Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • 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
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 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
  • 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
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Related Links

Mechanical Engineering, BS Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements41
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements84
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab4
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements
Required Thematic Thread Coursework:
MATH 230Calculus II4
PHYS 217University Physics 2 with Lab4
Total Hours41

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements 

  • 42 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 42 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Engineering Courses
ENGR 110Introduction to Engineering 12
ENGR 120Engineering Design Tools 12
ENGR 130Engineering Computing Tools 12
ENGR 210Statics 13
ENGR 220Engineering Materials 13
ENGR 230Mechanics of Materials 13
ENGR 231Mechanics of Materials Lab 11
ENGR 240Dynamics 13
ENGR 301Fluid Mechanics 13
ENGR 310Introduction to Electrical Engineering 13
ENGR 320Thermodynamics 13
ENGR 340Engineering Economics 13
MECH 310Machines and Mechanisms 14
MECH 320Manufacturing Processes 13
MECH 330Introduction to Mechatronics 14
MECH 340Heat Transfer 14
MECH 410Machine Design 14
MECH 420Design and Manufacturing 13
MECH 430Mechatronics 13
MECH 460Capstone Design I 13
MECH 461Capstone Design II 13
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select three of the following:9
Mechanical Control Systems
Finite Element Analysis
Mechanical Vibrations
Thermal System Design
Additive Manufacturing
Introduction to Robotics
HVAC Systems
Sustainable Energy
Required Math and Science Courses
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 232Linear Algebra 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
STAT 350Applied Statistics 13
Total Hours84

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.


Select three credits3
Total Hours3

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab4
Total Hours12

Course can be counted as a Rock Studies 2 Requirement, but earns credit only once toward your 120-credits total.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 03.31.2022
UCC 10.26.2021

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR 110 Introduction to Engineering 2
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 0-1
ENGR 120 Engineering Design Tools 2
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab 4
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Second Year
ENGR 130 Engineering Computing Tools 2
ENGR 210 Statics 3
MATH 231 Calculus III 4
MATH 301 Differential Equations I 3
PHYS 217 University Physics 2 with Lab 4
ENGR 220 Engineering Materials 3
ENGR 230 Mechanics of Materials 3
ENGR 231 Mechanics of Materials Lab 1
ENGR 240 Dynamics 3
ENGR 310 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 3
MATH 232 Linear Algebra 3
Third Year
MECH 310 Machines and Mechanisms 4
MECH 320 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECH 330 Introduction to Mechatronics 4
ENGR 301 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGR 320 Thermodynamics 3
MECH 340 Heat Transfer 4
MECH 410 Machine Design 4
MECH 430 Mechatronics 3
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 3
STAT 350 Applied Statistics 3
Fourth Year
MECH 420 Design and Manufacturing 3
MECH 460 Capstone Design I 3
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 3
ENGR 340 Engineering Economics 3
Social Science 3
MECH 461 Capstone Design II 3
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Humanities Inquiry 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**128

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major: 6184
Revised: 08.01.2023