Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Patent Law 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, patent law option degree program provides a strong foundation in fundamental principles of patent law and the influences of the U.S. patent system on modern engineering design. Students in this option obtain skills and knowledge that can lead to work as a technical specialist in a patent law firm or in the patent department of an industrial employer. The option provides excellent preparation for pursuit of a law degree that may focus on intellectual property law.

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Recommended program of study

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I 1
MAE 1001Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Second semester
MAE 1004Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
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
CSCI 1121Introduction to C Programming
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
MAE 2131Thermodynamics
Fifth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
MAE 3126Fluid Mechanics I
MAE 3166Materials Science and Enginrg
MAE 3191Mechanical Design
MAE 3171Patent Law for Engineers
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Sixth semester
MAE 3120Methods of Engineering Experimentation
MAE 3134Linear System Dynamics
MAE 3187Heat Transfer
MAE 3167WMechanics of Materials Lab
MAE 3193Mechanical Systems Design
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Seventh semester
MAE 4149Thermal Systems Design
MAE 4182Electromechanical Control System Design
MAE 3192Manufacturing Processes and Systems
MAE 4151Mechanical Engineering Project
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Technical elective 3
Eighth semester
MAE 4152WMechanical Engineering Laboratory
MAE 4172Engineering Design and the Patent System
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Technical electives 3

1Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing.

2At least two social and behavioral sciences courses must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining course must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list. At least one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining courses must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list.

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.