The Mechanical Engineering Department prides itself in providing a challenging, yet rewarding experience for undergraduate students to develop as engineers, scholars, and citizens. The Department supports an undergraduate degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Our BSME degree is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The accreditation status for the BSME and all other CSM programs can be found on the CSM accreditation page.
Program Educational Objectives
The Mechanical Engineering program prepares graduates within three to five years of completing their degree to:
- Apply their Mechanical Engineering education as active contributors in the workforce or graduate school;
- Effectively communicate technical information in a diverse and globally integrated society;
- Demonstrate their commitment to continued professional development through training, coursework, and/or professional society involvement;
- Exemplify ethical and social responsibility in their professional activities.
The BSME program provides students with a strong background in core sciences and engineering courses. The program builds on this base with mechanical engineering courses in thermodynamics, fluids, mechanics of materials, machine design, computer-aided engineering, and heat transfer. These courses are supplemented by three semesters of related laboratory experience, a year-long senior-design capstone course, and courses from other disciplines including applied math, economics, electrical engineering, and material science. Enrollment and graduation information is found here.
Our program also expects that students take advanced technical electives of their own choosing, which may be used to focus on an Area of Special Interest or to obtain a Minor in another field.
A flowchart for the BSME degree provides a typical schedule of a four-year program to fulfill the degree requirements.
Beyond the classroom, undergrad students are encouraged to engage in on-campus activities such as student groups, team competitions, and undergraduate research opportunities. The opportunities are plentiful and allow students to express themselves, develop skills, and network with other students and faculty with related interests.