Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering

 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: 
  1. Applying an open-minded but critical approach to the analysis of problems and the design of innovative and sustainable engineering solutions while employed in industry, government organizations, in research and development, or in entrepreneurial efforts (Professional Practice).
  2. Actively participating in on-going professional development opportunities (Professional Development).
  3. Conducting themselves responsibly, professionally, and ethically 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 with an emphasis in Bioengineering program are listed below.

  • PO 1: The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 
  • PO 2: The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 
  • PO 3: The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. 
  • PO 4: The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • PO 5: The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 
  • PO 6: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 
  • PO 7: The ability to communicate effectively. 
  • PO 8: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context. 
  • PO 9: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 
  • PO 10: A knowledge of contemporary issues. 
  • PO 11: The ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • PO 12: The ability 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. 
  • PO 13: The ability to work professionally in thermal, mechanical, or biological systems areas.
 

The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering with and emphasis in Bioengineering 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. For the academic year 2018-19, the Mechanical Engineering curriculum can be summarized in the following SDSU Major Academic Plan (MAP):

To see you MyMap for your catalog year, please visit the SDSU MyMap website

There are 54-56 units of Major Preparation Courses: ME 101, 102, 200, 202, 220, 240, 241; BIOL 203; CHEM 202; EE 204; AE 280; MATH 150, 151, 252; PHYS 195, 195L, 196, 196L, 197 (or CHEM 201, or CHEM 232 with CHEM 232L, or BIOL 212). If you have any questions or difficulties with these courses, you should contact your ME Faculty Advisor (see the list below).

 

General Education [GE] Courses

There are 36 units of General Education [GE] Courses in Humanities (15 units), Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 units), Natural Science (3 units), Composition (3 units), Intermediate Composition (3 units, also prerequisite for ME 330), Oral Communication (3 units), and American Institution (6 units). All general education requirements and limitations, as well as listings of the approved GE course electives are given in the 2018-19 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, Ms. Theresa Garcia (Email: [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 2018-19 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, Ms. Theresa Garcia (Email: [email protected]; Phone: 619-594-5807, Office: Engineering 200b).

 

Major courses consists of 48 upper division courses: ME 304 (or CIV E 301), 310, 314, 330, 350, 351, 452, 490A, 490B, 495, 499 (3 units), 520, 555, 580, and 585; AE 340, 341; BIOL 436 (2 units) or ME 496 Biological Systems Lab (2 units).

 

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 102 (Solid Modeling II) in the Spring semester of their freshman year. The instructor of ME 102 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-310, ME-490A, & ME-490B.

SUBMIT MASTER PLANS TO: [email protected]

For general information about advising please check the Office of Advising and Evaluations website. You can find the Master Plan on Blackboard in Mechanical Engineering. 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 (E326) 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 160 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 90 units or a maximum of 115 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.

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 502, 580, and 585 for the biomechanics specialization; ME 502 or 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 (PDF) 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
  • Bio-Nanoelectronics
  • Inertial Sensors
  • Microfluidics
  • Computational MEMS

Micro- & Nano-fabrication

  • UV and Extreme UV Lithography
  • Hierarchical Manufacturing
  • Powder-Based Approaches

Biomechanics

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Design of Medical Devices
  • Neural Engineering

These signature areas represent areas of research concentration and graduate level course offerings in the Department.