Undergraduate Course Offerings
The following is a sample of the undergraduate course offerings in Mechanical Engineering.
See official course listings in the University Bulletin or register for classes through BU Brain.
ME 211, INTRODUCTION TO SOLID MECHANICS
Basic principles of stress and strain of members subject to axial, shearing, bending,
torsion and combined loads. Mechanical properties of engineering materials. Shear
and moment diagrams. Deflection of beams. Prerequisite: ME 273. 3 cr.
ME 212, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING
Introduction to structured programming in MATLAB for mechanical engineers. MATLAB
will be used to solve typical mechanical engineering problems. Prerequisite: WTSN
112 or a beginning programming course. 2 cr.
ME 273, STATICS
Engineering statics; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, equivalent force system,
free-body diagrams, centroid of areas, mass moment of inertia, truss analysis, friction.
Prerequisite: PHYS 131. 3 cr.
ME 274, DYNAMICS
Kinematics and kinetics of particles; kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies (plane
motion). Energy and momentum methods. Prerequisite: ME 273. 3 cr.
ME 302, ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
Methods employed in engineering problem solving. Series solution of ODEs, method of
Frobenius, special functions, Sturm-Liouville theory, Fourier series, differential
and integral vector calculus, solution of linear partial differential equations: 1-D
unsteady heat equation, 2-D Laplace equation. Case studies drawn from engineering
disciplines used to apply the mathematical techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 323 and
MATH 371. 3 cr.
ME 331, THERMODYNAMICS
Properties of pure substances. Concepts of work and heat, fundamental laws of thermodynamics;
closed and open systems. Entropy and entropy production. Basic gas and vapor cycles,
basic refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 323, MATH 371 and PHYS 131. 3 cr.
ME 351, FLUID MECHANICS
Properties of fluids, hydrostatics, kinematics, control volume analysis, dimensional
analysis, ideal fluid flow, Bernoulli's equation. Field equations for mass and momentum
conservation, elementary exact solutions, major and minor losses in conduits for laminar
and turbulent flows. Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 302. 3 cr.
ME 362, SCIENCE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS
Introduction to processing, structures and structure-related properties of engineering
materials; mechanical behavior of materials; metals, ceramics, polymers, composites,
and electronic materials; materials design and selection, contemporary subjects in
materials science. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and PHYS 132. 4 cr.
ME 372, ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Introduction to project selection and project control. Topics include basic engineering
economics (present worth, discounted cash flow, etc.), feasibility studies, cost estimating,
risk analysis, project planning, scheduling and control. Open-ended projects with
multiple alternatives strongly emphasized. Professional practice factors in management
of projects. Prerequisite: WTSN 112 and junior standing. 3 cr.
ME 381, COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING
Fundamentals of computer graphics, interactive graphics, introduction to CAD, modeling,
analysis and optimization. Introduction to finite element method and use of standard
packages for design problems. Mechanism simulation. Includes laboratory section. Prerequisites:
ME 274 and 211. 3 cr.
ME 391, MEASURMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION LABORATORY
Modular laboratory course in which the topics of thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer,
vibrations, and solid mechanics are the subjects for the experimental modules. Includes
laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 371 and EECE 260. 3 cr.
ME 392, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Application of fundamental principles of mechanics and strength of materials to mechanical
engineering design problems. Topics include fatigue, stress concentrations, failure
theories, application to design of bolts, springs and other types of component design.
Decision making and engineering judgment for open-ended problems are emphasized. Prerequisites:
ME 211, ME 362, and ME 381. 4 cr.
ME 403, ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONAL METHODS
Application of computational methods to solve engineering and scientific problems.
Topics covered include programming in MATLAB, numerical methods (curve fitting, solution
of linear and nonlinear equations, integration, ordinary and partial differential
equations), graphical visualization and statistical analysis using MATLAB. Prerequisites:
ME 212 and ME 302. 3 cr.
ME 406 (BE 306), ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
A systems approach to the application of fundamental principles of thermodynamics,
energy conversion, economics, and statistical risk analysis to problems associated
with technology for sustainable energy. Topics include systems engineering modeling
approach, quantifying energy technologies and risk, thermodynamic analysis of energy
conversion cycles, appropriate technologies, and the use of energy resources. (Technical
elective.) Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and PHYS 132. 3 cr.
ME 412, STRUCTURAL MECHANICS
A bridge between elementary mechanics of deformable bodies and advanced courses in
elasticity. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of structural mechanics, analysis
of beams, columns, trusses, frames, plates and cables, elastic stability of structures,
energy method, principle of virtual work, and other topics from structural and solid
mechanics. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 211. 3 cr.
