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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

Through their careers in Mechanical Engineering or a related profession, Pacific BSME graduates are expected to demonstrate one or more of the following within a few years of earning their BSME:

  • Competence and/or leadership via promotion to positions of increasing responsibility, publications, and/or conference presentations;
  • Adaptability to new developments in science and technology by successfully completing or pursuing graduate education in engineering and related fields, or participating in professional development and/or industrial training courses;
  • Creativity and innovation in engineering and technology through participation in activities such as research, design, intellectual property development, and/or entrepreneurial endeavors;

Pacific BSME graduates are also expected to demonstrate an awareness of humanistic, societal, and environmental issues through application of these concerns within their professional activities.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units of academic work and a minimum of 32 units of Cooperative Education in order to earn the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Mathematics/Basic Science - Minimum 30 units that include:
MATH 051Calculus I4
MATH 053Calculus II4
MATH 055Calculus III4
MATH 057Applied Differential Equations I: ODEs4
PHYS 053Principles of Physics I5
PHYS 055Principles of Physics II5
Select one of the following for Chem Requirement:4-5
AP CHEM scores of 4 or 5, or IB CHEM Higher Level scores of 5, 6, or 7
Fundamentals of Chem
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Mechanical Engineering Required Courses
MECH 010Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
ENGR 010Dean's Seminar1
ENGR 019Computer Applications in Engineering3
ENGR 020Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)3
ENGR 025Professional Practice Seminar1
ENGR 030Engineering and Computing Ethics in Society3
ECPE 041Circuits3
ECPE 041LCircuits Laboratory1
ENGR 045Materials Engineering3
ENGR 045LMaterials Engineering Lab1
ENGR 120Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
ENGR 122Thermodynamics I4
CIVL 130Fluid Mechanics I3
CIVL 130LFluid Mechanics I Lab1
MECH 015Mechanical Engineering Graphics3
MECH 100Manufacturing Processes3
MECH 100LManufacturing Process Lab1
MECH 120Machine Design and Analysis I4
MECH 129Vibrations4
MECH 140Engineering Design/Senior Project I4
MECH 141Engineering Design/Senior Project II4
Mechanical Electives Courses: A Minimumof 11 units of Mechanical Electives Courses are required, 3 of which may be non-MECH.11
List of MECH Electives:
Introduction to Mechatronics
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
Machine Design and Analysis II
Heat Transfer
Applied Heat Transfer
Solar Energy Engineering
Thermodynamics II
Air Conditioning
Fluid Dynamics
Systems Analysis and Control
Finite Element Methods
Independent Study
MECH 193 Special Topics
Undergraduate Research
Computer Aided Manufacturing
Polymer and Composite Materials
Advanced Mechatronics
Combustion
Special Topics
List of Engineering Electives
BENG 100 level courses; COMP 100 level courses; CIVL 100 level courses; ECPE 071/071L, and 100 level courses; EMGT 100 level courses, ENGR 100 level courses not list of ME required courses
Cooperative Education - Minimum 32 units that include:
ENGR 181Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 182Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 183Professional Practice1-16

General Engineering Courses

ENGR 010. Dean's Seminar. 1 Unit.

This course is a survey of the profession and practice of engineering and computer science. It is an overview of the programs and methodologies of the School of Engineering and Computer Science that includes educational requirements, professional and career opportunities, introduction to the history of engineering and computing, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on activities and guest lecturers are included to complement the discussion sessions. The course provides basic skills, tools, and techniques applied to problem solving, teamwork and communication necessary for academic and professional success. Students are required to complete a design project, write a basic technical report and present their results.

ENGR 019. Computer Applications in Engineering. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to binary arithmetic,; numerical methods applicable to engineering problems and their solution that use a programming language and computation tools. Topics include root finding, solving systems of equations, curve fitting and interpolation, numerical integration and differentiation, and numerical solution of ordinary differential equations. Students develop programming skills in a high level language and learn to use mathematical computation tools including and spreadsheets. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: MATH 053 with a "C-" or better.

ENGR 020. Engineering Mechanics I (Statics). 3 Units.

Students study the fundamental principles of static equilibrium that results from the application of forces on particles and bodies. Prerequisites: MATH 053 and PHYS 053 with a "C-" or better.

ENGR 025. Professional Practice Seminar. 1 Unit.

