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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, (B.S.M.E.)

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To earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree, the student must satisfy University and College requirements, and obtain a minimum 2.0 grade point average on all work completed, and obtain a minimum grade of “C-” in all engineering, mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses used to satisfy degree requirements.

Honors Program

The Honors in Mechanical Engineering Program provides an exceptional educational opportunity for highly motivated students to develop their talents, interests, and abilities within a curriculum designed to encourage independence and creativity.

Admission to the Honors Program: Incoming freshmen who score a minimum of 26 on the ACT, or its equivalent, are invited to participate. Transfer students or students previously enrolled at the University of Memphis are eligible for the program if they have an overall grade point average of 3.00, and a grade point average of 3.25 for course work within the Herff College of Engineering. The departmental honors committee admits eligible students to the program upon approval of the Application for Admission to the Mechanical Engineering Honors Program. Students with academic records that fall short of these requirements may apply for provisional acceptance.

Retention in the Honors Program: Participants must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 and a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for course work within the college to continue in the program. The departmental honors committee may grant participants failing to meet this requirement a one semester probationary period before they are dismissed from the program.


  1. To qualify for the designation “With Honors in Mechanical Engineering”, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 semester hours from the following: MECH 4395  , MECH 4396  , and 12 hours of mechanical engineering honors courses.
  2. To qualify for the designations “With Honors in Mechanical Engineering” and “University Honors with Thesis”, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 25 semester hours from the following: MECH 4395  and MECH 4396  , 9 hours of mechanical engineering honors courses, one hours fo UNHP 1100, and 9 hours of general education honors courses. To enroll in mechanical engineering honors sections, a student must request departmental approval. A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) is required in each honors course for it to count toward fulfilling the honors course requirement. Regular credit for the course will be earned if the grade is lower than a “B”. A participant must select a major advisor by the beginning of the second semester junior year and enroll in MECH 4395    - Honors Thesis Proposal. Successful completion of this course requires acceptance of a thesis proposal by the departmental honors committee. During the second semester of the senior year, a participant must enroll in MECH 4396   - Honors Thesis. Successful completion of this course requires acceptance of a thesis by the departmental honors committee.

Designation of “With Honors in Mechanical Engineering”: Students who successfully complete the prescribed course work will have earned the designation of “With Honors in Mechanical Engineering.” This designation will be recognized at the commencement ceremony and it will appear on the transcript and diploma.

University General Education Program (36 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements are specified for this program:


Social/Behavioral Sciences


Waived for B.S.M.E. students who have completed one unit of American history in high school.

Typical 4-Year Mechanical Engineering Sequence

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Semester Totals 31 hrs

Semester Totals 33 hrs

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 128

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

** An upper division course in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Advisor’s approval required.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in an engineering program during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.S./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in their respective department. 

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.S. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to their respective engineering department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in their respective engineering department. 

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.S./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in their respective engineering department. To continue in the program past the B.S., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into their respective engineering department’s M.S. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate coursework may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

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