Undergraduate Program

Requirements & Courses

Engineering Programs Core Requirements

All engineering students are required to take the following engineering core courses:

  • Mathematics (20 semester hours): MATH 1915, 1925, 2115, 2125, 3120;ENGR 3400;
  • Science (12 semester hours): CHEM 1110, 1111; PHYS 2110, 2111, 2120, 2121;
  • Engineering Science (18 semester hours): ENGR 2000, 2001, 2010, 2110 2120, 3300;
  • Design (5 semester hours): ENGR 3200, 4500, 4510;
  • Humanities (9 semester hours of which three (3) hours must be a sophomore literature course from the approved Humanities/Fine Arts list);
  • Social Science (6 semester hours);
  • History (6 semester hours): HIST 2010, 2020 or 2030;
  • Social Science Electives* (6 semester hours);
  • Other (15 semester hours): ENGL 1010, 1020; COMM 2200; ENGR 1001, 1011, 1151, 2211 or 2221 or 2231, 4201**, 4900;
  • Engineering Orientation (1 semester hours).  Total Engineering Core - 91 semester hours.

*Humanities and Social Science electives must be chosen from an approved list with the approval of the    academic advisor.

**ENGR 4201 is only offered during the fall semester (see graduation requirements).

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the University requirements for graduation, the following specific College graduation requirements must be met by students in the College:

Students may graduate with a maximum of two “D” grades earned in the last two semesters of the senior year. All other “D” grades earned in courses prior to the senior year must be repeated the very next time the courses are offered until a minimum grade of “C” is earned. If a graduating senior earns more than two grades of “D” during the senior year, that senior will not graduate until that senior has only two grades of “D”.

All College graduating seniors must take and successfully complete all components of the Exit Examination during the senior year.

Engineering students must take and pass ENGR 4201 EIT Review Laboratory and they must take the Fundamental of Engineering Examination the same semester they take ENGR 4201 EIT Review Laboratory course.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in  Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).

Academic Programs:

As one of the excellent Mechanical Engineering programs, The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee State University provides students with an outstanding education.  Our small class sizes allow for personal contact between faculty and students. Strong advising allows our students to develop close relationships with the faculty.  Our Program draws students from  the nation and from many foreign countries. Our outstanding students and alumni, and  many of our important characteristics indicate why Tennessee State University would be the best place for you to study Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department allows students to pursue the traditional Mechanical Engineering program with emphasize on design with flavor of manufacturing engineering.  Our curriculum exposes students to hands-on experience through laboratory work and design projects.  The program prepares students for rewarding careers in the profession.


      FRESHMAN YEAR      
Courses    HR    Courses    HR
ENGL 1010   3   ENGL 1020   3
MATH 1910   4   MATH 1920   4
CHEM 1110   3   PHYS 2110    3
CHEM 1111   1   PHYS 2111    1
ENGR 1020   1   COMM 2200    3
ENGR 1151    1   Humanities Elect.(1)    3
ENGR 1000    1        
    ------       ------
    14       17
      SOPHOMORE YEAR      
Courses    HR    Courses    HR
MATH 2120   4   MATH 3120   3
HIST 2010    3   ENGR 2000    3
ENGR 2110    3   ENGR 2001    1
ENGR 2230    3   ENGR 2010    3
PHYS 2120    3   ENGR 2120    3
PHYS 2121    1   ENGL 2110   3
    ------        ------
    17       16
All students are required to pass the ENGINEERING ENTRANCE EXAMINATION prior to enrolling in upper level (3000-4000) engineering courses.
      JUNIOR YEAR      
Courses    HR    Courses    HR
ENGR 3200   3   Elective (4)    1
ENGR 3300   2   MEEN 3100    2
ENGR 3400   3   MEEN 3250    3
MEEN 3210    3   MEEN 3220   3
CVEN 3120    3   CVEN 3100   3
CVEN 3121    1   MEEN 3521   1
MEEN 3511   1   Math/Science Elective (3)    3
    ------       ------
    16       16
      SENIOR YEAR      
Courses    HR    Courses    HR
Humanities Elective    3   MEEN 4021   1
MEEN 4011   1   MEEN 4250    3
MEEN 4150   3   ENGR 4510    1
MEEN 4230    3   Design Elective   3
ENGR 4201    0   Social Science Elective (2)    3
ENGR 4500    1   Social Science Elective (2)   3
ENGR 4900    1   HIST 2020   3
Technical Elective    3        
    ------         ------
    15       17


