Undergraduate Program


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). Some highlights of the ME program:

  • Strong background in core engineering and science courses with course options in thermodynamics, fluids, mechanics of materials, machine design, computer-aided engineering and heat transfer
  • Advanced technical elective options that can be used to focus on an area of emphasis (e.g. aerospace or automotive) or to obtain a minor in another field
  • Four-course project-based experience in the middle years, with integrated design concepts and ME applied skills in programming, machining, instrumentation and prototyping
  • Yearlong multidisciplinary senior design capstone course offering real-world engineering experiences through client-driven projects and national competitions
  • Diverse student organizations to apply learning outside the classroom, grow a professional network and gain valuable leadership experience


The BSME Flowchart provides a typical schedule for a four-year program to fulfill the degree requirements. While this flowchart represents example paths, we invite our undergraduate students to discuss course options with department advisors.


Advisement is an important part of the ME undergrad experience. Advisors help students with academic skills, course completion planning, post-graduation plans and professional relationships. The sections below gives helpful tips for ME students at each stage of their undergraduate career. For questions about advisement, contact Ben Moore (benmoore@mines.edu), Mechanical Engineering undergraduate major advisor.

Advisement Tips: All Students

In addition to keeping track of prerequisite and corequisite chains, all Mechanical Engineering students should be aware of the following critical sequences of courses:

  • CEEN 241 > MEGN 212 > MEGN 324 > MEGN 481 & EDNS 491
  • EDNS 151/CSCI 101&102 > MEGN 200 > MEGN 300 > MEGN 301 > EDNS 491
  • EDNS 151 /CSCI 101&102 > MEGN 201 > MEGN 301 > EDNS 491 > EDNS 492

All Mechanical Engineering prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better to fulfill requirement.

