Mechanical Engineering

major

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with motion and the processes whereby other energy forms are converted into motion. Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, manufacturing, testing, and marketing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform, and utilize the energy forms that cause motion.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is the largest academic program on campus by student enrollment. The Mechanical Engineering program celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2009 and is one of the founding departments of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. More than a decade after the successful merger of the mechanical and aerospace programs, MAE remains a vibrant and intellectually diverse program at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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P.O. Box 116250
571 Gale Lemerand Drive
MECHANICAL & AEROSPACE ENGINEERING C
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-6250
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 Curriculum

Related Programs 

Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

The baccalaureate program in mechanical engineering is fully accredited and provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses are available to develop specialized interests in the engineering aspects of manufacturing, robotics, solid mechanics, thermal and fluid systems, dynamics and controls, and biomechanics. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of industries or to pursue graduate study.

Students considering a career in biomedical engineering should be aware that graduate education is often required. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering.

Combination Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

The mechanical engineering professional often benefits from an advanced degree to meet the challenging needs of industry and government. Accordingly, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering actively participates in the combination B.S./M.S. degree program that allows students to double-count graduate courses toward both degrees. The combination-degree program reduces the cost for both degrees and enhances the student’s marketability for career advancement. Interested students should contact the MAE department or its website for more information.

Department Requirements

Minimum grades of C are required for the following:

EGM 2511Engineering Mechanics: Statics3
EGM 3344Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis3
EGM 3401Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics3
EGM 3520Mechanics of Materials3
EML 3100Thermodynamics3

The minimum C grade is part of the prerequisite requirement for courses listing EGM 2511, EGM 3344, EGM 3401, EGM 3520, or EML 3100 as a prerequisite. The prerequisite course and subsequent course cannot be taken in the same term, even if the prerequisite is being repeated.

An aerospace or mechanical engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below a 2.0 or who does not meet critical tracking requirements will be placed on academic probation and required to complete a probation contract with an MAE academic advisor. Students normally are allowed a maximum of two terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) on academic probation. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the first term on probation may be dismissed from the department.

All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview with their advisor before graduating.

Dual-Degree Programs

There is much overlap between the aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering curriculum. The first six semesters are identical for both programs. Through proper selection of electives, students can earn a dual mechanical engineering/aerospace engineering degree with one semester of additional work. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or visit the website for more information.

Educational Objectives

The objective of the mechanical engineering program at UF is to prepare students to attain the following goals within a few years of graduation:

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program is to serve the state of Florida, the United States and the engineering profession by providing quality educational programs in mechanical engineering; conduct a nationally recognized research program; and foster ongoing professional development of students and faculty.

Research Programs

The department's active research programs are sponsored by private industry, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NASA, National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

These programs keep faculty at the leading edge of technology and provides opportunities for students to participate in research through classroom assignments, individual studies, undergraduate research scholarships and employment as research assistants.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete an additional 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete an additional 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete the remaining 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Meet all Semester 1-4 critical-tracking requirements
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 6

SEMESTER 7

SEMESTER 8

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
Chemistry for Engineers 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
ENC 1101
Expository and Argumentative Writing (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words; ACT/SAT placement scores do not exempt this requirement)
or Argument and Persuasion
3
EML 2920 Department and Professional Orientation 1
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
 Credits15
Semester Two
EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design (Critical Tracking) 3
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences) 3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
Science elective 3
 Credits17
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 2 3
COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers (take the Matlab section) 2
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 1 3
EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences) 3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
 Credits18
Semester Four
EGM 3344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis 1 3
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 1 3
EMA 3010 Materials 3
EML 3100 Thermodynamics 1 3
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 2 3
 Credits18
Semester Five
EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3 3
EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 1 3
EGN 3353C Fluid Mechanics 3
EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 2 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
EML 3005 Mechanical Engineering Design 1 3
EML 4140 Heat Transfer 3
EML 4220 Vibrations 3
EML 4312 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems 3
Select one: 3
Gen Ed Humanities; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 2
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 2
 Credits15
Semester Seven
EML 4147C Thermal Sciences Design and Laboratory 3
Select one: 3
Mechanical Engineering Design 2
Aerospace Design 1
Aerospace Design 2 (can substitute if dual ME/ASE student)
EML 4507 Finite Element Analysis and Design 3
Technical electives 6
 Credits15
Semester Eight
EML 4314C Dynamics and Controls System Design Laboratory 3
EML 4321 Manufacturing Engineering 3
EML 4502 Mechanical Engineering Design 3 3
Specialization elective 3
Technical elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits128
1

Minimum grade of C required. 

2

Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE- D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

3

Can substitute EEL 3111C


Science Elective

Critical Tracking | Select One

AST 3018Astronomy and Astrophysics 13
BSC 2010Integrated Principles of Biology 13
AST 3019Astronomy and Astrophysics 23
CHM 2046General Chemistry 23
CHM 2096Chemistry for Engineers 23
PHY 3101Introduction to Modern Physics3

Mechanical engineers are responsible for creating and manufacturing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform and utilize energy forms that cause motion. The baccalaureate program provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses develop specialized engineering skills in manufacturing, robotics, solid mechanics, thermal and fluid systems, dynamics and controls, and biomechanics.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET EAC Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes, and Enrollment and Graduation Numbers can be found on the college website.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an assessment by two or more faculty and/or industry practitioners of performance on a major design experience.
  • Pass assessment in two courses of individual assignments targeted to each learning outcome. Assessment will be provided by the instructor of the course according to department standards.
  • Complete an exit interview in your final semester.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to mechanical engineering problems.
  2. Design and conduct mechanical engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the data.

Critical Thinking

  1. Design a mechanical engineering system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.

Communication

  1. Communicate technical data and design information effectively in speech and in writing to other mechanical engineers.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
EGM 2511 I I
EGM 3344 R
EGM 3401 R
EGM 3520 A R
EGM 4313 R
EGN 3353C R
EML 2023 R R
EML 2322L R A A
EML 2920 I
EML 3005 R R R
EML 3100 A
EML 3301C R I, A A
EML 4140 R
EML 4147C R R R R
EML 4220 R R
EML 4304C R A A A
EML 4312 A R
EML 4314C R R R R
EML 4321 R R
EML 4500 R R R
EML 4501 R R A R
ENC 3254 R

Assessment Types

  • Written exams
  • Laboratory and oral reports
  • Design project
  • Additional assessments include:
    • Exit interview
    • Alumni survey