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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.

DOIT Recommended Minimum Requirements (around $1000)

Windows 7 (latest OS for Mac)

i5 Processor

4GB Memory

250GB 7200rpm Hard Drive

N Wireless Card

Software Requirements

MS Office

Autodesk Inventor (free download of student version)

MATLAB (student version $99 or use VMware client to run virtually from a campus machine)

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 (3cr)
CHEM101 – Chemistry I (4cr)
MATH151 – Calculus I (4cr)
ENES101 – Introduction to Engineering Science (3cr)
ENGL100 – English Composition (3cr)
CHEM102 – Chemistry II (4cr)
CHEM102L – Chemistry II Lab (2cr)
MATH152 – Calculus II (4cr)
ENME110 – Statics (3cr)
PHYS121 – Physics I (4cr)

Sophomore Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR (3cr)
MATH251 – Multivariate Calculus (4cr)
STAT355 – Statistics for Scientists and Engineers (4cr)
ENME220 – Mechanics of Materials (3cr)
PHYS122 – Physics II (4cr)
ENME221 – Dynamics (3cr)
MATH225 – Differential Equations (4cr)
ENME217 – Engineering Thermodynamics (3cr)
ENME204 – Introduction to Engineering Design with CAD (3cr)
PHIL251 – Ethics for Scientists/Engineers (3cr)

Junior Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR (3cr)
ENME301 – Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials (3cr)
ENME303 – Topics in Engineering Mathematics (3cr)
ENME320 – Fluid Mechanics (3cr)
CMPE306 – Introductory Circuit Theory * (4cr)
GEP or GFR (3cr)
ENME304 – Machine Design (3cr)
ENME321 – Transfer Processes (3cr)
ENME332L – Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory (3cr)
ENME360 – Vibrations (3cr)

* Formerly ENEE302

Senior Year:

Fall Spring
GEP or GFR (6cr)
ENME403 – Automatic Controls (3cr)
ENME432L – Fluids and Energy Laboratory (2cr)
ENME4XX – Technical Elective (3cr)
Science/Technical Elective** (3cr)
GEP or GFR (7cr)
ENME482L – Vibrations and Controls Laboratory (2cr)
ENME444 – Mechanical Engineering Systems Design (3cr)
ENME4xx – Design Elective (3cr)

** Approved courses outside of Mechanical Engineering

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.