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2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog


Mechanical Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Hours for the Degree: 128
Minor: Yes, Biomechanics
Dual Degree: Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Mechanical engineering is concerned with motion and the processes whereby other energy forms are converted into motion.

Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, manufacturing, testing and marketing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform and utilize the energy forms that cause motion.

The baccalaureate program in mechanical engineering is fully accredited and provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses are available to develop specialized interests in the engineering aspects of manufacturing, robotics, solid mechanics, thermal and fluid systems, dynamics and controls, and biomechanics. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of industries or to pursue graduate study.

Students considering a career in biomedical engineering should be aware that graduate education is often required. The College of Engineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering.

Dual-Degree Programs

There is much overlap between the aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering curriculum. The first six semesters are identical for both programs. Through proper selection of electives, students can earn a dual mechanical engineering/aerospace engineering degree with one semester of additional work. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or visit the website for more information.

Research Programs

The department's active research programs are sponsored by private industry, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NASA, National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

These programs keep faculty at the leading edge of technology and provides opportunities for students to participate in research through classroom assignments, individual studies, undergraduate research scholarships and employment as research assistants.


The mission of the undergraduate program is to serve the State of Florida, the United States and the engineering profession by providing quality educational programs in mechanical engineering; conduct a nationally recognized research program; and foster ongoing professional development of students and faculty.

Educational Objectives

Within three to five years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida, a graduate is expected to achieve one or more of the following milestones:
  • Advance professionally as a result of his/her ability to solve complex technical problems and to work in multidisciplinary teams on problems whose solutions lead to significant societal benefits;
  • Demonstrate professional engineering competence via promotions and/or positions of increasing responsibility, or successfully transition from the traditional mechanical engineering career path into business, government or education;
  • Make scholarly contributions to knowledge as demonstrated by publishing papers and/or technical reports, applying for patents, delivering effective conference presentations, and/or contributing to innovative leadership articles;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the community and the profession through involvement with community and/or professional organizations and/or make contributions towards society's greater good and prosperity; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for life-long learning via progress toward, or successful completion of an advanced degree, professional development and/or industrial training course(s), and/or engineering certification.

Critical Tracking and Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CHM 2045, approved science elective, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 additional course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 5:

  • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C in each course within two attempts

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M)4
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 and Laboratory (GE-P)4
English composition (GE-C, WR) (placement scores on ACT/SAT do not exempt this requirement)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M)4
PHY 2048 and 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
Science elective, CHM 2046, BSC 2010 or PHY 31013
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE-C) or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE-C)
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M)4
PHY 2049 and 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 and Laboratory (GE-P)4
EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design3
EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Laboratory1
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics *3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
CGS 2425 Computer Programming for Engineers (select Fortran or C++, offered by ISE department) 2
EEL 3003 and 3303L Elements of Electrical Engineering and Circuits Laboratory or
EEL 3111C Circuits 1 with Laboratory
EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics *3
EML 3100 Thermodynamics *3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
Humanities (GE-H)6
EMA 3010 Materials3
Total 9
Semester 6Credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
EML 3301C Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory2
EGM 4313 Intermediate Engineering Analysis4
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials3
EGN 3353C Fluid Mechanics3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
EML 3005 Mechanical Design3
EML 4140 Heat Transfer3
EML 4220 Vibrations3
EML 4304C Thermo/Fluid Design and Laboratory3
EML 4312 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems3
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
EML 4500 Finite Element Analysis and Design3
EML 4147C Thermo-Heat Transfer Design and Laboratory3
EML 4314C Dynamics and Controls System Design Laboratory3
Technical electives (see approved list)6
Total 15
Semester 9 Credits
EML 4321 Manufacturing Engineering3
EML 4501 Mechanical System Design or
EAS 4710 Aerospace Design 2 (can substitute if dual ME/ASE student)
EML 4920 Professional Orientation1
Technical electives (see approved list)6
Humanities elective (GE-H)3
Total 16

* Completed with a grade of C or better