Mechanical Engineering (Minor)

Mechanical Engineering (Minor)

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What is mechanical engineering?

The mechanical engineering minor is tailored to students who want to understand the fundamentals of mechanical engineering. You’ll develop abilities in design, analysis and experimentation through a foundation of math, physics, chemistry and computer science, including modeling, thermodynamics, statics, the mechanics of materials,and fluid dynamics. You’ll be able to select electives to complement your electrical and computer engineering or physics major. Or you can combine the skills and technological expertise of this minor with majors in the sciences, education or business to prepare for a wide variety of career opportunities in industrial fields, business, government, law or education.

Why study mechanical engineering at UNH?

You’ll analyze, design, build, test and maintain the tools and products of our growing technological society. You’ll work in state-of-the-art laboratories such as the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, the Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab and the Flow Physics Facility, which houses the longest wind tunnel of its type in the world. Our faculty are leading researchers in their fields, and they care deeply about your education. The curriculum is challenging but flexible, providing opportunities that will prepare you for a variety of in-demand careers.

Potential career areas

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive industries
  • Biomedical engineering
  • EducationIndustrial engineering
  • Ocean engineering
  • Patent law
  • Power generation
  • Robotics
Mechanical Engineering
Kingsbury Hall, W101
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824



P: 603.862.1352

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor, administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is open to all students of the University and offers a broad introduction to mechanical engineering.

Students must complete a minimum of six courses as follows:

ME 441Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling4
ME 503Thermodynamics3
ME 525Statics4
ME 526Mechanics of Materials3
ME 627Dynamics3
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
Total Credits20

Electrical and Computer Engineering majors should take the following courses:

ME 477Introduction to Solid Modeling1
ECE 633Signals and Systems I 13
ECE 634Signals and Systems II 13
ME 503Thermodynamics3
ME 525Statics4
ME 561Introduction to Materials Science4
Select one of the following: 2
ME 526Mechanics of Materials3
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
ME 627Dynamics3

1 ECE Major Required Courses.

2 The total number of credits required is 21.

Physics majors should take the following courses:

PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 14
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I 14
ME 477Introduction to Solid Modeling1
ME 526Mechanics of Materials3
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
Select one of the following: 2
ME 643Machine Design3
ME 670Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control4
ME 705Thermal System Analysis and Design4

1 Physics Major Required Courses.

2 The total number of credits to complete the Physics Minor will be either 18 or 19 depending on what course is selected.

Interested students should contact the Mechanical Engineering Chair at (603) 862-1353 and file an intent to minor form. During the last semester, students must complete a completion of minor form for it to appear on their transcript.

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