Undergraduate Program

General Guidelines

Students who apply for admission to UMBC and select Mechanical Engineering as their desired major are not automatically admitted into the Mechanical Engineering program. Students interested in admission to the Mechanical Engineering program should familiarize themselves with our Academic Policies.

Students should consult with the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Admissions for university admissions requirements.

Laptop Requirements

The Mechanical Engineering Department requires all incoming freshman to have their own laptop computer.  Computer-aided-design (CAD) software and Matlab will be critical tools to support your classes and projects.  Some classes will require that you bring your laptop to work on assignments during class.  Student versions of design and analysis applications are available for free or at highly discounted prices.  Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications will also be important.  While the latest laptops will be sufficient for most purposes, CAD software can be particularly demanding so we recommend that you consult software manufacturers’ websites for their current computer specification recommendations:  Autocad InventorPTC Creo.  The Division of Information Technology website will also provide useful information about campus computing resources.

For student financial aid eligibility, the laptop requirement can be figured into the total Financial Aid need calculations when applying; contact the UMBC Financial Aid Office for details.

Curriculum

Mechanical engineering students begin their studies by acquiring a solid foundation in mathematics, physics and design. Higher-level courses cover the fundamental principles in the areas of solid mechanics, thermo fluids and design and manufacturing systems. Laboratory and elective courses give students the opportunity to test these principles and apply them individually and as teams in projects that involve design challenges from the material processing, energy conversion and aerospace industries, among others.

The Undergraduate Curriculum (shown below) leads to the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. For students who are interested and qualify, the same curriculum can lead to an accelerated BS/MS program.  Students must earn a total of 127 credits and meet specific course selection criteria for graduation.  To provide students with guidance throughout their undergraduate program, the Mechanical Engineering Department has established an academic advising process that matches each student with a faculty member who can provide advice on course selection and career opportunities.  You can download a copy of the ME Undergraduate Curriculum here.

Freshman Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR
CHEM101 – Chemistry I
MATH151 – Calculus I
ENES101 – Introduction to Engineering Science
ENGL100 – English Composition
CHEM102 – Chemistry II
CHEM102L – Chemistry II Lab
MATH152 – Calculus II
ENME110 – Statics
PHYS121 – Physics I

Sophomore Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR
MATH251 – Multivariate Calculus
STAT355 – Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
ENME220 – Mechanics of Materials
PHYS122 – Physics II
ENME221 – Dynamics
MATH225 – Differential Equations
ENME217 – Engineering Thermodynamics
ENME204 – Introduction to Engineering Design with CAD
PHIL251 – Ethics

Junior Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR
ENME301 – Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials
ENME303 – Topics in Engineering Mathematics
ENME320 – Fluid Mechanics
CMPE306 – Introductory Circuit Theory *
GEP or GFR
ENME304 – Machine Design
ENME321 – Transfer Processes
ENME332L – Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory
ENME360 – Vibrations

* Formerly ENEE302

Senior Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR
ENME403 – Automatic Controls
ENME432L – Fluids and Energy Laboratory
ENME4XX – Technical Elective
Science/Technical Elective
GEP or GFR
ENME482L – Vibrations and Controls Laboratory
ENME444 – Mechanical Engineering Systems Design
ENME4xx – Design Elective

Course Descriptions

A detailed description of the Mechanical Engineering courses can be found at  UMBC Undergraduate Catalog. Select the course descriptions tab or browse for Mechanical Engineering courses (ENME) under E.

Capstone Design Experience

All Mechanical Engineering students take courses in Engineering Design as part of the core curriculum.  The ME Design Experience culminates in a capstone design project, completed as part of a team and designed to provide the students with the type of work they will be performing as practicing engineers.  The projects require hands-on participation in the design process and students learn the progression from identification of customer needs to concept generation and the entire design-build-test cycle. Course topics include system engineering, project management, engineering economics, team dynamics, and legal and ethical responsibility of today’s engineers. Formal technical documentation and oral presentations are emphasized as critical professional skills.

Entrepreneurship

Interested students may also pursue a minor in Entrepreneurship through the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship by taking a combination of entrepreneurship courses and Mechanical Engineering courses that include entrepreneurial skills development.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Mechanical Engineering Department.