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ME Undergraduate Curriculum

The Curriculum Diagram from 2018

Links to the 2014 and previous 2012 and 2009 + Curriculum Diagrams.

  • In the Curriculum Diagram, prerequisite and co-requisite courses are indicated in italics below the course.
    • If you have earned a 'D' grade in a prerequisite or co-requisite course you can usually take the class, provided 1) you obtain instructors and department permission using a Course Prerequisite Waiver request and 2) you retake the earlier class the very first time it is offered again. Students having earned two 'D' grades in any required courses earlier in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum sequence will not be able to proceed. See ME Excessive Repeat Policy.
  • Co-requisite courses may be taken either earlier or during the same semester.
  • Because of the prerequisites and semester course offering restrictions you need to follow the schedule closely.
  • Mechanical Engineering majors are required to speak with their assigned Faculty Advisor in order to complete a current Curriculum Diagram.
    • The Faculty Advisor provides valuable academic advisement via his/her knowledge of the curriculum content and serves to guide the student's studies to coordinate with their individual interests and skills level. Additionally the Faculty Advisor serves the student by providing knowledgeable insight and/or recommendations for potential career options, employment or graduate studies.
  • The completed form must be returned to the Mechanical Engineering Department to have that term's departmental Advisement Hold removed.
  • The Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, may provide academic advisement to a student with an assigned Faculty Advisor only one term per academic year.

2018 Curriculum Diagram

Previous Curriculum Diagrams: 2014, 2012 and 2009 +

The Curriculum Diagram from 2018

Links to the 2014 and previous 2012 and 2009 + Curriculum Diagrams.

  • In the Curriculum Diagram, prerequisite and co-requisite courses are indicated in italics below the course.
    • If you have earned a 'D' grade in a prerequisite or co-requisite course you can usually take the class, provided 1) you obtain instructors and department permission using a Course Prerequisite Waiver request and 2) you retake the earlier class the very first time it is offered again. Students having earned two 'D' grades in any required courses earlier in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum sequence will not be able to proceed. See ME Excessive Repeat Policy.
  • Co-requisite courses may be taken either earlier or during the same semester.
  • Because of the prerequisites and semester course offering restrictions you need to follow the schedule closely.
  • Mechanical Engineering majors are required to speak with their assigned Faculty Advisor in order to complete a current Curriculum Diagram.
    • The Faculty Advisor provides valuable academic advisement via his/her knowledge of the curriculum content and serves to guide the student's studies to coordinate with their individual interests and skills level. Additionally the Faculty Advisor serves the student by providing knowledgeable insight and/or recommendations for potential career options, employment or graduate studies.
  • The completed form must be returned to the Mechanical Engineering Department to have that term's departmental Advisement Hold removed.
  • The Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, may provide academic advisement to a student with an assigned Faculty Advisor only one term per academic year.

FSU 2015+2018 Curriculum Diagram

Previous Curriculum Diagrams: 2014, 2012 and 2009 +

The purpose of technical electives is to broaden and/or deepen a student's knowledge of engineering and technology. Mechanical Engineering majors are required to take a total of 12 hours of technical electives. A wide variety of courses are appropriate to satisfy this requirement. Sometimes it may also be desirable for a student to select an elective course from a discipline outside of Mechanical Engineering.

The student's choice of elective classes must always be discussed with, and approved by, their advisor prior to enrollment. Technical electives should be chosen that provide the student with the foundation necessary to achieve a competitive advantage in attaining their career goals. Not all electives will be approved. Some restrictions are:

  1. Electives should only be taken during the senior year.
  2. Only three elective hours (one class) may be taken outside Mechanical Engineering.
  3. The student must have the required prerequisites and/or background for the course.
  4. Any course not shown in the listing below must first be approved by the advisor.
  5. An elective cannot usually be an alternate form of material already covered. For example, a second high-level programming language would not be acceptable. Nor would a first or second class in thermodynamics in another department be acceptable.
  6. Material that could reasonably be learned independently is ordinarily not suitable. Nor is material that is not directly related to a career in mechanical engineering, or that is vocational.
  7. The student may be able to take a graduate level class as a technical elective provided he/she has completed the Mechanical Engineering classes up to their junior year with a grade point average of 3.2 or better, and permission has been obtained from both their advisor and the instructor. A special form is available from the Registrar's office to enable the student to take graduate level classes.