This course is designed to prepare students for the Cooperative Education experience. Presentations are from representatives of industry, government, education and former Co-op students. Topics include engineering ethics, professionalism, time management and mock interviewing.

ENGR 030. Engineering and Computing Ethics in Society. 3 Units.

Major engineering achievements are explored with an emphasis on ethical principles and the global impact these achievements have on society and the environment. Topics include societal needs, personal rights, whistle blowing, conflicts of interest, professional autonomy, risk assessment, sustainable development and the application of engineering codes of ethics. Contemporary technological controversies are examined along with future developments that require engineers to stay current in their field. Student participation is expected in classroom discussions, oral presentations, and written analyses. Prerequisite: Fundamental Writing Skills requirement. (DVSY, GE2B, GEDI, GEWE)

ENGR 040. Engineering Design thinking. 3 Units.

In this course students learn engineering innovation and entrepreneurship practices. Students experience driving a process or product to launch using design thinking and lean startup approaches. (GEAP)

ENGR 045. Materials Engineering. 3 Units.

Students examine the dependency of physical, chemical and mechanical properties on microscopic and macroscopic structure of materials. Laboratory experiments involve properties of materials such as metals, polymers, composites and ceramics. Prerequisites: AP CHEM with score of 4 or 5, CHEM IB Higher Level (score of 5, 6, or 7), CHEM 024, CHEM 025, or CHEM 027 and MATH 53 with a "C-" or better. Co-Requisite: ENGR045L.

ENGR 045L. Materials Engineering Lab. 1 Unit.

Experimental analysis of concepts are discussed in ENGR045. Prerequisites: AP CHEM with score of 4 or 5, CHEM IB Higher Level (score of 5,6, or 7), CHEM 024, CHEM 025, or CHEM 027 and Math 53 with a "C-" or better. Co-Requisite: ENGR045.

ENGR 093. Introduction to Engineering. 1 Unit.

ENGR 110. Instrumentation and Experimental Methods. 2 Units.

Students study experimental techniques in the measurement of quantities such as biopotentials, force, pressure, sound, flow, temperature, strain and motion. Topics include statistical analysis and errors in measurement,; data analysis and transmission. Students also use of instruments in the laboratory, and prepare a measurement project. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MATH 057; BENG 124 or ENGR 121 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor. Co-Requisite: ENGR 110L.

ENGR 110L. Instrumentation and Experimental Methods Lab. 1 Unit.

Experimental analysis of concepts are discussed in ENGR 110. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MATH 057; BENG 124 or ENGR 121 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor. Co-Requisite: ENGR 110.

ENGR 120. Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics). 3 Units.

Students examine the fundamental principles of particles and bodies in motion under the action of external forces. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and ENGR 020 with a "C-" or better.

ENGR 121. Mechanics of Materials. 3 Units.

Students study concepts of stress, strain and deformation, analysis and design of simple elements of structures and machines. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and ENGR 020 with a "C-" or better. Prerequisite, may be taken concurrently: MATH 057 with a "C-" or better.

ENGR 122. Thermodynamics I. 4 Units.

Students examine the first and second laws of thermodynamics for open and closed systems. Topics include properties of gases and liquids, including entropy and availability. Students are also introduced to the Carnot and ideal Rankine cycles. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; AP Chem with score of 4 or 5, CHEM IB Higher Level (score of 5, 6, or 7), CHEM 024 or CHEM 025 or CHEM 027 and PHYS 053 with a "C-" or better.

ENGR 150. Engineering and Science-Based Entrepreneurship. 4 Units.

Entrepreneurial businesses are increasingly based on new products, processes and services derived from the realms of engineering and/or science. In this hands-on course a multidisciplinary team of students will develop a business plan around a prototype for an original product or service created by students and/or faculty in engineering or the sciences. The plan will focus on the market, technical, operational, financial and organization/administrative dimensions of the business. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

ENGR 181. Professional Practice. 1-16 Units.

This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment. Students may register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period. The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills.

ENGR 182. Professional Practice. 1-16 Units.

This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment. Students may register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period. The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills.

ENGR 183. Professional Practice. 1-16 Units.

This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment. Students may register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period. The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills.

ENGR 184. Professional Practice. 1-18 Units.

This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment. Students may register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period. The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills.

ENGR 185. Professional Practice. 1-18 Units.

