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Realize Your Potential

Realize your potential with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UCF. Students will gain understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and electricity. Graduates will pair these core principles with tools like computer-aided design software to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, cars, aircraft, robotics, medical devices and much more. 

Highlights
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Accelerated track option
  • Participate in the Senior Design Showcase
Contact

Hyoung Jin “Joe” Cho, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Lynn Grabenhorst
Undergraduate Advisor

Curriculum

The M.S.AE curriculum prepares students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems. Graduates of the program will be able to apply the principles of engineering, science and mathematics to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components and processes. Below are the core requirements for the degree. For the full description of requirements, please visit the UCF Undergraduate Catalog

Students have the option of pursuing the accelerated track, which allows them to earn a master’s degree as well as a bachelor’s degree. Qualified students may apply for the accelerated track upon completion of 64 credit hours. They may choose to complete a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering; however, acceptance into the accelerated track does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. 

Basic Requirements

Credit Hours: 1
Class Hours: 1
Lab and Field Work Hours: 2
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): New students status or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Overview of academic and professional requirements in various engineering disciplines. Fall 

Credit Hours: 1
Class Hours: 1
Lab and Field Work Hours: 2
Contact Hours: 0
Prerequisite(s): EGS 1006C and New student status or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Introduction to the use of computer and applications software in solving engineering problems. Introduction to the concepts of engineering design through the use of teams: engineering communication; engineering professionalism and ethics. Spring 

Advanced Requirements

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): MAC 2311CPHY 2048C both with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better Corequisite(s): MAC 2312. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Fundamental concepts of mechanics, including resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium of rigid bodies, and analyses of structures. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 4
Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Programming in C including arrays, pointer manipulation and use of standard C math and IO libraries. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both MAC 2313 and EGN 3310. Corequisite(s): MAP 2302. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Work, heat, and energy transformations. Relation of properties. Laws, concepts, and modes of analysis common to all applications of thermodynamics in engineering. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): (CHS 1440 or CHM 2045C) and MAC 2312 with grades of “C” (2.0) or better in both. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Atomic structure and bonding, crystal structure and imperfections, solidification, phase transformations, phase diagrams, heat treatment, mechanical & electrical properties, materials characterization techniques. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHY 2049C Corequisite(s): MAP 2302. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Fundamentals of electrical circuits and analysis; fundamentals of electronics and AC power systems, transformers, electromechanics and rotating machines. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MAC 2312 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

Axioms of probability; combinatorial and geometrical probability; probability distributions; measures of location and dispersion; sampling and sampling distributions; estimation and tests of hypotheses; engineering applications. Fall, Spring

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 2
Lab and Field Work Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 5
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in EGN 3343. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Theory, calibration and use of instruments. Measurement techniques, data analysis, report writing. Laboratory topics related to mechanical engineering.Fall, Spring M&S fee $15.00 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in the following MAC 2311CMAC 2312MAC 2313PHY 2048C and EGN 3310 Corequisite(s): None. 

Concepts of stress, strain, deflection; axial force, torsion, bending, combined stress, Mohr’s circle, failure theories, design concepts, application to machines and vehicles. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in all of the following: MAC 2311CMAC 2312MAC 2313MAP 2302PHY 2048CEGN 3321 and EGN 3343. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Principles of continuum fluid mechanics. Integral and differential forms of governing equations, fluid statics, dimensional analysis, measurements, internal flows. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both EML 3701 and EML 3034C. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Conduction, radiation, and convection heat transfer. Basic energy balances emphasized. Steady state and transient problems, analysis and design of simple heat exchangers. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both MAC 2313 and EGN 3310. Corequisite(s): None. 

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; mass and acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum, introduction to kinematics of mechanisms; introduction to 3D rigid body dynamics; central force. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0), or better in each of the following courses EGN 3321EGM 3601EML 3034C, and EGN 3373. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Undamped and damped vibration analysis of mechanical systems with single and two degrees of freedom; forced vibration; concepts of feedback controls; classical proportional, derivative and integral (PID) feedback controls and root locus. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in EGM 3601. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Application of the principles of mechanics of materials to the design of mechanical components. Fall, Spring 

Admissions and Advising

There are no additional requirements for admission into the B.S.AE beyond admission to UCF. For more information on admission to UCF, visit UCF Undergraduate Admissions. 

For specific questions regarding the degree, please contact our undergraduate advisor Lynn Grabenhorst or our undergraduate faculty advisor, Professor Hyong Jin “Joe” Cho.

Licensure and Certification

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional engineer and may still assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for professional engineers falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which engineer practices.

If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact undergraduate advisor Lynn Grabenhorst with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.