May 26, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

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Program: B.S.M.E.
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 321 ~ 260-481-6965 ~

Mechanical Engineering Educational Objectives

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Mechanical Engineering program has adopted a set of programs objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3-5 years after graduation.

The Mechanical Engineering program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Function and communicate effectively both as individuals and in multidisciplinary teams to solve technical problems.
  • Advance professionally to roles of greater mechanical engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education.
  • Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), professional development, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities.

Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

The graduates from the Mechanical Engineering Program will demonstrate that they have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to design both thermal and mechanical systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social,ethical, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • an ability to function on engineering and science laboratory and project teams as well as multi-disciplinary teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • a knowledge of and exposure to contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, including analysis and design.

Mechanical engineering is a broad technical discipline, covering the design, development, analysis, control and testing of machines for converting energy from one form to another. IPFW offers a four-year mechanical engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Areas of specialization include engineering mechanics (solid mechanics, machine dynamics and mechanical design), energy systems (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer), manufacturing (materials selection and materials processing), and computer-aided engineering (solid modeling and finite element analysis).

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. IPFW delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.  In addition to coursework, the department supports and encourages student participation in undergraduate research, co-op and internships, and several very active student organizations.

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

In its recently (2017) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News & World Report deemed the engineering programs at IPFW to be among the best in the country.

Degree Requirements

To earn the B.S.M.E. at IPFW, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (Regulations) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (Colleges); you must also complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements: Credits 35

General Education Requirements   

General Education Plan for Mechanical Engineering Program

A student must earn a grade of C- or better in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements.

A student must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all general education courses.

Students in the mechanical engineering program will satisfy the IPFW General Education

Requirements in the following manner:




Credit Hours



ENG W131 Elementary Composition




COM 114 Fundamentals of Speech




MA 165 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

MA 166 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I





CHM 115 General Chemistry I

PHYS 152 Mechanics





Select one course from the following approved list

ANTH E105 - Culture and Society
ANTH L200 - Language and Culture
ANTH P200 - Intro to Prehistoric Archaeology
ANTH E445 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH E470 - Psychological Anthropology
COM 21200 - Study of Interpersonal Comm.
COM 25000 - Mass Communication and Society
COM 30300 - Intercultural Communication
CDFS 25500 - Intro to Couple & Family Relationships
CSD 11500 - Intro to Communication Disorders
ECON E101 - Survey of Economic Issues & Problems
**ECON E200 - Fundamentals of Economics
EDUC H340 - Education and American Culture
GERN G231 - Introduction to Gerontology
**IET 10500 - Industrial Management
LING L103 - Intro to the Study of Language
**OLS 25200 - Human Relations in Organizations
**OLS 26800 - Elements of Law
POLS Y100 - American Political Controversies
POLS Y101 - Introduction to Political Science
POLS Y103 - Introduction to American Politics
POLS Y107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS Y109 - Introduction to International Relations
POLS Y208 - Scandals and Conspiracy Theories
POLS Y212 - Making Democracy Work
POLS Y213 - Introduction to Public Policy
POLS Y252 - Sports and Public Policy
POLS Y301 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS Y319 - The United States Congress
PPOL V170 - Introduction to Public Affairs
PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
PSY 23500 - Child Psychology
PSY 24000 - Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 33500 - Stereotyping and Prejudice
PSY 35000 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY 36900 - Development Across the Lifespan
SOC S161 - Principles of Sociology
SOC S163 - Social Problems
SOC S317 - Social Stratification
SOC S325 - Criminology
SOC S360 - Topics in Social Policy
WOST W210 - Introduction to Women’s Studies




Select one course from the following approved list

COM 21000 - Debating Public Issues

COM 24800 - Intro to Media Criticism and Analysis

ENG L101 - Western World Masterpieces I

ENG L202 - Literary Interpretation

ENG L250 - American Literature Before 1865

ENG L251 - American Literature Since 1865

FILM K101 - Introduction to Film

FINA H101 - Art Appreciation

FINA H111 - History Of Art I: Prehistoric To Medieval

FINA H112 - History Of Art II

FOLK F101 - Introduction to Folklore

FOLK F111 - Introduction to World Folk Music

GER E371 - Special Topics In Germanic Studies

**HIST H105 - American History I

**HIST H106 - American History II

HIST H113 - History of Western Civilization I

HIST H114 - History of Western Civilization II

HIST H201 - Russian Civilization I-II

HIST H232 - The World in the 20th Century

MUS Z101 - Music for the Listener

MUS Z105 - Traditions in World Music

MUS Z201 - History of Rock and Roll Music

**PHIL 11000 - Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 11009 - Introduction to Philosophical Topics

**PHIL 11100 - Ethics

PHIL 11101 - Contemporary Moral Problems

PHIL 24000 - Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 30100 - History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 30200 - History of Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 30300 - History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 30400 - 19th Century Philosophy