Below is a list of some suitable technical electives. Other classes not listed below may be appropriate after consultation with your academic advisor and the undergraduate coordinator.

Students may select Technical Elective Tracks resulting in a certificate of specialization.

Technical Electives

Mechanical Engineering * updated listing 04/06/18
EAS 4101 Fundamentals of Aerodynamics EML 4501 Machine Design
EGN 3454 Numerical Methods for Mechanical Engineers EML 4512 Thermal-Fluid Design
EMA 4225 Mechanical Metallurgy EML 4536 Design using FEM (Finite Element Method)
EMA 4501 Electron Microscopy EML 4542 Materials Selection and Design
EMA 4813 Computational Material Physics EML 4711 Introduction to Gas Dynamics
EML 4161 Cryogenics EML 4800 Introduction to Robotics
EML 4288 Vehicle Design EML 4804 Mechatronics II
EML 4312 Design and Analysis of Control Systems EML 4830 Introduction to Mobile Robotics
EML 4316 Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems EML 4841 Bio-Robotics and Locomotion
EML 4321 Manufacturing Processes Control EML 4524 Design and Modeling Manufacturing Processes
EML 4421 Fundamentals of Propulsion Systems  EML 4930 Special Topics in ME
EML 4450 Energy Conversion Systems for Sustainability EML 4905 Directed Independent Study (permission required)
EML 4452 Sustainable Power Generation EML 4970 Honors in the Major (First 3 credits†)

† Student may elect to use three (3) of the six (6) required credits of EML 4970, Honors Work, towards fulfilling the Technical Elective requirement – 
See Honors Work Course Request Form.

Non-Mechanical Technical Electives must be 3000 level or above Civil Engineering *
* student must complete all required prerequisites CES 3100 Structural Analysis
  CES 4101 Advanced Structural Analysis
Physics * ENV 4001 Environmental Engineering
PHY 3101 Intermediate Modern Physics ENV 4341 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
PHY 3424 Optics TTE 4201 Traffic Engineering
  TTE 4250 Traffic Operations
Mathematics *  
MAA 4402 Complex Variables Electrical Engineering *
FAMU - MAD 3401 Numerical Analysis EEL 3216 Fundamentals of Power Systems
FSU - MAD 3703 Numerical Analysis I EEL 3472 Electromagnetic Fields I
FAMU - MAP 3341 Partial Differential Equations EEL 3705 Digital Logic Design
FSU - MAP 4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations I EEL 4220 Electromechanical Dynamics
MAS 3105 Applied Linear Algebra I (3/4 cr) EEL 4746 Microprocessor-Based System Design
FSU - STA 3032 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists (3 cr)  
  Industrial Engineering *
  EGN 3443 Statistical Topics in Engineering
  EIN 4333 Design of Integrated Production Systems and Facilities Layout
  FAMU-EIN 4395/ FSU-EIN 4621 Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  EIN 4611 Industrial Automation and Robotics
  EIN 4936 Technology Entrepreneurship

If you take a course outside of mechanical engineering, please give some feedback about how useful it is to you to your advisor. That will allow us to keep the list of approved courses up to date.

If you choose to follow one of the following area tracks, completion of three courses in that area will gain you a certificate of specialization in that area on your University transcript.

Technical Electives (pdf)

Track areas:

Dynamic Systems
Fall Spring


Mechanics and Materials
Fall Spring


Thermal Fluids
Fall Spring


Magnet Science and Technology
Fall Spring


Aeronautics
Fall Spring

Math Option to Replace MAP 3306

Announced Fall 2004

MAD3401, MAD3703, MAP3306, MAP3341/MAP4341, MAS3105, STA3034/STA3032

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FAMU FSU

MAD 3401 Numerical Analysis (3).
Prerequisite: MAC 2313. Programming skills required.

