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Mechanical Engineering

M. Kiani, Chair
R. Cohen, Program Coordinator

Room 607A, Engineering and Architecture Building
215-204-6245


Program Goals, Objectives & Design Integration

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to provide an excellent educational experience for the students in its programs. This experience includes an emphasis on the technical, communication, and teamwork skills that graduate engineers need to succeed, in both the workplace and society in general. In order to achieve these goals, the department places great importance on teaching, research, scholarship, engineering practice, and service to the university community and the Engineering profession. The mechanical engineering program is structured to prepare the graduate for the professional practice of engineering and/or graduate school. The curriculum emphasizes a rigorous treatment of the mathematical and scientific approach to the solution of engineering problems. It provides a coherent set of courses in energy conversion and structures/motion in mechanical systems. The program has design across the curriculum and is capped with an integrated design experience in the form of a senior project.

Most technical courses in the program are offered during the day only.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

  • New freshmen starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.
  • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

 

Foundation Science & Math Courses for Mechanical Engineering

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Calculus Sequence Plus Elective    
Math 1041 Calculus I 4 QB
Math 1042 Calculus II 4  
Math 2043 Calculus III 4  
Math 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
Math 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4 SA
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4 SB
Chemistry 1031 General Chemistry I 3 SA
Chemistry 1033 General Chemistry I Lab 1 SA
Subtotal     30  

Required Communications, Humanities, & Social Science for Mechanical Engineering

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
English

ENGRG
2696
  or
2196
Technical Writing
     or
Technical Communication
3 WI

WI
GenEd/Core Electives Humanities and Social Science - Various*
(Core Studies in Race may satisfy another Core category)
21  
Elective   Free Elective 2 (minimum)  
Subtotal     30  
         
* See advisor for recommended courses, particularly if transfer student.

Required Engineering Courses for Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Track

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mechanical
Engineering
2305
3301
3305
3421
3506
4572
Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory
Machine Theory & Design
Materials Laboratory
Dynamic Systems
Fluids & Energy Laboratory I
Heat & Mass Transfer
1
3
1
3
1
3
 

Mechanical Engineering

4422 & 4405
  or
4571 & 4506
*Concentration dependent - See below
Mechanical Vibrations and Vibrations & Controls Laboratory
      or
Advanced Thermodynamics & Combustion and Energy Conversion Laboratory

3/1

3/1
 
Electrical Engineering 2112
2113
Electrical Devices & Systems I
Electrical Devices & Systems I Lab
3
1
 
Engineering 1101
1117
2331
2332
2333
3096
3117
3496
3553
3571
4169
4196
4296
Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology
Engineering Graphics
Engineering Statics
Engineering Dynamics
Mechanics of Solids
Economic Analysis
Computer-Aided Design
Materials Science for Engineers
Mechanics of Fluids
Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics
Engineering Seminar
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
1
3





WI

WI



WI
WI
Mechanical Engineering Electives See faculty advisor for courses 9  
Subtotal     63-64  
Total Hours for the Mechanical Engineering Major: 124 (minimum)

*Students in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program must take either of the following sequences of courses (excludes Bioengineering concentration):

  • Mechanical Engineering 4422: Mechanical Vibrations (technical elective; offered every fall semester) and
  • Mechanical Engineering 4405: Vibrations & Controls Laboratory (lab elective)

OR

  • Mechanical Engineering 4571: Advanced Thermodynamics & Combustion (technical elective; offered every fall semester) and
  • Mechanical Engineering 4506: Energy Conversion Laboratory (lab elective)

 

Required Engineering Courses for Mechanical Engineering - Bioengineering Concentration

Students in the optional Concentration in Bioengineering within the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program must take the following sequence of courses:

  • Engineering 1101: Introduction to Engineering (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • Engineering 3033: Entrepreneurial Engineer (free elective; offered every fall semester)
  • Engineering 3496: Materials Science and Engineering (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • Engineering 3553: Mechanics of Fluids (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • Engineering 3571: Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • Engineering 3719: Introduction to Bioengineering (technical elective; offered every other spring semester)
  • Engineering 3725: Cell Biology for Engineers (technical elective; offered every fall semester)
  • Biology 3334: Mammalian Physiology (technical elective)
  • One Bioengineering elective from below:
    Engineering 4741: Biomaterials for Engineers (offered every other spring semester
    Mechanical Engineering 4731: Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics (offered every other spring semester)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 124 credit hours for the Concentration in Bioengineering in the Mechanical Engineering major.

