Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Option

Mechanical engineering encompasses a vast range of industrial activities. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution, and operation of complex systems. Applications include aerospace, energy conversion, computer-aided design and manufacturing, power and propulsion systems, robotics, and control systems. The bachelor of science with a major in mechanical engineering, biomechanical option degree program prepares students to work in the biomedical industry or to pursue graduate study in biomedical engineering. It provides a strong foundation in human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, biomaterials, and design of biomedical devices. The mechanical engineering (ME) program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Bachelor of Sciences with a Second Major in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option

Any undergraduate student who is enrolled at GW may declare a second major in mechanical engineering only if his or her primary degree is a BS. The student must meet the degree requirements for a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, including SEAS general, major, technical electives, humanities/social science, and SEAS/technical GPA requirements. Students earning other degrees (e.g., BA, BBA, BFA) must meet the requirements for a double degree.

Graduation grade-point average criteria:

To satisfactorily complete a second major in biomedical engineering, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters of the curriculum. 

Recommended program of study

First semester
MAE 1001Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 2
Second semester
MAE 1004Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics
MAE 1117Introduction to Engineering Computations
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
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
CE 2220Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
MAE 2131Thermodynamics
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 2
Fifth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
MAE 3126Fluid Mechanics I
MAE 3166WMaterials Science and Engineering
MAE 3191Mechanical Design of Machine Elements
MAE 3192Manufacturing Processes and Systems
BME 4820Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
Sixth semester
MAE 3120Methods of Engineering Experimentation
MAE 3128Biomechanics I
MAE 3134Linear System Dynamics
MAE 3167WMechanics of Materials Lab
MAE 3187Heat Transfer
MAE 3193Mechanical Systems Design
Seventh semester
MAE 3171Patent Law for Engineers
MAE 4149Thermal Systems Design
MAE 4182Electromechanical Control System Design
MAE 6238Biomaterials
MAE 4151Capstone Design Project I
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 2
Eighth semester
MAE 4152WCapstone Design Project II
Three humanities or social sciences electives 2
One Technical electives 3

1 Course satisfies the University General Education Requirement in math, science, and writing.
2 To satisfy the SEAS Humanities and Social Science requirement, all mechanical engineering students must take one humanities course and two social sciences courses from theUniversity General Education Requirement list; PHIL 2135, and two additional humanities or social science or non-technical courses from the MAE Department pre-approved list of electives. All courses selected to satisfy this requirement must be at least 3 credits each. NOTE: Students in the patent law concentration must take MAE 2170 in lieu of one of the additional humanities or social science or non-technical course.

3 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.