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A certificate is like a “mini-minor,” a concentrated set of classes focused around a particular subject.. It can be integrated as part of your mechanical engineering major/degree program, and allows you to direct your elective courses toward a specific field.

A certificate is a separate credential from your Boise State diploma, reflecting the specific learning to your academic record and professional résumé.

Mechanical Engineering Program Certificates

How to earn a certificate

What is a certificate?

A certificate is an added endorsement of emphasis work in a particular area. Unlike a minor, a certificate appears on your diploma and is generally fewer credits. While a minor has to be earned at the same time as your degree, you can earn a certificate if you are on a different catalog and even after graduation. The new curriculum is aligned to allow you to earn many certificates with your elective courses.

How do I earn one?

Certificates can be earned while satisfying degree requirements. To obtain a certificate, you must:

  • Complete the number of credits required for the certificate
  • Have already earned, or earn in conjunction with the certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree unless otherwise indicated,
  • Attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher,
  • Attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required for that certificate,
  • Not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record,
  • Complete all other requirements specified by the program or department offering the certificate,
  • Complete graduation application by posted deadline, and
  • Be in good academic standing with the university.

Biomedical Engineering Certificate

The Biomedical Engineering Certificate allows students to concentrate in the biological aspects of mechanical engineering, including biochemistry, biophysics, and even biological imaging.  Required courses in biology, biomedical engineering, biomechanics, and biomaterials provide a strong background for further specialization.

Course List

Course Credits
BIOL 191 Biology I: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology 4
ME 112 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 1
ME 356 Introduction to Solid Biomechanics 3
ME 477 (BIOL 477)(MSE 477) Biomaterials 3
Two  (2) courses chosen from:

  • Biol 192 Biology II: Introduction to the Diversity of Life
  • BIOL 227-228 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • BIOL 320 Cell Biology
  • CHEM 301 Survey of Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 307, 308 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 309, 310 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 431 Biochemistry I
  • ECE 457 Digital Image Processing
  • KINES 270 Applied Anatomy
  • KINES 370, 371 Biomechanics and Lab
  • MSE 488 Environmental Degradation of Materials
  • PHYS 307 Introduction to Biophysics
6-10
Total 17-21

Computational Certificate

The Computational Certificate is for students interested in creating and implementing mathematical models of systems in engineering and science.  Students can focus their courses on mathematical modeling of systems, or they can choose courses that emphasize algorithms and programming.

Course List

Computational Certificate

Course Credits
Four (4) courses chosen from:

  • CS 430 Parallel Computing
  • MATH 365 Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • MATH 465 Numerical Methods I
  • MATH 471 Data Analysis
  • MATH 472 Computational Statistics
  • ME 470 Finite Element Methods
  • ME 471 Parallel Scientific Computing
  • MSE 463 Materials Modeling
  • MSE 464 Computational Materials Science
  • PHYS 325 Scientific Computing
12
Total 12

Energy/Environment Certificate

The Energy/Environment Certificate is created for students wishing to specialize in the generation and environmental effects of energy.  Required courses in Renewable Energy and advanced thermodynamics provide a strong background in energy conversion and storage.  Remaining courses allow students to focus on areas including grid-level control and the impact of energy conversion on global and local environments.

Course List

Energy/Environment Certificate

Courses Credits
ME 420 Thermodynamics II 3
ME 426 Renewable Energy 3
Two (2) courses chosen from:

  • CE 320/321L Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • CE 316 (GEOS 316) Hydrology
  • ECE 371 Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems
  • ENVSTD 410 Energy and the Environment
  • GEOS 305 Global Climate Change
6
Total 12

HVAC/Building Systems Certificate

The HVAC/Building Systems Certificate provides concentration on the vital area of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of modern buildings.  The courses required for this certificate ensure a solid background in the theory and application of thermodynamics principles associated with analysis, design, and installation of modern HVAC systems.

Course List

HVAC/Building Systems Certificate

Courses Credits
CMGT 350 Mechanical and Electrical Installations 4
ME 325 HVAC Principles 3
ME 420 Thermodynamics II 3
Upper-division course in HVAC design 3
Total 13

Industrial Processes Certificate

The Industrial Processes Certificate is intended for students interested in the production and/or manufacturing aspects of engineering.  Required courses in engineering economy and process control and improvement ensure a solid background in cost analysis and quality assurance.  The student can focus the remaining required courses on industrial design and control, modeling of production processes, and/or design for manufacture and assembly.

