Mechanical Engineering (Course 2)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 2.001 and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 2.671 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required Core SubjectsUnits
2.001Mechanics and Materials I12
2.002Mechanics and Materials II12
2.003[J]Dynamics and Control I12
2.004Dynamics and Control II12
2.005Thermal-Fluids Engineering I12
2.006Thermal-Fluids Engineering II12
2.007Design and Manufacturing I12
or 2.017[J] Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems
2.008Design and Manufacturing II12
2.086Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers12
2.670Mechanical Engineering Tools 13
2.671Measurement and Instrumentation (CI-M)12
2.THUUndergraduate Thesis 26
18.03Differential Equations12
Select one of the following:12-15
The Product Engineering Process (CI-M)
Engineering Systems Design (CI-M)
Medical Device Design (CI-M)
Global Engineering (CI-M)
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following: 124
Engineering Systems Development
Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems
Design of Ocean Systems (CI-M)
Nonlinear Dynamics: Chaos
Introduction to Robotics
Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems
Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement
Fundamentals of Nanoengineering
Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer
Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion
Introduction to Sustainable Energy
Elements of Mechanical Design
Product Design
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics
Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing
Introduction to Manufacturing Systems
Management in Engineering
Physical Systems Modeling and Design Using Machine Learning
and Modeling with Machine Learning: from Algorithms to Applications
Units in Major177-180
Unrestricted Electives 348
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree189-192

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


Consult the MechE Undergraduate Office, Room 1-110, regarding substitutions.

To encourage more substantial research, design, or independent study, the department permits up to 15 units of 2.THU credit, subject to approval of the student’s thesis advisor.

The department suggests that students select a basic electronics subject (e.g., 2.678, 6.2000, or 22.071) as early as possible in their program.