PHIL 30500 - Philosophical Theories of Feminism

PHIL 31200 - Medical Ethics

PHIL 32700 - Environmental Ethics

PHIL 32800 - Ethics and Animals

REL 23000 - Religions of the East

REL 23100 - Religions of the West

REL 30100 - Islam

SPAN S275 - Hispanic Culture and Conversation

THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation

WOST W225 - Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture




Select one course from the following approved list

ANTH B426 - Human Osteology

ANTH P370 - Ancient Cultures of South America

ANTH P421 - Moche Archaeology Seminar

ARET 12300 - Digital Graphics For Built Environment I

ARET 21000 - Architecture and Urban Form

ARET 22300 - Digital Graph. for Built Environ.t II

ARET 22500 - Creative House Design

ARET 31000 - Architecture & Urban Form

BUS W100 - Principles of Business Administration

CE 23600 - Transportation Policy, Planning, &

CS 11200 - Survey of Computer Science

DANC 39000 - Introduction To Dance

EALC J101 - Elementary Japanese I

EALC J102 - Elementary Japanese II

ENG R190 - Rhetorical Reading

ENG W103 - Introductory Creative Writing

ENG W203 - Creative Writing

FINA N108 - Introduction to Drawing for Non-majors

FINA P133 - Metalsmithing for Non-Majors

FINA S165 - Ceramics for Non-majors

FINA S239 - Painting for Non-majors

FNN 40300 - Advanced Nutrition

FREN F111 - Elementary French I

FREN F112 - Elementary French II

**GEOG G315 - Environmental Conservation

GEOL G300 - Environmental and Urban Geology

GEOL G305 - Geologic Fund. in Earth Science

GER G111 - Elementary German I

GER G112 - Elementary German II

INTL I200 - Intro International Studies

INTR 33000 - Culture & Design

JOUR J210 - Visual Communication

LGBT 20000 - Intro Scholarship in to LGBT Issues

LING L360 - Language in Society

MEST M201 - Medieval Encounters

MUS L153 - Introduction to Music Therapy

MUS Z140 - Introduction to Musical Expression

NELC A100 - Elementary Arabic I

NELC A150 - Elementary Arabic II

OLS 45400 - Gender and Diversity in Management

PHIL 12000 - Critical Thinking

**PHIL 15000 - Principles of Logic

PHIL 27500 - The Philosophy of Art

PHIL 32600 - Business Ethics

PHIL 35100 - Philosophy of Science

PHIL 35200 - History & Philosophy of Science

PHIL 43500 - Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 46500 - Philosophy of Language

PHYS 13600 - Chaos and Fractals

PHYS 30200 - Puzzles, Strategy Games, & Problem

POLS Y275 - Politics and Film

POLS Y285 - Science and Politics

PPOL E162 - Environment and People

PSY 42600 - Language Development

PSY 44400 - Human Sexual Behavior

REL 11200 - Religion and Culture

REL 30000 - Religions of the Ancient World

SOC S109 - Community and the Built Environment

SOC S314 - Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

SPAN S111 - Elementary Spanish I

SPAN S112 - Elementary Spanish II

SPAN S113 - Accelerated First Year Spanish

THTR 13400 - Fundamentals of Performance

THTR 32510 - History of Modern Drama

WOST W240 - Topics in Feminism

***PHYS 25100 cannot be used to fulfill B7 General Education course***




Senior Design I (ENGR 410 or ME 487)




Total Credit Hours =


 1) This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirement.

 2) This list of ME approved courses is posted on at

3)Starred courses have been recommended by the Industry Advisory Board as being beneficial for mechanical engineering students.

Required Electrical and Computer Engineering Course: Credits 3

Technical Elective Courses: Credits 12

Students must select at least three (3) courses from Group 1 and may select at most one (1) course from Group 2.

GPA Requirement

All engineering & technical elective courses must have a combined minimum GPA of 2.0

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Total: Credits 120

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