Course List

Industrial Processes Certificate

Credits Courses
 ENGR 360 Engineering Economy 3
 ENGR 460 Manufacturing Process Control and Improvement 3
Two (2) courses chosen from:

  •  MATH 301 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • ME 464 Production Engineering
  • ME 465 Robust Control of Industrial Systems
  • ME 472 Vibrations
  • ME 478 Design and Analysis of Mechatronic Systems
  • ME 486 Human Factors Design
  • ME 488 Design for Manufacture and Assembly
6
Total 12

Mechanical Design Certificate

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Course List

Mechanical Design Certificate

Credits Courses
Three (3) courses chosen from:

  • ME 424 Thermal Fluids Systems Design
  • ME 460 Computer Aided Design
  • ME 462 Machine Design
  • ME 466 Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing
  • ME 482 Optimal Design
  • ME 484 Robust Design
  • ME 485 Vehicle Design
  • ME 486 Human Factors Design
  • ME 488 Design for Manufacture and Assembly
9
One (1) course chosen from:

  • COID 300 Design Thinking: Creative Problem Solving
  • COID 330 Creative Concepting
  • COID 332 Analytics for Design
3
Total 12

Mechanical Materials Certificate

The Materials Certificate enables a concentration in material selection and behavior from an engineering perspective.  Students can acquire a solid background in materials for diverse applications such as biology, structures, and polymers.  This certificate may also be of interest to civil and electrical engineers.

Course List

Courses Credits
Four (4) courses chosen from:

(These courses are generally available at least once a year)

  • MSE 312 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MSE 308 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • ME 450 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 477 Biomaterials

(These courses are taught infrequently)

  • CE 442   Concrete
  • ME 442 Corrosion Engineering
  • ME 444 Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
  • ME 454 Composites
  • MSE 473 Physical Properties of Polymers
12
Total 12

Mechatronics Certificate

The Mechatronics Certificate is intended for students who wish to specialize in robotics and/or controls.  A course in matrices and linear algebra is required to provide proper mathematical background.  Students can customize their certificate with courses chosen from robotics, industrial controls, or advanced control systems.

Course List

Mechatronics Certificate

Courses Credits
MATH 301 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
One (1) course chosen from:

  •  ME 461 (ECE 461) Control Systems
  • ME 472 Vibrations
  • ME 474 Introduction to Robotics
3
Two (2) courses chosen from:

  •  MATH 365 Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • ME 380 Kinematics and Machine Dynamics
  • ME 461 (ECE 461) Control Systems
  • ME 465 Robust Control of Industrial Systems
  • ME 472 Vibrations
  • ME 474 Introduction to Robotics
  • ME 478 Design and Analysis of Mechatronic Systems
6
Total 12

Solid Mechanics Certificate

The Solid Mechanics Certificate allows students to specialize in the mechanical behavior of engineering materials under both static and dynamic loading conditions.  Courses may be chosen to emphasize material selection and behavior in structures, machines, or in biological systems.

Course List

Solid Mechanics Certificate

Courses Credits
Four (4) courses chosen from:

(These courses are generally available at least once a year)

  • CE 352  Structures I
  • ME 356 Introduction to Solid Biomechanics
  • ME 450  Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 462  Machine Design
  • ME 470  Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 472 Vibrations
  • MSE 312 Mechanical Behavior of Materials

(These courses are taught infrequently)

  • CE 354  Structures II
  • ME 442 Corrosion Engineering
  • ME 444 Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
  • ME 454 Composites
12
Total 12

Thermal-Fluids Certificate

The Thermal-Fluids Certificate provides a deeper background in the thermal-fluids branches of mechanical engineering.  However, civil engineers may be interested in this certificate as well.  This certificate offers a broad choice of content, allowing specialization in either fluids or thermal systems.  Students may also choose to learn more about computational modeling of thermal-fluid systems by taking MATH 365 and MATH 436.

Course List

Thermal-Fluids Certificate

Courses Credits
ME 420 Thermodynamics II 3
One (1) course chosen from:

  • ME 424 Thermal and Fluids Systems Design
  • ME 430 Fluid Dynamics
3
Two (2) courses chosen from:

  • CE 316 (GEOS 316) Hydrology
  • MATH 365 Introduction to Computational Mathematics
  • MATH 436 Partial Differential Equations
  • ME 426 Renewable Energy Systems
  • ME 424 Thermal and Fluids Systems Design
  • ME 430 Fluid Dynamics
6
Total 12