ME 417, INTRODUCTION TO THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD
Review of linear elasticity, introduction to calculus of variations and variational
principles of elasticity. These techniques are used in developing the finite element
theory and analysis of plane stress/strain, plates, trusses and beams, as well as
problems from other areas of mechanical engineering, such as heat transfer and vibration.
(Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME 211 and ME 302. 3 cr.
ME 421, MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS
Free vibration of mechanical systems, damping, forced harmonic vibration, support
motion, vibration isolation, response due to arbitrary excitation, systems with multiple
degrees of freedom, normal modes, free and forced vibrations, vibration absorber,
application of matrix methods, numerical techniques, computer applications. Prerequisites:
ME 274 and ME 302. 3 cr.
ME 422, ACOUSTICS
Propagation of sound. Acoustic wave motion. Reflection of sound waves from boundaries.
Sound transmission through walls. Sound generation and radiation. Sound propagation
in ducts. Acoustic transducers: loudspeakers and microphones. Auditory systems, bioacoustics.
(Technical elective.) Prerequisite: ME 421 or, for non-majors, a course in partial
differential equations and permission of instructor. 3 cr.
ME 424, CONTROL SYSTEMS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Introduction to classical and modern control systems as they relate to mechanical
engineering. Modeling, analysis and design of control systems. State space techniques
are introduced. Prerequisite: ME 403 and ME 421. 3 cr.
ME 425, INTERMEDIATE DYNAMICS
Review of the basic principles of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and planar
rigid bodies. Topics include: 3D kinematics and 3D rotations, Lagrange's approach
for both particles and rigid bodies, Euler Angles and Euler Equations. Prerequisite:
ME 274. 3 cr.
ME 428, ROBOTICS
This course focuses on the design and building of an autonomous microcomputer-controlled
robot using Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit and electro-mechanical actuators and sensors.
Students will work in teams and robots will compete at the end of the semester. (Technical
elective.) Prerequisites: ME 212 and senior standing in engineering. 3 cr.
ME 435, APPLIED AERODYNAMICS
Application of basic principles of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to the aerodynamics
of flight. Deals with concepts of lift, drag, aerodynamic moments, dynamics of flow
fields about bodies, including theory of airfoils and wings. Analytical techniques
for predicting aircraft performance are presented. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites:
ME 331 and ME 351. 3 cr.
ME 437, ENERGY ENGINEERING
Principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow and materials science in describing
the operation of energy production and conversion facilities. Current power production
methods and promising future technologies will be examined. Environmental impacts
and energy policy will also be discussed. (Technical elective.) Prerequisites: ME
331 and ME 351. 3 cr.
ME 441, HEAT TRANSFER
Introduction to fundamentals of heat transfer. Topics in conduction, forced and free
convection, mixed modes (e.g., extended surfaces), heat exchangers, radiation. Development
and use of analytic and empirical expressions in terms of dimensionless parameters.
Prerequisites: ME 331 and ME 351. 3 cr.
ME 443, ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF HVAC SYSTEMS
Application of principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to
the analysis and design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Use materials of construction data in conjunction with internal gains to calculate
heating and cooling loads. Use of psychometric data with ventilation requirements
to select and integrate HVAC components into systems. Students will be required to
generate a presentation on a relevant HVAC topic(s). (Technical elective.) Corequisite:
ME 441. 3 cr.
ME 452, FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Study of the basic mechanical and electrical properties of the human body, including
the dynamics of the cardiovascular system, the dynamics of limbs in locomotion and
other activities; measurement of physiological parameters. Anatomy and physiology
of these biological systems. Design of prosthetic devices. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite:
senior standing in engineering. 3 cr.
ME 482, ADVANCED COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING
Theory and principles of CAD modeling and configuration management. Projects and laboratory
assignments will include solid modeling, structural and thermal finite element analysis,
optimization, and manufacturing file output (CAM). Weekly laboratory. Final project
will be team, concurrent, distributed design project. (Technical elective.) Prerequisite:
ME 381. 3 cr.
ME 493, SENIOR PROJECT I
Group project emphasizing definition and planning for solution of an industrial problem.
Achievement of prototype or interim design in preparation for final design or product/process
realization in ME 494. Prerequisites: ME 351, ME 372, ME 391, and ME 392. Corequisites:
ME 441 and ME 424. Fall, 4 cr.
ME 494, SENIOR PROJECT II
Coordination of group project with unique industrial problem. Analysis, design, experimentation
may be brought to bear on solution. Realization of results from final design of product
or process with critical evaluation by judging panel. Prerequisite: ME 493. Spring,
ME 496/396, INDUSTRIAL INTERNSHIP
Engineering professional experience. Record of engineering experience obtained and
a formal final report required.Prerequisites: consent of faculty adviser. Pass/Fail
only. Various cr.