Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Oct 01, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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Requirements for the Major:

Course requirements with a typical schedule are given for the Class of 2021 below. Students should consult their academic advisor about the scheduling and sequencing of courses .


(1)* Students must declare their ME Major prior to or during the sixth week of their first year spring term (prior to registering for courses for the following Fall). Students not declared as ME Majors will likely not be admitted to 200-level ME courses.

(2)** An alternate mathematics sequence in the first year is possible depending on the math preparation of the student. Consult with your academic advisor.

(3)*** ME students fulfill the computer science requirement by satisfactorily completing a CSC 100-level course.

(4)**** The 11 electives must be satisfied as follows:

  • Core Curriculum (1 Social Science, 1 Literature Humanities, 1 additional Humanities, 2 Linguistic and Cultural Competency)
  • 1 Math/Science Elective (This course is intended to count toward the ABET math/science requirements. This course must be a 100-level or above math/science course and count toward an Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology or Mathematics major. AP credit can be used to satisfy this requirement.)
  • 2 Engineering Depth Electives (defined as any course in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, computer engineering, bioengineering, or any approved course offered by the ME division of Clarkson Univeristy - Capital Region Campus, that has at least one 200-level engineering course prerequisite from any of the aforementioned engineering programs). At least one of the engineering depth electives must be an ME course.
  • 3 Free Electives

(5)**** STA 104 (MTH-104)  , STA 164 (MTH 164)  , or STA 264 (MTH 264)  may be substituted for MER 301  .

(6)***** The fall term of junior year is the recommended term for satisfying the Linguistic and Cultural Competency component of the Core Curriculum through a term abroad. Students may complete this requirement in other terms as well. Students should determine as early as possible how they will satisfy the requirements of the Linguistic and Cultural Competency Core Curriculum component and should work closely with their academic advisor to develop the appropriate plan of study that will allow them to pursue the desired option.

(7)****** The Senior Experience is satisfied by  completing (a) MER 487  (Writing Seminar) plus an additional engineering depth elective in ME or (b) MER 487 plus MER 490 and MER 486  (Competition Team Design) or (c) MER 497  and MER 498  (Senior Project).


Requirements for the Five-Year Combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering:

Union undergraduate students may apply to this program offered in conjunction with Clarkson University where both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering are earned in five years. Students are encouraged to apply during sophomore year but no later than the end of the fall term of their senior year. A 3.0 overall GPA is expected for admission. Students enrolled in the program may count up to three Mechanical Engineering courses toward both degrees. A petition requesting overlapping degree credit must be approved by the undergraduate and graduate advisors and filed with the graduate office. The Master of Science program is described in the catalog of Clarkson University.

Requirements for Honors:

In addition to the college wide Departmental Honors requirements enumerated in the Academic Policies of the College, candidates must (1) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Union College Academic Honor Code and the National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics for Engineers;  (2) earn at least a grade of A- in four Mechanical Engineering courses required for the major exclusive of MER 487  , MER 497  and MER 498  ; (3a) earn grades of at least B+ in MER 497 and at least A- in MER 498 or (3b) earn grades of at least B+ in a Mechanical Engineering elective and at least A- in MER 487 or (3c) earn grades of at least B+ in MER 486  and at least A- in MER 487; (4) submit a senior thesis which is in accordance with College and Schaeffer Library policy and represents evidence of independent, original work as part of a research or design project; (5) participate in the ASME student chapter’s oral presentation competition; and (6) be nominated and receive a vote of approval by the faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Selection Guidelines

Current Mechanical Engineering Major worksheets can be found at: It is strongly suggested that students and their advisers consult with these worksheets prior to selecting courses (even during the first year). Please consult with a Mechanical Engineering faculty member if additional information or clarification is required.

Minimum grades in Prerequisite Courses: In order to qualify to take any mechanical engineering course, a minimum grade of C- must be earned in all mechanical engineering (MER) and mathematics (MTH) courses that are listed as prerequisites for the course. Mathematics courses with the IMP designation are excluded from this requirement.

Clarkson University Capital Region Campus: Selected graduate courses in engineering mathematics, solid mechanics, and the thermal fluid sciences offered by Clarkson University Capital Region Campus are available to qualified undergraduates. For further information, please consult the catalog of Clarkson University for the MS program in Mechanical Engineering.

Major Courses

(Prerequisites and co-requisites are listed for each of the major courses. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may petition the instructor and Department Chair to take a prerequisite as a co-requisite for a major course.)

Elective Courses

These may be taken to satisfy the engineering depth or free elective requirements. Consult the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair and course listings for additional MER, BME, ESC, CSC, ECE, and Clarkson University Capital Region Campus courses that satisfy the engineering elective requirement.

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