Mechanical Engineering Major

Mechanical engineering majors must earn a grade of C- or better in all engineering, mathematics, and science courses, including transfer courses. No grade lower than C- will be accepted for other courses transferred to the University of Houston.

Students must earn a 2.25 GPA in all courses and, in particular, in MECE courses (1331, 2334, 2336, 2361, and 3336) in order to enroll in additional 3000-level and above MECE courses. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. A minimum GPA of 2.000, both in MECE and overall, is required for graduation. The major GPA is calculated using all MECE courses except MECE 3400, which cannot be applied to the MECE degree. Prerequisites and corequisites must be satisfied for a course before a student can enroll in that course.

Students with senior standing in Mechanical Engineering are required to take three MECE 5000-level courses, Mechanical Engineering Electives or two MECE 5000-level courses and one non-MECE 3000+ level course from other departments in engineering or math or science. Exceptions: 1. Students in the Fast Track Program can substitute 6000-level MECE courses for the 5000-level MECE courses. 2. Students doing an Honors thesis would have to take an extra three hours to satisfy the requirements for a Math Minor. One MECE 4398 course (Individual Study) can be used in place of a 5000-level MECE course.

A drafting requirement (for no credit toward graduation) may be satisfied by completing CNST 1330 or MECT 3341 or an equivalent. A computer-aided course would be best. (This requirement may be met using other courses, high school drafting completed in the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade, or industrial experience by filing a petition in the department.)


First Year 4

Fall Semester Hours
CHEM 1117. Fundamentals of Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
CHEM 1372. Fundamentals of Chemistry for Engineers 3
ENGL 1303. First Year Writing I 3
MATH 1431. Calculus I 2 4
POLS 1336. U.S. and Texas Constitutions and Politics 1 3
Total 14
Spring Semester Hours
ENGL 1304. First Year Writing II 3
MECE 1100. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 1
MECE 1331. Computing for Engineers 3
MATH 1432. Calculus II 4
PHYS 1321. University Physics I 3
Total 14

Second Year

Fall Semester Hours
MECE 2336. Mechanics I 3
MECE 2361. Introduction to Mechanical Design 3
MATH 2433. Calculus III 4
PHYS 1322. University Physics II 3
Humanities Core Course 3
Total 16
Spring Semester Hours
MATH 3321. Engineering Math 3
MECE 2334. Thermodynamics I 3
MECE 3336. Mechanics II 3
ENGI 2304. Technical Communications 3
POLS 1337. U.S. Government: Congress, President, and Courts 1 3
Total 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Hours
ECE 3336. Introductions to Circuits and Electronics 3
MATH 3363. Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 3
MECE 3334. Thermodynamics II 3
MECE 3345. Materials Science 3
MECE 3369. Solid Mechanics 3
HIST 1377. The United States to 1877 1 3
Total 18
Spring Semester Hours
HIST 1378. The United States Since 1877 1 3
MECE 3245. Materials Science Laboratory 2
MECE 3338. Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems 3
MECE 3360. Experimental Methods 3
MECE 3363. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 3
MECE 3371. Numerical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 3
Total 17

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Hours
MECE 4364. Heat Transfer 3
MECE 4340. Mechanical Engineering Capstone I
MECE 53xx. Mechanical Engineering Elective 12 3
MECE 4372. Vibrations-Controls Laboratory
Visual/Performing Arts Core Course 3
Total 15
Spring Semester Hours
MECE 4341. Mechanical Engineering Capstone II 3
MECE 4371. Thermal-Fluids Laboratory 3
MECE 53xx. Mechanical Engineering Elective12 3
MECE 53xx. Mechanical Engineering Elective12 3
Social Science Core Course 3
Total 15
Degree Total 124

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: June 28, 2011