Lafayette Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

(Copied from on May 7, 2001.)

Our curriculum has been revised, shifting from expressing accademic units in terms of credit hours to expressing them in terms of courses.  The revision is being phased in, starting with the Class of 2002. Our curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).   Part of that accreditation requires mechanical engineering students to take Humanities and Social Science courses which expose them to the breadth of knowledge outside of engineering and natural science.  Please follow this link for the list of Allowable Science, Technical, and Humanities-Social Science Electives.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
(Class of 2002 Onward)
Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First Year

Math 161  Calculus I Math 162  Calculus II
Chem 121  General Chemistry I ES 231  Nature of Engineering Materials 
Chem 122  General Chemistry II
ES 101  Introduction to Engineering Physics 131 Newtonian Dynamics
First-Year Seminar English 110  College Writing
Sophomore Year
Math 263  Calculus III Math 264  Differential Equations
ES 226  Statics ME 210  Manufacturing & Design
Physics 132  Electricity & Magnetism ES 230  Strength of Materials
ES 225  Professionalism & Ethics ME 240  Dyanmics
Humanities/Social Science Elective
(or English 110 if not completed)
Humanities/Social Science Elective
Junior Year
ME 331  Instrumentation & Data Acquisition ME 352 Dynamics of Physical Systems
ME 332  Instrumentation & Data Acquisition Laboratory ME 360  Thermodynamics II 
ME 371  Engineering Design II
ME 353  Engineering Design I ME 361 Dynamics of Machines
ME 350 Thermodynamics I ME 362 Fluid Mechanics
Humanities/Social Science Elective Humanities/Social Science Elective
Senior Year
ME 470 Heat Transfer ME 475 Thermo/Fluids Laboratory
ME 478 Control Systems ME 498 Senior Project II
ME 479 Control Systems Laboratory Technical Elective
ME 497 Senior Project I Technical Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

Many Mechanical Engineering students minor in Economics and Business.  There are four areas of concentration in Economics and Business: Political Economy, Finance, Applied Economics, and International/Development.  The requirement for a minor in Economics and Business is six courses within one of the four concentrations, as follows:
       1. Political Economy - Economics and Business 101, 211, and four courses numbered 340-347.
       2. Finance - Economics and Business 101, 120, 211, and three courses numbered 220, 320-324.
       3. Applied Economics - Economics and Business 101, 211, 213; Mathematics 203; and two courses numbered 330-334.
       4. International/Development - Economics and Business 101, 210, and four course numbered 344-347, 351-354.
                       (This page was last edited on May 08, 2001 by Patrick Lyons.)