BSE Degree Requirements

*For Students Matriculating in Fall 2020 or after*

Below are the requirements for the BSE degree for students who matriculated in Fall 2020 or after.

This reflects a total of 37 course units.

Note: Any student considering the accelerated master’s program should register for 500-level cross-lists since 400-level courses will not count towards a graduate degree. SEAS will not approve retroactive changes in course designation.

2020 MEAM undergraduate curriculum flowchart

Mathematics and Natural Science (10 CUs)

Be sure to see also the Mathematics section of the SEAS Undergraduate Handbook

MATH 104-006 Calculus I (1 CU)

MATH 114 Calculus II (1 CU)

  • In the Spring, lecture section -002 is recommended for engineers.
  • MATH 116 Honors Calculus also fulfills this requirement.

MATH 240 Calculus III (1 CU)

  • MATH 260 Honors Calculus Part II also fulfills this requirement.

ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering or MATH 241 Calculus IV (1 CU)

  • ENM 251 is recommended since it was created especially for engineers.
  • Note: ENM 251 may count towards the Math minor. If you would like to pursue the Math minor and take ENM 251, we suggest applying for the math minor prior to taking ENM 251, so that you can get written approval of your intended math minor courses.

Additional Math Course (1 CU)

  • Recommended:
    • EAS 205 Applications of Scientific Computations (Spring)
    • MATH 312 Linear Algebra
  • Any course on the SEAS list of Mathematics courses will fulfill this requirement.

MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics (1 CU)

MEAM 147 Introduction to Mechanics Lab (.5 CU)

  • Credits that will also fulfill this requirement:
    • PHYS 050 Physics Laboratory I
    • PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I
    • PHYS 170 Honors Physics I

PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II (1.5 CU)

  • PHYS 151 (which indicates AP Credit for the “C” Electromagnetism exam or the foreign equivalent)
  • PHYS 141 Principles of Physics II Without Laboratory fulfills the lecture portion of this requirement (worth 1 credit unit).
  • PHYS 051 Physics Laboratory II fulfills the lab portion of requirement (worth 0.5 credit units).
  • PHYS 171 Honors Physics II fulfills this requirement (worth 1.5 credit units).
  • ESE 112 Engineering Electromagnetics (worth 1.5 credit units) fulfills this requirement.

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (1 CU) or BIOL 121 Intro to Biology – The Molecular Biology of Life (1 CU)

  • In the Fall, lecture sections -004 and -005  of CHEM 101 are recommended for engineers.
  • EAS 091 (which indicates AP Credit or the foreign equivalent) fulfills this requirement.

Additional Math or Natural Science Course (1 CU)

  • The following courses are recommended to fulfill this requirement:
    • MATH 312 Linear Algebra
    • ENM 360 Introduction to Data-driven Modeling – Fall
    • PHYS 280 Physical Models of Biological Systems – Fall
    • PHYS 364 Laboratory Electronics
  • Any course on the SEAS list of Natural Science courses will fulfill this requirement, as will any course on the SEAS list of Mathematics courses.

Core MEAM (9 CUs)

MEAM 202 Intro to Thermal and Fluids Engineering (1 CU) – Fall

MEAM 203 Thermodynamics (1 CU) – Spring

MEAM 210 Statics and Strength of Materials (1 CU) – Fall

  • Due to significant overlap with MEAM 210, MEAM students should not register to take BE 200.

MEAM 211 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (1 CU) – Spring

MEAM 247 MEAM Lab I (.5 CU) – Fall

MEAM 248 MEAM Lab I (.5 CU) – Spring

MEAM 347 Mechanical Engineering Design Lab (1 CU) – Fall

MEAM 348 Mechanical Engineering Design Lab (1 CU) – Spring

MEAM 445 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects (1 CU) – Fall

MEAM 446 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects (1 CU) – Spring

Professional Electives (7 CUs)

Maximum of three 100-level courses in this section (including programming course).

ENGR 105 Intro to Scientific Computing (1 CU)

  • The following courses will also fulfill this requirement:
    • CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Programming
    • CIS 120 Programming Languages and Techniques I

MEAM Upper-Level Electives (2-3 CUs)

  • MEAM Upper-Level courses include all MEAM 500-level courses except for MEAM 599
  • All MEAM majors must take at least 3 CUs of MEAM upper levels for their BSE degree requirements.  Because the optional concentrations already involve a MEAM upper level depth requirement, students pursuing a concentration should take their upper level depth requirement + 2 MEAM upper levels of their choosing (+ 4 Technical Electives).  Students not declaring a concentration should take 3 MEAM upper levels of their choosing (+ 3 Technical Electives).

Technical Electives (3-4 CUs)

General Electives (7 CUs)

Writing requirement – One general elective (below) must be a Writing course.

Social Science electives (2 CUs) – EAS 203 required for entering class of Fall 2013

Humanities electives (2 CUs)

Social Science or Humanities elective (1 CU)

Social Science, Humanities or Technology, Business and Societies electives (2 CUs)

Concentration Courses (4 CUs)

Concentrations are intended to give students a more in-depth perspective into a particular area of focus within mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.  Students must formally declare their concentration by submitting a MEAM concentration declaration form (form link coming spring 2021).  Students may only select one concentration.

Courses Required if No Concentration Declared (4 CUs)

  • MEAM 302 Fluid Mechanics (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 333 Heat & Mass Transfer (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 354 Mechanics of Solids (1 CU) – Fall

Dynamics, Controls, and Robotics Concentration (4 CUs)

  • MEAM 320 Intro to Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 320 and MEAM 321)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level
    • See your entering class’s MEAM undergraduate handbook for a list of acceptable upper levels.

Mechanics of Materials, Structures and Design Concentration (4 CUs)

  • MEAM 321 Dynamic Systems and Control (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 354 Mechanics of Solids (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 321 and MEAM 354)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level
    • See your entering class’s MEAM undergraduate handbook for a list of acceptable upper levels

Energy, Fluids and Thermal Systems Concentration (4 CUs)

  • MEAM 302 Fluid Mechanics (1 CU) – Fall
  • MEAM 333 Heat & Mass Transfer (1 CU) – Spring
  • MEAM 300-level breadth elective (choose any MEAM 300-level course beyond MEAM 302 and MEAM 333)
  • Concentration-approved MEAM Upper-Level
    • See your entering class’s MEAM undergraduate handbook for a list of acceptable upper levels