UB Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering BS Degree | BSME

Your Academic Experience

While a student in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree program, you will study a variety of topics in order to fulfill the 121 credit hour requirement. Throughout your studies, you will partake in courses in three categories: general education (required for all undergraduate students), engineering core, and program core.

What will you learn each year?

In your first three years, you will focus on building a solid academic foundation in mathematics, science, and mechanical core courses. In the fourth year, you will choose an area of your interest to develop your expertise through three advanced elective courses and design projects in the applied subject areas including aerospace engineering, mechanical design, manufacturing and material processing, thermal and fluid engineering, mechatronics and automation, and/or biomedical engineering.

Get the Details

To see what courses you would take each semester, view the Curriculum Map. To learn more details about courses specific to the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree program, click on the name of the course in the list below. You may also visit the Electives page to discover more about the each of our six subject offerings. More details regarding the curriculum, academic regulations, course descriptions, and the general education course requirements can be found in the UB Catalog.

Click here to view the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) Curriculum Map



First Semester
English C101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
CPSC 101 Introduction to Computing 3
ENGR 111 Introduction to Engineering 3
Math 110 Calculus I 4
HUM Humanities Core 3
Total 16


Second Semester
Chem 103 General Chemistry with lab 4
MEEG 112 Engineering Graphics 3
Math 112 Calculus II 4
Phys 207 Principles of Physics I, with lab 4
Total 15


Third Semester
MEEG 250 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
ELEG 233/235 Network Analysis I with Lab, aka Circuits I with Lab 4
Math 215 Calculus III 4
Phys 208 Principles of Physics II, with lab 4
Total 15


Fourth Semester
MEEG 252 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 3
MEEG 203 Thermodynamics 3
MEEG 223 Material Science for Engineers 3
Math 281 Differential Equations 3
HUM Humanities Core 3
Total 15


Fifth Semester
MEEG 310 Mechanics of Materials 3
MEEG 307 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGR 290 Economics and Management of Engineering Projects 3
Math 323 Probability and Statistics/Math 214 Linear Algebra 3
SOSC Social Sciences Core 3
Total 15


Sixth Semester
MEEG 363 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
MEEG 380 Mechanical Measurement and Data Analysis 3
MEEG 372 Manufacturing Engineering 3
MEEG 315 Mechanical Vibrations 3
SOSC Social Sciences Core 3
Total 15


Seventh Semester
MEEG 350D Machine Design 3
MEEG 381 Mechanical Engineering Systems Lab 3
MEEG 361 Senior Design Project 3
One Track Electives 3
FA Fine Arts Core 3
Total 15


Eighth Semester
MEEG 369D Thermal Fluid Systems Design 3
MEEG 362 Senior Design Project 3
Two Track Electives 6
Free Elective 3
Total 15


Total Credit Hours: 121

Course Descriptions

Program Core Requirements

These courses are specific to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree program.

This course provides an introduction to engineering graphics and visualization including engineering drawing and 3-D solid modeling with a computer aided design (CAD) package. Topics include the design process, multiview projection and sectioning, dimensioning, tolerancing, and working drawings.

Credits: 3

A study of the properties of materials of importance to engineers. Structure-propertyprocessing relationships. Mechanical, physical and electrical properties of metals, ceramics and polymers.
Credits: 3

This course utilizes vector algebra and free body diagrams to solve problems in engineering statics. The topics include vector algebra of forces and moments, free body diagrams, equilibria of particles and rigid bodies, internal forces in trusses and frames, centroids and centers of gravity, internal forces in trusses and frames, friction and applications to machines, and moments of inertia.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 Calculus II and Phys 111 Principles to Physics I
Credits: 3

This course is designed to teach kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in one, two, and three dimensions. Newton’s laws of motion, work-energy, and impulse-momentum are studied and applied to practical engineering problems.
Prerequisites: MEEG 250 Engineering Mechanics: Statics (“C” or better)
Credits: 3

This course introduces principles of thermodynamics, properties of ideal gases and water vapors, first and second laws of thermodynamics, and entropy. Applications of thermodynamic analysis in engineering applications.
Prerequisites: PHYS 111 Introduction to Physics I
Credits: 3

This course introduces the concepts of stress, deformation and strain in solid materials.  Topics include stress and strain analysis applied to beams, vessels, and pipes; combined loading; stress and strain transformations; bending stresses and shear stresses in beams; column buckling.
Prerequisites: MEEG 250 Engineering Mechanics: Statics
Corequisite:  MATH 301 Differential Equations
Credits: 3

This course introduces the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and explores the topics of fluid statics, buoyancy, key properties which affect fluid motion, fluid flow regimes, governing equations, empirical and analytic methods of internal and external flows.
Prerequisites:  MEEG 252 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, MATH 215 Calculus III (“C” or better), and MATH 301 Differential Equations (“C” or better)
Credits: 3