Course Descriptions

ENGR 1001, ENGR 1011 Introduction to Engineering I and II (1-1). An overview of the College of Engineering and Technology, its academic support services, admission and retention standards, introduction to the engineering profession including engineering economics, probability and statistics, the programming and use of computers for word processing of technical report writing, spread sheets for data processing, and structured programming to aid scientific problem solving. Introduction to all departments including laboratory experiments. Completion of minor design project is required. Corequisite MATH 1040

ENGR 1151 Computer Engineering Graphics and Analysis (1). The course is designed to develop the fundamental skills of graphics communication by manual and computer means. Sketching techniques to develop orthographic and pictorial graphics skills, standard technical drawing methods, dimensioning techniques, working drawings development skills, and lettering capability will be the fundamental focus of the course. Corequisite ENGR 1001

ENGR 2000, ENGR 2001 Circuits I and Lab (3-1). Fundamental concepts of charge, current, voltage and power; passive and active circuit elements, phasors and impedance; mesh and nodal analysis; Thevenin’s and Norton’s Theorems; superposition; source transformations, natural and forced response of RL, RC, and RLC circuits average and effective values of periodic wave form; polyphase circuits. Prerequisites: ENGR 2211 or 2221 or 2231, MATH 2125, PHYS 2040.

ENGR 2010 Thermodynamics (3). An introduction to the nature and domain of thermodynamics; the Zeroth Law; properties and states of pure substances; work and heat; the First Law applied to both open and closed systems; general observations and statements of the Second Law; the inequality of Clausius and entropy changes for closed and open systems; vapor power and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: PHYS 2040, 2041, ENGR 2211 or 2221 or 2231.

ENGR 2110 Statics (3). Statics of particles; statics of rigid bodies in three dimensions; centroids and centers of gravity; friction and moment of inertia. Prerequisites: MATH 1925, PHYS 2030, 2031, ENGR 1001.

ENGR 2120 Dynamics (3). Study of the kinematics and kinematics of particles and rigid bodies; Principle of work and energy; Principle of impulse and momentum; Introduction to mechanical vibrations. Prerequisite: ENGR 2110 or 2130.

ENGR 2211 Engineering Computer Programming Laboratory (1). An introduction to the use of digital computers in the solution of engineering problems; included are familiarization with the architecture of a computer and the design and coding algorithms in one or more programming languages suitable to engineering. The course will include learning to write and read computer programs in the Fortran language. Prerequisite: MATH 1915, ENGR 1011.

ENGR 2221 Engineering Visual BASIC Programming Laboratory (1). An introduction to the use of digital computers in the solution of engineering problems; included are familiarization with the architecture of a computer and the design and coding algorithms in one or more programming languages suitable to engineering. The course will include learning to write and read computer programs in the Visual BASIC programming language. Prerequisite: MATH 1915, ENGR 1011.

ENGR 2231 Engineering Visual C++ Programming Laboratory (1). An introduction to the use of digital computers in the solution of engineering problems; included are familiarization with the architecture of a computer and the design and coding of algorithms in one or more programming languages suitable for engineering. The course will include learning to write and read computer programs in the C++ language. Prerequisite: MATH 1915, ENGR 1011.

ENGR 2250 Transport Phenomena (3). Unified treatment of the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Energy Analysis and the first and second law of thermodynamics. Steady state and transient heat conduction, convection and the thermal radiation process. Fundamentals of fluid flow. Prerequisites: PHYS 2040, 2041; ENGR 2211 or 2221 or 2231.

ENGR 3200 Introduction to Design (3). A course which considers the engineering design process as an interdisciplinary activity. Engineering Statistics, economic decision making and the design process are introduced as is oral and written technical reporting. A comprehensive design project is required as is a technical report and an oral report of the design. Prerequisites: ENGR 2000, 2010 (or ENGR 2250), 2120, 2211 or 2221 or 2231.

ENGR 3300  Materials Science (2). An introductory course on properties of materials, selection of materials, structure of crystalline and non-crystalline solids; mechanical behavior, electronics behavior, chemical behavior, stability and failure of materials Fundamentals of fluid flow. Prerequisites: CHEM 1010,. Prerequisites: PHYS 2020, 2021; ENGR 2211 or  2221 or  2231; MATH 1925, PHYS 2010.

ENGR 3400 Numerical Analysis (3). Numerical solution of the system of linear and non-linear equations; numerical differentiation and integration; numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations; curve fitting; regression analysis and probability. Prerequisites: MATH 3120, ENGR 2211 or 2221 or 2231. (Formerly ENGR 340).