This course offers cooperative employment in a professional engineering environment. Students may register for a variable number of credits that depend upon the length of the work period. The course requires a satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills.

ENGR 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

ENGR 192. Professional Practice. 8 Units.

Mechanical Engineering Courses

MECH 010. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. 3 Units.

Students will be introduced to the many subdisciplines of Mechanical Engineering, future career paths, and what essential skill sets are needed for each subdiscipline. Students will learn how to work collaboratively and equitably in diverse groups. The ethics of working in groups in a mechanical engineering context will be discussed as students learn how to perform experimentation, technical writing skills, data analysis, statistics, and are trained on common instrumentation/apparatuses used by Mechanical Engineers.

MECH 015. Mechanical Engineering Graphics. 3 Units.

This course covers the principles and applications of graphics in engineering design. Topics include pictorial and isometric sketching and orthographic projection, the use of auxiliary views and sections, drafting standards and conventions, dimensioning and tolerances, in addition to layout and assembly drawings, detail drawings and production drawings with SolidWorks.

MECH 100. Manufacturing Processes. 3 Units.

This course is a study of traditional manufacturing processes such as formatting, cutting, joining, casting, and heat treating as well as advanced processing methods; manufacturing with polymers, composites, and ceramics in addition to metals, tribology, nondestructive evaluation, and quality control. Laboratory projects involve manufacturing skills, reverse engineering, automated machines, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and statistical process control. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MECH 015 and ENGR 045 with a "C-" or better. Co-Requisite: MECH 100L.

MECH 100L. Manufacturing Process Lab. 1 Unit.

Experimental analysis of concepts are discussed in MECH 100 Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MECH 015 and ENGR 045 with a "C-" or better. Co-Requisite: MECH 100.

MECH 104. Introduction to Mechatronics. 3 Units.

A broad understanding of the main components of mechatronic systems; Understanding of the general principles involved in computer controlled machinery, including sensing, actuation and control; Practical knowledge of the development of simple embedded computer programs; Understanding of the practical application of mechatronic systems in applications such as manufacturing, automobile systems and robotics. Prerequisites: ECPE 041, ECPE 041L, ENGR 120 with a “C-“ or better.

MECH 120. Machine Design and Analysis I. 4 Units.

This course builds on fundamental principles learned in statistics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials, and applies them to the design and analysis of machines. Methods for performing load and stress analysis are learned along with analytical methods for solving deflection and stability problems. Static, impact, and fatigue failure theories for machines are also studied. Statistical methods for solving machine design problems are presented, and engineering design practices are integrated throughout the course.

MECH 123. Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery. 3 Units.

Students learn how to design, analyze and prepare a simulation of complex mechanisms with emphasis on high speed and precision applications. Topics include kinematics and dynamics of planar and three dimensional mechanisms; gyroscopic forces in machines and balancing, and applications to robotics. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ENGR 120 and ENGR 121 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 125. Machine Design and Analysis II. 4 Units.

Students learn how to design, analyze, and incorporate a variety of standard parts and devices into machines. These parts and devices include fasteners, gear systems, belt drives, chain drives, shafts, couplings, bearings, springs, clutches, and brakes. Principles of tribology (friction, wear, and lubrication) are introduced and applied to the design of machines. Engineering design practices are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and MECH 120 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 129. Vibrations. 4 Units.

Students study models of physical systems with lumped and distributed parameters. The studies include free and forced vibrations of machines and structures as well as excitation and response of single degree of freedom systems. The course introduces multiple degrees of freedom systems, finite element formulations and mode superposition techniques. Prerequisites: ENGR120, MATH 057, ENGR 019 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 140. Engineering Design/Senior Project I. 4 Units.

This course discusses methods of initiating, planning, conceptualizing, and configuring engineering designs. The student uses these methods to develop an engineering design for a product or process that involves mechanical engineering. Product realization methods, project management, materials selection, manufacturing for designers, guided iteration, communication skills, economics, ethics, liability, and safety issues are put into practice through class activities.

MECH 141. Engineering Design/Senior Project II. 4 Units.

The student completes the design phase of their project. Guided iteration and optimization are used to complete the detailed design of a product or process involving mechanical engineering. Manufacturing and rapid prototyping are used to complete the fabrication of a product or process. Failure modes and effects analysis, safety, and liability are considered. Regular oral and written progress reports are required along with final comprehensive oral and written reports.

