Search Google Appliance

Undergraduate Courses

Students should become familiar with the PSU Schedule, where class schedules for upcoming terms are posted. Students can also find information about which terms classes are scheduled to be offered for the coming academic year on the PSU Course Planning Guide.

Not sure when to register? Use the PSU Registration Calendar! And here's a helpful link to important dates for the each term, including course add and drop deadlines, final exams week, and more!Transfer students can check course equivalences for classes taken at local institutions through the uSelect Course Equivalence data base. Instructions about how to use uSelect can be found here.

Courses listed below are included in the PSU Bulletin as courses that may be offered but are not guaranteed to be offered in the upcoming academic year. Students should consult with their advisor when devising an academic plan.

Select the level of courses you would like to view Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


ME 120 - Introduction to Engineering - 3 Credits
An introduction to the skills, modern tools, teamwork, design methodology and professional practices of mechanical engineers. Students learn to analyze, fabricate and troubleshoot electromechanical systems. Students are introduced to computer programming and solid modeling. Written and oral communication is required to complete assignments and class projects. Mth 111 or higher taken concurrently.

ME 121 - Introduction to System Controls - 3 Credits
An introduction to sensors and control of electromechanical systems. Students assemble an electromechanical system and program a microcontroller to sense the system state and maintain system equilibrium. Students build on the skills developed in ME 120. Written and oral communication are required to complete assignments and class projects.

ME 122 - Introduction to Design - 3 Credits
An introduction to statics, dynamics, mechanical systems and the design process. Students learn to incorporate economic, social and environmental factors in the design of mechanical devices. Written and oral communication are required to complete assignments and a major class project.

ME 199 - Special Studies
Credit to be arranged. Consent of instructor required.


EAS 211- Statics - 4 Credits
Principles and applications of static equilibrium to structures and machines. Mth 252, Mth 261 and Ph 221 taken concurrently

EAS 212 - Strength of Materials - 4 Credits
Study of the relationship between strain and stress in deformable bodies; principles of stress analysis for axial force, flexure, torsion, and shear; studies in combined stresses and column stability. EAS 211, Mth 261

EAS 215 - Dynamics - 4 Credits
Fundamental principles and methods of Newtonian mechanics including kinematics and kinetics of motion and the conservation laws of mechanics. Basic particle and rigid body applications. EAS 211, Mth 252

ME 213 - Properties of Materials 4 Credits
Basic properties, behavior, and survey of engineering and industrial applications of materials. Ch 221

ME 241 - Manufacturing Processes - 4 Credits
Study from the designer's viewpoint of the principle manufacturing processes utilized. Includes casting, forming, material removal, and joining processes. Process selection will be discussed in terms of the economics, process effects on the products, and dimensional and quality of the finished product.


ME 313 - Analysis of Mechanical Components - 4 Credits
Stress and deflection analysis of structural components including review of stress and strain; curved beams; pressure vessels, impact loading, stability, and energy methods. Topics will be synthesized in a design project.

ME 314 - Analysis and Design of Machine Elements - 4 Credits
Analysis and design of machine elements and systems, covering failure theories, fatigue, fasteners, welds, gears, springs, bearings, introduction to stochastic design. Topics will be synthesized in a design project

ME 320 - Fluid Mechanics - 4 Credits
Properties of fluids; hydrostatics; fluid dynamics, Bernoulli's equation; conservation of mass, energy and momentum; differential analysis; and dimensional analysis. Course has lecture and a required laboratory

ME 321 - Engineering Thermodynamics - 4 Credits
Study of energy sources and utilization; First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics; close and control volume systems; thermodynamic processes and cycles; thermodynamic properties; heat and power systems

ME 322 - Applied Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics - 4 Credits
Internal flow, external flow, and compressible flow. Lift and drag. Turbomachinery, combustion,and psychometry.

ME 323 - Heat Transfer - 4 Credits
Fundamentals of engineering heat transfer with design applications; steady-state and transient analysis of conduction in one and two dimensions; concepts of convection, forced convection, internal and external flows, natural convection, and heat exchanger design; study of radiation concepts and surface radiation exchange between surfaces.

