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Mechanical Engineering

College: Engineering
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Korhan Adalier, PhD
Address: Holley Academic Building A-211-L
Phone: (850) 770-2259

Description of Major 

The Bachelor of Science (BS) program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide background for a wide variety of careers. The discipline of mechanical engineering is very broad, but generally emphasizes an appropriate mix of thermal science, mechanics and materials, dynamic systems, and design. Graduates typically enter various energy, aerospace, product manufacturing industries, or government laboratories.

The undergraduate program is designed to impart a broad knowledge in basic and engineering sciences and to provide a solid understanding of contemporary engineering practices. The program also seeks to provide students with a foundation in communications skills, principles of economics, and other fundamentals upon which they will draw in their professional careers. Special emphasis is placed on communications skills by requiring extensive written laboratory reports and design project presentations. Computer literacy is bolstered by a variety of course assignments throughout the program and especially in the design courses, wherein students are exposed to a number of design software programs widely used in the engineering industry.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that all students graduating from an ABET-accredited program meet certain requirements. Completion of the A. A. degree will not meet these requirements. Prospective majors should select courses after consulting an advisor. 

Prerequisite Coursework 
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements.

The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  • MAC X311 or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 or MAC X283
  • MAP X302 or MAP X305
  • CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C, or CHS X440/X440L
  • PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C, or PHY X043 and PHY X048L
  • PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C, or PHY X044 and PHY X049L

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Pre-Engineering Program Requirements:
All students are placed in a Pre-Major Engineering code until all of the prerequisites have been completed. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in our Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an FSU GPA of a 2.00, including at least one-half of the required hours in the General Education program, including all of the Area I English and math. In addition, the following requirements must be met: a grade of 'C' or better in EGN1004L, MAC2311, and one other pre-engineering course. Students must not be in violation of the pre-engineering program requirements.

Transfer Requirements:
Students wishing to transfer into the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must meet the following criteria:

  • Must earn a grade of "C" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in the Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).
  • Transfer students who have one grade below 'C' in the pre-engineering courses, must have already completed all pre-engineering courses (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).
  • Transfer students who will earn an AA or have more than 60 hours of transfer credit prior to enrollment at the College must have completed at least Calculus I. It is strongly preferred that AA transfer students have the majority of the pre-engineering courses completed before arriving (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (104-105 hours)

EGN 1004L First Year Engineering Lab (1 hour) Must be completed as part of the pre-engineering requirements.

Mathematics and Basic Sciences: (33-34 hours)

  • CHM1045, 1045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I
  • PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A
  • PHY 2049C (5) General Physics B
  • MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MAC 2312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MAC 2313 (5) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • MAP 3305 (3) Engineering Mathematics I or MAP 2302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
  • 5th Math Elective (3-4) Choose from MAP 3306 (3) Engineering Math II or STA 3032 (3) Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists. Alternatives: MAD 3401 (3 Introductory Numerical Analysis, MAD 3703 (3) Numerical Analysis I, MAP 4341 (3) Elementary Partial Differential Equations I, or MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra.

General Engineering Core: (3 hours)

  • EEL 3003 (3) Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Required Mechanical Engineering: (67 hours)

  • EML 3002 (2) Mechanical Engineering Tools
  • EML 3002L (3) Mechanical Engineering Tools Lab
  • EML 3004 (3) Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • EML 3011C (4) Mechanics and Materials I
  • EML 3012C (3) Mechanics and Materials II
  • EML 3013C (4) Dynamic Systems I
  • EML 3014C (3) Dynamic Systems II
  • EML 3015C (4) Thermal-Fluids I
  • EML 3016C (4) Thermal-Fluids II
  • EML 3017C (4) Mechanical Systems I
  • EML 3018C (4) Mechanical Systems II
  • EML 3234 (3) Materials Science and Engineering
  • EML 3811 (2) Mechatronics I
  • EML 4304L (3) Thermal Fluids Lab
  • EML 4550 (3) Engineering Design Methods
  • EML 4551C (3) Senior Design Project I
  • EML 4552C (3) Senior Design Project II
  • XXX XXXX (12) Technical Electives

Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
EML 3002/EML 3002L (5) Mechanical Engineering Tools and Lab meets this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. The required EML 4551C (3) Senior Design Project I and EML 4552C (3) Senior Design Project II together will meet this requirement for the major.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 128*
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 104-105
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Oral Communication Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Electives 0

*Note: Engineering students satisfy the natural science and the mathematics area requirements of General Education through coursework in the Engineering Core. Students not prepared to begin mathematics with Calculus I (MAC 2311) will need to take additional prerequisite hours in mathematics: MAC 1105, 1114, and/or 1140. All students should take the math placement test (ALEKS) to determine proper placement. 

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  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University. 

Employment Information 
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job Titles Related to this Major with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Basic Engineering: Applied Mechanics, Bioengineering, Fluids Engineering, Heat Transfer, Tribology. Energy Conversion: Internal Combustion Engines, Fuels and Combustion Technologies, Gas Turbine, Nuclear Engineering, Power. Energy Resources: Advanced Energy Systems, Ocean Engineering, Petroleum, Solar Energy. Environment and Transportation: Aerospace, Air Pollution Control, Noise Control and Acoustics, Rail Transportation, Solid Waste Processing. General Engineering: Management, Safety, Technology and Society. Materials and Structures: Materials, Pressure Vessels and Piping, NDE Engineering, Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering. Manufacturing: Materials Handling Engineering, Plant Engineering and Maintenance, Process Industries, Production Engineering, Textile Industries. Systems and Design: Computer Engineering, Design Engineering, Dynamic Systems and Control, Electrical and Electronic Packaging.

Representative Employers: Government, Private Business, Industry, Education 

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