demonstrated the ability to communicate their ideas and technical results verbally, in writing and via presentations, and are effective team members.

Professional development: Graduates have advanced their knowledge and contributed to the profession and society.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum.

For definitions of electives for engineering programs, see the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Freshman Year

ASC 1000 University Experience 1
CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MAE 1024 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
   Social Science Elective 3


COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
CSE 150x Introduction to Software Development
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1

Sophomore Year

CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering 3
CHE 3265 Materials Lab 1
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics 3
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4


MAE 2024 Solids Modeling and 3-D Mechanical Design Principles 3
MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics 3
MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials 3
MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1 3
MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1

Junior Year

HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
MAE 3090 Design of Machine Elements 3
MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics 3
MAE 3192 Engineering Thermodynamics 2 3
MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications


MAE 3024 Computer-Aided Engineering 3
MAE 3064 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1
MAE 3091 Theory of Machines 3
MAE 4171 Principles of Heat Transfer 3
MAE 4190 Design Methodologies and Practice (Q) 1
   Humanities Core Course* 3
   Technical Elective 3

Senior Year

ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits 3
MAE 4024 Mechanical Vibrations 3
MAE 4071 Thermal Systems Design 3
MAE 4074 Heat Transfer Lab 1
MAE 4193 Mechanical Engineering Design 1 (Q) 3
   Technical Elective 3


MAE 4014 Control Systems 3
MAE 4175 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 3
MAE 4194 Mechanical Engineering Design 2 (Q) 4
   Free Elective 3
   Humanities Elective 3


*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.