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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Vancouver Only)

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Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Vancouver Only) (121 Hours)

Students who have completed at least 30 semester hours of course work and who have completed CHEM 105; MATH 220, 273; MECH 211, 212, 215; and PHYSICS 201 or their equivalents are eligible for certification into the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program. All courses required for certification must be completed with a grade of C or better. Enrollment in many upper-division mechanical engineering courses is restricted to certified majors or minors in mechanical engineering.

When it becomes necessary to limit enrollment, the overall GPA as well as the GPA for the prerequisite courses listed will be important factors. Students who have not completed all of the prerequisite courses will be placed in a pre-engineering category.

No courses listed in this schedule of studies may be taken on a pass/fail basis. All upper-division mechanical engineering courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0 average GPA.

Certification Guarantee: Students who have completed the certification courses noted above with an average GPA of at least 3.2, who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in the completed courses required in the major, and who have not repeated any required courses, are guaranteed certification.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
MECH 1032
Second TermHours
CHEM 1064
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 1724
MECH 1012
Second Year
First TermHours
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 2202
MATH 2732
MECH 2113
MECH 2512
Second TermHours
Biological Sciences [BSCI] 3 or 4
MATH 3153
MECH 2123
MECH 2153
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
MECH 3013
MECH 3033
MECH 3043
MECH 309 [M]3
Second TermHours
MECH 3104
MECH 314 3
MECH 3483
MECH 4043
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives13
Fourth Year
First TermHours
MECH 4023
MECH 4143
MECH 416 [M]2
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives16
Second TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
MECH 417 [CAPS]3
400-level MECH Option Courses/Technical Electives16

1Technical Electives or 400-level MECH Option Courses: The program emphasizes fundamentals and provides flexibility in selecting a course of study through five technical electives. Students can either take any five elective courses (15 credits), provided they meet the prerequisites, or they can choose to take a set of related electives comprising an option area and additional electives of their choice. Students are required to work with their faculty advisor to develop their schedule of studies as they are admitted to the program at the junior level. The following are the technical elective courses and option areas: (Option 1) Micro and Nanotechnology: MECH 431, 435, 438, 450; (Option 2) Design and Manufacturing: MECH 476, 477, 485, 489; (Option 3) Mechatronics: MECH 405, 467, 468; (Option 4) Renewable Energy: MECH 441, ECE 421, choice of two courses from MECH 405, 431, 439, 442, 450, 468.

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