 

Required Engineering Courses for Mechanical Engineering - Energy Systems Concentration

Students in the optional Concentration in Energy Systems within the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program must take the following sequence of courses:

  • ME 4506: Energy Conversion Laboratory (technical elective)
  • ME 4571: Advanced Thermodynamics (technical elective)
  • ME 4572: Heat  Mass Transfer (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • ME 4574: HVAC - Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning (technical elective; offered every fall semester)
  • ME 4575: Renewable & Alternative Energy (technical elective; offered every other spring semester)
  • Engineering 1101: Introduction to Engineering (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • Engineering 3033: Entrepreneurial Engineer (free elective)
  • Engineering 3571: Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics (required course within the B.S.M.E. program)
  • CE 3711: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (technical elective)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 124 credit hours for the Concentration in Energy Systems in the Mechanical Engineering major.


 

Suggested Semester by Semester Plans

 

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

First Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MATH 1041 Calculus I 4  
Chemistry 1031 & 1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 1101 Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology 2  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Semester Total   14  
 
Second Semester
ENGRG 1117 Engineering Graphics 3  
MATH 1042 Calculus II 4  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total   14  
 
Third Semester
MATH 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
ENGRG 2331 Engineering Statics 3  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
English

ENGRG
2696
  or
2196
Technical Writing
     or
Technical Communication
3 WI

WI
Semester Total   17  
 
Fourth Semester
MATH 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
MATH 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
ENGRG 2333 Mechanics of Solids 3  
ME 2305 Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory 1  
ENGRG 2332 Engineering Dynamics 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Semester Total   16  
 
Fifth Semester
EE 2112 & 2113 Electrical Devices & Systems I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 3496 Materials Science for Engineers 3 WI
ENGRG 3571 Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics 3  
ME 3301 Machine Theory & Design 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
ME 3305 Materials Laboratory 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Sixth Semester
ME 3421 Dynamic Systems 3  
ENGRG 3553 Mechanics of Fluids 3  
ENGRG 3117 Computer-Aided Design 3  
ME 3506 Fluids & Energy Laboratory I 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #1 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
ENGRG 4169 Engineering Seminar 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Seventh Semester
ENGRG 3096 Economic Analysis 3 WI
ENGRG 4196 Senior Design Project I 1 WI
ME 4572 Heat & Mass Transfer 3  
ME 4405 Vibrations & Controls Laboratory 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #2 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Semester Total   14  
 
Eighth Semester
ENGRG 4296 Senior Design Project II 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3/4 GA
ME 4506 Energy Conversion Laboratory 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #3 3  
Elective xxxx Free Elective(s) 5/4  
Semester Total   15  
         
         
Total Hours for Mechanical Engineering: 124 (minimum)

 

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Bioengineering Concentration

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

First Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MATH 1041 Calculus I 4  
Chemistry 1031 & 1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 1101 Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology 2  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Semester Total   14  
 
Second Semester
ENGRG 1117 Engineering Graphics 3  
MATH 1042 Calculus II 4  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total   14  
 
Third Semester
MATH 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
ENGRG 2331 Engineering Statics 3  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
English

ENGRG
2696
  or
2196
Technical Writing
     or
Technical Communication
3 WI

WI
Semester Total   17  
 
Fourth Semester
MATH 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
MATH 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
ENGRG 2333 Mechanics of Solids 3  
ME 2305 Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory 1  
ENGRG 2332 Engineering Dynamics 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Semester Total   16  
 
Fifth Semester
EE 2112 & 2113 Electrical Devices & Systems I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 3496 Materials Science for Engineers 3 WI
ENGRG 3571 Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics 3  
ME 3301 Machine Theory & Design 3  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #1 3  
ME 3305 Materials Laboratory 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Sixth Semester
ME 3421 Dynamic Systems 3  
ENGRG 3553 Mechanics of Fluids 3  
ENGRG 3117 Computer-Aided Design 3  
ME 3506 Fluids & Energy Laboratory I 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #2 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
ENGRG 4169 Engineering Seminar 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Seventh Semester
ENGRG 3096 Economic Analysis 3 WI
ENGRG 4196 Senior Design Project I 1 WI
ME 4572 Heat & Mass Transfer 3  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #3 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Semester Total   13  
 
Eighth Semester
ENGRG 4296 Senior Design Project II 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Elective xxxx Free Elective(s) 3-4  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #4 3  
Semester Total   15-16  
         
         
Total Hours for Mechanical Engineering - Bioengineering Concentration: 124 (minimum)

 


 

Cooperative Education Programs

A Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an optional program available at the College of Engineering where you have the opportunity to gain professional work experience before graduation. It is designed to give you the chance to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real life problems. You will be exposed to the latest technology and new ideas at a worksite helping you understand your field of work more extensively. During the Co-op, you will make valuable connections with professionals in your field. A cooperative education can enhance and strengthen you academically, professionally and personally.