ME 350 - Programming and Numerical Methods - 2 Credits
Introduction to programming. Topics include: MATLAB programming; variables, arrays, logical expressions, and loops; structured programming with m-files, input and output control; introduction to engineering applications of numerical computing.

ME 351 - Vibrations and System Dynamics - 4 Credits
An introduction to vibrations and system dynamics for single and multiple degree-of-freedom linear systems. The course includes: free and forced vibrations; resonance; modeling of mechanical, fluid, and electrical systems; Laplace transformations; and dynamic system response in the time and frequency domains. Computer analysis and solution techniques will be utilized.

ME 370 - The Mechanical Engineering Profession - 2 Credits
This course presents a variety of specialties and career options for the graduates of the BSME program. The class also provides exposure to topics related to effective and responsible practice of mechanical engineering. Topics include: engineering ethics, intellectual property, business norms and practices, life-long learning, the relationship of engineering to society, and an awareness of contemporary local and global issues.


EAS 407 - MECOP Seminar - 1 Credit
Students attend seminars arranged by the department. Consent of instructor.

ME 410 - Selected Topics
ME 410 is an omnibus course number that allows the ME department to offer new courses before they are listed in the regular curriculum. Typically a new course is offered once or twice on an experimental basis. If the course is successful, it is then converted to a regular course after it is reviewed by the department, college, and university curriculum committees.

ME 410 - MEMS and Microsystems - 4 Credits
The underlying principles of the physics, mechanics, and materials science for MEMS will be covered and coupled closely with the basic and applied aspects of Microsystems Engineering. Case studies involving the design, fabrication and packaging of MEMS devices will be used throughout the class.

ME 410 - Semiconductor Manufacturing - 4 Credits
Overview of materials processing in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices

ME 410 - Controls Lab - 2 Credits

ME 410 - Asymptotic Methods - 4 Credits
Asymptotic techniques for simplification of complex problems in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer (transport). The techniques learned will find direct application in system modeling, data reduction, and guidance of complex experimentation and/or testing and 3-D computer modeling. Applied mathematical techniques focus on, but are not limited to, thermal-fluids sciences.

ME 410 - Capillary Phenomenon - 4 Credits
Analysis of capillary driven, dominated, or otherwise influenced flows; the fundamental properties of surface tension and the concept of contact angle; interface shapes, stability, and dynamics; applications to wetting and spreading of flows on surfaces and the importance of the moving contact line and viscous normal stress; effects of surface roughness and wettability; dimensional analyses for a variety of flow scenarios; film coating, capillary flows in tubes and in complex geometries, jets, drops and bubbles, select multiphase flows, and special attention to large lengthscale phenomena characteristic of the low-gravity environment aboard spacecraft. 3-D modeling of complex equilibrium surfaces and numerical prediction of interface stability. The class involves the development of theoretical, experimental, and numerical methods.

ME 410 - Corrosion - 4 Credits

ME 410 - Microfluidics - 4 Credits

ME 411 - Engineering Measurement and Instrumentation Systems - 4 Credits
Principles and applications of measurement methods and instrumentation techniques, as used in various engineering disciplines, are studied. Examination of general measurement concepts and instrumentation characteristics. Specific devices for measuring such parameters as displacement, force, strain, pressure, flow, temperature, motion, time, and frequency are discussed. Testing and verification of theory, design, and laboratory evaluation of mechanical components and systems are also made. Lecture and laboratory.

ME 413 - Engineering Material Science - 4 Credits
Study of materials with emphasis on solids; effect of microstructure and macrostructure on properties; equilibrium and non-equilibrium multiphase systems; effects of mechanical and thermal stresses, electromagnetic fields, irradiation, and chemical environments, surface and related phenomena; examples from metallic, ceramic, polymeric, and composite materials.

ME 415 - Advanced Topics in Energy Conversion - 4 Credits
Topics chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with energy conversion. Examples include cogeneration, combined cycles, gas power plants in the Northwest, wood waste utilization, advanced engine design and combustion systems, and energy conversion systems pollution control. Each offering of this course will focus on a different single selected topic.

