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Rensselaer Catalog 2014-2015 
Rensselaer Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering

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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


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year

Third Year

  • Mechanical Design Core Module, Credit Hours: 6
    (See footnote 2a below)
  • Thermal and Fluids Core Module, Credit Hours: 6
    (See footnote 2b below)
  • HASS Elective, Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Development II, Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnote 3 below)

Fourth Year

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

Technical Electives

  • The Technical Electives shall be comprised of two courses that must be taken from any upper-level (4000 or above) MANE course.
  • The Science Elective may be selected from any 2000-level or above course in the School of Science with an ASTR, BCBP, BIOL, CHEM, ERTH, MATH, or PHYS prefix.  An independent study course may not be used to satisfy this requirement. 
  • 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.


  1. These required courses may be taken in any order.
  2. a. The Mechanical Design Core Module consists of MANE 4030, taken either before or concurrently with MANE 4040. 
    b. The Thermal and Fluids Core Module consists of MANE 4010, taken either before or concurrently with MANE 4020.
  3. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of the semester. It must be completed before MANE 4260.
  4. Course may be taken either semester.
  5. Can be taken either semester senior year.
  6. MATH 2010 and MATH 2400 may be taken in either semester of the second year.

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