Curriculum - Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires the completion of 128 credit hours. The BSME's unique and blended format allows students to experience the same lectures and discussions as traditional campus students, through online and video courses.

Coursework is completed primarily online with the exception of three lab courses that require an occasional face-to-face component. Students can complete these labs during the weekend across the state of Alabama in Gadsden or Tuscaloosa.

Program Requirements

(C- required in each course)

  • EN 101 English (FC) (3 Hrs)
  • EN 102 English (FC) (3 Hrs)
  • MTH 125 Calculus I (M)** (4 Hrs)
  • MTH 126 Calculus II (M)** (4 Hrs)
  • MTH 227 Calculus III (M)** (4 Hrs)
  • CH 101 General Chemistry I (N)** (4 Hrs)
  • PH 105 General Physics w/ Cal I (N)** (4 Hrs)
  • PH 106 General Physics w/ Cal II (N)** (4 Hrs)
  • Science Elective (4 Hrs)

** Not offered by UA Distance. Must be completed on campus or at another institution and transferred to UA.

(C- required in ME 349)

  • ME 349 Engineering Analysis (C) (3 Hrs)
  • ME 372 Dynamic Systems (C) (3 Hrs)
  • 3 Hrs
  • 3 Hrs
  • 3 Hrs*

* Last course can be a Mechanical Engineering or an Approved Technical Elective. Each student may select any two ME Electives to satisfy the requirements of ME Elective courses. The technical elective requirement may be satisfied with an additional ME Elective or a 300-400 level engineering, math, or science course by prior petition.

  • 3 Hrs*
  • 3 Hrs*
  • 3 Hrs
  • 3 Hrs
  • 3 Hrs
  • 3 Hrs

* Depth Study: must complete a six hour sequence from a single discipline of HI, SB, HU, L, or FA.

Humanities (HU) offered only by UA Online

  • CHI 101
  • CHI 102
  • EN 205
  • EN 206
  • EN 209
  • EN 210
  • JA 101
  • JA 102
  • JA 201
  • JN 200
  • PHL 100
  • PHL 223
  • REL 100
  • REL 110
  • REL 112
  • SOC 390
  • SP 101
  • SP 102
  • WS 200

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) offered by UA Online

  • AAST 201
  • ANT 100
  • ANT 102
  • COM 220
  • EC 110
  • EC 111
  • GY 105
  • GY 110
  • HD 101
  • PSC 101
  • SOC 101
  • SW 210

(C- required in ME 360)

  • ME 360 Control and Instrumentation Comp. (LAB) (W) (3 Hrs)*
  • ME 460 Thermal Systems Instrumentation (LAB) (W) (4 Hrs)*

* Lab requires visit to Tuscaloosa or Gadsden.

(C- required in each course that is a pre-req to a course)

  • ENG 161 (1 Hrs)
  • ENGR 103 Engineering Foundations (3 Hrs)**
  • ME 121 or ENGR 111 (1 Hrs)**
  • AEM 201 Statics (3 Hrs)
  • AEM 264 Dynamics (3 Hrs)
  • AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics (3 Hrs)
  • ME 215 Thermodynamics (3 Hrs)
  • ME 305 Thermodynamics II (3 Hrs)
  • MTE 271 Engineering Materials I (3 Hrs)
  • MTH 238 Applied Differential Equations (3 Hrs)
  • AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I (3 Hrs) and AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials (LAB) (1 Hrs)*
  • ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Eng. (3 Hrs)
  • ME 309 Heat Transfer (3 Hrs)
  • ME 383 Modern Manufacturing Practices (3 Hrs)
  • ME 350 Static Machine Components (4 Hrs)
  • ME 489 Mechanical Engineering Design I (3 Hrs)
  • ME 450 Dynamic Machine Components (3 Hrs)
  • ME 490 Mechanical Eng. Design II (3 Hrs)

** Not offered by UA Distance. Must be completed on campus or at another institution and transferred to UA.

* Lab requires visit to Tuscaloosa or Gadsden.

Courses by Semester

  • CH 101 General Chemistry I (N)** (4 Hrs)
  • MTH 125 Calculus I (M)** (4 Hrs)
  • ENGR 103 Engineering Foundations** (3 Hrs)
  • ME 121 or ENGR 111** (1 Hrs)
  • EN 101 English (FC) (3 Hrs)
  • MTH 126 Calculus II (M)** (4 Hrs)
  • PH 105 General Physics w/ Cal I (N)** (4 Hrs)
  • ENG 161 (1 Hrs)
  • EN 102 English (FC) (3 Hrs)
  • Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA) elective (3 Hrs)

** Not offered by UA Distance. Must be completed on campus or at another institution and transferred to UA.

AEM 201 Statics (3 Hrs) - Forces, couples and resultants of force systems; free body diagrams; two and three dimensional equilibrium, and problems involving friction; and centroids, center of gravity, and distributed forces. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 125 or MTH 145
  • PH 105
  • ENGR 103**

MTH 227 Calculus III (M)** (4 Hrs) - Students develop understanding and use of vector functions and motion in space, functions of two or more variables and their partial derivatives and applications of partial derivatives, quadric surfaces, multiple integration, line integrals, surface integrals and Stokes' Theorem. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126

ME 215 Thermodynamics (3 Hrs) - Properties of matter; processes in fluids; zeroth; first and second laws; irreversibility. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126

PH 106 General Physics w/ Cal II (N)** (4 Hrs) - Lecture and laboratory. Introductory calculus-based course in classical physics, including electricity, magnetism, and optics. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126
  • PH 105

Approved science elective (4 Hrs)

