Recommended program of study

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (or CHEM 1113) 1
MAE 1001Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities, social science, or non-technical elective 2
Second semester
MAE 1004Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
MAE 1117Introduction to Engineering Computations
Third semester
APSC 2057Analytical Mechanics I
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
MAE 2117Engineering Computations
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 1
PHYS 1022University Physics II 1
Fourth semester
APSC 2058Analytical Mechanics II
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
MAE 2131Thermodynamics
CE 2220Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids
Humanities, social science, or non-technical elective 2
Fifth semester
MAE 3126Fluid Mechanics I
MAE 3166WMaterials Science and Engineering
MAE 3127Fluid Mechanics Lab
MAE 3191Mechanical Design of Machine Elements
MAE 3192Manufacturing Processes and Systems (Humanities or Social Sciences Elective)
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
Aero elective
Sixth semester
MAE 3120Methods of Engineering Experimentation
MAE 3134Linear System Dynamics
MAE 3155Aerodynamics
MAE 3167WMechanics of Materials Lab
MAE 3193Mechanical Systems Design
MAE 3187Heat Transfer
Seventh semester
MAE 4151Capstone Design Project I
MAE 4157Aerodynamics Laboratory
MAE 4182Electromechanical Control System Design
MAE 3162Aerospace Structures
Humanities, social science, or non-technical elective
Eighth semester
MAE 4152WCapstone Design Project II
MAE 6229Propulsion
Humanities, social science, or non-technical elective 2
Humanities, social science, or non-technical elective 2
Aerospace elective 3

 1 Course satisfies the University General Education Requirement in quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, and written communication.

2 To satisfy the SEAS humanities and social science requirement, all mechanical engineering students must take one (1) humanities course and two (2) social sciences courses from the University General Education Requirement; PHIL 2135 Ethics in Business and the Professions; and two (2) additional humanities, social science, or non-technical courses from the MAE Department’s pre-approved list of electives. Each course selected to satisfy this requirement must be taken for at least 3 credits. NOTE: Students in the patent law concentration must take MAE 2170 History and Impact of the U.S. Patent System in lieu of one of the additional humanities or social science or non-technical course.

3 Space: Students take MAE 3145 Orbital Mechanics and Spacecraft Dynamics in the fifth semester and MAE 6249 Spacecraft Design in the eighth semester.  

Aero: Students take MAE 4163 Airplane Performance in the seventh semester and MAE 6247 Aircraft Design I in the eighth semester.

4 All technical electives must be approved by the undergraduate advisor. On a case-by-case basis, technical electives may be chosen from other departments if approved by both the undergraduate advisor and the department chair. Technical electives are chosen from MAE courses in the 3000, 4000, and 6000 series, excluding: MAE 3171 Patent Law for Engineers, MAE 4172 Engineering Design and the Patent System, MAE 6298 Research, MAE 6998 MS Thesis Research, and MAE 6999 MS Thesis Research. Visit the program website for additional information.