Undergraduate Catalog

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 - 101 credits

  • Engineering students follow a modified General Education requirement that includes a Basic Communication course (ENG170 Writing & Rhetoric (4) or ENG206 Advanced Writing & Rhetoric (3)1 or equivalent), plus one (1) course from each of the following six GE categories:

United States Studies (3)
World Civilizations & Cultures (3)
Western Civilization (3)
Humanities (3)
Social Sciences (3)
The Arts (3)

  • Degree requirements include completion of a designated Diversity course.
  • A minimum of 125-126 credits is required to complete the Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 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.

Math/Science Foundation 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)

Core Engineering courses................................................56 credits
EGG101 Introduction to Engineering Science (3)
EGC251 C/C++ Programming (3)
EGM211 Statics (3)
EGM212 Dynamics (3)
EGM213 Dynamics Lab (1)
EGM221 Engineering Materials (3)
EGM302 Intro to Finite Element Analysis (3)
EGM311 Kinematics of Machines (3)
EGM312 System Dynamics (3)
EGM322 Mechanics of Materials (3)
EGM323 Materials Lab (1)
EGM331 Thermodynamics (3)
EGM332 Fluid Mechanics (3)
EGM333 Thermo-Fluids Lab (1)
EGM334 Heat Transfer (3)
EGM335 Thermo System Design (3) or EGM336 HVAC (3)
EGM340 Mechanical Measurements (3)
EGE200 Circuit Analysis (3)
EGE201 Circuits Laboratory (1)
EGE331 Computer Simulation (3)
EGG408 Senior Design Project I2 (2)
EGG409 Senior Design Project II2 (2)

Professional electives3..............................................12 credits

1 Prerequisite for ENG170 Writing & Rhetoric: ENG160 Composition I or English Placement Level 4; prerequisite for ENG206 Advanced Writing & Rhetoric: ENG160 Composition I with minimum grade of B or English Placement Level 5.
2 Seniors must register for Senior Design Project during each of the last two semesters preceding their graduation. A single project under the direction of a single faculty member will be spread over the two semesters. This project should provide a meaningful engineering design experience and should draw on the student's cumulative technical background.
Professional electives must be chosen from the Division of Engineering Programs' list of approved courses or from its upper-division (300- or 400-level) course offerings. Students must meet all necessary prerequisite coursework and obtain their advisor's approval prior to taking any Professional Elective.