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College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Plan of Study for Mechanical Engineering

Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 128

Freshman Year, see First-Year Engineering Program

Graphics. CGT 16300 is a required course in the mechanical engineering curriculum and should be taken in the freshman year.

Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(4) MA 26100 (Multivariate Calculus) (3) ECE 20100 (Linear Circuit Analysis I)
(3) ME 20000 (Thermodynamics I) (1) ECE 20700 (Electronic Measurement Techniques)
(3) ME 27000 (Basic Mechanics I) (4) MA 26200 (Linear Algebra and Differential
(1) ME 29000 (Mechanical Engineering
Professional Seminar)
(3) ME 26300 (Introduction to Mechanical
Engineering Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics) (3) ME 27400 (Basic Mechanics II)
(3) Economics elective* (3) World affairs and cultures elective*
(17) (17)  

Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) MA 30300 (Differential and Partial Differential Equations for Engineering and the Sciences) (4) ME 35200 (Machine Design I)
(4) ME 30900 (Fluid Mechanics) (3) ME 37500 (System Modeling and Analysis)
(3) ME 32300 (Mechanics of Materials) (3) MSE 23000 (Structure and Properties of Materials)
(3) ME 36500 (Systems and Measurements) (3) General education elective*
(3) General education elective* (3) Professional elective*
(16)   (16)  

Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(4) ME 31500 (Heat and Mass Transfer) (3) ME 46300 (Engineering Design)
(3) Free elective* (3) General education elective*
(3) General education elective* (6) Professional electives*
(3) Professional elective* (3) Restricted electives*
(3) Restricted elective*    
(16)   (15)  

* The 39 credit hours of electives must be chosen in accordance with the following conditions:
1. Eighteen credit hours of general education electives (including the economics elective and the world affairs and cultures elective) chosen in accordance with the general education document, which is available at www.purdue.edu/ME/Academics/Undergraduate/GenEds.html.
2. Six credit hours of restricted electives are to include two of the following three courses: ME 30000, 45200, 47500.
3. Twelve credit hours of professional electives in engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, ME 49700 projects or select management courses chosen in accordance with the professional elective rules, which are available at www.purdue.edu/ME/Academics/Undergraduate/METechElects.html.
4. Three credit hours of free electives can be chosen from items 1 through 3 above, or, with prior approval of the student’s faculty advisor, from other areas.


  1. The pass/not-pass option may not be used for any courses required for graduation.
  2. Deviations from the stated curriculum must be approved by the Curriculum Committee of the School of Mechanical Engineering.