# Technical Electives

The undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering offers significant flexibility in allowing students to tailor their academic program to their interests. When choosing technical electives, we encourage students to think about their most likely career path, whether it may be industry, academia, research, or perhaps a profession outside of engineering, and then explore the most interesting or relevant course(s) that pertain to that career path.

A technical elective can be any engineering course offered in the SEAS bulletin that is 3000 level or above. Undergraduates are required to complete 12 points of technical electives, half of which must be offered through the Mechanical Engineering department. Courses with designations MECE, MEBM, EEME, and IEME count as mechanical engineering technical electives.

Other courses/activities that count as technical electives include:

- Honors tutorial in mechanical engineering, which can earn up to 3 points.
- Research, which can earn up to 3 points.

The letters x and y next to the course number indicate fall and spring semester courses, respectively. Check the online directory of classes to verify whether a course is offered in the desired semester. Though students are advised to contact their faculty advisor prior to registration to discuss choosing technical electives that are in line with their academic/research goals, here is a list of some technical electives that are often __suggested __to Mechanical Engineering majors:

## General Topics

**MECE E3900x-E3901y:** Honors tutorial in mechanical engineering**MECE E3998x and y:** Projects in mechanical engineering

## Design, Control, and Manufacturing

**MECE E4058x and y:** Mechatronics and embedded microcomputer control**MECE E4212x:** Microelectromechanical systems**MECE E4501y:** Geometrical modeling**MECE E4502x:** Computational geometry for CAD/CAM**EEME E4601y:** Digital control systems**MECE E4602y:** Introduction to robotics**MECE E4604x:** Product design for manufacturability**MECE E4609y:** Computer-aided manufacturing**MECE E4610x:** Advanced manufacturing processes**IEME E4310x:** The manufacturing enterprise**MSAE E3103x:** Elements of material science

## Thermofluids

**MECE E4100y: **Mechanics of fluids**MECE E4211y: **Energy sources and conversion**MECE E4302y: **Advanced thermodynamics**MECE E4304x: **Turbomachinery**MECE E4312y: **Design of thermal systems**MECE E4314y: **Energy dynamics of green buildings**MECE E4404x: **Lubrication theory and design**APPH E4200x: **Physics of fluids**EAEE E3103y: **Energy and materials systems

## Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibrations

**MECE E3401x: **Mechanics of machines**MECE E4404x: **Lubrication theory and design**ENME E3106y: **Dynamics and vibrations**ENME E3114y: **Experimental mechanics of materials**ENME E4113x: **Advanced mechanics of solids**ENME E4114y: **Mechanics of fracture and fatigue**ENME E4202y: **Advanced mechanics**ENME E4214y: **Theory of plates and shells**ENME E4215x: **Theory of vibrations**MSAE E3103x: **Elements of material science**MSAE E4215y: **Mechanical behavior of materials

## Bioengineering

**MEBM E4702x:** Advanced musculoskeletal biomechanics**APMA E4400y: **Introduction to biophysical modeling**BMEN E3320y:** Fluid biomechanics**BMEN E4300y:** Solid biomechanics**BMEN E4301x:** Structure, mechanics, and adaptation of bone**BMEN E4305y:** Cardiac mechanics**BMEN E4340y:** Biomechanics of cells

## Applied Sciences

**APMA E3101x:** Applied mathematics, I: linear algebra**APMA E3102y:** Applied mathematics, II: partial differential equations**APMA E4001y:** Principles of applied mathematics**SIEO W3600y:** Introduction to probability and statistics