2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Sep 22, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering Concentrations, BSE

The course requirements are identical for all concentrations in the freshman year. Beginning in the first half of sophomore year, a group of courses will either send the student toward computer engineering and electrical engineering concentrations, or another group of courses will direct the student toward mechanical engineering and materials engineering concentrations. Therefore, students must determine their area of concentration no later than spring of their freshman year to register appropriately for the first semester of their sophomore year.

For the first semester of the junior year and all subsequent semesters, the student is required to select engineering courses in his or her chosen concentration. Fulfilling the requirements of a double concentration is possible between either computer and electrical engineering, or materials and mechanical engineering. The program of study is shown below for the freshman year.

Mathematics and Science Prerequisite Courses

In order to graduate within four years, first-year students who are considering majoring in engineering must take the following mathematics and science prerequisite courses:

Requirements for the Major

Requirements for the Concentration

The course requirements for the first and second semesters of the sophomore year are the same for mechanical engineering and materials engineering concentrations. Courses for individual concentrations in mechanical engineering and materials engineering begin in the first semester of the junior year.

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Spring Term

Senior Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

Engineering Electives and Engineering Concentration Courses

The engineering elective may be any 200-, 300-, or 400-level engineering course (except EG 495 ) for which prerequisite/corequisite requirements have been satisfied. Any other electives may be taken either inside or outside of engineering. Electives and engineering concentration courses may be taken in any order allowed by prerequisites, but consideration should be given to the effect this will have on selection of a capstone design project in EG 497 /EG 498  during the senior year. The senior design topic should be derived from the 300- and 400-level engineering courses taken prior to beginning the senior design course sequence. These courses and the 400-level engineering courses taken during the senior year provide the technical basis for the project. The junior and senior years should be planned during the second semester of the sophomore year when the student formally selects his or her specific engineering concentration. Concentration courses in mechanical engineering and materials engineering are listed below:

Other Course Options

With the approval of the department chair, other engineering courses may be pursued through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program (BSEP). These courses must be at the junior/senior level, and care must be taken to ensure that institutional course prerequisites are satisfied.

Study abroad programs are possible, depending on the courses that are available. Study abroad programs require review and approval of the student's major advisor.


* Required for major.
** Terms may be interchanged.
*** Eligible for double counting toward a second concentration.


  1. Engineering cannot be taken as an interdisciplinary major.
  2. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement  under Curriculum and Policies).

Second Engineering Concentration

It is possible for a student to concentrate in both mechanical and materials engineering. They can add the second concentration by completing three rather than four of the concentration courses listed in the second concentration area. The student's single engineering elective can be used to take one of the second concentration courses. Electives can be used to take the other two. Substitutions for these concentration courses require the permission of the department chair.

The reason that only three courses are required for the second concentration is that a course from the first concentration may be double-counted as detailed below:

  • A student concentrating in mechanical engineering may count EG 423  toward the materials engineering concentration.
  • A student concentrating in materials engineering may count EG 454  toward the mechanical engineering concentration.