Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Contact: Lynn Byers  203-582-5028

Mechanical engineers are employed in the research, design, development and manufacturing of a broad range of tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices and components. Through exposure to the University Curriculum, foundational course work in science, mathematics, major field courses, and extracurricular activities, students graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering achieve intellectual proficiencies in critical thinking and reasoning, scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, information fluency, creative thinking and visual literacy. They are prepared to enter the profession or to pursue graduate studies with a solid foundation in the breadth of mechanical engineering. They also achieve interpersonal proficiencies in written and oral communication, responsible citizenship, diversity awareness and sensitivity and social intelligence.

BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires 127 credits.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry 1:
Choose one of the following:4
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)6
Personal Inquiry 2:
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
MA 151Calculus I4
PHY 121University Physics4
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following requirements:
Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering
CSC 106Introduction to Programming for Engineers3
MA 153Calculus II: Part A2
MA 154Calculus II: Part B2
MA 251Calculus III4
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
PHY 122University Physics II4
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MER 210
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
MER 220
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
MER 221Dynamics3
MER 230
Engineering Materials
and Engineering Materials Lab
MER 250Computer Aided Design3
MER 310Fluid Mechanics3
MER 320Thermodynamics3
MER 330
Introduction to Circuits
and Introduction to Circuits Lab
MER 340
Manufacturing/Machine Component Design
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
MER 350Mechanical Engineering Design3
MER 360Heat Transfer3
MER 470
Dynamic Modeling and Control
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
MER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
MER 498ME Major Design Experience3
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select two of the following MER technical electives:6
Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics
Helicopter Aeronautics
Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing
Mechanical Measurement and Data Acquisition
Energy Conversion Systems
Aircraft Performance/Static Stability
Vibration Engineering
Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Technical elective
Select one of the following:3
One additional MER technical elective from above
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program director approval
Total Credits127

Student Learning Outcomes:

Attainment of the following outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering:

  1. Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. Ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. Ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives

Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering alumni are expected to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Attain position(s) of responsibility in which they:
    a. work effectively in teams
    b. manage resources
    c. solve complex problems
    d. communicate information 
    e. influence decisions
    f.  act ethically
    g. balance constraints
  2. Continue self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
  3. Obtain sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
  4. Develop a capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.

Admission Requirements: School of Engineering

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Engineering programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.