Major topics: solutions to scalar nonlinear and finite difference equations; numerical differentiation and integration; error and convergence; general interpolation problems, interpolation and quadrature, numerical solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations.

MAD 3401 Introductory Numerical Analysis (3).
Prerequisites: MAC 2312; competence in a programming language suitable for numeric computations.

Polynomial interpolation, data fitting, solutions to nonlinear equations, numerical integration, and differentiation. Not open to mathematics majors.
Recommended for ME students interested in computational mechanics or following Dynamic Systems and Thermal Fluids tracks.
 
  MAD 3703 Numerical Analysis I (3).
Prerequisites: MAC 2312; MAS 3105; FORTRAN or PASCAL or C.

Root finding, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, direct and iterative methods for systems of linear equations.
Recommended for ME students interested in computational mechanics or following Thermal Fluids Track.
 
MAP 3306 Engineering Mathematics II (3).
Prerequisites: MAP 3305 and MAC 3313.

Vector calculus. Solution of partial differential equations by separation of variables, Sturm-Louville problems, Fourier series, complex numbers, complex integrals.
MAP 3306 Engineering Mathematics II (3).
Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAP 2302 or MAP 3305.

Not open to students having credit in MAP 4341. Fourier series and Fourier transforms, introduction to partial differential equations.
Strongly recommended for ME students intending to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Magnet Science and Technology, Thermal Fluids tracks.
 
MAP 3341 Partial Differential Equations (3).
Prerequisite: MAC 2313.


Major topics: solution of first-order partial differential equations, classification of linear second-order partial differential equations, separation of variables, initial value and initial boundary value problems.
MAP 4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations I (3).
Prerequisites: MAC 2313; MAP 2302 or 3305.

Separation of variables,Fourier Series, Sturm-Liouville problems, multidimensional initial boundary value problems, nonhomogeneous problems, Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials.
Recommended for ME students following Thermal Fluids Track.
 
MAS 3105 Linear Algebra (3).
Prerequisites: MAC 2312 or consent of instructor.

Investigation of systems of linear equations, vector spaces over a field, linear transformations, theory of determinants and canonical forms.
MAS 3105 Applied Linear Algebra 1(4).
Prerequisite: MAC 2312.

Gaussian elimination, vector spaces, least squares problems, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, linear transformations, applications.
Recommended for ME students following Dynamic Systems Track. Required for transfer students entering with Differential Equations.
 
  STA 3032 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists ME students take for 3).
Prerequisite: MAC 2312.

This course will cover calculus-based probability, discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions, sampling distributions, and central limit theorem. Topics include descriptive statistics, interval estimates and hypothesis tests, ANOVA, correlation, simple and multiple regression, analysis of categorical data, and statistical quality control.
Recommended for ME students who will be entering industry jobs upon completion of their BS in ME.
Required for BSMS students
STA 3034 Mathematical Statistics (3).
Prerequisite: MAC 2312.


Major topics: analysis of variance; multiple regression; contingency tables; experimental design, calculus based.
 
Recommended for ME students who will be entering industry jobs upon completion of their BS in ME.
 
EML 4930 Numerical Methods for Engineers (3).
Prerequisite: MAP 3305


The objective of the Numerical Methods for Engineers class is to teach programming and numerical methods to solve engineering/scientific problems in an effective and efficient manner to meet the needs of industry, government, and academia. To achieve the objective, the course will leverage on the use of MATLAB which is now the de facto standard for scientific computing. This teaching style is intended to keep students engaged and have them develop practical programming skills. The students should have completed Calculus I, II, and III (MAC2311, 2312, & 2313), and differential equations or engineering math (MAP3305 or 2302). We do not assume expert knowledge of programming for students entering this class.
Recommended for ME students interested in computational mechanics or following Dynamic Systems and Thermal Fluids tracks.