Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering
ABET Program Educational Objectives
Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to:
- Approach complex problems with curiosity and rigorous application of mechanical engineering principles in their chosen careers.
- Successfully apply technical knowledge to create innovational and transformational change for metropolitan, regional, and global well-being.
- Effectively and accurately communicate with technical and non-technical audiences.
- Further advance in their careers through graduate education, professional licensure, or other professional development pursuits.
ABET Student Outcomes
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability 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.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability 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.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum. Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination
In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'. To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Students will be able to use mathematical methods to make design decisions.
- Students will be able to analyze conduction and convection properties of thermal-fluid systems.
- Students will be able to analyze kinematics and dynamics of mechanical components.
- Students will be able to develop algorithms for solving engineering problems.
- Students will be able to analyze strength characteristics of engineering materials.
- Students will be able to use measurements to solve engineering problems.
High school students planning to apply to this degree program are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.
First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering will be automatically admitted if they obtain:
- An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
- An ACT composite score of at least 24 and
- A 3.0 Core High School GPA.
First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed by a faculty committee for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to this program but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.
Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.
Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares students with a breadth and depth in technical knowledge so that they can work immediately in most areas of the profession. Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain the outcomes listed above.
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 127 hours of coursework and satisfies the UMKC General Education requirements.
Approved Machine Shop Safety training must be completed prior to using tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.
A grade of C or higher must be earned in all major required coursework.
All UMKC student must take HEIghten after completing 90 credit hours and before applying for graduation (http://www.umkc.edu/exitexams/).
|First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)||3|
|ENGLISH 110||Introduction to Academic Prose||3|
|ENGLISH 225||English II: Intermediate Academic Prose||3|
|Oral Communication (choose one of the following):||3|
|Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening|
|Introduction to Communication|
|Argumentation And Debate|
|Math Pathway (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)||3|
|Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)||3|
|Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Honors American Government|
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
|Math and Science Requirements (satisfies Math Pathway)|
|MATH 120 (Precalculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)|
|General Chemistry I|
and Experimental General Chemistry I
|MATH 266||Accelerated Calculus I 1||4|
|MATH 268||Accelerated Calculus II||3|
|MATH 250||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 345||Ordinary Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 345L||Ordinary Differential Equations Lab||1|
|STAT 235||Elementary Statistics||3|
|or MATH 300||Linear Algebra I|
|PHYSICS 240||Physics For Scientists and Engineers I||5|
|PHYSICS 250||Physics For Scientists and Engineers II||5|
|Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements|
|CIV-ENGR 275||Engineering Statics (satisfies GECRT-SC course requirement)||3|
|CIV-ENGR 276||Strength Of Materials||3|
|E&C-ENGR 216||Engineering Computation||4|
|E&C-ENGR 276||Circuit Theory I||3|
|E&C-ENGR 277||Circuit Theory I Lab||1|
|MEC-ENGR 130||Engineering Graphics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 285||Engineering Dynamics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 306||Numerical Analysis||3|
|MEC-ENGR 352||Mechanical Instrumentation Lab||3|
|Energy Systems Course Requirements|
|MEC-ENGR 299||Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 351||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 360||Applied Thermodynamics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 399||Heat Transfer||3|
|MEC-ENGR 399L||Heat Transfer and Fluids Lab||1|
|Engineering Design Course Requirements|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Principles of Aircraft Design)|
|Control Systems Theory|
|Biomedical Device Design|
|Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning|
|Mechanical System Course Requirements|
|MEC-ENGR 324||Engineering Materials||3|
|MEC-ENGR 324L||Engineering Materials Lab||1|
|MEC-ENGR 356||Mechanical Component Design||3|
|MEC-ENGR 380||Manufacturing Methods||3|
|MEC-ENGR 385||System Dynamics||3|
|MEC-ENGR 492||Mechanical Design Synthesis I (satisfies GECUE course requirement)||3|
|MEC-ENGR 496WI||Mechanical Design Synthesis||3|
|Mechanical Engineering Electives|
|Take 9 hours of mechanical engineering electives at the 300/400 level.||9|
|Topics in Mechanical Engineering|
|Introduction to Biomaterials|
|Advanced Dynamics and Modeling|
|Introduction to Biomechanics|
|Experimental Biomechanics of Human Motion|
|Non-Metallic Engineering Materials|
|Introduction to Manufacturing Management|
|Power Plant Design|
|Power Generation Systems|
|Mechatronic System Design|
|Robotics and Unmanned Systems|
|Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics|
|Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy Systems|
|Applied Finite Element Analysis|
|Robotic System Identification|
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 127
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.
UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).