Undergraduate Programs

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering 

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program at North Carolina A&T State University is to prepare students for the broad practice of mechanical engineering and for graduate education in mechanical engineering and the many related fields such as materials engineering and aerospace engineering.

Accreditation

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Outcomes

Within a few years of graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program, the graduates are expected to:

  1. Perform effectively in mechanical engineering related positions in industry or in graduate/professional schools.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in teamwork and leadership skills for solving problems.
  3. Be active in their professional societies and in their communities.
  4. Engage in professional development through lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Student earning the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering must demonstrate the following:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • ability to apply multivariate calculus and differential equations to model and analyze physical systems
  • ability to apply engineering principles and basic sciences to design and realize physical systems
  • ability to work professionally in mechanical and thermal systems.

ADMISSION

A. Admission from High School

For admission into the Mechanical Engineering Program at North Carolina A&T State University, applicants must generally possess a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and a combined Mathematics and Critical Reading Scholastic Assessment Test Score (SAT) of 1000 or higher with a minimum score of 540 in Mathematics or a composite American Collegiate Test Score (ACT) of 21 or higher. Refer to the University Undergraduate Bulletin for more comprehensive admission criteria.

B. Admission from Another Institution (Transfer Students)

The maximum number of transferable credits is 80 semester hours from a 4 year program and 64 semester hours from a 2 year program. Students attending community colleges who intend to transfer to the BSME program should be enrolled at their community college in Pre-Engineering programs for their Associate in Science Degree, not in one of the engineering technologies programs which are intended for students to acquire entry-level job skills. Refer the University Undergraduate Bulletin for more comprehensive admission criteria.

C.  Change of Major

Students may transfer from other programs of the University to the Mechanical Engineering Program with approval of the Chairperson of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Dean of the College of Engineering.  The following department requirements must be satisfied by any student considering changing his/her major to Mechanical Engineering:

1.      The student must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

2.      The student must have completed MATH 131, CHEM 106, and PHY 241 with a grade of "C" or better in each of these courses.

3.      The student has not taken any senior level course in Mechanical Engineering.

4.      A student may not have taken any courses out of sequence or without the proper prerequisites.

Policies and Procedures

A. Minimum Grade of “C” in Selected Core Courses

The College of Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Program have adopted a list of specific courses in which students must earn a minimum grade of “C” to meet graduation requirements or to progress on to any course for which these courses are prerequisites. Refer to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate handbook for the list of courses requiring a minimum Grade of C.

B. Academic Advising

A faculty member will serve as your academic program advisor. Information about your advisor can be obtained from the MEEN office (Room 618, McNair Hall), or from Aggie Access On-Line under Student Records. You should consult with your advisor regarding questions or problems about your program and course scheduling. It is important that you plan your academic program such that you graduate in the minimum possible time.

C.  Registration

Each semester the University publishes a schedule includes classes,  examination schedule, and an academic calendar. You should check the Aggie Access On Line and use it to plan your courses.

1.      Fill in a Course Request Form by referring to the class schedule.

2.      Schedule a time to meet your advisor.

3.      Take the completed Course Request Form to your advisor for approval and signature. Do not take courses out of sequence.  Refer to the UG Handbook for      prerequisite information.

4.      On-line course registration can be conducted during the registration period. To use the Aggie Access On-Line, you must obtain a PIN from your advisor or a secretary in the MEEN Office by presenting a course request form signed by your academic advisor.

D.   Checking Prerequisite/Co-requisite Requirements

All mechanical engineering students are responsible for ensuring that they are taking courses for which the prerequisite/co-requisite requirements are satisfied.  If a student takes a course without proper prerequisites, he or she will receive an “F” grade in that course. You should verify prerequisite requirements with your advisor prior to the last day to add so that you will have time to substitute another course if necessary.

E. Course Load

The normal course load in Mechanical Engineering is 16 or 17 semester credit hours.  For full time status, a undergraduate student is required to carry a minimum of 12 credit hours; however, carrying just this minimum load will mean that you will require more than 8 semesters to complete your degree.

The maximum course load that a student may carry is 18 credit hours unless the student has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, or has a 3.2 semester grade point average while earning 12 or more credit hours in the semester prior to the one for which the overload is requested. The maximum course overload for any student is 21 credit hours. The maximum course load for one 5-week summer session is 7 credit hours.

F.  Repetition of Courses (University Policy)

A student who has received a failing grade in a required course at this University must repeat and pass the course unless the Dean of the College/School authorizes a substitute course. No single course may be repeated more than two (2) times. Course withdrawals do not count. Course drops do not count toward the attempts. A course completed with a grade of 'C' or better may not be repeated for a higher grade. Special authorization may be requested, as needed, from the Dean of the appropriate College/School to assist the student with completing requirements for graduation.

Dual course credit is not allowed. For example, only three (3) hours of credit are allowed for a three (3) hour course.

All grades earned by the student are a part of his/her official academic record and will appear on his/her transcript

G.  Maximum Attempts (College of Engineering Policy)

A student may attempt the following three Engineering Fundamental courses only twice: MATH 131(Calculus 1), CHEM 106 (Chemistry 1), and PHYS 241(Physics 1). If a student is unable to pass any of these courses in two graded attempts, he/she will be dismissed from engineering. Students dismissed from mechanical engineering must report to the Center for Academic Excellence for advising.

Undergraduate Student Handbook (2013)