Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Rock 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

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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


Rock Studies Requirements41
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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 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 211General Physics I with Lab4
Additional Rock Studies Requirements
MATH 230Calculus II4
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab4
Total Hours41

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
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 13
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 13
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 13
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

Mechanical Engineering Electives (MECH 4XX)

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

Math/Science Electives

Students must select one of the following courses:3
General Biology
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Calculus II
Elementary Statistics I
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 211General Physics I with Lab 14
Total Hours12

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 8-2019
UCC 2.5.2019

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

Recommended Rock Studies 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 139}University Seminar 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
ENGR 120 Engineering Design Tools 2
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 230 Calculus II 4
PHYS 211 General Physics I 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 309 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 212 General Physics II with Lab 3
ENGR 220 Engineering Materials 3
ENGR 230 Mechanics of Materials 3
ENGR 240 Dynamics 3
ENGR 310 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 3
PHYS 213 General Physics III/ Lab 4
Third Year
MECH 310 Machines and Mechanisms 4
MECH 330 Introduction to Mechatronics 4
ENGR 231 Mechanics of Materials Lab 1
ENGR 301 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGR 320 Thermodynamics 3
MATH 301 Differential Equations I 3
MECH 320 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECH 340 Heat Transfer 4
MECH 410 Machine Design 4
MECH 430 Design and Manufacturing 3
STAT 350 Applied Statistics 3
Fourth Year
MECH 420 Design and Manufacturing 3
MECH 460 Capstone Design 3
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGR 340 Engineering Economics 3
MECH 460 Capstone Design 3
MECH 4XXMechanical Engineering Elective 6
PHIL 123 Ethics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
 Total Hours**129

** 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:  11.18.2020