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Mechanical Engineering

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Program description

Mechanical Engineering

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:

  • Successfully practice the profession of engineering
  • Demonstrate career growth (e.g. increasing complexity of job assignment, career promotions, professional registration, patents, publications, and completion of advanced degrees)

The undergraduate program includes a strong foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering sciences. The three key elements of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program include core engineering principles, laboratory experience, and development of communication skills.

The mechanical engineering curriculum affords the student the flexibility to pursue specific professional goals within the discipline. Such an opportunity needs to be carefully considered by each student, so that elective courses are chosen with these goals in mind. During the junior and senior years, the student selects 15 credit hours of technical electives.

Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in Mechanical and/or Energy Systems engineering courses completed at this university. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all engineering science (ES) and required mathematics courses.

Admission requirements

Department Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 grade scale or equivalent. Students that do not hold B.S./M.E. degrees may qualify as M.S. candidates by completing, without credit, certain prerequisite courses as specified by the Department. These prerequisites would depend upon the candidate’s background and upon the area in which he/she plans to specialize.

In addition to the required application materials (i.e. application form, academic transcript, GRE, TOFEL, or IELTS scores, letters of reference) the applicant must submit a Statement of Purpose indicating their technical area of interest, abilities, and objectives in completing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering.

A minimum composite score of 294 (MS) or 307 (PhD) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE is typically required for full admission to the Mechanical Engineering Department. For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 577 on the written exam or 90 on the Internet-based test (iBT) TOEFL (or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5). Admittance to the graduate program is competitive, and the average applicant that is accepted will likely have well above the minimum qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
  • System Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Numerical Methods for Engineers
  • Thermal/Fluid Science Lab
  • Machine Design
  • Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning of Buildings
  • Properties of Materials
  • Internship
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Design of Mechanical/Electronic Systems
  • Introduction to Finite Elements
  • Systems Design I
  • Systems Design II
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Thermo/Kinetics of Materials
  • Introduction to Composite Materials
  • Composite Materials Design and Manufacturing
  • Gas Dynamics I
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Gas Turbine Engines
  • Airplane Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Steam Plant Engineering I
  • HVAC Systems Analysis and Design
  • Principles of Materials Selection
  • Solar and Geothermal Engineering
  • Wind and Ocean Energy Engineering
  • Topics in Mechanical Engineering I
  • Building Air and Hydronic Systems
  • Modeling and Optimization of Energy Systems
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Vibrations
  • Analysis of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Failure of Engineering Materials
  • Plasticity and Viscoelasticity
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Optical Diagnostics in the Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Turbulence
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Convection Heat Transfer
  • Introduction to Combustion Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics II
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Energy Methods
  • Topics in Mechanical Engineering II
  • Topics in Mechanical Engineering III
  • Seminar in Mechanical Engineer
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Graduate Projects
  • Dissertation Research

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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