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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering B.S.

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Major in Mechanical Engineering

(Major Code: 129)

A student must complete a minimum of 126 semester credit hours to include at least 39 advanced hours.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum ” section of this catalog. Students must take:

Program Objectives

The West Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Program has the following objectives. During the first few years after graduation, engineers from the program will:

  • Be able to formulate and solve complex practical and theoretical engineering problems, while at the same time understanding business objectives and appreciating the social, economic and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society;
  • Think critically and creatively, work effectively on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums;
  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological needs of industry or governmental organizations regionally or throughout the state and nation; and
  • Continue to grow professionally through activities such as pursuing formal graduate study, research or continuing education; achieving professional licensure; and participating in technical societies.

Program Outcomes

Faculty members use the program educational outcomes to develop the topics covered and assignments in each course. By the time of graduation, mechanical engineering students will be able to:

  1. Apply science, mathematics and modern engineering tools and techniques to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  2. Design thermal/fluid, mechanical, and electro-mechanical components or systems, individually or on interdisciplinary teams, and effectively communicate those designs in both technical and non-technical forums.
  3. Collect, analyze and interpret data from prescribed and self-designed experimental procedures and formally communicate the results.
  4. Apply a broad-based educational experience to understand the interaction of engineering solutions with contemporary business, economic and social issues.
  5. Recognize that ethical behavior and continuous acquisition of knowledge are fundamental attributes of successful mechanical engineering professionals.
  6. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

Admission Requirements for Pre-Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

All mechanical engineering students must meet WTAMU admission standards as outline in this catalog. Upon admission to the University, all students would be eligible to engage in and complete the first two years of the Engineering Program. In the semester during which the student would complete the pre-engineering sequence (cited below), the student may petition for admittance into the Mechanical Engineering Program. Every student enrolled in mechanical engineering courses must first be admitted into the Mechanical Engineering Program or receive special permission from the department head.

Criteria for Admission into the Mechanical Engineering Program

Overall GPA of at least 2.25

Successful completion of the entrance interview with adviser


Students pursuing a mechanical engineering degree who do not meet the aforementioned criteria are to be listed as pre-engineering (Major Code 128) students. Students may appeal the Engineering Admissions Committee decisions, first to the committee and then to the Engineering Program coordinator. Exceptions, resulting in conditional admission, will be considered on an individual basis by the program coordinator.

Curriculum Guide (suggested course sequence)

Major in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Semester 1: 15 hours

Semester 2: 15 hours


*Must be from MATH 3311 , MATH 3343 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4341 , MATH 4361 , MATH 4362 , PHYS 3310 , PHYS 4310 , PHYS 4330 .

**Choose from CS, ENGR, ET or MENG courses.

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