Advisement Tips: Freshmen
  • Review your transcript to ensure any AP, IB, and dual enrollment credits you have earned have transferred to Mines.
  • Mechanical Engineering recommends that you have a laptop or desktop computer that can run the SolidWorks computer aided design program. Requirement specifications can be found
  • Review your schedule. Ensure that you are taking EDNS 151 Introduction to Design during your first semester. Ensure that you are taking CSCI 101/102 during your second semester.
  • Review the ME flowchart and create a semester-by-semester course plan to graduation.
  • Meet with your CASA advisor at least once each semester.
  • If interested in studying abroad, meet with the international office to start planning.
  • Attend office hours, introduce yourself to professors and TAs (build your network).
  • Attend/participate in ME sponsored events. For example: Mechanical Mondays, sticker design competition, and group advising.
  • Join a club or activity – school can be stressful, so it is important to find fun ways to connect with others on campus.
Advisement Tips: Sophomores
  • Review your schedule; ensure that you are taking MEGN 200 during one semester and that MEGN 201 is taken in the other semester. These courses can be taken in either order but not at the same time. For example: Fall—MEGN 200, Spring—MEGN 201 or Fall—MEGN201, Spring—MEGN200.
  • Complete major declaration with CASA (usually completed halfway through sophomore year).
  • Review degree evaluation in Trailhead.
  • Review and update plan to graduation.
  • Schedule a meeting with ME faculty advisor to review and discuss academic goals, plan to graduation, degree evaluation, AoE/ASI/minor, and career aspirations.
  • Work with career center to build professional resumé and attend both fall and spring career fairs.
  • Attend/participate in ME sponsored events.
  • Summer: look for/complete internship, undergraduate research (ex. MURF) or coursework (strongly recommended but not required).
Advisement Tips: Juniors
  • Review your schedule. ensure that you are taking MEGN 300 during the first semester and MEGN 301 (required prerequisite for EDNS 491) during the second semester.
  • Take at least 1 midlevel or 400-level H&SS course.
  • Attend office hours, introduce yourself to professors and TAs (build your network).
  • Complete Minor/ASI declaration form (if appropriate and not completed already).
  • Review degree evaluation in Trailhead.
  • Review and update plan to graduation.
  • Meet with ME faculty advisor at least once each semester to review your degree evaluation and your plan to graduation. Discuss what would be appropriate internship opportunities and ME technical electives that align with your career aspirations.
  • Research graduate school and 4+1 (BS+MS) opportunities (if interested).
    • 17% of ME students went directly to graduate school
    • Average starting salary with: MS = $80,269, BS = $68,561
    • For information on ME graduate programs, please review the ME Graduate website
  • Consider applying for a TA/tutoring position. This is a great opportunity to build understanding of subject matter while earning money, growing professional network, and strengthening bonds to ME department.
  • Attend/participate in ME sponsored events.
  • Review/update resumé and attend fall and spring career fair.
  • Summer: Find and complete an internship, undergraduate research, or coursework (strongly recommended but not required).
Advisement Tips: Seniors
  • Review your schedule. Ensure that you are taking EDNS 491 during the first semester and EDNS 492 during the second (and final!) semester.
  • Complete H&SS requirements.
  • Apply for graduation for the appropriate semester (must be completed after earning 90 credit hours and before first day of final semester of enrollment).
  • Review degree evaluation in Trailhead and finalize any forms (minors, course substitutions, catalog changes, etc.).
  • Review and update plan to graduation.
  • Meet with ME faculty advisor to review degree evaluation and to discuss graduate school and career aspirations, how to connect with industry, and job-securing techniques for your field.
  • Apply to graduate school (if applicable).
  • Work with Career Center on resumé, cover letter, interviewing, and effective job searches.
  • Request recommendation letters and references from the professional network that you have built, well in advance of due dates.
Advisement Tips: Transfer Students
  • Review your transcript to ensure all applicable credits that you have earned have been transferred.
  • We encourage you to enroll in EDNS 151 and/or CSCI101/102 in the summer prior to starting at Mines. These are prerequisite courses to our Project-Based Design Sequence, including MEGN200 & 201. You could also take MEGN 200 and/or 201 in the summer if you are able.
  • We also encourage you to think about how many semesters you might have with us in the ME program. If it is 5 semesters, then we want to enroll you in MEGN200 & 201 in your first full semester on campus. You will then advance into the MEGN 300 | MEGN 301 | EDNS 491 | EDNS 492 courses, which are all hard prerequisites to one another. Again, this is why it is important to consider EDNS 151 and CSCI 101/102 in the summer if at all possible.
  • Work closely with CASA before classes begin to review degree requirements and first semester schedule.
  • Review flow chart/catalog degree requirements and create semester-by-semester plan to graduation.
  • If you have any concerns about the critical course sequence listed in “All Students” section delaying graduation, please contact Ben Moore, Advising Coordinator, or Dr. Karla Pérez-Vélez, Associate Director Center for Academic Services & Advising, or Dr. Kristy Csavina, Director of Undergraduate Studies – ME.
  • Complete Major Confirmation form at the end of your first semester. A link to the form will be sent to your Mines email address when you become eligible to confirm your major. Through the major confirmation process you will be assigned a major advisor and a ME faculty mentor.
  • Attend/participate in ME sponsored events.
  • Students who are Veterans of the U.S. military may be eligible to petition for EDNS 151 credit (talk to CASA advisor for more details).
  • Review appropriate grade level advising information contained on this page. Freshman- 0-29 credit hours, Sophomore- 30-59 credit hours, Juniors- 60-89 credit hours, Seniors- 90+ credit hours.






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The Mechanical Engineering program intentionally embeds professional and technical skills throughout the ME curriculum, such as working on teams, engineering design, and  technical communication and programming. During the freshman and sophomore years, students complete a set of core courses in mathematics, basic sciences and fundamental engineering disciplines. These courses include early open-ended design experiences in Introduction to Design (EDNS151), Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Programming and Hardware Interface (MEGN200) and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Field Session (MEGN201). Courses in humanities and social sciences also allow students to explore the linkages between the environment, human society and engineered systems.

