Undergraduate Program


Program Mission and Educational Objectives



The Department is committed to providing the students with a dynamic academic and professional foundation enabling them to:

  • shape the future advancement of knowledge in the areas of mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • and to contribute to the economic growth and well-being of humanity

Educational Objectives

The following Program Educational Objectives are developed in conjunction with the students, faculty, alumni, and industrial constituents.

1. Establish a proven record of successful engineering accomplishments and be prepared to assume responsible leadership positions to serve industries, or government agencies or embark on entrepreneurship

2. Demonstrate understanding of global engineering practices and the need for life-long learning by making progress toward professional development: industrial training, achieving an advanced degree or certification in engineering or related field

These objectives serve to:

a. characterize the mechanical engineering program at TSU

b. support the mission of the Department, College, and University

The Program Educational Objectives are periodically reviewed by the following three program constituents:

1). Mechanical Engineering faculty members

2). Departmental Student Leadership Committee members

3). Departmental Industrial Advisory Board members

Student Outcomes

Graduates of Mechanical Engineering Programs can demonstrate the ability:

1. to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

2. to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

3. to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

4. to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

5. to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objective.

6. to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

7. to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Engineering Programs Core Requirements & Courses

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

  • Mathematics (15 semester hours): MATH 1910, MATH 1920, MATH 2120, MATH 3120;
  • Science (12 semester hours): CHEM 1110, CHEM 1111, PHYS 2110, PHYS 2111, PHYS 2120, PHYS 2121;
  • Math/Science (3 semester hours): 3000/4000 Level;
  • Engineering Science (18 semester hours): ENGR 2000, 2001, 2010, 2110, 2120, 3300, 4900;
  • 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);
  • History (6 semester hours): 
  • Social Science Electives* (6 semester hours);
  • University Requirement (15 semester hours);
  • Engineering Orientation (1 semester hours).  

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

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.

Course Descriptions

ENGR 1020 Freshmen Engineering Seminar  1(1,0). An overview of the College of Engineering, 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 1710 or advisor approval

ENGR 1151 Computer Engineering Graphics and Analysis 1(0,3). 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.

ENGR 2000, ENGR 2001 Circuits I and Lab 3(3,0), 1(0,3). 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 2230, MATH 2110, PHYS 2120, Corequisite MATH 3120.

ENGR 2010 Thermodynamics 3(3,0). An introduction to the nature and domains of thermodynamics; the Zeroth Law; properties and states of a pure substance; 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 system; ideal gases. Prerequisites: PHYS 2110.

ENGR 2110 Statics 3(3,0). Statics of particles; statics of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; centroids and center of gravity; friction and moment of inertia. Prerequisites: PHYS 2110.

ENGR 2120 Dynamics 3(3,0). Study of the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; Principle of work and energy; Principle of impulse and momentum. Prerequisite: ENGR 2110.

ENGR 2233 Engineering Computer Programming 3(2,3). An introduction to programming using the C++ language in the solution of engineering problems; Students should have basic experience using a computer but no prior programming is required. Topics include sequential, decision and repetition control statements, top-down program development and programming style, functions, basic data structures, arrays, an introduction to object technology, object-oriented programming and classes. Prerequisites: MATH 1910, ENGR 1020.

ENGR 2250 Transport Phenomena 3(3,0). Unified treatment of the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. Energy, analysis and the first and the second law of thermodynamics, steady state and transient heat conduction, convection and the thermal radiation process, fundamentals of fluid flow. Prerequisites: PHYS 2120.

ENGR 3200 Introduction to Design 3(3,0). This course promotes introductory instruction of the underlying engineering design concepts.  The covered topics include the design process for developing the recognition of the need and defining the design objectives, developing design requirements and its specifications, generating conceptual designs, presenting embodiments design and detail design, performing cost analysis, and overseeing its production. Moreover, the course is to emphasis on technical writing and oral presentation of engineering reports. Students are required to work in a team and accomplish a comprehensive design project. Prerequisites: Passing EEE.

ENGR 3300  Materials Science 2(2,0). An introductory course on properties and selection of materials covering atomic structure and bonding; crystal structures; crystalline and non-crystalline solids; mechanical properties of materials; polymers; phase diagrams; engineering alloys; ceramics; composite materials; and electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials. Prerequisites: CHEM 1110, PHYS 2120.