This course introduces heat transfer principles and their applications in a wide range of engineering applications.  The three fundamental modes of heat transfer are studied in detail: conduction (steady-state and transient) convection (forced and natural) and radiation. Basic concepts such as Fourier’s Law, Newton’s Law of Cooling and the Stefan-Boltzmann Law are presented as well as analytic, empirical and numerical methods of solution. Key properties which affect the rate of heat transfer such as the heat transfer coefficient, thermal conductivity and emissivity are examined.
Prerequisites: MATH 301 Differential Equations (“C “or better), MEEG 203 Thermodynamics, and MEEG 307 Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3

The course introduces the fundamentals of basic instrumentation, experimental measurement and data analysis used in mechanical engineering. In addition to instrument use and the planning and execution of experiments, the topics of calibration, precision, sampling, accuracy and error are included. Special focus is given to the preparation of technical reports.
Prerequisites: MEEG 310 Mechanics of Materials, MEEG 307 Fluid Mechanics, MEEG 252 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
Corequisites: MEEG 363 Heat Transfer, and MATH 323 Probability and Statistics
Credits: 3

This course covers major manufacturing processes for engineering materials, including forming and shaping processes and equipment, machining processes and machine tools, etc. It also introduces modeling and analysis for manufacturing process design and optimization.
Prerequisites: MEEG 310 Mechanics of Materials
Credits: 3

This course covers vibration analysis of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems as well as continuous systems, including both damped and undamped free and forced vibration.
Prerequisites: MEEG 252 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics and MATH 301 Differential Equations
Credits: 3

This course covers part modeling, selection, and engineering analysis of machine components to design structural frame, bearings, supporting beam, shafts, springs, gears, fasteners, and other elements in a machinery and mechanical systems.
Prerequisites: MEEG 310 Mechanics of Materials
Credits: 3

This course is the application of measurement techniques developed in MEEG 380 to various mechanical systems and processes. Emphasis is on data acquisition, reduction, analysis, and report preparation.
Prerequisites: MEEG 380 Mechanical Measurement and Data Analysis, MEEG 363 Heat Transfer, and MATH 323 Probability and Statistics with Applications
Credits: 3

This course integrates thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer through application to the design of various thermal systems comprised of several components requiring individual analyses. Emphasis on modeling, analysis, and design of engineering systems and components with state-of-the-art computer software.

The first part of the senior design project, which covers topics of product design and development process. Design project proposals, computer-aided design, analysis, and modeling of an open-ended engineering design problem.  Development and presentation of conceptual designs.
Prerequisites: MEEG 307 Fluid Mechanics, MEEG 372 Manufacturing Engineering, Concurrent enrollment in MEEG363 Heat and Mass Transfer and MEEG 350D Machine Design.1

The second part of the senior design project, which covers topics of product design and development process. Development of a working design started in the previous semester using computer-aided design, analysis, modeling, and optimization methods and manufacture a prototype of the final design.
Prerequisites: 361 Senior Design Project I

Total credits: 6

Visit the Electives page for more details.
Total credits: 9

Engineering Core Courses

These courses are required for all students pursuing engineering degrees at the undergraduate level.

A study of basic chemical principles and their application. This course is designed for the science and engineering majors and includes theoretical and experimental studies of such topics as composition and structure of matter, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, gases, atomic and molecular structure, and periodic trends.
Credits: 4

Introduction to high level languages, data types, subprograms; arrays and records. Top-down programming. Algorithmic development and flow charting
Credits: 4

DC circuits, mesh, node voltages, superposition. Steady-state AC, read/imaginary power. Bode plots, Ideal op-amp circuit analysis.

Use of resistor networks and DC voltage sources in various configurations; measurements of current flow and voltage difference. Introduction to RLC circuits in steady AC conditions. Familiarization with standard laboratory instruments.

Credits: 4

This course introduces the student to the engineering design process on a beginning level. Emphasis is placed on the structure of the design process involving problem definition, development of alternatives, analysis, decision making and iteration. One guided design project and one independent project are completed by student project teams. Concurrent lectures and homework assignments develop skills in data management, mechanics, chemistry, electrical theory, energy and economics. Personal computer usage is emphasized for mathematical calculations and the preparation of engineering reports.

Credits: 3

The design process, engineering economics, project planning and ethics in engineering practice.
Credits: 3

Calculus and Analytic Geometry III Vector algebra and calculus and the geometry of space. Functions of several variables and partial differentiation. Directional derivatives and the gradient vector. Maximum and minimum values and Lagrange multipliers. Multiple integrals. Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vector fields, del operators and vector integral theorems.
Credits: 4

Classical theory of probability. Sample spaces, probability and conditional probability, random variables and their distributions. Standard discrete distributions, normal distributions, moment generating functions and
central limit theorems.

Credits: 3



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