Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

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


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements85
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.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
PHIL 123Ethics3
Science, Technology & Math
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
MATH 225Calculus I 14
Challenges of the Modern Age
This requirement is waived.0
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45


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

Major/Concentration Requirements 

  • 45 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 45 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 Materials3
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 430Design and Manufacturing 13
Mechanical Engineering Elective 19
MECH 460Capstone Design 13
Required Math and Science Courses
PHYS 212General Physics II with Lab 13
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
MATH 231Calculus III4
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
MATH/SCIENCEMathematics/Science Elective 13
Total Hours84

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
Total Hours12

Mechanical Engineering Electives (MECH 4XX)

Students must choose 3 from the following courses:9
Mechanical Control Systems
Mechanical Vibrations
Thermal System Design
Additive Manufacturing
Introduction to Robotics
HVAC Systems
Sustainable Energy
Total Hours9

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

Mechanical Engineering - BS
Major Code: 6184
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 01.2019