ENGR 3400 Numerical Analysis 3(3,0). 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 2230 or ENGR 2240.

ENGR 4110-A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H Special Topics in Engineering 3(3,0). Special subject presented to cover current problems of unique advances in the leading edge of techniques. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

ENGR 4201 Engineer in Training Laboratory 0(0,3). A course designed to prepare students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination, which is a partial requirement for obtaining license as a professional engineer. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

ENGR 4230 Legal Ethical Aspects of Engineering 3(3,0). Legal principles underlying engineering work; laws of contracts, torts, agency, real property, problems of professional registration and ethics.

ENGR 4300 Engineering Economics 3(3,0). 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.

ENGR 4400 Probability and Statistics 3(3,0). Statistics and engineering; descriptive statistics; sets and functions; proofs; permutations and combinations; discrete and continuous probability; probability distributions; Chebyshev’s theorem; normal distribution; applications to operations research; treatment of data; hypothesis testing; method of least squares; regression; and application to engineering problems.

ENGR 4500 Capstone Design Project I (1,0). An engineering capstone design project I leading to completion of the project in ENGR 4510. A written report and an oral defense of the proposed design project are required. Prerequisites: Graduating Senior, ENGR 3200.

ENGR 4510 Capstone Design Project II 1(1,0). 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.

ENGR 4900 Professional Development Seminar 1(1,0). Discussion of case studies, professionalism, professional ethics, professional development activities required in industry. Prerequisite: Graduating Senior.

MEEN 3100 Materials Processing 2(2,0) Introduction to Manufacturing systems and the primary and secondary manufacturing processes. Prerequisite ENGR 3300.

MEEN 3210 Mechanism Design 3(3,0). 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(3,0). 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, ENGR 2130.

MEEN 3250 Computer Aided Design 3(3,0). 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 3200, Core quisite: ENGR 3400.

MEEN 3511 Measurements and Instrumentation Laboratory 1(0,1). 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. Pre requisite: ENGR 2230 or ENGR 2240, Corequisite: ENGR 3200. 

MEEN 3521 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory 1(0,1). 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: MEEN 3511, ENGR 3300, Corequisite: MEEN 3100.

MEEN 4011 Mechatronics Laboratory 1(0,1). Introduction to advanced instrumentations used by engineers including displacement, acceleration, and force transducers, strain gauges, thermocouples, and data acquisition systems. Behavior of zeroth, first, and second order systems. Measurement of vibration and sound. Prerequisites: ENGR 2000, ENGR 2001, MEEN 3511

MEEN 4021 Thermal Fluid Systems Laboratory 1(0,1). Observation and analysis of common mechanical engineering systems. hydraulic pumps and turbines. pneumatic fans and blowers, internal combustion engines, refrigerators and heat pumps, and solar energy system. Prerequisite: MEEN 4150.

MEEN 4100 Instrumentation and Automatic Control(s) 3(3,0). 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. 

MEEN 4120 Mechanical Metallurgy 3(3,0). Introduction to various measures of strength. Topics include mechanical testing of polycrystalline materials, plastic deformation of metals, and elementary geometry of dislocations. Prerequisites: ENGR 3300, ENGR 2130.

MEEN 4150 Heat Transfer 3(3,0). 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, and heat exchangers. Prerequisites: ENGR 2010, CVEN 3100, ENGR 3400.

MEEN 4200 Heating and Air Conditioning. 3(3,0). 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. Prerequisite: Co-requisite: ENGR 4150 or consent of instructor. 

MEEN 4230 Machine Design 3(3,0). 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(3,0). 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(3,0). Energy sources: solar, chemical, hydraulic and nuclear. Discussion of solar cells, fossil fuels, hydraulic turbines, fuel cells, thermionic generators, thermoelectric generators, generators, fission reactors and the steam power plant. Prerequisites: ENGR 2010, CVEN 3100. 

MEEN 4400 Manufacturing Engineering 3(3,0). 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(3,0). 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(3,0). Free and forced vibrations of systems with one and multi degrees of freedom. Modal analysis. Vibration measurements. Vibration of distributed systems. Passive and active vibration controls. Design considerations. Prerequisites: ENGR 2120 and MATH 3120.

MEEN 4800 Advanced Machine Design 3(3,0). 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.

Course Roadmap

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