** Not offered by UA Distance. Must be completed on campus or at another institution and transferred to UA.

AEM 264 Dynamics (3 Hrs) - Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton's laws of motion, and principles of work- energy and impulse-momentum for particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126 or MTH 146
  • AEM 201

AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics (3 Hrs) - Fluid statics, application of conservation laws to simple systems, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in open and closed conduits. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 227
  • AEM 201

MTH 238 Applied Differential Equations** (3 Hrs) - Introduction to analytic and numerical methods for solving differential equations, qualitative behavior of first order equations, analytic techniques for separable and linear equations, applications to population models and motion problems. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126
  • MTH 227

ME 305 Thermodynamics II (3 Hrs) - Thermodynamic cycle analysis, Maxwell relations, development of thermodynamic properties and thermodynamics of non-reacting and reacting mixtures and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisites/corequisites are:

  • MTH 227 (corequisite)
  • ME 215 (prerequisite)

MTE 271 Engineering Materials I (3 Hrs) - Basic structure of ceramics, alloys, composites, metals, and polymers. Relationships between the structure of materials and their mechanical, electrical, thermal, and chemical properties. Prerequisites are:

  • CH 101
  • MTH 125

** Not offered by UA Distance. Must be completed on campus or at another institution and transferred to UA.

AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I (3 Hrs) - Concepts of stress and strain; analysis of stresses and deformation in bodies loaded by axial, torsional, and bending loads; combined loads analysis; statically indeterminate members; thermal stresses; columns; and thin-walled pressure vessels. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 126
  • AEM 201

AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials (Lab) (1 Hrs)* - Mechanical tests of metallic and nonmetallic materials in the elastic and inelastic ranges; use of materials testing for acceptance tests, for the determination of properties of materials, and for illustration of the validity of assumptions made in mechanics of materials. Prerequisites are:

  • AEM 250

ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (3 Hrs) - Introduction to circuit analysis, methods, resistive circuits, AC circuits, first-order transients, AC power, operational amplifiers, and machines. Not open to electrical engineering majors or to students who have earned credit for ECE 225. Prerequisites are:

  • PH 106
  • MTH 238

ME 309 Heat Transfer (3 Hrs) - Steady and unsteady conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 238
  • ME 215
  • AEM 311

ME 349 Engineering Analysis (C) (3 Hrs) - Elements of statistics, matrix algebra, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations applied to engineering problems; includes extensive computer applications. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 238
  • ENGR 103

History (HI) and/or social behavioral sciences (SB) elective (3 Hrs)

* Lab requires visit to Tuscaloosa or Gadsden.

ME 350 Static Machine Components (4 Hrs) - The analysis of stresses of machine elements and the topics of fatigue strength, wear and failure criteria. Also includes the design of fasteners covering both bolted and welded joints. Prerequisites are:

  • AEM 250
  • ENGR 161

ME 360 Control & Instrumentation Comp. with lab (W) (3 Hrs)* - Introduction to selection and use of electrical, pneumatic, and other components of mechanical system instrumentation and control. Specific components include modern electrical measurement devices, signal conditioning, force and torque measurement, proximity sensors, AC and DC motors, etc. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Prerequisites are:

  • AEM 250
  • ECE 320

ME 372 Dynamic Systems (C) (3 Hrs) - An introduction to the modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. The course takes the student from initial modeling through analysis of the system response and finally into the control of the system. Specific systems include mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and electromechanical systems. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Prerequisites are:

  • MTH 238
  • AEM 264
  • ME 349
  • ECE 320

ME 383 Modern Manufacturing Practices (3 Hrs) - A survey of classical and modern manufacturing processes. Emphasis is on technical fundamentals and practical applications. Components include geometric and service attributes of manufactured products, metal casting processes, forming processes, machine processes and joining processes. Practical project experience included. Prerequisites are:

  • AEM 250 and AEM 251
  • ENGR 161

Approved Mechanical Engineering elective (3 Hrs)

* Lab requires visit to Tuscaloosa or Gadsden.

ME 450 Dynamic Machine Components (3 Hrs) - This course covers the selection and application of machine elements in dynamic systems. Specific components covered include transmission elements (gears and pulleys), mechanisms (linkages and cams), shafting, bearing systems and prime movers. Prerequisites are:

  • AEM 264
  • ME 350

ME 460 Thermal Systems Instrumentation with lab (W) (4 Hrs)* - Selection and use of pressure, temperature, fluid flow and heat transfer instrumentation. Hands-on experiences with fluid flow, heat transfer, refrigeration and heat engine equipment. Statistical design of experiments. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. Prerequisites are:

  • ME 360
  • ME 309

ME 489 Mechanical Engineering Design I (3 Hrs) - Introduction to concepts and techniques of engineering design with supporting mathematical material. Guest lecturers present professional aspects of engineering. The Capstone Design Project is begun and carried on through ME 490. Prerequisites are:

  • ME 350
  • ME 309

Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine arts (FA) elective (3 Hrs)

History (HI) and/or Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) elective (3 Hrs)

* Lab requires visit to Tuscaloosa or Gadsden.

ME 490 Mechanical Engineering Design II (3 Hrs) - In this semester-long internship experience, three-student teams serve as consultants to an industrial client. Emphasis is on conducting a professional design study and preparing written and oral presentations of the project. Prerequisites are:

  • ME 489

Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine arts (FA) elective (3 Hrs)

History (HI) and/or Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) elective (3 Hrs)

Approved Mechanical Engineering elective (3 Hrs)

Approved Mechanical Engineering or Technical elective (3 Hrs)

Please note that courses are subject to change.

Contact a Bama By Distance admission counselor about taking courses not offered online either on campus or from another institution.