​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Shift your career into overdrive with a degree in mechanical engineering from CMU. You'll be able to take advantage of hands-on learning courses and internship opportunities that will give you the professional experience to finish ahead of the competition. Conduct research in areas such as robotics, intelligent machines and vibrations, and present your research results at CMU's annual campuswide Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. Into racing? You'll also be able to design, build and race a vehicle with CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team or the Formula One team.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU's undergraduate engineering programs were ranked 86th among the nation's universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering by U.S. News & World Report for their 2015 rankings of engineering programs without a doctorate degree.
  • In October 2014, CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja student team, Team Chippewa Performance, ranked higher than every other Michigan university at the Louisville SAE Midnight Mayhem invitational in Bedford, Kentucky. It also placed second in the country, bested only by the Rochester Institute of Technology. All three CMU Baja cars entered in the Louisville invitational ranked in the Top 25.
  • CMU's engineering majors complete design projects as part of the curriculum. One example is the annual cardboard boat race across Rose Ponds for freshman engineering students. It takes place each year at Homecoming and was named one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated on Campus.

Put Your Degree to Work

For More Information

Visit the School of Engineering and Technology website or contact:

School of Engineering and Technology
ET Building 100
Email: etdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3033

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Mechanical Engineering Major

Engineering Majors The engineering majors prepare students to help solve many exciting and demanding problems including important global issues related to energy and the environment, as well as the development of new devices, products and materials. Students work with advanced computer simulations and modern, well-equipped laboratories that provide exciting and valuable hands-on experience. Mission Statement The mission of the engineering programs at Central Michigan University is to: - Provide an environment that encourages intense interaction between and among faculty and students. - Provide instruction that enables students to move from theoretical concepts into practical applications. - Create graduates who are capable of succeeding in the job market or advanced studies. All requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering are listed in the degree section of this bulletin (see index for page number), The degree, including the major, requires a minimum of 130-134 hours. The BSME degree is accredited by ABET. Program Educational Objectives for Mechanical Engineering The engineering programs have established the following expectations for the accomplishments of our graduates in the first several years following graduation: 1. Our graduates will apply their engineering knowledge and problem solving skills in related professional fields. 2. Our graduates will function as team members who think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate initiative and self-motivation. 3. Our graduates will be actively involved in their profession and engaged in lifelong learning activities in mechanical engineering or related fields. 4. Our graduates will exhibit high levels of professionalism and professional ethics. Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes Upon graduation, B.S.M.E. students are expected to have an ability to: 1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Total: 72 semester hours
Required Courses
(66 hours)
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
Digital Circuits
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
EGR 251
Engineering Statics
EGR 253
Engineering Dynamics
EGR 255
Strength of Materials
EGR 300
Engineering Economic Analysis
EGR 355
Engineering Materials
EGR 356
Thermodynamics I
EGR 358
Fluid Mechanics
EGR 359
Machine Design I
EGR 360
Solid Mechanics Laboratory
EGR 375
EGR 377
Engineering Prototypes
EGR 456
Thermodynamics II and Heat Transfer
EGR 458
Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory
EGR 459
Machine Design II
EGR 460
Thermal Fluids Laboratory
Senior Design I
Senior Design II
EGR 553
Mechanical Vibrations
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
(6 hours)
Select 6 hours from the following courses:
Note: Not more than 3 credits of EGR 437 will count.
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
EGR 371
Robotics and Automation
EGR 397
Special Topics in Engineering
EGR 437
Directed Research in Engineering
EGR 477
Finite Element Analysis
EGR 479
Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
EGR 497
Special Topics in Engineering
EGR 554
Mechanical Controls
EGR 555
Engineering Acoustics
EGR 576
Mechanics of Composite Materials
EGR 578
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
EGR 597
Special Topics in Engineering