In the middle years, ME offers a four-course project-based design sequence to learn engineering tools, including MATLAB, SolidWorks and LabVIEW, to solve engineering problems in a hands-on environment. This experience teaches design methodology and emphasizes the creative aspects of the mechanical engineering profession. The course sequence prepares students for an open-ended, industry-based project in the senior design experience.

In the junior and senior years, students complete an advanced mechanical engineering core that includes fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, numerical methods, control systems, machine design, computer-aided engineering and manufacturing processes. This engineering core is complemented by courses in economics and electives in humanities and social sciences. Students must also take three advanced technical electives and three additional free electives to explore specific fields of interest. In the senior year, all students must complete a capstone design course focused on a multidisciplinary engineering project.

ME students spend considerable time with design and testing equipment. Students are also encouraged to get involved in research with ME faculty. Our research areas include Biomechanics; Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing; Thermal Fluid Systems; and Robotics and Automation. We also have faculty in the following interdisciplinary programs: Advanced Manufacturing, FEA Professional Certificate, Operations Research with Engineering and Space Resources. More information about our research divisions and programs can be found on the Research page. Approximately 85% of our students find internship opportunities to gain practical experience and explore the many industries under the mechanical engineering umbrella.

There are plenty of opportunities outside of the curriculum for students to explore their passions. We have an active Mines Maker Space, and Robotics Club and chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Formula SAE and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These are just a few of the clubs and societies where students engage with the community or compete in design challenges nationwide.

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 program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Mechanical Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Office of Institutional Research.


The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program are the same as those required by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). BSME graduates from our program will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Lead Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

These program criteria will apply to all engineering programs that include “mechanical” or similar modifiers in their titles.

  1. Curriculum
    The curriculum must require students to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.
  1. Faculty
    The program must demonstrate that faculty members responsible for the upper-level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.


The Mechanical Engineering department offers a design-oriented undergraduate program that emphasizes fundamental engineering principles. Students receive a strong foundation in ME disciplines and a working knowledge of modern engineering tools. Many courses are augmented through hands-on and project-based experiences. Successful graduates are well prepared for an ME career in a world of rapid technological change. The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Current course descriptions, course offerings and co-/prerequisites can be found on the Courses tab.

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(I, II, S) This course introduces programming skills using Matlab as a means to collect and analyze data and utilizes Arduinos as a platform for prototyping simple circuits and designs. Additionally, the course introduces basic probability and statistics through data sets and real time data collection. For design topics this course reinforces problem definition and identifying constraints and criteria, encourages multiple solutions, and introduces analysis in design through prototyping. Prerequisite: EDNS151 or EDNS155 or HNRS105 or HNRS115. Co-requisite: HASS100 or HNRS115. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II, S) This course reinforces basic drawing skills from Cornerstone Design, introduces SolidWorks tools to advance modeling skills, introduces machine shop skills (including safety and use of mill, lathe and CNC) and introduces GDnT practices important in fabrication and manufacturing, and prob-stats relevant to manufacturing. Prerequisite: EDNS151or EDNS155. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II, S) Introduction to the theory and application of the principles of Solid Mechanics by placing an early focus on free body diagrams, stress and strain transformations, and failure theories. Covered topics include: stress and stress transformation, strain and strain transformation, mechanical properties of materials, axial load, torsion, bending, transverse shear, combined loading, pressure vessels, failure theories, stress concentrations, thermal stress, deflection of beams and shafts, and column buckling. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply the principles of Solid Mechanics to the analysis of elastic structures under simple and combined loading, use free body diagrams in the analysis of structures, use failure theories to assess safety of design, and effectively communicate the outcomes of analysis and design problems. May not also receive credit for CEEN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.



(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.



(I, II) This course will explore instrumentation and automation of electro-mechanical systems. Students will utilize LabView and electro-mechanical instrumentation to solve advanced engineering problems. Class activities and projects will highlight the utility of LabView for real-time instrumentation and control. Prerequisite: MEGN200. 2 hours lecture; 1 hour other; 3 semester hours.



