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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering BS Degree Program

What is Mechanical Engineering? Mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) for modeling, analysis, design, and realization of physical systems, components or processes. The mechanical engineering curriculum prepares students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.  

The Mechanical Engineering BS Degree Program is Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives:

The Program Educational Objectives of this program are to graduate students who will:

  • Practice the mechanical engineering discipline successfully within commonly accepted professional standards
  • Possess teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in mechanical engineering
  • Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service
  • Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops, and
  • Become a leader of his/her chosen profession.

These objectives are consistent with the expectations of the accrediting organization ABET.

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Student Outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering 
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. an ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes.
  13. an ability to work professionally in thermal systems
  14. an ability to work professionally in mechanical systems

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How to Apply for the Mechanical Engineering Program:

First Year Students: Submit application via the Office of Admissions (http://admissions.tamucc.edu/freshman/), following all established guidelines and selecting Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) as your declared major.

Admission to the major is competitive. Applications will be evaluated by a departmental selection committee for eligibility. Students will be notified by the program of their acceptance or denial. Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Mechanical Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Mechanical Engineering" students (PREM). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the MEEN selection committee.

Students who are not selected as MEEN majors will be asked to select another major to begin their academic careers.

Transfer Students: Students may transfer to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as either Freshmen Transfer students (less than 30 credit hours) or as standard transfer students (more than 30 credit hours). For admissions standards and instructions for these two groups please see the following websites:

Transfer students should select Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) as their declared major. Admission to the major is competitive. Applications will be evaluated by a departmental selection committee for eligibility. Students will be notified by the program of their acceptance or denial.

Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Mechanical Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Mechanical Engineering" students (PREM). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the MEEN selection committee. Students who are not selected as MEEN majors will be asked to select another major to begin their academic careers.

Transfer students should also be aware that outside courses may not be applicable to the TAMUCC Mechanical Engineering degree plan. Transfer course work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Academic Advisor for Mechanical Engineering for more information.

Current TAMUCC students: Current Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi students wishing to change their major to Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) should be aware that application to the major is competitive and a change of major application must be evaluated for eligibility. Current students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • 2.5 GPA in all Engineering Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics classes, as applicable (TAMUCC & Transfer)
  • 2.5 college (TAMUCC) overall GPA
  • Eligibility for Calculus I

Students will be notified by the Mechanical Engineering Academic Advisor of their acceptance or denial. Students who are not selected by the committee for full acceptance into the Mechanical Engineering program, but who are deemed to be good prospects for success in the program with additional leveling work will be accepted as "Pre-Mechanical Engineering" students (PREM). These students will be assigned coursework for completion and subsequent re-evaluation by the MEEN selection committee.

Students who are not approved to change their majors to MEEN will remain in their originally declared majors and their Change of Major request will be nullified.

Current students approved to change their major to MEEN should be aware that not all courses will be applicable towards the Mechanical Engineering degree plan. Transfer course work or work from another major will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Academic Advisor for Mechanical Engineering for more information.

Academic Advising:

Official degree plans are available via the Academic Advisor for Mechanical Engineering. Degree Plans are a requirement for all first-year students, new transfer students, or new majors.

Degree Plans: Holds will be placed on all students who fail to establish a degree plan within their first semester in the major. For a degree plan appointment, contact the College of Science & Engineering Advising Center at 361-825-5777.

Scholarships:

Mechanical Engineering scholarships are available. For more information see the TAMUCC scholarship office website at http://scholarships.tamucc.edu.