ME 418 - Analysis of Powerplant Cycles - 4 Credits
Review of thermodynamic cycle analysis for power generation systems. Advanced treatment of conventional Rankine and gas turbine powerplant cycles. Analysis of advanced energy conversion cycles and schemes, including combined cycles, binary cycles, cogeneration, and fluidized bed reactors. Application to power generation such as geothermal electric and solar thermal electric. Utilization of garbage and wood wastes. Project required.

ME 420 - Thermal Systems Design - 4 Credits
Introduction to the design of thermal systems for HVAC, energy conversion, and industrial process applications. Procedures for selection of fluid flow equipment, heat exchangers, and combustion equipment. Modeling performance of components and systems. Cost estimation and economic evaluation. Design optimization.

ME 421 - Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning - 4 Credits
Fundamental principles and methods of controlling living space environments; design of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems for residential, commercial,and industrial purposes. Topics include: moist air properties (psychometrics), air conditioning processes, indoor air quality (comfort and health), heat transmission in building structures, solar radiation, space heating and cooling load analysis, energy calculations, and air conditioning systems and equipment.

ME 422 - Building Energy Use Analysis and Design - 4 Credits
A detailed examination of the analysis of annual energy use of residential and commercial buildings. Emphasis on microcomputer simulation techniques for analysis of building energy use and study of energy-efficient building design. Topics include: heat loss and gain in buildings, heating and cooling load calculations, energy use analysis (including bin type, daily, and hourly analysis procedures), daylighting in commercial buildings, and introduction to analysis and design of active and passive systems utilizing solar energy for space and water heating. Project in design/simulation.

ME 423 - Fundamentals of Building Science - 4 Credits
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of building science. Buildings as a system, including interactions among subsystems such as heating and cooling, ventilation, the thermal envelope, air leakage, and occupants. Building energy efficiency. Performance and economic analysis of residential heating, cooling, and ventilating systems. Indoor air quality and other health and safety issues, including assessing and resolving moisture problems. Applications of diagnostic tools. Lecture plus in-field demonstration and laboratory. Group project involving diagnostic analysis of student homes.

ME 424 - HVAC System Design and Controls - 4 Credits
Design of HVAC equipment, integration of systems, and design of controls for buildings. Application of HVAC fundamentals. Subjects include: building, block and zone load estimates; air/hydronic systems design; refrigeration; air handling units; cooling and heating plants; basic control concepts; sensors and actuators; pneumatic, electronic, and digital controls; HVAC subsystem and controls; complete HVAC systems and controls.

ME 425 - Advanced Topics in Building Science - 4 Credits
Advanced design or analysis topics will be presented. Topics will be chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with building science. Examples include clean room design, advanced computer simulation techniques such as advanced building energy use simulation or attic and wall moisture modeling, and advanced lighting design for commercial buildings. Each offering of this course will focus on a different single selected topic.

ME 426 -Applied Solar Energy - 4 Credits
This course introduces basic concepts of solar engineering. Topics include fundamentals of solar radiation, solar collectors, thermal energy storage, residential applications, thermal power, photovoltaic fundamentals, and photovoltaic applications. Guest lectures from professional experts and tours of operating systems will be included.

ME 437 - Mechanical Systems Design - 4 Credits
Objective of this course is to integrate various analysis methods in the context of design projects with realistic constraints. Emphasis is on defining problems, identifying solution methods,and synthesizing solutions while considering production and economic factors. Teamwork, communication skills, and ability to learn independently is highly emphasized.

ME 441 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics - 4 Credits
Partial differential equations governing the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy of Newtonian fluids are derived. Dimensional analysis is used to simplify the governing equations and in particular justify the assumption of incompressible flow. Exact solution of the Navier-Stokes equations are presented. Boundary layer approximations to the governing equations are derived, and both exact and integral solutions are obtained.

ME 442 - Advanced Heat Transfer - 4 Credits
Advanced treatment of the principles of conductive and convective heat transfer. Analytic and numerical solutions of heat conduction problems. Laminar and turbulent convective heat transfer.

