The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a broad field with applications in almost all areas of industry including aviation and aerospace, alternative energy, automotive, automated manufacturing and robotics, chemical, computer, electronics, petroleum, nanotechnology, materials, textiles, and heavy equipment and machinery. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

This degree provides a broad, solid education in engineering fundamentals as well as the opportunity for in-depth study in specialized topics. Students completing the program will have rigorous foundation for engineering practice in industry as well as for graduate studies in engineering and other disciplines. The program has well-equipped, accessible laboratories and extensive experimental and computing facilities. 

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2413 is given three credit hours for the lecture component.

030 Life and Physical Science - 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 are given three credit hours each for the lecture component. 

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture – 3 hours

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

Required:

CHEM 1109Chemistry for Engineers Lab

1

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 are given one credit hour each for the lab component.

Choose one:

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

ENGL 2313Readings in Dramatic Literature

3

ENGL 2321Introduction to British Literature

3

ENGL 2326Introduction to American Literature

3

ENGL 2331Introduction to World Literature

3

ENGL 2341Introduction to Literature

3

ENGL 2351Introduction to Mexican American Literature

3

The ENGL courses above are from category 040 Language, Philosophy and Culture section of the core curriculum

Major Requirements - 87 hours

Required Courses - 70 hours

Mechanical Engineering Foundation - 64 hours

ELEE 2317Electrical and Electronic Systems

3

MANE 3164Manufacturing Processes Lab

1

MANE 3332Engineering Statistics

3

MANE 3364Manufacturing Processes

3

MECE 1101Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

1

MECE 1221Engineering Graphics

2

MECE 2140Engineering Materials Laboratory

1

MECE 2301Statics

3

MECE 2302Dynamics

3

MECE 2340Engineering Materials

3

MECE 2350Numerical Methods for Engineers

3

MECE 3115Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

1

MECE 3160Heat Transfer Laboratory

1

MECE 3304System Dynamics

3

MECE 3315Fluid Mechanics

3

MECE 3320Measurements and Instrumentation

3

MECE 3321Mechanics of Solids

3

MECE 3335Thermodynamics I

3

MECE 3336Thermodynamics II

3

MECE 3360Heat Transfer

3

MECE 3380Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines

3

MECE 3449Mechanical Engineering Analysis I

4

MECE 3450Mechanical Engineering Analysis II

4

MECE 4101Fundamentals of Engineering

1

MECE 4350Machine Elements

3

Senior Design - 6 hours

MECE 4361Senior Design Project I

3

MECE 4362Senior Design Project II

3

Prescribed Electives - 9 hours

 Mechanical Engineering Electives 

Choose at least 6 credit from:

MECE 3370Rock Properties

3

MECE 3385Mechanical Vibrations

3

MECE 4304Automatic Control Systems

3

MECE 4305Vehicle Systems Modeling and Control

3

MECE 4315Propulsion

3

MECE 4316Introduction to Acoustics

3

MECE 4317Introduction to Corrosion

3

MECE 4320Introduction to Mechatronics

3

MECE 4322Introduction to Finite Elements

3

MECE 4323Introduction to Combustion Engineering

3

MECE 4324Thermal Systems Design and Optimization

3

MECE 4325Composite Material Design

3

MECE 4326Introduction to Ceramics Engineering

3

MECE 4327Intermediate Materials Engineering

3

MECE 4328Polymer Engineering

3

MECE 4329Introduction to Nanotechnology

3

MECE 4330Introduction to Physical Metallurgy

3

MECE 4333Topics in Mechanical Engineering

3

MECE 4360Solar Energy

3

MECE 4365Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Design

3

MECE 4370Drilling and Completion Engineering

3

MECE 4371Production and Reservoir Engineering

3

MECE 4372Natural Gas Engineering

3

MECE 4380Introduction to Computational Biomechanics

3

MECE 4381Experimental Orthopaedic Biomechanics

3

MECE 4382Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics

3

MECE 4383Introduction to Micro and Nano Structures

3

MECE 4314Introduction to Aerodynamics

3

MECE 4331Design Optimization

3

MECE 3390Renewable Energy

3

MECE 4332Tribology

3

MECE 3391Sustainable Engineering Design: People, Profit and Planet

3

Options for fulfilling three of nine hours of prescribed electives: 

Option 1: In lieu of one MECE course above, the student may enroll MECE 3100 up to three times for a total of three credits. To receive elective credit for MECE 3100, the student must complete 3 terms/enrollments performing research or internship in the same area as approved by the department through the enrollment process and produce a research paper or presentation. 

Option 2: In lieu of one MECE course above, the student may enroll in one section of MECE 3300. To receive elective credit for MECE 3300, the student must complete 2 terms of industry internship/co-op and submit a formal report to the department. 

Option 3: In lieu of one MECE course above, the student may enroll in any other non-MECE advanced engineering, science or mathematics course. To receive elective credit, students must seek approval prior to enrolling and completing the advanced mathematics or science course. 

Students must seek approval from the department to ensure that the credits for the options above are applied to the student’s degree audit in DegreeWorks. 

 

Support Courses - 8 hours

CHEM 1309Chemistry for Engineers

3

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2413 is given one credit hour to support course credits.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 129

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

  1. A GPA of 2.5 or better in Mechanical Engineering coursework on the degree plan. 
  2. MECE 2301, MECE 2302, MECE 2340, MECE 3321, MECE 3335, and MECE 3449 cannot be taken more than 2 times without approval from the department.
 

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements.

  1. A GPA of 2.5 or better in Mechanical Engineering coursework.
  1. All Mechanical Engineering coursework must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.