ENGR 4110-A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H Special Topics in Engineering (3). Special subject presented to cover current problems of unique advances in the leading edge of techniques. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. (Formerly ENGR 411-A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H)

ENGR 4201 Engineer in Training Laboratory (1). A course designed to prepare students for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, a partial requirement for obtaining license as a professional engineer. This courses is only offered during the fall semester. Prerequisite: Graduating Senior. (Formerly ENGR 420L)

ENGR 4230 Legal Ethical Aspects of Engineering (3). Legal principles underlying engineering work; laws of contracts, torts, agency, real property, problems of professional registration and ethics. (Formerly ENGR 423)

ENGR 4300 Engineering Economics (3). Economic factors involved in the acquisition and retirement of capital goods in engineering practice, including interest and capitalization methods of depreciation, amortization, sinking funds, cost and rate determination. Prerequisite: MATH 2125. (Formerly ENGR 430)

ENGR 4400 Probability and Statistics (3). Statistics and engineering; probability; probability distributions; Chebyshev’s theorem; norman distribution; applications to operations research; treatment of data; hypothesis testing; method of least squares; regression; and application to engineering problems. Prerequisite: MATH 2125. (Formerly ENGR 440)

ENGR 4500 Capstone Design Project I (1). An engineering capstone design project I leading to completion of the project in ENGR 451. A written report and an oral defense of the proposed design project are required. Prerequisites: Graduating Senior, ENGR 3200. (Formerly ENGR 450)

ENGR 4510 Capstone Design Project II (1).A continuation of capstone design project I leading to completion of the project. A written report and an oral defense of the project are required. Prerequisite: ENGR 4500. (Formerly ENGR 451)

ENGR 4900 Professional Development Seminar (1).Discussion of case studies, professionalism, professional ethics, professional development activities required in industry. Prerequisite: Graduating Senior.

MEEN 3100 Materials Processing (2). Introduction to Manufacturing systems and the primary and secondary manufacturing processes. Prerequisite ENGR 3300, Co-requisite: MEEN 3511.

MEEN 3210 Mechanism Design (3). Analysis of mechanisms. A study of instantaneous centers, velocities, accelerations and forces in plane mechanisms by analytical and graphical methods. A study of cams and different gear trains. Design projects required. Prerequisite ENGR 2120.

MEEN 3220 Design of Machine Elements (3). A study of the fundamental principles which govern the design of machine elements. A study of design for strength, stiffness, wear and assembly. The design of screws, fasteners, welds, springs will be considered along with bearing selection and lubrication. Design projects required. Prerequisites: MEEN 3210, CVEN 3120.

MEEN 3250 Computer Aided Design (3). Introduction to software design and its application to engineering design. Computer aided design of curves and surfaces. Computational techniques useful in design processes including simulation and optimization. Design projects required. Prerequisite: ENGR 3400.

MEEN 3511 Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory (1). Use of basic instruments used in mechanical engineering. Measurement of basic physical properties including length, area, time, speed, mass, weight, inertia, temperature, humidity, pressure, viscosity, thermal conductivity etc. Calibration of instruments. Statistical and uncertainty analyses of data. Prerequisites: ENGR 2211 or 2221 or 2231. Co-requisite: ENGR 3200, MEEN 3100. 

MEEN 3521 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (1). Introduction to basic processing methods used to shape engineering materials. Use of lathes, milling, drilling, tapping, welding and casting. Basic testing of mechanical properties of materials. Prerequisite: ENGR 3300, Co-requisite: ENGR 3200, MEEN 3100.

MEEN 4011 Mechatronics Laboratory (1). Introduction to advanced instrumentations used by engineers including displacement, acceleration, and force transducers, strain gauges, thermocouples, oscilloscopes, and data acquisition systems. Behavior of zeroth, first, and second order systems. Measurement of vibration and sound. Prerequisites: ENGR 2000, 2001. 

MEEN 4021 Thermal Fluid Systems Laboratory (1). Observation and analysis of common mechanical engineering systems. Hydraulic Pumps and Turbines. Pneumatic fans and blowers, internal combustion engines, refrigerators & heat pumps and solar energy system. Prerequisite: CVEN 3100.

MEEN 4100 Instrumentation and Automatic Control(s). Dynamic models and response of instruments and dynamic systems; transfer function and state space representation of mechanical, thermal, and electromechanical systems; time and frequency responses of systems; linear analysis of simple closed-loop systems; stability criteria;  improvement of systems performance; and design of simple dynamic systems. Prerequisites: MATH 3120, ENGR 2000, 2001. 

MEEN 4120 Mechanical Metallurgy (3). Introduction to various measures of strength. Topics include mechanical testing of poly-crystalline materials, plastic deformation of metals, and elementary geometry of dislocations. Prerequisites: ENGR 3300, CVEN 3120.

