Mechanical Engineering

Explore mechanical engineering

One of the fundamental—and most diverse—engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering equips you to make a difference on the smallest micro-scale level, as well as in large, complex systems. Each day, mechanical engineering principles are used in the conception, design, development, and manufacture of almost every product or process known to man.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree is an IUPUI program that grants a Purdue University degree. All courses required for this degree can be completed on the IUPUC campus.

  • Facilities and services available at IUPUC
    • State-of-the art classrooms, engineering software, experimental laboratories and facilities in the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE)
    • Access to a unique precision measurement and metrology laboratory
    • A high-performance computational analysis simulation and engineering laboratory (CASEL) that is integrated into the engineering curriculum for undergraduate research and design courses
    • Outstanding faculty with PhDs and significant industry experience in addition to academic advisors who are committed to knowing you personally and helping you achieve your academic goals
    • Assistance with networking, paid internships, and job placement through our close relationships with regional engineering companies and partners
    • Several engineering scholarships are available to support engineering students pursuing their undergraduate degrees
    • A small, beautiful campus with small class sizes dedicated to your personal attention, education, and progress through graduation
  • Undergraduate program educational objectives

    As a graduate of the mechanical engineering program, you will:

    • meet or exceed the expectations of your employer
    • pursue advanced study if desired
    • assume leadership roles in your profession and/or community
  • Student outcomes
    • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
    • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    • an ability to communicate effectively
    • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    • a knowledge of contemporary issues
    • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Careers in mechanical engineering

    As a graduate of the BSME program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of diverse fields, including:

    • Propulsion and power generation
    • Testing and field engineering
    • Technical sales and marketing
    • New product research and development
    • Consulting and forensic engineering
    • Design and process engineering
    • Manufacturing and applications engineering
    • Engineering project and program management
    • Technical executives and chief technology officers
    • New business entrepreneurs

Science is what is. Engineering is what will be. Become an engineer and create the future.

Dr. Tom Lawrence, program director

Recommended course sequencing for BSME students*

*Course sequences are subject to change
  • First year (30 cr)

    First year: Fall semester

    • ENGR 19500 Introduction to Engineering Profession(1 cr)
    • ENGR 19600 Introduction to Engineering (3 cr)
    • MATH 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)
    • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communications (3 cr)

    Total: 14 credit hours

    First year: Spring semester

    • ENGR 19700 Introduction to Computer Programming (2 cr)
    • MATH 16600 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 cr)
    • PHYS 15200 Mechanics (4 cr)
    • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I (3 cr)

    Total: 16 credit hours

  • Second year (32 cr)

    Second year: Fall semester

    • ME 20000 Thermodynamics I (3 cr)
    • ME 27000 Basic Mechanics I (3 cr)
    • MATH 26100 Multivariate Calculus (4 cr)
    • PHYS 25100 Heat Electricity & Optics (5 cr)
    • ENGR 29700 Computer Tools for Engineering (1 cr)

    Total: 16 credit hours

    Second year: Spring semester

    • ECE 20400 Introduction to Electoral and Electronic Circuits (4 cr)
    • ME 26200 Engineering Design, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr)
    • ME 27400 Basic Mechanics II (3 cr)
    • MATH 26600 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr)
    • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr)

    Total: 16 credit hours

  • Third year (33 cr)

    Third year: Fall semester

    • ME 27200 Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)
    • ME 31000 Fluid Mechanics (4 cr)
    • ME 33000 Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3 cr)
    • STAT 35000 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)
    • General education elective (3 cr)

    Total: 16 credit hours

    Third year: Spring semester

    • ME 31400 Heat and Mass Transfer (4 cr)
    • ME 34000 Dynamic Systems and Measurements (3 cr)
    • ME 34400 Introduction to Engineering Materials (3 cr)
    • ME 37200 Design of Mechanisms (3 cr)
    • ME 39700 Mechanical Engineering Lab (1 cr)
    • General education elective (3 cr)

    Total: 17 credit hours

  • Fourth year (33 cr)

    Fourth year: Fall semester

    • ME 41400 Thermal-Fluid Systems Design (3 cr)
    • ME 48200 Control System Analysis and Design (3 cr)
    • Mechanical engineering elective (3 cr)
    • Mechanical engineering elective (3 cr)
    • General education elective (3 cr)
    • General education elective (3 cr)

    Total: 18 credit hours

    Fourth year: Spring semester

    • ME 40500 Seminar and Fundamentals of Engineering Review (1 cr)
    • ME 46200 Capstone Design (3 cr)
    • TCM 36000 Communications in Engineering Practice (2 cr)
    • Mechanical engineering elective (3 cr)
    • Science/technology elective (3 cr)
    • Restricted elective (3 cr)

    Total: 15 credit hours

Academic advising

As an mechanical engineering student at IUPUC, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to select and register for classes that apply toward your degree program. Your advisor will help you monitor your progress to ensure you are on the right track to graduate on time.

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Internships are an important part of your engineering education. They enable you to apply theories learned in the classroom to real-world business settings. They are also excellent opportunities for resume-building and better employment prospects after graduation.

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Mechanical engineering faculty and staff

We transform students from diverse backgrounds through high quality, innovative, and affordable programs with accomplished, international, and intellectually engaged professors. Our professors and staff care about all students’ academic success as well as the impact we have on their lives, careers, the region, and beyond.

Faculty and staff listing

Engineering advisory council

The mechanical engineering program seeks input, feedback, and expertise from a variety of industry experts. Learn more about the membership of the Industrial Advisory Board.