Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (543P, 543)

Program Coordinator

Henry J. Lenoir, joel.lenoir@wku.edu, (270) 745-6858

Mechanical engineers are involved in designing and building almost everything that is needed in our modern world, from nearly invisible electro-mechanical devices to enormous power generating and distribution systems producing millions of horsepower. Mechanical engineers use scientific principles from the physical world to create a tremendous variety of mechanical and thermal systems. Practicing mechanical engineers use these principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain systems that include:

  • automobiles and aircraft
  • heating and cooling systems
  • electric power plants
  • specialized materials
  • manufacturing plants
  • industrial equipment and machinery

Mechanical engineers need a solid understanding of engineering science, which includes mechanics, engineering materials, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The program at WKU focuses on these sciences as well as design and professional skills necessary for a successful career in mechanical engineering. Our graduates have a strong competitive advantage with their unique background of engineering fundamentals combined with practical knowledge and experience. The mechanical engineering program provides a project-based, learner-driven environment relevant to the needs of modern society. In support of this learning environment, the professional engineering activities of the faculty create opportunities for the students to practice the art and science of contemporary Mechanical Engineering.

The curriculum requires a minimum of 60.5 technical specialty hours, completion of required Colonnade coursework, and 32-33 semester hours of required mathematics and science.

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

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The mission is achieved by focusing on specific program educational objectives. Within a few years of completing the Mechanical Engineering Program, a graduate will:

Objective 1: Either be contributing to their regions’ economic development through employment in mechanical engineering or related professions, or pursuing advanced credentials.
Objective 2: Occupy leadership roles in their profession, or in their communities, as their career develops
Objective 3: Demonstrate professionalism on diverse teams across a range of varied responsibilities
Objective 4: Be proactive in their professional development and engage in the continuing education needed to maintain and enhance their career.

For detailed information on the mechanical engineering program, please see the “Mechanical Engineering Program Guide” (available at  http://wku.edu/seas ) and/or contact your advisor.

Program Requirements (60.5 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Academic Standards for the Mechanical Engineering Program

Students are admitted as a Pre-Major in Mechanical Engineering. In order to transition from Pre-Major to Major and to graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, student must satisfy the requirements below. All courses below must have a grade of “C” or better.

College Composition (F-W1)3
Human Communications (F-OC)3
MATH 136Calculus I (or equivalent credit)4
MATH 137Calculus II (or equivalent credit)4
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
Select one of the following:4-5
Introduction to College Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
EM 222Statics3
Total Hours26-27

These pre-major eligibility requirements MUST be completed before enrolling in ME 200: Sophomore Design. Check degree audit for progress towards meeting these requirements.

Program Requirements

ME 176Mechanical Engineering Freshman Design1
ME 180Freshman Design II3
ME 200Sophomore Design3
ME 220Engineering Thermodynamics I3
ME 240Materials and Methods of Manufacturing3
ME 241Materials and Methods of Manufacturing Lab1
ME 300Junior Design2
ME 310Engineering Instrumentation and Experimentation3
ME 325Elements of Heat Transfer4
ME 330Fluid Mechanics3
ME 333Thermo-Fluids Laboratory1
ME 344Mechanical Design3
ME 347Mechanical Systems Laboratory1
ME 400Mechanical Engineering Design2
or ENGR 490 Senior Project 1
ME 412Mechanical Engineering Senior Project3
or ENGR 491 Senior Project II
EE 210Circuits & Networks I3.5
EM 222Statics3
EM 303Mechanics of Deformable Solids3
EM 313Dynamics3
Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives12
Choose from the following list:
WKU ME Selected Topics
WKU ME Selected Projects
WKU – ME Selected Topics (Fall)
WKU – ME Selected Topics (Spring)
UK – ME Selected Topics (Fall)
UK – ME Selected Topics (Spring)
System Dynamics and Modeling
Principles of Systems Engineering
Continuous Control Systems
Engineering Thermodynamics II
Data Acquisition Using Labview
Total Hours60.5
Additional Required Courses
MATH 136Calculus I4
MATH 137Calculus II4
MATH 237Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 331Differential Equations3
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
PHYS 265
PHYS 266
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
or CHEM 116 Introduction to College Chemistry
or CHEM 106 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
Math and Science Elective 3
Each mechanical engineering student must also take at least one mathematics / science elective, for a total of a minimum of 32 hours of mathematics and science courses beginning with MATH 136. This elective must be chosen from the following list:
General Astronomy
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
General Microbiology
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
Computational Physics
Data Acquisition Using Labview
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Applied Techniques in Mathematics
Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics
Total Hours33

Students must complete a minimum of 32 hours of mathematics and science courses beginning with MATH 136. Student must also satisfy the WKU Colonnade requirements.

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
ME 1761ME 1803
MATH 1364MATH 1374
CHEM 116
CHEM 106 (or CHEM 120/121)
4PHYS 2554
ENG 1003PHYS 2561
COMM 1453EM 2223
 15 15
Second Year
ME 2403ME 2003
ME 2411MATH 3313
MATH 2374EM 3033
PHYS 2654EE 2103.5
PHYS 2661ENG 2003
HIST 101 or HIST 1023 
 16 15.5
Third Year
ME 2203ME 3002
EM 3133ME 3103
ME 3443ME 3471
Math/Science Elective3ME 3303
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3ME Technical Elective3
 Colonnade - Social & Behavioral3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ME 3254ME 412 or ENGR 4913
ME 3331ME Technical Elective3
ME 400 or ENGR 4902ME Technical Elective3
ME Technical Elective3Colonnade - Local to Global 3
Colonnade - Social & Cultural3Colonnade - Systems3
ENG 3003 
 16 15
Total Hours 122.5