Bachelor of science degree

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professionals. Students in undergraduate study in ME have abundant career opportunities, even if they choose not to pursue advanced degrees. With our emphasis on human-centered design as well as the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum and the university-wide initiative on sustainability, American International College's ME program prepares graduates for changing industry needs. 

Vision

The vision is to elevate the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Wayne State University (WSU) from its current solid foundation as a critical part of a Tier 1 Urban Research University, and thereby develop exceptional engineers with real-world problem solving capabilities for the general good of society.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University is to provide leading edge mechanical engineering educational programs to a diversity of students from varying backgrounds and ethnic origin, producing high-quality engineers with broad learning, marketable skills, and career opportunities. Develop and conduct state-of-the-art research for the advancement of technical applications that contribute to the general positive value-added of society. Perform outreach to the community to perform the activities of a top urban research university.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) at Wayne State University are to provide the education and training that will enable its graduates to:

  1. Successfully pursue intermediate level engineering positions or advanced degrees
  2. Demonstrate technical competency in applying broad, fundamental-based knowledge and up-to-date skills to perform professional work in mechanical engineering related disciplines
  3. Demonstrate competency in applying comprehensive design methodology pertaining to mechanical engineering, incorporating the use of the economic, environmental sustainability and social impact of design
  4. Engage in professional societies, and to always apply best practices in professional ethics;
  5. Be committed to life-long learning activities through self-reliance, creativity and leadership

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Career Opportunities

High placement rate

According to a recent survey, a high percentage of those who earn bachelor's degrees secure a full-time job within one year of graduating in research and development roles as consultants, hardware engineers, research assistants, mechanical engineers and manufacturing engineers. Companies such as General Motors, Ford, Boeing, GE and Motorola employ Wayne State graduates. Many alumni further their education with graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

The Engineering Department offers six majors: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering Students in these Engineering department programs will take the following course work.

Computer Science Foundation Requirements
For the degree a minimum of 120 credit hours total taken through five types of courses: math, science, College general education requirements, computer science core courses and computer science elective courses are required.

AIC Course Number Title Credit Hours

MAC 2311

Calculus I

4

MAC 2312

Calculus II

4

MAC 2313

Calculus III

4

MAS 2130

Linear Algebra

3

PHY 2048

Physics for Engineers

4

PHY 2049

Physics for Engineers II

4

ENC 1101

Composition I

3

 

Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Foundation Requirements
For the degree a minimum of 124 credit hours total for Electrical Engineering or a minimum of 123 credit hours for Mechanical Engineering taken through six types of courses: math, science, basic engineering, College general education requirements, electrical/mechanical engineering core courses, and electrical/mechanical engineering elective courses are required.

 

AIC Course Number Title Credit Hours

MAC 2311

Calculus I

4

MAC 2312

Calculus II

4

MAC 2313

Calculus III

4

MAP 2302

Differential Equations

3

PHY 2048

Physics for Engineers

4

PHY 2049

Physics for Engineers II

4

ENC 1101

Composition I

3

CHM 1040

General Chemistry

3

CHM 1040L

General Chemistry Lab

1

 

General Education Group and Competency Requirements
The college has established General Education Requirements, requiring a total of 36 credits of General Education coursework to be satisfied by all students. These requirements are listed below. For Engineering majors, the basic physical science requirement and the mathematics requirement are satisfied by the Foundation courses.

 

AREA 1 COMMUNICATIONS
Take ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 and either SPC 1024 or SPC 1608 9 credit hours

AREA 2 HUMANITIES
Take two courses, for a total of 6 credit hours 6 credit hours

AREA 3 SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 credit hours
One Social Science course and one Behavioral Science course

AREA 4 SCIENCE 9 credit hours
The Physical Science requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Foundation courses. Take one Biological Science, for 3 credit hours, and one Laboratory, for 1 credit hour, and one Wellness course, for 2 credit hours.

AREA 5 MATHEMATICS 6 credit hours
The mathematics requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Foundation courses.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
W = Writing credit course. Students must take ENC 1101; ENC 1102; and two additional writing credit courses, 6 credits, to graduate.
I = International/Intercultural Course. Students must take 3 credits of international/intercultural coursework to graduate.

NOTES
Any student who successful completes a mathematics or natural science course for which one of the General Education Core Course options is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics or science core requirement.
(I) = this course counts toward the international/intercultural requirement in the AA and baccalaureate degrees.
(W) = this course counts toward the writing requirement in the AA and baccalaureate degrees.

*All course requirements and offerings are subject to change

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