2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
    Nov 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, BSME


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About the Program


Apply Now At Purdue University Northwest, mechanical engineering is a four-year program of full-time study leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). The course of study is preparation for a career in a constantly changing field and provides a basis for lifelong learning. Students may pursue a general program, or may choose a specialization in areas such as Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Solid Mechanics, or Mechatronics (the latter leading to a minor). The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a broad education in the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering.

As an ABET-accredited engineering program, PNW’s program for the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering fulfills the educational requirements for PE licensure in Indiana and all states of the US

Degree Requirements


  • 122 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for MA 16300, 16400, and 26100; PHYS 15200
  • 2.0 Average GPA required in all ECE, ME, and CE courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (32 Credits Minimum)


  • English Composition (6 Credits):

       - ENGL 10400 - English Composition I  

       - ENGL 30700 - Written And Oral Communication For Engineers  

Other Required Courses (18 Credits)


Engineering Elective (3 Credits)


Free Elective (3 Credits)


The free elective, subject to approval by the advisor, can be almost any three-or-more credit course. Not allowed are math, science, and technology courses that are lower-level than the required courses; such as MA 15900 or 16019, CHM 10000, PHYS 22000, ECET 20900 and 21000; and FM and MSL courses.

Civics Literacy Proficiency


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 122 Credits Required


Degree Map


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for MA 16300, 16400 and 26100, as well as PHYS 15200; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for all ECE, ME, and CE courses; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 7 (13 Credits)


Semester 8 (15 Credits)


Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: Mechanical Engineering Electives - Any four courses selected from the following: ME 30600, ME 40400, ME 42600, ME 48500, ME 48600, or MSE 34400.

Note 2: Engineering Elective - Any Engineering (CE, ECE, ME, or MSE) course 30000 or above and less than 48900 plus ECE 20200; any CE, ECE, ME, or MSE course 48900 and above with advisor approval.

Note 3: The free elective, subject to approval by the advisor, can be almost any three-or-more credit course. Not allowed are math, science, and technology courses that are lower-level than the required courses; such as MA 15900 or 16019, CHM 10000, PHYS 22000, ECET 20900 and 21000; and FM and MSL courses.

 

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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