Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program at SDSU are to matriculate Bachelor of Science graduates who upon the years following graduation are committed to:
- Applying an open-minded, critical, and pragmatic approach to the analysis of problems and the design of innovative and sustainable engineering solutions in professional practice (Professional Practice).
- Actively participating in continuous professional development (Professional Development).
- Responsible, professional, and ethical conduct with a broad appreciation of the world and the role that engineering plays in society (Service and Citizenship).
Program outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program. We have a continuing assessment process in place in order to collect and interpret data to evaluate the achievement of program outcomes. The thirteen program outcomes for the SDSU Mechanical Engineering program are listed in the table below.
- PO1: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- PO2: 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.
- PO3: An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- PO4: 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 context.
- PO5: 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.
- PO6: An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- PO7: An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is built upon a rigorous engineering science foundation that is, in turn, based upon a broad curriculum of natural sciences, mathematics, electives in General Education in humanities and social sciences, as well as professional electives in Mechanical Engineering. Although students are encouraged to concentrate their professional electives in a sub-field of interest in mechanical engineering (e.g., mechanics and materials, thermal sciences, or manufacturing) or bioengineering, there are no formal “tracks” within the sequence. For the academic year 2021-22, the Mechanical Engineering curriculum can be summarized in the following SDSU Major Academic Plan (MAP) and ME Course Flowchart:
DISCLAIMER: Students choosing to graduate based on a certain catalog year are responsible for meeting all graduation requirements for that catalog year.
To see your MyMap for your catalog year, please visit the SDSU MyMap website
Major Preparation Courses
There are 48 units of Major Preparation Courses: ME 190, 200, 202, 220, 240, 241; BIOL 100 or 101; CHEM 202; EE 204; AE 280; MATH 150, 151, 252; PHYS 195, 195L, 196, 196L.
General Education [GE] Courses
There are 30 units of General Education [GE] Courses in Humanities (15 units), Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 units), Composition (3 units), Intermediate Composition (3 units, also prerequisite for ME 330), and Oral Communication (3 units). All general education requirements and limitations, as well as listings of the approved GE course electives are given in the 2020-21 General Catalog (see, the “Graduation Requirement Section”). In case you have questions about GE courses, you should contact the Assistant Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs, Theresa Garcia (Email: t[email protected]; Phone: 619-594-5807, Office: Engineering 200b).
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
All students are required to either pass the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) with a score of 10 or above, or complete one of the approved upper division writing courses with a grade of C or better. See, the “Graduation Requirement Section” of the 2021-22 General Catalog for a complete listing of requirements. If you have any questions about WPA or other placement tests, contact the Assistant Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs, Theresa Garcia (Email: t[email protected]; Phone: 619-594-5807, Office: Engineering 200b).
Major courses consists of 42 upper division courses: ME 304 (or CIV E 301), 314, 330, 350, 360, 452, 490A, 490B, 495; AE 341, 6 units of Technical Electives and 9 units of Professional Electives. For list of Technical Electives, please refer to the 2021-22 Master Plan. The 9 units of Professional Electives may be selected from any 400- or 500-level mechanical engineering course or approved courses from other departments. Please refer to your General Catalog for a list of approved elective courses.If you have any questions or difficulties with these courses, you should contact the instructor of the course.
The Master Plan is a summary sheet of course requirements and it provides an advising record for mechanical engineering students. Students are encouraged to see their advisor on a regular basis to:
- monitor progress toward the degree
- ensure taking courses in the proper order (see the Course Map)
- make adjustments to individual schedules as appropriate
- provide career guidance
Students are introduced to the Master Plan for the first time when they take ME 190 (Computer Aided Design). The instructor of ME 190 requires students to send a completed Master Plan electronically to the ME Department Office ([email protected]) before the students are assigned a final grade for the course.
It is highly recommended that Master Plans be submitted to the ME Department at the end of each semester with updated grades. It is required that Master Plans be submitted electronically to the ME Department to register for ME 350 and ME 490A.
