Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is an essential part of most industries and modern technologies, and includes the analysis, design, and development of machines and structures that involve motion. Mechanical engineers are employed in areas such as the design and control of machinery; the development of means of transportation including automobiles, aircraft, space and marine vehicles, and railroads; computer-aided design and manufacture of products, consumer goods, devices, and industrial equipment; medical technology utilizing mechanical and electromechanical devices; the generation of energy from fossil and nuclear fuels; and the utilization, storage, and distribution of alternative energy sources.

Required Courses

Mechanical Engineering Requirements (56)
MMAE 100Introduction to the Profession3
MMAE 200Introduction to Mechanics3
MMAE 202Mechanics of Solids3
MMAE 232Design for Innovation3
MMAE 302Advanced Mechanics of Solids3
MMAE 305Dynamics3
MMAE 313Fluid Mechanics3
MMAE 319Mechanical Laboratory I4
MMAE 320Thermodynamics3
MMAE 321Applied Thermodynamics3
MMAE 323Heat and Mass Transfer3
MMAE 332Design of Machine Elements3
MMAE 350Computational Mechanics3
MMAE 419Mechanical Laboratory II4
MMAE 432Design of Mechanical Systems3
or MMAE 433 Design of Thermal Systems
MMAE 443Systems Analysis and Control3
MMAE 445Computer-Aided Design3
MMAE 485Manufacturing Processes3
Materials Science Requirement (3)
MS 201Materials Science3
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Chemistry Requirement (4)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Technical Elective (3)
Select three credit hours 13
Free Electives (6)
Select six credit hours6
Total Credit Hours127

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 1003MS 2013
MATH 1515MATH 1525
CHEM 1244PHYS 1234
Humanities 200-level Course3CS 1042
 Social Sciences Elective3
 15 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 2003MMAE 2023
MMAE 2323MMAE 3503
MATH 2514MATH 2524
PHYS 2214Humanities Elective (300+)3
Humanities or Social Science Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 3023MMAE 3194
MMAE 3053MMAE 3213
MMAE 3133MMAE 3233
MMAE 3203MMAE 3323
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 16
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 4194MMAE 432 or 4333
MMAE 4433Technical Elective13
MMAE 4453IPRO Elective II3
MMAE 4853Free Elective3
IPRO Elective I3Free Elective3
 16 15
Total Credit Hours: 127

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).