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Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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(Major Code: 09101) (SIMS Code: 447001)

This program requires 120 units to include general education. In addition, the total number of units specified in each elective category represents a minimum requirement.

All students in mechanical engineering pursue a common program of basic sciences, engineering, and mechanical engineering fundamentals. Students are provided with the opportunity to select a pattern of study to satisfy their areas of interest. This pattern of study is indicated in the sequence known as “professional electives” and may be selected from available courses in controls, energy conversion, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, machine design, materials, mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations, and other areas.

Students must complete all upper division courses in the major within seven years prior to graduation. Students who will have completed any of those courses more than seven years before the projected date of graduation must contact the department chair for information about ways to certify knowledge of current course content.

Preparation for the Major

(48-49 units)

General Education

Engineering majors automatically satisfy the Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning and Lifelong Learning and Self-Development foundations GE areas by completion of preparation for the major. Engineering majors automatically satisfy the Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences explorations GE areas by completion of the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Professional Electives

Six units of coursework to be selected from one of either mechanical systems or thermal systems areas, with at least three units at the 500-level; and nine units of additional coursework selected from any of the 400- or 500-level mechanical engineering courses listed below. Students may select professional electives from other departments, with departmental approval.

Master Plan

The master plan provides an advising record and a roadmap toward graduation for mechanical engineering majors. The master plan must be filed electronically with the department advisers (https://mechanical.sdsu.edu/undergraduate/advising). All students transferring from another institution are required to file the master plan at the time of transfer. Current SDSU students are required to file the master plan as part of their course requirements in M E 190 . Students are encouraged to seek the guidance of their advisers when completing the master plan. If there is any change to the course sequence listed in the master plan that is already on file, it must be updated and refiled. All students must have an updated master plan on file in the department prior to enrollment in M E 350  and M E 490A . All course substitutions must be approved by the department chair prior to enrolling in the course.

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