Mechanical Engineering B.S.


Mechanical Engineering at UNH has two major emphases. The first is the general area of mechanical design which involves all types of mechanical motion and the forces and energy that drive it. The other emphasis deals with energy generation and conversion and is grounded in the principles of the thermal and fluid sciences. This area includes diverse applications from gas turbine and rocket engines to environmental control of building interiors. Other subject areas, which support both emphases and are frequently part of designs and products, are the materials sciences and control systems. Both of these areas are included in the education and training of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineering requires significant study in mathematics, computer sciences, and basic sciences such as chemistry and physics, as well as basic engineering courses, before reaching the more specialized courses. The subject areas taught by the M.E. faculty consist of: mechanics, fluid and thermal sciences, design and manufacturing, systems and control, and materials science.

The curriculum prepares prospective graduates either for more advanced studies or for beginning professional engineering careers. It provides a foundation of knowledge in the basic physical sciences, mechanics of solids and fluids, dynamic systems, thermal sciences, materials science, and design. Students develop abilities in analysis, experimentation, and design. Elective courses allow students to gain additional competence in any of these specific areas. Other elective courses in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences are included to provide a liberal education.

Two students working on computers during class timeThe mechanical engineering program starts with a basic foundation of math, physics, chemistry and computer science before moving to more advanced engineering topics. The M.E. program is designed to give students the opportunity to focus on advanced technical areas of their choice. Also, as one of the nation's few land, space, and sea grant institutions,  these senior projects are design to address problems of global significance.

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Students work with their academinc advisor to plan a program that is based on the courses shown in the UNH undergraduate catalog applicable to year of entry.  This is considered a guideline and may be modified to suit student needs within the constraints of meeting minimum credit hours, course pre-requisites, and non-major elective course requirements. Some mechanical engineering elective courses may not be offered every year. The progress sheet is maintained by the M.E. Department and kept in the students' records in the M.E. Office. It is recommended that all students review this progress sheet for accuracy before pre-registration each semester, and for graduation requirements which can be quickly seen by referring to this sheet. Questions should be referred to the students’ advisors.