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Laramie, WY 82071
Mechanical Engineering is the broadest area of study in engineering. In contrast to other engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers are employed in significant percentages in almost all industrial and governmental organizations that employ engineers. The spectrum of activities in which mechanical engineers are engaged continues to expand. The curriculum has in turn become flexible to allow for the education of mechanical engineering students in many diverse and allied areas, or for graduate school preparation.
The educational objectives of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are as follows:
The undergraduate program includes a foundation in mathematics,
science, and engineering sciences. The two key elements of the
mechanical engineering undergraduate program are laboratory experience
and design experience. The program is directed toward developing the
student's design skill and experience, culminating in the senior design
The mechanical engineering curriculum affords students the flexibility to pursue specific professional goals within the discipline. Such an opportunity needs to be carefully considered by each student, so that courses are chosen with these goals in mind. During the junior and senior years, the student selects courses to make up an 18 semester-hour block of technical electives.
The elective hours also represent the potential for students to consider a minor or a second (dual) degree. Mechanical engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.0 (C) in mechanical engineering courses at UW. A grade of (C) or better must be earned in all engineering science and required mathematics courses.
The International Engineering Option offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department provides students with an opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad. They will have the benefit of studying the language and culture of another country while completing their engineering degree at UW. Students in the program may take classes at a number of foreign institutions or participate in an internship.
An international experience involves more than just international study or an internship. Integration and immersion into another society removes cultural and linguistic barriers. Once these barriers have been breached, engineers and other technical professionals can begin to understand the perspectives and viewpoints held by others around the world. With this understanding, students will not only benefit from the newly gained knowledge of international issues, practices, and opportunities, but they will also enhance their understanding of domestic issues and challenges.
The study of a foreign language and the study-abroad experience satisfy the cultural context requirements of the University Studies Program. As a result, there is only a slight increase in the total number of required credits for the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. For students without any prior knowledge of the relevant foreign language, the International Option in Mechanical Engineering requires 134 credit hours.