(I, II) Students will utilize the engineering design process and knowledge in systems level design to produce a mechanical product/process. Students will reverse engineer a product/process to emphasize the steps in the design process. Students will select a longer course project, which is intended to reinforce engineering skills from other courses. The project topics would parallel one of the four research disciplines in ME, and students would be able to choose a topic pathway that emphasizes opportunities for mechanical engineering graduates. Prerequisites: MEGN200MEGN201, and MEGN300. 1 hour lecture, 1 hour other; 2 semester hours.



(I,II,S) Absolute and relative motions. Kinetics, work-energy, impulse-momentum, vibrations. Prerequisites: CEEN241 (C- or better) and MATH225 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II, S) This course introduces the student to the concept of computer-aided engineering. The major objective is to provide the student with the necessary background to use the computer as a tool for engineering analysis and design. The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) method and associated computational engineering software have become significant tools in engineering analysis and design. This course is directed to learning the concepts of FEA and its application to civil and mechanical engineering analysis and design. Note that critical evaluation of the results of a FEA using classical methods (from statics and mechanics of materials) and engineering judgment is employed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with BELS325,BELS420
(I) The application of mechanical engineering principles and techniques to the human body presents many unique challenges. The discipline of Biomedical Engineering (more specifically, Biomechanical Engineering) has evolved over the past 50 years to address these challenges. Biomechanical Engineering includes such areas as biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, and rehabilitation. This course is intended to provide an introduction to, and overview of, Biomechanical Engineering and to prepare the student for more advanced Biomechanical coursework. At the end of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the special considerations necessary to apply various mechanical engineering principles to the human body. Prerequisites: CEEN311and PHGN200. Co-requisites: MEGN315. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I,II,S) Supervised, full-time engineering related employment for a continuous six-month period in which specific educational objectives are achieved. Students must meet with the Department Head prior to enrolling to clarify the educational objectives for their individual Co-op program. Prerequisites: Second semester sophomore status and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00. 3 semester hours credit will be granted once toward degree requirements. Credit earned in MEGN340, Cooperative Education, may be used as free elective credit hours if, in the judgment of the Department Head, the required term paper adequately documents the fact that the work experience entailed high-quality application of engineering principles and practice. Applying the credits as free electives requires the student to submit a Declaration of Intent to Request Approval to Apply Co-op Credit toward Graduation Requirements form obtained from the Career Center to the Department Head.



(I, II) Fluid properties, fluid statics, control-volume analysis, Bernoulli equation, differential analysis and Navier-Stokes equations, dimensional analysis, internal flow, external flow, open-channel flow, and turbomachinery. May not also receive credit for CEEN310 or PEGN251. Prerequisite: CEEN241 (C- or better) or MNGN317 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II, S) A comprehensive treatment of thermodynamics from a mechanical engineering point of view. Thermodynamic properties of substances inclusive of phase diagrams, equations of state, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, and ideal gases. Principles of conservation of mass and energy for steady-state and transient analyses. First and Second Law of thermodynamics, heat engines, and thermodynamic efficiencies. Application of fundamental principles with an emphasis on refrigeration and power cycles. May not also receive credit for CBEN210. Prerequisite: MATH213 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with MEGN380,
(I, II, S) Introduction to a wide variety of manufacturing processes with emphasis on process selection and laboratory measurements of process conditions with product variables. Consideration of relations among material properties, process settings, tooling features and product attributes. Design and implementation of a process for manufacture of a given component. Manual and Automated manufacturing and their implementation in plant layouts. Understanding how to eliminate waste in manufacturing processes and enhance scheduling and satisfying client needs. Quality, tolerances and standards will be discussed along with their importance in a manufacturing setting. Prerequisites: MTGN202. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.



