Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Required 128 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. Mechanical Engineering required courses*:

ME 101Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 1,23
ME 201Student Design 1, 22
or ME 201C
ME 201L
Student Design Lecture
and Student Design Lab
ME 301Materials Science3
ME 306Fluid Mechanics3
ME 322Design of Machinery3
ME 323
Machine Component Design
and Machine Component Design Laboratory
ME 341Thermodynamics 13
ME 418
Manufacturing Processes
and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory 4
or ME 418C
ME 418L
Manufacturing Processes
and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
ME 474Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer3
ME 480Mechanical Engineering Seminar 43
ME 483Mechanical Measurements Laboratory 43
ME 487Engineering Design 42
ME 488Engineering Design 43
Total Credits39

III. Program Required Electives  

Technical Electives - see details below 3,421
Total Credits21

IV. College of Engineering and Mines requirements 

ENGR 200Computer Applications in Engineering 1,22
ENGR 201Statics 13
ENGR 202Dynamics 13
ENGR 203Mechanics of Materials 13
ENGR 206Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
ENGR 340Professional Integrity in Engineering 23
ENGR 460Engineering Economy3
Total Credits20

 V. Requirements outside of the College of Engineering and Mines

CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MATH 165Calculus I 14
MATH 166Calculus II 14
MATH 265Calculus III 14
MATH 266Elementary Differential Equations3
MATH 321Applied Statistical Methods 53
PHYS 251University Physics I 14
PHYS 252University Physics II 14
Total Credits30

Technical Electives and Optional Concentrations

One technical elective must be taken from each stem from UND unless the student is pursuing the Aerospace Concentration (see below). Students may receive an optional concentration, documented on the transcript, in one of the listed stems as indicated. Students who satisfactorily complete two full-time (40 hours/wk) or three part-time (20 hours+/wk) ME 397 Cooperative Education experiences for a combined total of at least three credit hours are granted a waiver for one technical elective, provided one of the Cooperative Education experiences lasts for the duration of either a fall or spring semester. The waived technical elective is considered as elective at large and is not specified into any one of the three stems listed below.

Mechanical Design Stem

ME 424Systems Dynamics and Control (#)3
ME 426Mechanical Vibrations (#)3
ME 429Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (#)3
ME 439Introduction to Robotics3
ME 484Ground Vehicle Dynamics3
ME 485Multiphysics Modeling3
ME 523Advanced Machine Design (#)3
ME 525Metal Fatigue in Engineering (#)3
ME 526Advanced Vibrations (#)3
ME 529Advanced Finite Element Methods (#)3
ME 532Advanced Dynamics (#)3
ME 530UAS in Engineering Design and Applications (#)3
ME 566Introduction to Machine Vision (#)3
ME 580Introduction to Autonomous Robotics (#)3

Mechanical Design Concentration - 128 hours

Requires ME 323 Machine Component Design/ME 323L Machine Component Design Laboratory and any four of the Mechanical Design Stem technical electives.

Thermal Sciences Stem

ME 342Intermediate Thermodynamics (#)3
ME 446Gas Turbines (#)3
ME 449Internal Combustion Engines (#)3
ME 451Heating and Air Conditioning3
ME 464Computational Fluid Dynamics (#)3
ME 476Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (#)3
ME 477Compressible Fluid Flow (#)3
ME 542Thermodynamics of Materials3
ME 545Fluidized-Bed Combustion Engineering3
ME 574Advanced Heat Transfer (#)3
ME 575Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer (#)3
ME 576Convective Heat Transfer (#)3
ME 466Aerodynamics (#)3

Thermal Sciences Concentration - 128 hours

Requires ME 306 Fluid Mechanics, ME 341 Thermodynamics and any four of the Thermal Sciences Stem technical electives.

Manufacturing and Materials Stem

ME 313Material Properties and Selection3
ME 417Friction, Wear and Lubrication3
ME 420Composite Materials (#)3
ME 428Advanced Manufacturing Processes3
ME 439Introduction to Robotics3
ME 524Deformation and Fracture (#)3
ME 525Metal Fatigue in Engineering (#)3
ME 542Thermodynamics of Materials3
ME 514High Temperature Materials (#)3
ME 515Advanced Processing of Materials and Biomaterials3
ME 580Introduction to Autonomous Robotics (#)3

Manufacturing and Materials Concentration - 128 hours

Requires ME 418 Manufacturing Processes and any four of the Manufacturing and Materials Stem technical electives.

 Aerospace Concentration - 133 hours

Requires students to complete AVIT 102 Introduction to Aviation (5 credits) plus seven technical electives. AVIT 102 Introduction to Aviation includes earning a private pilot license and is recommended for the summer session between the freshman and sophomore years. 6

Technical electives must be chosen from the aerospace group of electives as identified by # in the above technical elective listing. One of the technical electives must be either ME 429 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis or ME 464 Computational Fluid Dynamics. ME 490 Special Laboratory Problems or an ME 590 Special Topics may also be included in the aerospace group at the discretion of the Mechanical Engineering Chair.


Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better.


ME 101 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, ME 201 Student Design, ENGR 200 Computer Applications in Engineering and ME 397 Cooperative Education may be waived by successful completion of ME 102 Professional Assessment and Evaluation. The ethics requirement as represented by ENGR 340 Professional Integrity in Engineering may also be waived, but not the University’s Essential Studies Requirements.


Three technical electives must be completed from UND, one in each stem unless pursuing the aerospace concentration. One technical elective can be taken outside the ME Department within other CEM Departments, Math or Physics. The course must be at the 300-level or higher and be consistent with the student’s individual learning plan.


Course must be completed from UND.


ChE 315 of an alternative calculus-based statistics course may be substituted for MATH 321 with approval of the ME Department.


Students already holding a private pilot license may provide proof of this certification to the ME Department as a substitute for AVIT 102 Introduction to Aviation.


All transfer courses must be completed with a "C" or better.


The Professional Degree Program (PDP) comprises upper-level core Mechanical Engineering courses and technical electives. All Mechanical Engineering majors must complete the courses indicated with the number one in the curriculum above as well as ENGL 110 College Composition I - College Composition I and ENGL 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences - Writing for Public Audiences with the letter grade of a "C" or higher prior to admission to the PDP. 

Admission to the PDP is required for most 300- and 400-level Mechanical Engineering courses. 


Students must ensure all appropriate pre-requisites are met prior to registering for all courses in the curriculum.