The aerospace concentration in mechanical engineering provides students an opportunity to concentrate on engineering and scientific issues associated with aircraft, spacecraft, and space exploration. Students should meet with their academic advisor and refer to the Aerospace Concentration Agreement for course selection. Complete concentration information is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Most mechanical engineers will start in an entry-level engineering position and then move into a management position or an advanced engineering position later in their careers. Students interested in management should consider this option. With prior approval students can apply approved business courses required for a business minor to technical-science elective requirements in the BSME curriculum.
Math or Physics
Many students have an interest in studying math or physics at a higher level. For these students the technical-science electives can be used to take courses that can be applied to a minor in either math or physics.
The materials option is designed to give students more exposure to development and selection of engineering materials. Topics in this area include surfaces, finishes, material properties, and tribology.
Mechanical engineering designers are responsible for the design of machines that produce useful work. The courses available in this option support the needs of an individual interested in designing machines or mechanisms for industry.
The Nanotechnology minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with foundational knowledge and skills related to the emerging field of nanotechnology, including hands-on experience in several major areas of nanotechnology, such as synthesis of nanomaterials, nanoscale imaging, nanostructure assembly and manipulation, device and system integration, and performance evaluation.
Students who are considering medical school after graduation are encouraged to look into the premedical option. With prior approval students can apply biology and chemistry courses required for medical school preparation to technical-science elective requirements in the BSME curriculum.
Students interested in areas such as power generation, fluid mechanics, heating and cooling, engines and propulsion, air conditioning, pumps, turbines, and fans should consider this option. Many opportunities exist throughout all industries in the country for students electing this option.