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ME Program 2019-2020

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares students for the rewards and challenges of careers in research, design, and manufacturing of a wide array of mechanical components and systems. The table below lists all the course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree.

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science (2019-2020 Catalog)

Course Number and Title Credits
ENGL 101  Introduction to College Writing 3
ENGL 102  Intro to College Writing and Research 3
UF 100  Intellectual Foundations 3
UF 200  Civic and Ethical Foundations 3
FM MATH 170  Calculus I 4
FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I and Lab 4
FN PHYS 211, 211L  Physics I with Calculus and Lab 5
FA Visual and Performing Arts 3
FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis)or FH Literature and Humanities 3-4
FS ENGL 202  Technical Communication or FS STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics & Science (Secondary Education Emphasis) 3
FS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis)or FS Social Sciences course in a second field 3
FC Foundations of Oral Communication 3
CS 117  C++ for Engineers 3
ENGR 180   Communication in Design Thinking 3-4
ENGR 210  Engineering Statics 3
ENGR 220  Engineering Dynamics 3
ENGR 240  Electrical and Electronic Circuits 3
MATH 175  Calculus II 4
MATH 275  Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
MATH 333  Differential Equations with Matrix Theory 4
MATH 360  Engineering Statistics or MATH 361  Probability and Statistics I 3
ME 105  Mechanical Engineering Graphics 3
ME 271  Introduction to Computation for Engineers 1
ME 302 or ENGR 320  Thermodynamics I 3
FC ME 310  Experimental Methods Lab 2
ME 320  Heat Transfer 3
ME 330, 331  Fluid Mechanics and Lab 4
ME 350  Engineering Mechanics of Materials 3
ME 352  Machine Design I 3
ME 380 Kinematics and Machine Dynamics 3
ME 424  Thermal and Fluids Systems Design 3
ME 462  Machine Design II 3
FF ME 481  Senior Design Project I 3
ME 483  Senior Design Project II 3
MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab 4
PHYS 212, 212L  Physics II with Calculus and Lab 5
Mechanical engineering electives* (must be upper-division ME courses) 6
Technical electives* (must be upper division course)
or STEM-ED 350* Research Methods (Secondary Education Emphasis)
In addition, complete the courses listed under the Secondary Education Emphasis below to graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Secondary Education.
Total 122-124

* All technical electives not pre-approved in DegreeTracker must be approved by the student’s advisor


Course planning resources

Planning your class schedule can seem intimidating. You can use the following to help you make things easier. Remember that these documents are static and can never replace the advice of your faculty advisor.

Admission to upper-division

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must be admitted to the program. Admission is required before a student may enroll in most upper-division courses, as they require ME Major Status as a prerequisite.

For students in the 2019-2020 catalog or earlier, the following CORE courses are used as a basis for admission to the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program:

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
  • ENGR 210 Engineering Statics
  • ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics
  • MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications
  • MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications
  • ME 105 Mechanical Engineering Graphics
  • ME 302 Thermodynamics I
  • PHYS 211 Physics I with Calculus

To be considered for admission, students must:

  1. Complete the designated CORE courses with a minimum GPA of 2.4.
  2. Complete the designated CORE courses with no more than 2 repeated courses.
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior. All documented breaches of the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the MBE department and could result in ineligibility for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.

Pre-approved technical electives

Technical electives must be approved by your advisor, but we’ve already pre-approved many so you won’t have to do it again. See what technical electives have already been pre-approved to meet the program requirements.

Four-year plans

For more details on how to schedule your courses by semester, check out our suggested four-year plan for your catalog year. These plans may help you more easily see what courses are prerequisites for one another. Generally, your catalog year is the year that you started attending Boise State University. Note that there are some differences among the plans, so make sure you reference the plan that matches your catalog year.