Mechanical engineers make an impact in almost every aspect of modern society due to the vital roles they play in the design and production of material goods.
As a graduate, you leave Clarkson with the ability to apply principles of engineering, science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems. Clarkson prepares you for a successful career in either academia as a professor or researcher or in industry as an engineer or manager.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
School of Engineering Common First-Year Curricula
All students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) take courses that are part of a common curricula during the first year. Therefore, students may defer the selection of a major field of study until the sophomore year. Beginning with the junior year, a significant amount of specialized material is incorporated into each curriculum. In the senior year, coursework is concentrated in the student’s chosen field. Courses in humanities and social sciences are taken throughout the 4-year program as part of the Clarkson Common Experience.
During the first year, students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) must complete the following courses:
General Chemistry I
Introduction to Engineering Use of the Computer
Engineering & Society
Students majoring in mechanical engineering are required to complete the following courses:
Strength of Materials
Rigid Body Dynamics
Materials Science & Engineering I
Elementary Differential Equations
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Introduction to Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Design
Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Thermodynamic System Engineering (or ME455 Vibrations & Control)
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
Mechanics of Machine Elements
Advanced Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Introduction to Heat Transfer
Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method
Integrated Design I
Integrated Design II
Mechanical Vibrations & Control (or ME310 Thermodynamic System Engineering)
The following are electives students are required to complete for the mechanical engineering major. Students must select a 3-credit engineering elective in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering or engineering science. Typical courses include ME444 Computer-Aided Engineering (CAD), ME443 Optimal Engineering, ES380 Biomechanics, ME390 Additive Manufacturing or ME429 Welding and Metallurgy.
This requirement can be satisfied with upper-division courses in mathematics, physics, other engineering disciplines and mechanical engineering (e.g., STAT383 Applied Statistics, MA339 Fourier Series and Boundary-Value Problems).
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in mechanical engineering are required to take at least 15 credit hours to satisfy the Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives requirement. This, for mechanical engineering majors, must include ES110 Engineering & Society and a course in economics, such as EC350 Engineering Economics.
Students majoring in mechanical engineering have at least 6 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.