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Engineering: Mechanical Engineering Major

Mechanical engineering continues to be a growing program in the field of engineering due to rapidly changing technologies and expanding industrial needs. SUNY New Paltz's program is designed to meet these needs, both generally and within the Mid-Hudson Valley, specifically. Our goal is to provide students with a solid knowledge of math, science and engineering concepts and the ability to apply them to engineering problems. The flexibility of the engineering curriculum serves full- and part-time students, traditional and non-traditional students, and students new to engineering as well as those who have some experience in technical areas.

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum consists of a modified General Education requirement, foundation coursework in math and science, required core courses, and professional electives. Design is emphasized throughout the curriculum. The General Education component complements students' engineering education and encourages them to understand engineering roles in a broader context.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum - 102 credits

  • Engineering students follow a modified, 22-credit General Education requirement, as noted below. A total of 124 credits is required to complete the Bachelor's degree.
  • Students may not enroll in any engineering course unless all prerequisites have been met with a grade of C- or better.
  • Students are required to receive grades of C- or better in any course that is used to satisfy engineering major requirements. Except for Fieldwork (EGC/EGE/EGM494), courses taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis cannot be applied toward engineering major requirements.

Modified General Education requirement........................22 credits
ENG170 Writing & Rhetoric (4) or ENG206 Advanced Writing & Rhetoric (4) - Prerequisite: ENG160 (3) or English Placement Level 5

plus one (1) course from each of the following six GE categories (18 credits):

United States Studies
World Civilizations & Cultures
Western Civilization
Social Sciences
The Arts

Required math/science courses..................................33 credits
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)
MAT353 Calculus III (4)
MAT359 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
MAT362 Linear Algebra (3)
MAT380 Applied Probability & Statistics (3)
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3) and CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
PHY201 General Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)

Required core courses................................................54 credits
Introductory course
EGG101 Introduction to Engineering Science (3)

Design courses
EGM101 Design with Additive Manufacturing (1)
EGM201 Design Using Reverse Engineering (1)
EGM301 Design of Measurement Instrumentation (1)

Mechanics courses
EGM211 Statics (3)
EGM212 Dynamics (3)
EGM311 Kinematics of Machines (3)
EGM312 System Dynamics (3)

Materials courses
EGM221 Engineering Materials (3)
EGM322 Mechanics of Materials (3)
EGM323 Materials Lab (1)

Thermo-Fluid Sciences courses
EGM331 Thermodynamics (3)
EGM332 Fluid Mechanics (3)
EGM333 Thermo-Fluids Lab (1)
EGM334 Heat Transfer (3)
EGM335 Thermo System Design (3)

Additional engineering requirements
EGE200 Circuit Analysis (3) and EGE201 Circuits Lab (1)
EGM302 Finite Element Analysis (3)
EGE331 Computer Simulation (3)
EGG408 Senior Design Project I (3)
EGG409 Senior Design Project II (3)

Professional electives*...........................................15 credits
Choose five (5) professional electives.

*Professional electives must be chosen from the Division of Engineering Programs' list of approved courses or from its upper-division course offerings (300- or 400-level EGC, EGE or EGM courses). Students must meet all necessary prerequisite coursework and obtain their adviser's approval prior to taking any Professional Elective.