Curriculum

Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plan for more detailed recommendations, and refer to the University Bulletin for more requirements and course descriptions. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree program.

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
  • Chemical Principles I (3 credits)
  • Experimental Chemistry I (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
  • General Physics: Mechanics (4 credits)
  • Programming for Engineers with MATLAB (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Matrices (2 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 3

  • Statics (3 credits)
  • Calculus and Vector Analysis (4 credits)
  • Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (4 credits)
  • General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 16.5

Semester 4

  • Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution (3 credits)
  • Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Strength of Materials (3 credits)
  • Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (2 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 5

  • Fluid Flow (3 credits)
  • Instrumentation, Measurements, and Statistics (4 credits)
  • Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
  • Machine Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Technical Writing (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 6

  • System Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Machine Design (3 credits)
  • Heat Transfer (3 credits)
  • Materials Testing Laboratory (1 credit)
  • Properties and Processing of Engineering Materials (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 7

  • Engineering for Manufacturing (3 credits)
  • Engineering Design Concepts (3 credits)
  • Laboratory Elective (1 credit)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 8

  • Mechanical Design Project (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 16.5

 

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See bulletins.psu.edu for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.