Automotive engineering involves the design and implementation of complex systems. This course introduces students to the workings of the automotive industry, including its history, future, and the stakeholders that determine its direction. The course also covers the major vehicle subsystems and their functionality, interfaces, components, and recent advancements. Students will apply theoretical and practical systems engineering principles to perform a design of a vehicle subsystem to gain perspective of how the automotive design process is executed and how it fits into the larger scope of the automotive industry. Prerequisite: MEGN200. 3 hour lecture, 3 semester hour.



(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.



(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.



(I, II) General theories of stress and strain; stress and strain transformations, principal stresses and strains, octahedral shear stresses, Hooke’s law for isotropic material, and failure criteria. Introduction to elasticity and to energy methods. Torsion of non-circular and thin-walled members. Unsymmetrical bending and shear-center, curved beams, and beams on elastic foundations. Introduction to plate theory. Thick-walled cylinders and contact stresses. Prerequisite: CEEN311(C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(II) Introductory course on the mechanics of fiber-reinforced composite materials. The focus of the course is on the determination of stress and strain in a fiber-reinforced composite material with an emphasis on analysis, design, failure by strength-based criteria, and fracture of composites. Anisotropic materials are discussed from a general perspective then the theory is specialized to the analysis of fiber-reinforced materials. Both thermal and hygroscopic sources of strain are introduced. Classical laminated plate theory is next developed, and design of laminated composite structures is introduced. The analysis of helically reinforced composite tubes concludes the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(II) Theory of mechanical vibrations as applied to single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Analysis of free and forced vibrations to different types of loading – harmonic, impulse, periodic and general transient loading. Derive model systems using D’Alambert’s principle, Lagrange’s equations and Hamilton’s principle. Analysis of natural frequencies and mode shapes. Role of damping in machines and structures. Analysis and effects of resonance. Use of the modal superposition method and the transient Duhamel integral method. Prerequisite: MEGN315 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



This course offers an introduction to automotive engineering with a focus on vehicle design, suspension, powertrain and aerodynamics. The course is designed to introduce students to both theoretical and practical concepts of vehicle design with applications in increasing fuel efficiency and vehicle performance. The study of automotive engineering is of increasing importance as new technologies emerge and advances continue to be made to existing designs to create the ultimate driving experience; while having minimal impact on the environment by reducing tailpipe gas emissions, noise pollution, and waste material during manufacturing of new vehicles. Prerequisite: MEGN315MEGN324MEGN361. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with BELS425
(II) This course is intended to provide mechanical engineering students with a second course in musculoskeletal biomechanics. At the end of the semester, students should have in-depth knowledge and understanding necessary to apply mechanical engineering principles such as statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials to the human body. The course will focus on the biomechanics of injury since understanding injury will require developing an understanding of normal biomechanics. Prerequisite: MEGN315CEEN311MEGN330. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with BELS426
(II) Introduction to modeling and simulation in biomechanics. The course includes a synthesis of musculoskeletal properties and interactions with the environment to construct detailed computer models and simulations. The course will culminate in individual class projects related to each student?s individual interests. Prerequisites: MEGN315 and MEGN330. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with BELS428,BELS428
Computational Biomechanics provides an introduction to the application of computer simulation to solve some fundamental problems in biomechanics and bioengineering. Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical image reconstruction, hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics, and inter-subject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the limitations of the computer model as a predictive tool and the need for rigorous verification and validation of computational techniques. Clinical application of biomechanical modeling tools is highlighted and impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated. Prerequisites: MEGN330. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Fall odd years.



(I, II) Overview and introduction to the science and engineering of intelligent mobile robotics and robotic manipulators. Covers guidance and force sensing, perception of the environment around a mobile vehicle, reasoning about the environment to identify obstacles and guidance path features and adaptively controlling and monitoring the vehicle health. A lesser emphasis is placed on robot manipulator kinematics, dynamics, and force and tactile sensing. Surveys manipulator and intelligent mobile robotics research and development. Introduces principles and concepts of guidance, position, and force sensing; vision data processing; basic path and trajectory planning algorithms; and force and position control. EENG307 is recommended to be completed before this course. Prerequisites: CSCI261 and EENG281 or EENG282 or PHGN215. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.