ME 443 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics - 4 Credits
Thermodynamics of physical and chemical systems with engineering applications: basic thermodynamic relationships; advanced techniques for their use; systems of variable composition; heat effects for reacting systems; equations of state, phase, and chemical equilibria for ideal and nonideal systems. To include one or more of several special topics: chemical kinetics; reactor analysis fundamentals; second law analysis of thermodynamic systems; introduction to statistical thermodynamics; advanced energy conversion systems.

ME 444 - Combustion - 4 Credits
Fundamental concepts of the complex phenomena involved in combustion: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, gas phase chemical kinetics and turbulence. Specific topics include: closed vessel explosions, detonations, flammability, flames, heterogeneous combustion, ignition, and combustion and the environment.

ME 445 - Advanced Topics in Thermal and Fluid Sciences - 4 Credits
Course topics are chosen for relevancy to current technological practice concerned with thermal and fluid sciences. Each offering of this course focuses on a specific area and is not a survey. Examples include thermal management of electronic equipment and theoretical fluid mechanics.

ME 446 - Compressible Flow - 4 Credits
Introduction to compressible flow (gas dynamics). Isentropic flow in varying area ducts (nozzles, diffusers). Adiabatic flow in constant area ducts with friction. Frictionless flow in constant area ducts with heat transfer. Normal, oblique, and moving shock waves. Detonation and deflagration applications.

ME 447 - Transfer and Rate Processes - 4 Credits
An advanced treatment of heat, mass, and momentum transfer. Development of the conservation laws, transport laws, transport properties,and basic analytic solutions. Applications to heat transfer equipment, catalytic reactors, drying processes.

ME 448 - Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics - 4 Credits
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is presented as a design tool for analyzing flow and heat transfer. Algorithms implemented in commercial CFD packages are reviewed. Training in use of a commercial code is provided. Case studies reinforce fundamental understanding of flow and heat transfer, and highlight the implementation- specific aspects of commercial codes. An independent project is required.

ME 449 - Thermal Management Measurements - 4 Credits
Provides a survey of laboratory-based techniques used to diagnose electronic cooling problems, and obtain design data for developing thermal management solutions. Provides significant practical experience: students design and build their own experiments; they take and analyze their own data. Measurements are made with hand-held instruments, bench-top instruments, and with computer controlled data acquisition systems. Data reduction techniques involving centering (removal of bias error) and uncertainty analysis are used extensively.

ME 450 - Solid Modeling - 4 Credits
Emphasis is on solid model construction methods using state-of-the-art solid modeling software. Topics include use of parametric geometry,construction and modification of solids, building and animating assemblies, working in groups, building sheet metal parts, drafting, and the presentation of the fundamentals of solids modeling including representation and manipulation of wireframes, surfaces, and solids. Lecture and laboratory.

ME 452 - Control Engineering I - 4 Credits
Introductory controls class offered to upper-division mechanical engineering undergraduates and graduate students. Includes classical theory as applied to linear systems with topics: mathematical modeling of control systems; transfer functions and block diagrams; transient response; stability; root-locus method; frequency response method; and control system design techniques. Computer analysis and solution techniques will be utilized.

ME 453 - Control Engineering II - 4 Credits
Continuous control system design and applications using transfer function and state variable approaches. Introduction to digital control system design, including: transfer function and state space formulation, and time and frequency domain analysis techniques. Computer analysis and solution techniques will be utilized.

ME 455 - Finite Element Modeling and Analysis - 4 Credits
The finite element method as related to the solution of mechanical design problems including thermal stress analysis. Various element formulations will be discussed, and existing commercial codes will be used to demonstrate modeling and analysis techniques.

ME 457 - Introduction to Robotics - 4 Credits
Robot kinematics dynamics and control; basic components of robots; controllers, power supplies and end effectors; industrial applications of robots using peripheral devices, sensors, and vision.

ME 458 - Principles of CNC Machining - 4 Credits
A study of principles of machining, tool path generation and analytic geometry, part design and programming, integration of CAD/CAM software, structure and control of CNC machines, and introduction to computer-integrated-manufacturing.