MEEN 4150 Heat Transfer (3). Introduction of heat transfer mechanisms: conduction heat transfer including steady state; one, two and three dimensional conduction and conduction in the unsteady state; convection heat transfer Including forced and free convection; radiation heat transfer; heat exchangers. Prerequisites: CVEN 3100, ENGR 3400.

MEEN 4200 Heating and Air Conditioning. Principles of heating, ventilat­ing and air conditioning systems, refrigeration cycles, refrigerant properties, heating and cooling loads, psychrometry; processes for heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, purifying; heat transfer principles and controls. Heat loss and gain computations. Design and layout of heating and air-conditioning systems. Design projects required. Co-requisite: MEEN 4150 or consent of instructor. 

MEEN 4230 Machine Design (3). The design of machine parts including shafting, gears, brakes, clutches, flywheels and frames. Design projects required. Prerequisites: MEEN 3220, 3250. 

MEEN 4250 Thermal Fluid Systems Design (3). Application of analytical techniques, the design of thermal devices, and thermal-fluids engineering systems. Design projects required. Prerequisite: MEEN 4150. 

MEEN 4300 Mechanical Energy Conversion (3). Energy sources: solar, chemical, hydraulic and nuclear. Discussion of solar cells, fossil fuels, hydraulic turbines, fuel cells, thermionic generators, thermoelectric generators, MHD generators, fission reactors and the steam power plant. Prerequisites: ENGR 2010, CVEN 3100. 

MEEN 4400 Manufacturing Engineering (3). Operating concepts and func­tions present in manufacturing. Topics include, industrial organization, process planning, specifications of designs of tools, jigs and fixtures, product quality control and automated production facilities. Case methods of instruction, which emphasize student participation in class discussion. Prerequisite: MEEN 3100. 

MEEN 4600 Fluid Dynamics (3). Review of foundations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics as related to control volumes; introduction to compress­ible flow; one-dimensional isentropic flow; normal shock waves; flow in constant area ducts with friction and flow in ducts with heating and cooling. Prerequisite: CVEN 3100. 

MEEN 4700 Mechanical Vibration (3). Free and forced vibrations of systems with one and multi degrees of freedom. Modal analysis. Vibration measurement. Vibration  of distributed systems. Passive and active vibration controls. Design considerations. Prerequisites: MATH 3120, ENGR 2120.

MEEN 4800 Advanced Machine Design (3). Function and application of analytic techniques as integrated in design procedures and design meth­odology. Advanced design topics in selected areas such as gears, lubrication and seals. A study of indeterminate structures and introduction to fracture mechanics. Design projects required. Prerequisite: MEEN 4230.




FALL SEMESTER                                                 SPRING SEMESTER

Courses                                 HR                           Courses                                 HR

ENGL 1010                            3                              ENGL 1020                             3

MATH 1910                             4                              MATH 1920                             4

CHEM 1110                            3                              PHYS 2110                             3

CHEM 1111                            1                              PHYS 2111                             1

ENGR 1020                            1                              COMM 2200                           3

ENGR 1151                            1                              Humanities Elect.(1)              3

ENGR 1000                            1

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14                                                                            17





FALL SEMESTER                                                 SPRING SEMESTER

MATH 2120                             4                              MATH 3120                             3

HIST 2010                               3                              ENGR 2000                            3

ENGR 2110                            3                              ENGR 2001                           1

ENGR 2230                            3                              ENGR 2010                            3

PHYS 2120                             3                              ENGR 2120                            3

PHYS 2121                             1                              ENGL 2110                            3

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17                                                                            16


All students are required to pass the ENGINEERING ENTRANCE EXAMINATION prior to enrolling in upper level (3000-4000) engineering courses.







FALL SEMESTER                                                 SPRING SEMESTER

ENGR 3200                            3                              Elective (4)                            1

ENGR 3300                            2                              MEEN 3100                             2

ENGR 3400                            3                              MEEN 3250                            3

MEEN 3210                             3                              MEEN 3220                             3

CVEN 3120                             3                              CVEN 3100                             3

CVEN 3121                             1                              MEEN 3521                             1

MEEN 3511                             1                              Math/Science Elective (3)     3

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16                                                                            16





FALL SEMESTER                                                 SPRING SEMESTER

Humanities Elective               3                              MEEN 4021                            1

MEEN 4011                             1                              MEEN 4250                            3

MEEN 4150                             3                              ENGR 4510                           1

MEEN 4230                             3                              Design Elective                     3

ENGR 4201                            0                              Social Science Elective (2)   3

ENGR 4500                            1                              Social Science Elective (2)   3

ENGR 4900                            1                              HIST 2020                               3

Technical Elective                                 3                             

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