(II) Review of elementary fluid mechanics and engineering, two-dimensional external flows, boundary layers, flow separation; Compressible flow, isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl- Meyer expansion fans, Fanno and Rayleigh flow; Introduction to flow instabilities (e.g., Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, Raleigh Benard convection). Prerequisite: MEGN351 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



This course covers advanced mechanics of materials relevant to the analysis and design of aerospace structures. Focused topics include multiaxial stress states, nonsymmetric loading, composites, airframe loads, and shear flow emphasizing lightweight, often thin-walled structures common in aerospace applications. Other advanced topics will be introduced, time permitting. Prerequisite: CEEN241MEGN212. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I) This course extends the subject matter of Thermodynamics I (MEGN361) to include the study of exergy, ideal gas mixture properties, psychrometrics and humid air processes, chemical reactions, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics as applied to reacting systems. Chemical equilibrium of multi-component systems, and simultaneous chemical reactions of real combustion and reaction processes are studied. Phase equilibrium, ionization, and the thermodynamics of compressible flow (nozzles and shock) are also introduced. Concepts of the above are explored through the analysis of advanced thermodynamic systems, such as cascaded and absorption refrigeration systems, cryogenics, and advanced gas turbine and combined power cycles. Prerequisites: MEGN351 (C- or better), MEGN361 (C- or better). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(II) Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs); with a specific focus on Compression Ignition (CI) and Spark Ignition (SI) reciprocating engines. This is an applied thermo science course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of both 4-stroke and 2-stroke reciprocating engines ranging in size from model airplane engines to large cargo ship engines. Course is designed as a one ? semester course for students without prior experience with IC engines, however, the course will also include advanced engine technologies designed to deliver more horsepower, utilize less fuel, and meet stringent emission regulations. Discussion of advancements in alternative fueled engines will be covered as well. This course also includes an engine laboratory designed to provide hands-on experience and provide further insight into the material covered in the lectures. Prerequisites: MEGN351MEGN361. Co-requisites: MEGN471. 3 hours lecture; 1.0 hour lab; 3 semester hours.



(I) Senior year undergraduate and first year graduate course that covers the fundamentals of building energy systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and the use of numerical models for heat and mass transfer to analyze and/or design different building elements. Prerequisites: MEGN351MEGN361MEGN471. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with CBEN469,CHEN469,MTGN469
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective. Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. Prerequisites: MEGN361 or CBEN357 or MTGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II) Engineering approach to conduction, convection, and radiation, including steadystate conduction, nonsteady-state conduction, internal heat generation conduction in one, two, and three dimensions, and combined conduction and convection. Free and forced convection including laminar and turbulent flow, internal and external flow. Radiation of black and grey surfaces, shape factors and electrical equivalence. Prerequisite: MEGN351 (C- or better), MEGN361 (C- or better), and MATH307. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II) In this course, students develop their knowledge of machine components and materials for the purpose of effective and efficient mechanical design. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical methods and tools that aid the decision making process. The course focuses on determination of stress, strain, and deflection for static, static multiaxial, impact, dynamic, and dynamic multiaxial loading. Students will learn about fatigue failure in mechanical design and calculate how long mechanical components are expected to last. Specific machine components covered include shafts, springs, gears, fasteners, and bearings. Prerequisites: MEGN315 (C- or better) or PHGN350 (C- or better). Corequisite: MEGN489. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with EBGN456,
(I) We examine network flow models that arise in manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics: minimum cost flow models in transportation, shortest path problems in assigning inspection effort on a manufacturing line, and maximum flow models to allocate machine-hours to jobs. We also discuss an algorithm or two applicable to each problem class. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Prerequisites: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I) This course addresses the formulation of linear programming models, linear programs in two dimensions, standard form, the Simplex method, duality theory, complementary slackness conditions, sensitivity analysis, and multi-objective programming. Applications of linear programming models include but are not limited to the areas of manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH332 or EBGN509. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with MEGN587,
(I) This course addresses both unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation and corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradient Search and Newton?s Method, and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Reduced Gradient Algorithms, respectively). Applications of state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solving real-world engineering problems in areas such as manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with an algorithm such as MINOS) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



