May 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BS


Program Description


Breadth, individuality, and flexibility are inherent characteristics of the mechanical engineering profession. Mechanical engineers, in a broad sense, make major contributions to the creation of products and systems that benefit mankind. They work in a variety of areas, including bioengineering, energy systems, environmental and life-support systems, propulsion and transportation systems, food production, materials processing, automated manufacturing, and construction. A wide spectrum of career opportunities is open to them. The practice of mechanical engineering includes one or more of the following activities: manufacturing, testing, research, development, design, technical management, technical sales and marketing, construction, and teaching.

Preparation for a 40 -45-year professional career requires development of the whole person through a balanced program encompassing the humanities, social sciences, communication and computer skills, physical and engineering sciences, design, and laboratory experience. Students start with the physical sciences and communication skills and progress through the engineering sciences, ultimately applying the principles learned in such areas as energy conversion and transfer, mechanical design, and systems analysis. Throughout the curriculum, the fundamental nature of engineering as a problemsolving discipline is emphasized.

Most graduates take positions in industry, government, or business. Many, however, continue their formal education in a graduate program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Mechanical Engineering students who have a cumulative grade-point average or cumulative engineering grade-point average (EGPA) below 2.0 are on probation and will have restricted enrollment in classes. Students whose cumulative grade-point average is below 2.0 are subject to the regulations stipulated under Academic Regulations  . Students on probation for EGPR below 2.0 who fail to recover in the first regular semester (fall or spring) will not be allowed to register for mechanical engineering classes. After one year, such students may petition the Mechanical Engineering Department for continued enrollment. An advising policy for students on probation is available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Additional information can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/me/.

Program Requirements


Freshman Year


First Semester


All General Engineering students take the same classes their first term, regardless of their intended major. Coursework in the second term varies. Students should consult with a General Engineering advisor to determine appropriate courses.

Credit Hours: 16

Footnotes

1 ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  may be substituted for ENGR 1020 .

2 Depending on a student's Clemson Mathematics Placement Test score, MATH 1040  and MATH 1070  may be substituted for MATH 1060 ; or the student may be required to take MATH 1050  before enrolling in MATH 1060 .

3  See Policy on Humanities and Social Sciences for Engineering Curricula .

Note: CH 1010 , ENGL 1030 , ENGR 1020  (or ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  if substituted for ENGR 1020 ), and MATH 1060  must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 14-15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15-16

Total Credits: 125


Footnotes


1 ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090  may be substituted for ENGR 1410  

2 See Policy on Humanities and Social Sciences for Engineering Curricula . Six of these credit hours must also satisfy General Education  Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements. These requirements may be completed in any order.

3 Both are required but may be taken in either semester.

4 ROTC students only may substitute AS 4100  or ML 4020 .

5 Select MATH 3020  or STAT 4110  

6 Select from BE 4240 , BE 4400 , BIOE 4350 , CH 3310 , CH 3600 , CH 4040 , CH 4250 , ECE 4700 , ECE 4710 , EES 4010 , EES 4100 , EES 4300 , IE 4400 , IE 4570 , IE 4620 , IE 4880 , MATH 4000 , MATH 4100 , MATH 4120 , MATH 4190 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4400 , MATH 4530 , MATH 4600 , MATH 4630 , PHYS 3110 , PHYS 3210 , PHYS 3550 , PHYS 4170 , PHYS 4200 , PHYS 4320 , PHYS 4410 , PHYS 4520  

7 Select any course that meets the technical requirement (any course listed in footnote 6 or 8); or any 3000- or 4000-level modern language course; or a minor requirement.

8 Select from ME 4150 *, ME 4170 , ME 4180 , ME 4200 , ME 4210 , ME 4220 , ME 4230 , ME 4250 , ME 4260 , ME 4280 , ME 4290 , ME 4300 , ME 4310 , ME 4320 , ME 4400 , ME 4530 , ME 4540 , ME 4550 ME 4570 , ME 4710  or ME 4930 . *ME 4150  may only be taken once for technical elective credit.

Notes:

  1. Enrollment Policy (see website for Complete Statement of Department Policy): A student is allowed to enroll in any ME course only when all prerequisites, as defined by current official listings for that course, have been passed with a grade of C or higher.
  2. No student may exceed three attempts to complete successfully ME 2010 , ME 2030 , or ME 2040 . Registration for a third attempt to complete one of these ME courses requires the approval of the undergraduate coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A grade of W counts as an unsuccessful attempt at completing the course.
  3. For students repeating an ME course, registration preference will be given to students in a degree-granting engineering major whose curriculum requires the course in question.
  4. To change majors into the Mechanical Engineering degree program, students must have a minimum cumulative gradepoint average of 2.60 or higher at Clemson and earned a C or better in each course in the General Engineering Core Curriculum.
  5. In addition to other institutional requirements for graduation, candidates for a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering are required to have a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA in all engineering courses taken at Clemson University.
  6. The following courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher to satisfy major and graduation requirements: CH 1010 , ECE 2070 , ECE 2080 , ENGL 1030 , ENGL 3140 ENGR 1020  (or ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  if substituted for ENGR 1020 ), ENGR 1410  (or ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080 , and ENGR 1090  if substituted for ENGR 1410 ), ENGR 2080 , MATH 1060 , MATH 1080 , MATH 2060 , MATH 2080 , MATH 3020 , MATH 3650 , ME 2010 , ME 2030 , ME 2040 , ME 2220 , ME 3030 , ME 3040 , ME 3050 , ME 3060 , ME 3070 ME 3080 , ME 3120 , ME 3330 , ME 4010 , MSE 2100 PHYS 1220 , PHYS 1240 , PHYS 2210 , and STAT 4110 .