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1998-99 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

Mechanical Engineering

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(907) 474-7136

Degrees: B.S., M.S.

Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 130 credits; M.S.: 30 credits

Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design and direct the manufacturing, distribution and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines and systems for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling and other purposes. Mechanical engineers are engagedin creative design, applied research, development and management. A degree in mechanical engineering also frequently forms the base for entering law, medical or business school, as well as for graduate work in engineering.

Because engineering is based on mathematics, chemistry and physics, students are introduced to the basic principles in these areas during their first two years of study. The third year encompasses courses in the engineering science -- extensions to the basic sciences forming the foundation to engineering synthesis and design. The design project course draws on much of the student's previous learning through a simulated industrial design project. Throughout the four-year program, courses in communication, humanities and social sciences are required because mechanical engineers must be able to communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical form.

Students may choose an emphasis in petroleum or aerospace engineering. Because of UAF's unique location, special emphasis is placed on cold regions engineering problems. This fact is highlighted in the technical elective, arctic engineering. Candidates for the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering are required to take the State of Alaska Engineer-in-Training Examination in their general field.

Undergraduate Program


Mechanical Engineering -- B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X; CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  3. Complete the following: program (major) requirements:*
    ME 302 -- Mechanical Design I (4 credits)
    ME 313 -- Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits)
    ME 321 -- Industrial Processes (3 credits)
    ME 334 -- Elements of Material Science/Engineering (3 credits)
    ME 403 -- Mechanical Design II (4 credits)
    ME 408 -- Dynamics of Systems (3 credits)
    ME 415W -- Thermal Systems Laboratory (2 credits)
    ME 441 -- Heat and Mass Transfer (3 credits)
    ME 487W,O -- Design Project (3 credits)
    ME electives** (6 credits)
    Technical electives*** (3 credits)
  4. Complete the following: program (major) requirements:
    ES 101 -- Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)
    ES 201 -- Computer Techniques (3 credits)
    ES 209 -- Statics (3 credits)
    ES 210 -- Dynamics (3 credits)
    ES 301 -- Engineering Analysis (3 credits)
    ES 307 -- Elements of Electrical Engineering (3 credits)
    ES 308 -- Instrumentation and Measurement (3 credits)
    ES 331 -- Mechanics of Materials* (3 credits)
    ES 341 -- Fluid Mechanics* (4 credits)
    ES 346 -- Basic Thermodynamics* (3 credits)
    ESM 450W -- Economic Analysis and Operations (3 credits)
    MATH 302 -- Differential Equations (3 credits)
    Electives (2 credits)
  5. Minimum credits required (130 credits)

* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** Mechanical engineering course at 400-level or above.

*** Engineering course at 400-level or above.

Note: Students must plan their elective courses in consultation with their mechanical engineering faculty advisor, and all elective courses must be approved by their mechanical engineering faculty advisor.

Graduate Program

Mechanical Engineering -- M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the M.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete 2 of the following:
    MATH 310 -- Numerical Analysis (3 credits)
    MATH 421 -- Applied Analysis I (4 credits)
    MATH 422 -- Applied Analysis II (4 credits)
    MATH 423 -- Applied Mathematics (3 credits)
    MATH elective at the 600-level
  4. Complete 4 of the following:
    ME 601 -- Finite Element Analysis in Engineering (3 credits)
    ME 604 -- Experimental Mechanics (3 credits)
    ME 617 -- Power Analysis (3 credits)
    ME 631 -- Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
    ME 634 -- Advanced Materials Engineering (3 credits)
    ME 641 -- Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
    ME 642 -- Advanced Heat Transfer (3 credits)
    ME 685 -- Arctic Heat and Mass Transfer (3 credits)
  5. Complete electives* (6 credits)
  6. Complete the thesis or non-thesis requirements:


    1. Complete the following:
      ME 699 -- Thesis (6 credits)
    2. Minimum credits required (30 credits)


    1. Complete the following:
      Electives (9 credits)
      ME 698 -- Project (3 credits)
    2. Minimum credits required (30 credits)

*ME or other engineering, science, or mathematics graduate courses approved by the student's advisory committee.

Note: All students must take at least one course in the mechanical systems sequence (ME 604, 631 and 634) and one from the fluids/thermal science sequence (ME 641 and 642).