2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 20, 2022  
2021-2022 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.

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. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

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: Ethics for the Professions, PHIL 32400 - Please use section reserved for engineering students.  PHIL 32100 is also allowed.

Note 4: 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.

Note 5: Senior Engineering Design I: Prerequisite Courses - ENGL 30700 and ME 31100. Department Permission.

Pass/No Pass Option is not available to students for engineering, math, and science courses.

Students may elect to add a concentration in Mechatronics. The requirements can be accommodated using the Mechanical Engineering, Engineering, and Free Electives. Contact your academic advisor for more information or review the catalog information for the concentration.

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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