ME 471 - Process Measurement and Control - 4 Credits
Introduction to process control hardware, software, and interfacing. Lecture topics include: number systems, hardware concepts, data movement, programming, and interfacing. Lab exercises involve the use of microcomputers interfaced and programmed for various control and data acquisition applications.

ME 475 - Joining Processes and Design - 4 Credits
Course covers welding, brazing and soldering processes such as: shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, pulsed gas metal arc, flux cored arc, gas tungsten arc, plasma arc, submerged arc, electroslag, resistance, oxy-fuel, and other welding processes; diffusion brazing, transient liquid phase bonding, wave soldering, reflow soldering, and others. Manual, automatic, and robotic methods of welding, brazing, and soldering as well as rapid and economical cutting methods such as plasma, laser, and oxy-fuel cutting are covered. Welding metallurgy and design with steel, stainless steel, and aluminum alloys are emphasized. Combining design and metallurgy of joints to provide economy, strength, and crack resistance is underscored. Calculations of heat flow and its effects on metallurgy and strength of welds; preheat calculations to prevent hydrogen-assisted cracking; calculations to prevent solidification cracking and other weld-cracking problems are included. Common weldability tests, welding codes, and non-destructive testing of welded joints are covered. Students enrolled in ME-575 will be required to write a term paper.

ME 476 - Material Failure Analysis - 4 Credits
This course applies fundamental mechanisms of fracture of metals and alloys and relates them to practical engineering structural failures in the field. Many case histories are studied. Mechanisms include: ductile and brittle fracture, fatigue, corrosion fatigue, wear, liquid erosion, stress corrosion, galvanic corrosion, sensitization of stainless steels, liquid metal embrittlement, hydrogen-assisted cracking, elevated temperature failures, fretting, rolling contact fatigue, impact wear, cavitation, liquid impact erosion, creep and stress rupture at elevated temperatures. Analytical tools used to identify failures include: optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, electron probe microanalysis and Auger electron spectroscopy. Brittle intergranular, cleavage, quasi-cleavage and ductile microvoid coalescence modes of fracture are discussed. Failures covered include: weldments, brazed and soldered joints, castings, bearings, boilers, high temperature pressure vessels, forgings, pipelines, bridge components, gears, springs, wear components, tools, and dies.

ME 478 - Introduction to Electronic Packaging - 4 Credits

ME 481 - Mechanical Tolerancing - 4 Credits
Presents the principles of current dimensioning and tolerancing standards including their syntax, meaning, methods of verification, and their relation to design requirements. Statistical techniques for tolerance analysis and synthesis relevant to various assembly and fit requirements. Other topics include standards of surface roughness, limits and fits, and relevant hardware and software products. A term project on a mechanical part product intended for manufacturing is required.

ME 487 - Statistical Process Control - 4 Credits
Application of statistical methods to process and quality control. Control chart construction and interpretation for variables and attributes. Fundamental concepts in acceptance sampling. Some aspects of life testing and reliability.

ME 488 - Design of Experiments - 2 Credits
Presents the methods of planning the data collection scheme in industrial experimentation. Topics to be covered are methods of statistical inference, randomization, blocking, empirical and mechanistic model building using factorial, fractional factorial designs, and least squares methods.

ME 491 - Design Process - 2 Credits
Design methodologies will be discussed as a framework for solving broadly defined technology problems. Interdisciplinary organizational principles will be presented as tools in the design process and as a foundation for the subsequent project course. Lectures, weekly and term case studies.

ME 492 - Conceptual Design Project - 4 Credits
Application of design methodology to original projects performed by groups of 3 to 5 students under faculty and industrial adviser. Design process will encompass engineering analysis and broader factors such as group organization, interdisciplinary interaction, and communication. The problem definition to alternative selection phases will be emphasized. Lectures, group and class presentations.

ME 493 - Detailed Design Project - 4 Credits
Application of design methodology to original projects begun in ME 492. The alternative selection to implementation phases will be emphasized. Lectures, group and class presentations.