B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a well-established engineering discipline that involves state-of-the-art engineering analysis, design, and research. Mechanical engineers have been in demand for literally hundreds of years and remain one of the more sought-after degree holders.

The common freshman engineering year one is the first year of the Mechanical Engineering program. The second year is the same as Aerospace Engineering, which gives the student great flexibility when deciding on a major field of study.

The Mechanical Engineering program offers four areas of emphasis, or tracks: Bio-Mechanical, Clean Energy Systems, High Performance Vehicles, and Robotic Systems (with an emphasis in Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems), which add to the breadth of topics in Mechanical Engineering, such as machine design, heat transfer, and vibrations. The Robotic Systems track prepares students for the rapidly expanding robotics field, including applications to the aerospace industry. Attention is paid to the systems nature of robotics to include the integration of mechanics and electronics. The High Performance Vehicle track prepares students for employment in vehicle design and manufacturing, from competition vehicles to fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. Subjects include aerodynamics, structures, and safety. The Clean Energy Systems track prepares students for careers in the growing field of renewable energy with specific emphasis on kinetic energy systems (e.g., wind/water turbines) and thermal energy systems (e.g., solar thermal, combustion).  The Bio-Mechanical Systems track prepares students to become knowledgeable and skilled mechanical engineers with an understanding of the fundamental principles that lead to scientific discovery and technology innovation in the bioengineering and biomedical fields.

The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program as offered at the Daytona Beach campus are that, in a few years of graduation, our graduates:

  1. Are established as engineers in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, bio-mechanics, energy, robotics, or related fields or engaged in advanced studies

  2. Have demonstrated their ability to work effectively and responsibly as practical problem solvers, innovators and as members of diverse professional teams

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The curriculum is designed to accomplish these objectives with a base of engineering, math, and sciences that includes probability and statistics or numerical methods; engineering economics; advanced mathematics; electrical engineering; and engineering design. The culmination of the program is a two-semester design project that prepares the students for working in a team environment on projects involving mechanical engineering.

Suggested Program of Study

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

See the Common Year One outline in the Engineering Fundamentals Program Introduction.

Year One
See the Common Year One outline in the College of Engineering introduction. 32
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Two
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
COM 219 Speech 3
Graphical Communications
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 139 Principles of Chemistry 3
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Three
EE 327 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
MA 348 Numerical Analysis I 3
Probability and Statistics
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I
Modeling Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 313 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 2
ME 314 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Professional Development Elective ** 3
Track Course (ME 303 or ME 311 or ME 307 or HF 312 or HF 440) 3
Track Course (ME 405 or ME 404 or ME 411 or ME 444) 3
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Four
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
ME 436 Advanced Machine Design 3
ME 438 Model-Based Control System Design 2
ME 438L Model-Based Control System Design Laboratory 1
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Technical Elective AE/CEC/CIV/CS/EE/EGR/EP/ME/SE/SYS *** 6
Track Course (ME 409 or ME 402 or ME 408 or ME 442) 3
Preliminary Design Course (ME 413 or ME 407 or ME 414 or ME 448) 4
Senior Design Course (ME 433 or ME 437 or ME 434 or ME 458) 4
 Credits Subtotal29.0
 Credits Total: 129.0

CEME 396 or AF 402/MSL 402/NSC 402 will satisfy this requirement.


 AF/NSC/MSL UL may fulfill 3 credits of technical electives.

Bio-mechanical Systems Track Courses

HF 312Ergonomics and Bioengineering3
or HF 440 Aerospace Physiology
ME 442Biofluid Mechanics3
ME 444Biomechanics3
ME 448Preliminary Design in Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory4
ME 458Senior Design in Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory4
Total Credits17

Clean Energy Track Courses

ME 307Energy Conversion and Storage3
ME 408Clean Thermal Power Systems3
ME 411Clean Kinetic Power Systems3
ME 414Preliminary Designs in Clean Energy with Laboratory4
ME 434Senior Design in Clean Energy with Laboratory4
Total Credits17

High Performance Vehicles Track Courses

ME 303Vehicle Dynamics3
ME 405Vehicle Power Systems3
ME 409Vehicle Aerodynamics3
ME 413Preliminary Design of High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory4
ME 433Senior Design of High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory4
Total Credits17

Robotics Systems Track Courses

ME 311Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems3
ME 402Robotic Arms3
ME 404Mechatronics3
ME 407Preliminary Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4
ME 437Senior Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4
Total Credits17