MECH 150. Heat Transfer. 4 Units.

Students study heat transfer by conduction in one, two and three dimensions in transient and steady state and heat transfer in extended surfaces. Topics include solutions by numerical methods, convection in external and internal flow, free convection, and radiation. Prerequisites: ENGR 122, MATH 057, with a "C-" or better.

MECH 151. Applied Heat Transfer. 3 Units.

Applications and extensions of the topics in MECH 150. Multimode heat transfer; heat exchangers. Heat transfer with phase change. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and MECH 150 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 155. Solar Energy Engineering. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to solar energy, sun-earth geometry, radiation measurement, insulation on surfaces, principles of solar collectors, applications such as space heating and solar ovens, and photovoltaics. Laboratory experiments are included. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and ENGR 122 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 157. Thermodynamics II. 4 Units.

Students examine the thermodynamics of cycles for power and refrigeration. Other topics include the thermodynamics of gas mixtures, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, combustion, fuels, and processes involving air and water mixtures relating to heating, cooling, and ventilating for human comfort. The course includes experimental activities and written laboratory reports.

MECH 158. Air Conditioning. 3 Units.

Students are introduced to air conditioning purpose, terminology and typical systems. Students study the analysis and design of air conditioning as applied to residential and small commercial buildings, and they learn the codes and standards applicable to this field. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ENGR 122 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 160. Fluid Dynamics. 3 Units.

Students study equations of continuity, energy, and momentum as applied to fluid flow. Topics include one dimensional compressible flow, and the introduction to more advanced topics, such as turbomachinery, viscous flow and potential flow. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; CIVL 130 and ENGR 122 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 175. Systems Analysis and Control. 4 Units.

Students study dynamic analysis and control of systems composed of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and thermal components. Students use of system modeling and simulation techniques to predict transient and steady state response, lumped parameter approximations and linearization. Students also use feedback to enhance system performance and stability and they study design of linear control systems in the time and frequency domains. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ECPE 041, ECPE 041L, MECH 129 with a “C-“ or better.

MECH 178. Finite Element Methods. 3 Units.

This course introduces the finite element method for engineering problems. Topics include matrix formulation of finite element models for problems in solid mechanics, heat transfer and fluid flow as well as solution of finite element equilibrium equations. Students study the development of computer algorithms and applications that use commercial finite element computer programs. Some familiarity with matrix methods is desirable. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ENGR 121 and ENGR 122 with a "C-" or better. Prerequisite, may be taken concurrently: CIVL 130 with a "C-" or better.

MECH 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Special individual projects are undertaken under the direction of one or more faculty members knowledgeable in the particular field of study. Permission of department chairperson and faculty members involved.

MECH 197. Undergraduate Research. 2-4 Units.

This course includes applied or basic research in mechanical engineering under faculty supervision. Projects may be experimental, mathematical or computational in nature. Permission of faculty supervisor and department chairperson. Student must be in good academic standing.

Student Outcomes Required to Achieve M.E. Program Educational Objectives

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to 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.  an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to 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. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

JuEun Lee, Associate Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 2015, BSME, Korea University, 2002, MSME, Seoul National University, 2004, MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2006, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 2011

Scott Larwood, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2009, BS, Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1988; MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1993; PhD, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2009. Licensed Professional Engineer. Wind energy, fluid mechanics, vibrations, dynamics.

Chi-Wook Lee, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1998, BSME, Hanyang University (Korea), 1981; MSME, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1991. Mechatronics, systems dynamics, and bio-mechanics.

Jiancheng Liu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2006, BS, Taiyuan University of Technology (China), 1984; MS, 1987; PhD, Himeji Institute of Technology, now named University of Hyogo (Japan), 1996. Manufacturing, machine design.

Andy Lutz, Professor in Practice in Mechanical Engineering, BS (1981), MS (1983) and PhD (1988) in Mechanical Engineering University of California Davis. Retired from Sandia National Laboratories (2010). Combustion modeling, numerical methods, energy systems analysis, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, dynamics.

Joshua Steimel, Assistant Professor, 2018, BS, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2012, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2017. Materials Science, Biomimetic Systems, Active Matter, Bio-assay Platforms, Helmholtz Coils.

Kyle A. Watson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2003, BSME, Villanova University, 1995; MS, North Carolina State University, 1997; PhD, 2002. Thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, combustion.