2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mechanical and Energy Engineering, BS
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mechanical and energy engineering follows an interdisciplinary and innovative curriculum that combines essentials of the classical discipline of mechanical engineering with the deeper knowledge of the dynamic field of energy studies. Thus, the BS degree combines the fundamentals of mechanical engineering with a broad specialization on subjects related to energy production, management, and distribution. The goal of the mechanical and energy engineering department is to provide a curriculum and course of training that will prepare undergraduates not only for today’s challenges, but also for future challenges in a fast-paced, global, and diverse society. As a consequence, this program emphasizes the fundamentals, modern methods, processes and technologies of engineering science. It also gives students the tools to learn by themselves and to pursue lifelong learning. Graduates of this program are well-prepared for industry careers and pursuit of advanced engineering degrees.
The mechanical and energy engineering curriculum is very broad. It is similar to a traditional mechanical engineering curriculum with the notable addition of several required energy-related courses and elective courses that emphasize energy applications and materials. In their first year, students in this program will take preparatory courses in mathematics and the basic sciences, including physics, computer science and chemistry. The required upper-division engineering courses are in the broad areas of energy-thermal-fluid science; mechanics and materials; dynamics, design and controls; and environmental impact of energy production and use. Technical elective courses range from alternative energy to nuclear power. The program also emphasizes studies in the humanities and social sciences, artistic ingenuity, professionalism, technical communication and engineering ethics.
The department also offers unique curriculum-integrated enrichment opportunities including undergraduate research, co-ops, and study abroad exchanges with international partner schools. Minors that provide breadth of experience from other disciplines, including mathematics and hospitality management, can also be integrated seamlessly into the department’s four-year bachelor’s degree plan.
The BS degree with a major in mechanical and energy engineering is the newest program in the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas. The curriculum of this program has been designed to meet the ABET criteria for accreditation in the general category of “Mechanical Engineering.” According to the ABET procedures, accreditation for this program will be sought after the program graduates its first class of students.
Program Educational Objectives
- Graduates will obtain employment in entry-level mechanical and energy engineering positions or enroll in advanced degree programs, which will enrich their professional practice in mechanical and energy engineering related fields.
- Graduates will engage in life-long learning demonstrated by advanced education/degrees, professional development activities, and/or other career-appropriate options.
- Graduates employed within engineering fields will demonstrate technical competence in identifying, formulating, analyzing and creating engineering solutions.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in mechanical and energy engineering, students are enabled to achieve the following outcomes:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, engineering and science.
- Design and conduct experiments to verify and validate the design projects they develop and analyze and interpret data.
- Develop project-based learning skills through design and implementation of a system, component or process that meets the needs within realistic constraints.
- Function in multi-disciplinary teams.
- Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
- Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Communicate effectively.
- Achieve broad education necessary to understand the impact of mechanical and energy engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
- Understand learning processes and need for learning, and engage in lifelong learning.
- Achieve knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Use techniques, skills and computer-based tools for conducting experiments and carrying out designs.