SUBMIT MASTER PLANS TO: YOUR ASSIGNED ADVISOR
You can download your catalog year's (i.e., the year of your admission to the SDSU BSME Program) Master Plan using the link below:
Failure to keep an updated Master Plan in the ME Department Office may result in delays in graduation. All course substitutions must be approved by the Department Chair.
Two integrated five year Bachelor’s-Master’s programs are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These programs are designed to give students the opportunity to focus in a subfield of interest in either mechanical engineering (e.g., materials processing, mechanics, MEMS, renewable energy, combustion), or bioengineering. Upon successful completion of 150 units of coursework and a thesis, the students will be simultaneously awarded the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and either the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering, or the M.S. degree in bioengineering.
Students can apply for admission to the BS/MS (4 + 1) degree programs when they have successfully completed a minimum of 82 units or a maximum of 97 units. These units must count towards one or the other of the two SDSU degree programs (BS or MS) that will ultimately be awarded in the dual degree program. All students must have a satisfactory score [minimum of 950 for combined verbal and quantitative on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test] and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Interested students should submit a signed Thesis Advisor Form and the BS/MS Application form following the information and instructions given on the back of the Application.
NOTE: Those who are applying to the (4+1) BSME/MSME or BSME/MSBioE programs in the 2020-2021 academic year are not required to take the GRE exam. Potential applicants are requested to contact the Department Chair who will determine if the strength of the application without the GRE is adequate to make a decision on admission to the program.
You are required to have a Master Plan on file in the ME Office before you apply for the (4+1) BSME/MSME or BSME/MSBioE program. This plan will show the semester in which you are expected to complete the requirements for the BSME degree. If you matriculate into the (4+1) BSME/MSME or BSME/MSBioE program, you will be charged graduate tuition fees from the semester following the one in which you complete the requirements for the BSME degree as indicated in the Master Plan on file in the Office.
To satisfy the requirements for the BS/MS (4 + 1) degree programs, students must achieve at least a 3.0 average in the 30 units of courses used to satisfy the graduate program of study. Of the 30 units, a maximum of nine units may be in 500-numbered mechanical engineering electives and all other program requirements must be satisfied. Three 500-level courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the (4+1) BS/MS degree program at the same time as serving as prerequisite courses for graduate study. For the BS/MS (4 + 1) degree program leading to the B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, students can use any three 500-level ME courses toward their graduate degree. For the BS/MS 4 + 1 degree program leading to B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Bioengineering, students must take ME 580 and 585 for the biomechanics specialization; ME 580, 540 or 543, and 585 for the biomaterials specialization. The bioinstrumentation specialization is not open to students in the BS/MS (4 + 1) degree program leading to B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Bioengineering. Students in the BS/MS (4 + 1) degree programs must follow the thesis option. BSME students who satisfy the requirements for the BS/MS (4+1) degree and are interested in applying to the program should submit a completed BS/MS (4+1) Application Form and a copy of their Degree Evaluation to the ME Department. The application should include thesis advisor's signature.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research and technology through projects and coursework in the following general areas:
Particulate Material Science and Processing
- Fabrication Science Applied to Discrete Engineering Components
- Mechanics of Sintering
- Development of New Powder-Based Processing Approaches
- Mechanical Behavior of Particulate Materials
Energy and Thermofluids
- Comutational Thermodynamics
- Microgravity Flame Research
- Wildfire Research
- Solar Energy
- Low-grade Thermal Energy Recovery
- Wind Turbine Blade Design based on Adaptive Motion
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
- Polymer Solar Cells
- Inertial Sensors
- Computational MEMS
Micro- & Nano-fabrication
- UV and Extreme UV Lithography
- Hierarchical Manufacturing
- Powder-Based Approaches
- Design of Medical Devices
- Neural Engineering
These signature areas represent areas of research concentration and graduate level course offerings in the Department.