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In an effort to accommodate the growing enrollment to the upper-division BSME program, students are placed on course plans for their junior year. Students are required to follow their assigned course plan, to ensure enough seats in the required ME courses. All students will be completing the same junior year coursework, just in a different sequence, to maintain a healthy student to faculty ratio.
For BSME degree requirements and course plans, please see BSME Degree Requirements & Course Plans.
For archived BSME degree requirements and course plans, please see Course Plans & Blue Sheet Archives.
Electives include any non-required 400/500*-level mechanical engineering course, except that no more than 4 credits be taken from:
- ME 401: Research
- ME 404: Cooperative Education/Internship
- ME 405: Reading and Conference
- ME 406: Special Projects
Further, students can take one MCECS non-ME 400/500*-level course and apply it toward elective credits. Students can take an additional MCECS non-ME course, if taken at the 500*-level, with advisor approval.
MECOP students must complete EAS 407, MECOP Seminar.
*Non-Pathway students completing 500-level course(s) will need to complete a Request to Use Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Degree Form and waive their ability to apply the course(s) to a graduate program.
Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) selections will determine the upper-division clusters students are eligible to take. The following SINQ courses will enable students to take Ec 314U: Private and Public Investment Analysis, a BSME-required course, as part of their upper-division cluster. Therefore, students can 'double-dip' to save time and money:
- UNST 220: Understanding Communities
- UNST 222: Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship
- UNST 239: Knowledge, Values, and Rationality
Upper Division Clusters
All students, with the exception of post-bac students, must complete an upper-division cluster. The following clusters are recommended as they contain Ec 314U:
- Understanding Communities
- Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship
- Knowledge, Values, and Rationality
The Multiple Engineering Co-Op Program (MECOP) is a highly structured internship program that gives students the opportunity to participate in two paid six-month internships with different companies as a part of the BSME Program. Local industry members select interns from the admitted MECOP students.
Applying to MECOP
- Must apply to and gain acceptance to the BSME upper division program spring term of your sophomore year
- Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered
How does the MECOP program work?
MECOP students have a split junior year. During the first half, students complete 300 level ME courses and interview with participating companies for their initial internship placement. After placement, students spend the spring and summer terms of their junior year in the first MECOP internship. This same format holds true for the second internship, in that the second half of the junior courses are completed during fall and winter terms with the second internship following in the spring and summer terms.
Because of this onsite work experience, the length of the degree plan is extended one full year. MECOP students will also need to register for EAS 407, a one-credit MECOP seminar, for fall term. MECOP students will be placed on the MECOP Course Plan.
For More Information
Dr. Lemmy Meekisho is the MECOP faculty advisor for the BSME program.
The senior capstone sequence (ME 491, ME 492 and ME 493) is the culminating experience for students in the BSME Program. Students teams work with industry partners to bring a design concept to life. Starting in the fall term, students begin exploring the design process. In winter term, capstone projects are presented to the class and students form their capstone teams. Capstone teams spend the term putting the design process into practice while ensuring they are meeting the needs of the capstone sponsor. Spring term is time for students to roll up their sleeves and build the prototypes.
In the capstone course sequence, students learn about the design process, identifying and interviewing customers, developing the product design specifications, developing engineering specifications, performing benchmarking and setting performance targets, performing parametric analysis, developing house of quality, performing external and internal searches for solutions, and making decisions about best options.