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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum


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Baccalaureate Programs

Freshmen or sophomores who have identified mechanical, aerospace, or nuclear engineering as their major may follow the baccalaureate program below in lieu of the general core engineering program. Dual major programs which lead to a single baccalaureate degree embracing two fields are also available and are described in more detail in the department.

First Year


Fall Semester (17 credits)


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring Semester (17 credits)


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall Semester (16 credits)


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring Semester (17 credits)


Third Year


Summer Arch*/Fall OR Spring


*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Development II
    (See footnote 6 below)

Fourth Year


  • Computation Elective (Restricted) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective (Restricted) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective (Restricted) Credit Hours: 3
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Computation and Technical (Restricted) Electives


  • The Computation Elective must be either MANE 4240 Introduction to Finite Elements, MANE 4963 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics, MANE 4280 Design Optimization or MTLE 4500 Computational Methods for Materials Design.
  • The first Technical Elective must be taken from any upper-level (4000 or above) MANE course.
  • The second Technical Elective may be selected from any upper-level (4000 or above) course in the School of Engineering or the School of Science. An independent study course, such as a design project or an undergraduate research project in the School of Engineering or the School of Science may also be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Computational and Technical Electives may not be taken on a Pass/No Credit basis.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives


In this area, the electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Students are urged to elect humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.

Footnotes


  1. These required courses may be taken in any order.
  2. MATH 2010 and MATH 2400 may be taken in either semester of the second year.
  3. Mechanical engineering students may use MANE 2220 Inventor’s Studio 1 and ENGR 1010 Professional Development 1 combined as a substitute for ENGR 2050 Introduction to Engineering Design.
  4. (a) The Thermal and Fluids Core Module consists of MANE 4010, taken either before or concurrently with MANE 4020.
    (b) The Mechanical Design Core Module consists of MANE 4030, taken either before or concurrently with MANE 4040.
  5. Course may be taken either semester.
  6. For a list of courses that satisfy the PD II requirement refer to the link “Courses which satisfy the PD II requirement” on the SIS home page. It must be completed before MANE 4260.
  7. Can be takem either semester senior year.
  8. MANE 4220 Inventor’s Studio 2 may be used as a substitute for MANE 4260 Multidisciplinary Capstone Design.

 

 

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