The B.S. degree program is designed to prepare students for professional engineering practice or advanced education in mechanical engineering or an allied field. Students receive instruction in mathematics and the pure sciences (physics and chemistry) as well as the engineering sciences, laboratory and design. Students develop verbal and written communication skills in dedicated course work as well as in laboratory and design courses. Students exploit the strengths of the larger Syracuse University community by taking minor degree programs. The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program is “to educate and promote learning and discovery in mechanical engineering and to prepare students for a career of technical excellence, professional growth, and eventual leadership in a complex and competitive technological environment.”
The educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to provide students completing the program with the following basics.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences: An understanding of the fundamental physical and mathematical sciences is necessary to describe and control mechanical engineering phenomena. Coursework in mathematics includes a 12 credit calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations and probability and statistics. Coursework in the physical sciences include 8 credits of physics (and laboratory) and 4 credits of chemistry (and laboratory).
Mechanical Engineering Sciences: It is crucial to develop an understanding of the mechanical engineering sciences at a level that ensures successful professional practice and a capacity and instinct for life-long learning whether through self-study or formal graduate studies. Instruction in the engineering sciences occur in courses in engineering statics and dynamics, electrical engineering science, mechanics of solids, engineering materials, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and advanced dynamics and control theory.
Design: An ability to exploit the mechanical engineering sciences in the multidisciplinary creative design process is developed in our three course design sequence which includes the senior capstone design experience Synthesis of Mechanical Systems.
Professional Ethics: An understanding of the ethical responsibilities of the mechanical engineer is obtained in our first semester freshman course Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. The subject is revisited in our senior capstone design experience.
Technical Communication: Both written and oral communication skills are required to communicate technical ideas within teams, to the greater profession, and to a non-technical society at large. An understanding of the dynamics and responsibilities of working on teams and an ability to communicate are developed in two courses in writing studio and well as in laboratory and design courses.
Technical or General Education Credits: Students have the opportunity to pursue, through curricular flexibility and with quality faculty advising, other academic interests available from the broad offerings of a multi-disciplinary university. Students can choose from over 70 technical or non-technical minors or, they may complete additional technical and non-technical courses chosen in consultation with their academic advisor.