Below are the five-year curricula for the Co-op programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Bioengineering, and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Energy Systems. The minimum requirement for graduation is 127 semester hours.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Cooperative Experience

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

First Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MATH 1041 Calculus I 4  
Chemistry 1031 & 1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 1101 Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology 2  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Semester Total   14  
 
Second Semester
ENGRG 1117 Engineering Graphics 3  
MATH 1042 Calculus II 4  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total   14  
 
Third Semester
MATH 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
ENGRG 2331 Engineering Statics 3  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
English

ENGRG
2696
  or
2196
Technical Writing
     or
Technical Communication
3 WI

WI
Semester Total   17  
 
Fourth Semester
MATH 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
MATH 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
ENGRG 2333 Mechanics of Solids 3  
ME 2305 Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory 1  
ENGRG 2332 Engineering Dynamics 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Semester Total   16  
 
Fifth Semester
EE 2112 & 2113 Electrical Devices & Systems I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 3496 Materials Science for Engineers 3 WI
ENGRG 3571 Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics 3  
ME 3301 Machine Theory & Design 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
ME 3305 Materials Laboratory 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Sixth Semester
ME 3421 Dynamic Systems 3  
ENGRG 3553 Mechanics of Fluids 3  
ENGRG 3117 Computer-Aided Design 3  
ME 3506 Fluids & Energy Laboratory I 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #1 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
ENGRG 4169 Engineering Seminar 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Seventh Semester
ENGRG 2181 or 3181 Co-op Experience I or II 3  
         
 
Eighth Semester
ENGRG 3181 Co-op Experience II 3  
         
 
Ninth Semester
ENGRG 3096 Economic Analysis 3 WI
ENGRG 4196 Senior Design Project I 1 WI
ME 4572 Heat & Mass Transfer 3  
ME 4405 Vibrations & Controls Laboratory 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #2 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Semester Total   14  
 
Tenth Semester
ENGRG 4296 Senior Design Project II 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3/4 GA
ME 4506 Energy Conversion Laboratory 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #3 3  
Elective xxxx Free Elective(s) 5/4  
Semester Total   15  
         
         
Total Hours for Mechanical Engineering: 127 (minimum)

 

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Bioengineering Concentration with Cooperative Experience

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

First Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
MATH 1041 Calculus I 4  
Chemistry 1031 & 1033 General Chemistry I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 1101 Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology 2  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Semester Total   14  
 
Second Semester
ENGRG 1117 Engineering Graphics 3  
MATH 1042 Calculus II 4  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total   14  
 
Third Semester
MATH 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
ENGRG 2331 Engineering Statics 3  
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
English

ENGRG
2696
  or
2196
Technical Writing
     or
Technical Communication
3 WI

WI
Semester Total   17  
 
Fourth Semester
MATH 3041 Differential Equations I 3  
MATH 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
ENGRG 2333 Mechanics of Solids 3  
ME 2305 Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory 1  
ENGRG 2332 Engineering Dynamics 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Semester Total   16  
 
Fifth Semester
EE 2112 & 2113 Electrical Devices & Systems I and Lab 4  
ENGRG 3496 Materials Science for Engineers 3 WI
ENGRG 3571 Classical & Statistical Thermodynamics 3  
ME 3301 Machine Theory & Design 3  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #1 3  
ME 3305 Materials Laboratory 1  
Semester Total   17  
 
Sixth Semester
ME 3421 Dynamic Systems 3  
ENGRG 3553 Mechanics of Fluids 3  
ENGRG 3117 Computer-Aided Design 3  
ME 3506 Fluids & Energy Laboratory I 1  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #2 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
ENGRG 4169 Engineering Seminar 1  
Semester Total   17  
       
Seventh Semester
ENGRG 2181 or 3181 Co-op Experience I or II 3  
         
 
Eighth Semester
ENGRG 3181 Co-op Experience II 3  
         
 
Ninth Semester
ENGRG 3096 Economic Analysis 3 WI
ENGRG 4196 Senior Design Project I 1 WI
ME 4572 Heat & Mass Transfer 3  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #3 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Semester Total   13  
 
Tenth Semester
ENGRG 4296 Senior Design Project II 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Elective xxxx Free Elective(s) 3-4  
ME xxxx Technical Elective #4 3  
Semester Total   15-16  
         
         
Total Hours for Mechanical Engineering - Bioengineering Concentration: 127 (minimum)


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