Equivalent with MEGN588,
(I) This course addresses the formulation of integer programming models, the branch-and-bound algorithm, total unimodularity and the ease with which these models are solved, and then suggest methods to increase tractability, including cuts, strong formulations, and decomposition techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders decomposition. Applications include manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization problems is introduced. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MATH111. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.



(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.



(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.


Tracks in Mechanical Engineering offer an opportunity for ME undergrads to explore various topics in mechanical engineering in more depth.  Students gain depth in the areas by focusing their ME Electives on four courses prescribed in the tracks.  Each track is defined below with one course required in the Advanced Engineering Science Elective and three courses required from the ME Elective courses.  Note that undergraduate students are not required to align with a track. Tracks are suggestions for students to gain advanced knowledge in a subdiscipline area and are “transcriptable.”






Minors and Areas of Special Interest (ASI)

The Mechanical Engineering department offers minors and areas of special interest (ASI). Students who elect a minor or ASI must fulfill all prerequisite requirements for each course in a chosen sequence. Students in the sciences or mathematics must be prepared to meet prerequisite requirements in fundamental engineering and engineering science courses. Students in engineering disciplines are better positioned to meet the prerequisite requirements. (See Minor/ASI section of the catalog for all requirements for a minor/ASI at Mines.)

View our current list of minors and ASIs.




Mechanical Engineering offers a combined program in which students have the opportunity to obtain specific engineering skills supplemented with graduate coursework in mechanical engineering. Upon completion of the program, students receive two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Admission into a graduate degree program as a combined undergraduate/graduate degree student may occur as early as the first semester of junior year. Students must meet minimum GPA admission requirements for the graduate degree. Students admitted into the program can double-count 6 credit hours (2 courses) for both the BS and MS degrees. 

ME majors may double count any 400-level or above course on the approved Mechanical Engineering Elective list provided in the Undergraduate Catalog. Non-ME majors may double count any 400-level or above course on the approved Mechanical Engineering Elective list and any MEGN 400-level or above course. These courses must have been passed with a “B–” or better and meet all other University, Department, Division, and Program requirements for graduate credit.  ME graduate program details.

Students are required to take an additional 24 credit hours for the MS degree. Up to 9 of the 30 total credit hours can be 400-level courses. The remainder of the courses will be at the graduate level (500-level and above). The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Bulletin provides detail for the graduate program and includes specific instructions for required and elective courses.





One way to apply learning outside the classroom at Mines is through active participation in student organizations. There are a number of mechanical engineering and professional engineering student organizations in which a student can become involved. Each organization extends networking opportunities and leadership experiences.

Professional organization seeking to educate students and the community about the benefits of space and inspiring people through involvement in space-related projects.

Professional organization dedicated to shaping tomorrow’s built environment today. Exploring heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration engineering as well as building modeling, control systems and HVAC design.

The Mines chapter of ASME strives to serve and improve the Mines campus and community by advancing, educating and applying engineering knowledge. This is accomplished through service hours, tutoring, social and professional development events and project presentations. Projects include floating arm trebuchet, build-your-own long board and a kinetic wave sculpture.

The Maker Society functions to strengthen the collaborative mindset and streamline resources to develop a strong “making community” at Mines.

Mines Robotics is dedicated to bringing basic robotic knowledge and competition to the students of Mines and also encourages volunteering in STEM.

SAE is a professional organization for scientists and engineers who have an interest in cars. The organization promotes learning and innovation in the automotive world and establishes many of the industry standards for the safety of automobiles and passengers. Mines has a collegiate chapter that is a branch of SAE International.

Formula SAE challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8–12 months designing, building and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high-performance endurance.




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