Mechanical Engineering - B.S.M.E.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 130 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H
MATH 1101 or MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): CHEM 1211*, CHEM 1211L* or CHEM 1311H*, CHEM 1311L*
Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): BIOL 1103*, BIOL 1103L or BIOL 1104 or BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L or BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L 


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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): MATH 2260*

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
Preferred Course(s): COMM 1100 or COMM 2150H
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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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Entrance Requirements
To be considered for Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.), students must have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: 
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High-Demand Major–Selection Criteria
Selection of applicants is based on a review of student scores and achievements in the following three areas:
  • Entrance Requirement Coursework (30%)
  • Major Specific Coursework (40%)
  • Personal Statement of Purpose (30%)

Entrance Requirement Coursework
Entrance Requirement Coursework applies to all degree programs. Students must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better:

Major Specific Coursework
To be considered for Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.), students must have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: 

Personal Statement of Purpose

In no more than two pages, provide your personal statement of purpose:

  • Explain your interest in engineering and describe your experience with engineering.
  • What is your ultimate career aspiration?
  • How will your chosen College of Engineering major(s) enable you to reach your career goals?

The above criteria are minimum application requirements and do not guarantee acceptance to any major in the College of Engineering.


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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
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Required Courses (130 hours)

First Year - Fall Semester
COMM 1100 or COMM 2150H (Area IV)
ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E (Area I)
ENGR 1120* (Area VI)
ENGR 1920 
FYOS 1001 
MATH 2250* (Area I)
Social Science Elective (Area V)

First Year - Spring Semester
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E (Area I)
ENGR 1140* (Area VI)
MATH 2260* (Area III)
MCHE 1940
PHYS 1251* or PHYS 1211-1211L*  (Area VI)

Second Year - Fall Semester
CHEM 1211*, CHEM 1211L* or CHEM 1311H*, CHEM 1311L* (Area II)
ENGR 2120* or ENGR 2120E
MATH 2500* (Area VI)
MCHE 2990
PHYS 1252* or PHYS 1212-1212L* (Area VI)

Second Year - Spring Semester
ENGR 2130*
ENGR 2140*
ENGR 2170*
ENGR 3140*
MATH 2700* (Area VI)

Third Year - Fall Semester
ELEE 4210/6210
ENGR 3160
MCHE 3300
MCHE 3310 
MCHE 3920 
MCHE 4000 

Third Year - Spring Semester
CVLE 2710
ELEE 4220/6220
ENGR 3150
MCHE 3450 
Mechanical Engineering Elective 
Life Science Elective* 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester
MCHE 4910
Mechanical Engineering Elective 
Major Related Elective** 
World Language and Culture (Area IV)
World Language and Culture (Area IV) 
Social Sciences Elective (Area V) 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
MCHE 4920
Mechanical Engineering Elective
Mechanical Engineering Elective
Mechanical Engineering Elective 
World Language and Culture (Area IV) 
Social Science Elective (Area V)


Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Energy Systems
ENGR 4490/6490
ENVE 4230/6230 
ENVE 4250 
ENVE 4530/6530 
MCHE 3150
MCHE 4650/6650
MIST 4550/6550

Advanced Mechanics
BIOE 4760/6760
CSEE 4310
CSEE 4320 
ENGR 4350/6350
MCHE 4300
MCHE 4360/6360 
MCHE 4380
MCHE 4390 
MCHE 4500 
MCHE 4810

Architectural Engineering
CVLE 3610 
CVLE 4630 
CVLE 4750
ENGR(LAND) 4660/6660
MCHE 4650/6650
MIST 4550/6550

Industrial Design and Processes 
AENG 3540
CSEE 4310
ELEE 4230/6230
ELEE 4540/6540
MCHE 3150
MCHE 4340
MCHE 4390
MCHE 4500 
MCHE 4650/6650

Modeling and Controls
CSEE 4320 
CVLE 4750 
ELEE 4230/6230
ELEE 4240  
ELEE 4250/6250
ENGR 4350/6350
MCHE 4360/6360
MCHE 4650/6650
MIST 4550/6550 

*LIFE SCIENCE ELECTIVE: Select from BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1104 or (BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L).

**MAJOR RELATED ELECTIVE: Allowable courses include:

  • ENGR 3910 (Complete three semesters and provide the required documentation to the College of Engineering's Director for Experiential Learning and Outreach)
  • CURO Research
  • Other Engineering Courses at the 3000-level or 4000-level
  • Courses from other disciplines, as outlined in the following paragraph. These courses must be approved. 
Courses should be at the 3000-level or higher, unless the course is in a foreign language and is above and beyond the credits used to satisfy the World Language and Culture requirement for UGA. (For example, if a student took four German courses in sequence (1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002), then GRMN 2002 would be counted toward this major-related elective.)


Major Requirements:

All students must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each of the following courses: BIOL 1103 or BIOL 1104 or (BIOL 1107, BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L), (CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L), ENGR 1120, ENGR 1140, ENGR 2120 or ENGR 2120E; ENGR 2130, ENGR 2140, ENGR 2170, ENGR 3140, ENGR 3150, ENGR 3160, MATH 2250, MATH 2260, MATH 2500, MATH 2700, (PHYS 1251 or PHYS 1211-1211L) and (PHYS 1252 or PHYS 1212-1212L).

Except for those ENGR courses requiring a grade of C (2.0) or better, a maximum of two other courses with grades of D (1.0), for all courses with prefixes associated with the UGA College of Engineering may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Competency in a computer programming language is expected and may be satisfied with ENGR 1140.  

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is a graduation requirement for this degree program.

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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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