Mechanical Engineering

Degree:Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
Major:Mechanical Engineering
Minor:Mechanical Engineering
Department:Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building 4, Room 323
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:14.1901
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 128

The goal of the baccalaureate degree program is to prepare students to embark upon a professional career in Mechanical Engineering or to begin a graduate study. Graduates will be known for their accomplishments in the early stage of their careers and they should:

  • Develop mechanical engineering solutions individually and through interdisciplinary teams within a global and societal context.
  • Professionally and ethically engage in technical or business activity through engineering ability, communication skills, and knowledge.
  • Continue professional growth through post-graduate education, continuing education, or professional activity.
  • Contribute to the Northwest Florida regional economic development.

Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and oldest of the engineering disciplines.  It is the engineering discipline that applies the principles of engineering, materials science, thermal sciences, mechanics, mathematics and physics for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Because of the extremely rapid growth and changes relating to the application of mechanical engineering principles, the curriculum is designed to concentrate on a solid core of foundation courses. Electives are included to permit a student to delve deeply into selected subject matter and to learn other pertinent subjects.

Mechanical Engineers are capable of working in a wide variety of industry sectors, including aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, transportation, materials, and structures.

Program Requirements:

Students are required to have a laptop or tablet PC. Students should check with the department for minimum hardware configurations.  Please visit our website for more information about our program, including a list of department scholarships and answers to some frequently asked questions.

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the BSME must meet the requirements listed below.

A minimum course grade of "C-" or better is required in certain Engineering courses as well as all math, science, and engineering courses that serve as prerequisites to EGN, EGM, EML, and EEL prefixed courses and labs.  See program requirements below for a full set of courses that require a grade of "C-" or better.

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to yield a set of outcomes. Each upper division course in the program contributes to at least one of these outcomes. A current list of our program outcomes and the courses that map to them can be found here.

All students must complete an exit interview and submit a final copy of their senior design report before graduating.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

In order to minimize the number of courses required, students should consult with their academic advisor for courses which will satisfy both the General Education requirements and common prerequisites. For example, students can take MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I  or MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II  to complete the Mathematics requirement. The sciences listed in the Common Prerequisites section will also fulfill the General Education Natural Science requirement. To maximize the overlap, one of the two General Education Electives should be taken in the Natural Sciences, specifically CHM 2045 General Chemistry IPHY 2048 Calculus-Based Physics I , or PHY 2049 Calculus-Based Physics II .

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

A minimum grade of a "C" is required in the following courses. Note that the labs are required for Physics and Chemistry, but a "C" is not required (although a passing grade is required). 

CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab)4
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MAC 2313Analytic Geometry and Calculus III4
MAP 2302Differential Equations3
PHY 2048+LCalculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)4
PHY 2049+LCalculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)4
Total Hours27

Note that students may begin taking engineering courses prior to completing all of these math and science prerequisites, but they must complete those math and science courses (with a minimum of a "C-" grade) listed as prerequisites to any engineering classes they wish to take.


EEL 3111+LCircuits I (+Lab) +, c4
EGM 2500Engineering Mechanics-Statics +, c3
EEL 4834Programming for Engineers +, c3
EGN 3365Engineering Materials +, c3
EGM 3401Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics +, c3
EGM 3344Numerical Methods +, c3
EGN 2911LSophomore Engineering Design I +, c, 43
EGN 2912LSophomore Engineering Design II +. c, 41
EGN 3913LJunior Engineering Design I +, c1
EGN 3914LJunior Engineering Design II +, c1
EML 3022Computer Aided Design and Modeling +, c3
EML 3015Thermal Fluid Systems I +, c3
EML 3016+LThermal Fluid Systems II (+Lab) +4
EML 3500Machine Design +3
EML 3011+LMechanics of Materials (+Lab) +, c4
EML 4804+LMechatronic Systems (+Lab) +4
EML 4225Dynamic Systems +3
EGN 4950Capstone Design I 2, +, c1
EGN 4952LCapstone Design II 2, +, c2
EGS 4032Professional Ethics +3
Mechanical Engineering Electives 1, +21
Total Hours76


EGS 3441Engineering Statistics3
EGS 1006Introduction to Engineering 3, +, c1
Total Hours4

Mechanical Engineering Minor

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering provides an opportunity for students majoring in other areas to take a limited number of mechanical engineering courses to complement their majors. The Minor in Mechanical Engineering is open to all UWF students with the exception of mechanical engineering majors. Students applying for the minor must have a declared major. Students may not take a course and its prerequisite during the same semester. 

Students seeking the Minor in Mechanical Engineering must have a minimum course grade of “C” or better in EML 3022 Computer Aided Design and ModelingEGM 2500 Engineering Mechanics-StaticsEGN 3365 Engineering Materials, and EML 3011 Mechanics of Materials.

The courses in the minor require MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I, CHM 2045 General Chemistry I, and PHY 2048 Calculus-Based Physics I as prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C". Non-engineering majors may substitute PHY 2053 Algebra-Based Physics I for PHY 2048 Calculus-Based Physics I to fulfill the prerequisite for EGM 2500 Engineering Mechanics-Statics

EML 3022Computer Aided Design and Modeling3
EGM 2500Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
EGN 3365Engineering Materials3
EML 3011Mechanics of Materials3
EML 3500Machine Design3
Total Hours15