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BSME degree requirements

A total of 180 credits are required for the BSME degree. Regardless of the number of mechanical engineering courses taken at another institution, a minimum of 45 credits in ME courses must be taken in residence at the University of Washington.

Mathematics 24 cr.  
MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 15 cr. Calculus with Analytic Geometry
MATH 207 (or MATH 307)‡ or AMATH 351 3 cr. Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 208 (or MATH 308)‡ or AMATH 352 3 cr. Matrix Algebra with Applications
MATH 209 (or MATH 309) or MATH 224 (or MATH 324)‡ or AMATH 353 3 cr. Linear Analysis

‡ As of autumn 2021, MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 309, and MATH 324 are renumbered as MATH 207, MATH 208, MATH 209, and MATH 224, respectively. Students can apply either the 200- or 300-level number for each course toward their degree requirements.

Physics and chemistry 25 cr.  
PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123 15 cr. Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion, & Waves
CHEM 142, CHEM 152 10 cr. General Chemistry with laboratory
Written & oral communication 12 cr.  
English Composition 5 cr. Any course selected from the UW English composition list
ENGR 231 3 cr. Introduction to Technical Communication
Additional composition or writing or ME 354 4 cr.  
Engineering fundamentals 31 cr.  
AA 210 4 cr. Engineering Statics
CEE 220 4 cr. Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
ME 230 4 cr. Kinematics and Dynamics
AMATH 301 4 cr. Beginning Scientific Computing
EE 215 4 cr. Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
IND E 315 or MATH 390 3 cr. Probability and Statistics for Engineers
ME 123 4 cr. Introduction to Visualization and Computer-Aided Design
MSE 170 4 cr. Fundamentals of Material Science
Areas of Knowledge 24 cr. General education requirements
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA) 10 cr. At least 10 credits required
Individuals & Societies (I&S) 10 cr. At least 10 credits required
Areas of Knowledge 4 cr. Additional VLPA or I&S courses to reach 24 credit total
ME core courses 45-46 cr.  
ME 323 5 cr. Engineering Thermodynamics
ME 331 4 cr. Introduction to Heat Transfer
ME 333 5 cr. Introduction to Fluid Mechanics [Course website]
ME 354 (W) 5 cr. Mechanics of Materials Lab
ME 355 4 cr. Manufacturing Processes
ME 356 4 cr. Machine Design Analysis
ME 373 5 cr. Introduction to System Dynamics
ME 374 5 cr. System Dynamic Analysis/Design
ME 395 / ME 493 (starting 2022) 3-4 cr. Introduction to Mechanical Design
ME 494 (starting 2023)
3 cr. Mechanical Engineering Design Preparation
ME 495 3-4 cr. Mechanical Engineering Design
ME option courses 19 cr. From the list of approved 400-level ME courses
ME 402 3 cr. Additive Manufacturing: Materials, Processing and Applications
ME 406 3 cr. Corrosion and Surface Treatment of Materials
ME 410 3 cr. Nanodevices: Design and Manufacture
ME 411 3 cr. Biological Frameworks for Engineers
ME 415 3 cr. Sustainability and Design for Environment
ME 425 4 cr. HVAC Engineering
ME 426 3 cr. Renewable Energy II
ME 430 4 cr. Advanced Energy Conversion Systems
ME 431 4 cr. Advanced Fluid Mechanics
ME 440 3 cr. Advanced Mechanics of Materials and Solids
ME 442 4 cr. Renewable Energy
ME 445 4 cr. Introduction to Biomechanics
ME 450 3 cr. Introduction to Composite Materials and Design
ME 460 3 cr. Kinematics and Linkage Design
ME 461 3 cr. Mechanics of Thin Films
ME 469 4 cr. Applications of Dynamics in Engineering
ME 470 3 cr. Mechanical Vibrations
ME 471 4 cr. Automatic Control
ME 473 4 cr. Instrumentation
ME 477 4 cr. Embedded Computing in Mechanical Systems
ME 478 4 cr. Finite Element Analysis
ME 480 4 cr. Introduction to Computer-Aided Technology
ME 498 1-5 cr. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
ME 499 1-5 cr. Special Projects (graded option, 6 maximum)

This guide supplements the University of Washington course catalog, time schedules, and other announcements about registration. Students are responsible for planning their program of studies and for remaining informed of dates, deadlines, rules, and regulations. Contact the undergraduate adviser for help planning your course of study.

Transfer credit

A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from a two-year college and a maximum of 135 credits obtained from a four-year ABET-accredited college may be transferred. However, of the courses needed to satisfy departmental requirements for a BSME, some have direct transfer, and others may be used only if approved by the Undergraduate Adviser and Associate Chair for Academics. For more information see the UW Transfer Credit Policies.

General education requirements

The College of Engineering requires that all degree programs include a minimum of 24 credits in the Areas of Knowledge: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals and Societies (I&S). Course selection to fulfill the VLPA/I&S requirements must meet the following selection criteria: A minimum of 10 credits of VLPA and 10 credits of I&S. A total of 24 credits of VLPA/I&S credits. Foreign language courses at the third quarter level or above (e.g., GERMAN 103) may be applied towards VLPA credits.

ME option courses

The BSME requirements include a minimum of 19 credits of ME option courses. These courses are designed for seniors and most require many of the 300-level courses as prerequisites. A maximum of 6 credits of ME 499 (Graded, Special Projects) may count toward the option course requirement. Additional credits of ME 499 are possible as CR/NC but will not apply to a students ME option courses. The three formal degree options have a set of courses students must take to earn those options.

Non-ME courses as ME option

Occasionally students wish to substitute a 300 or 400 level course offered by another College of Engineering department for ME option course credits. By petition, up to 3 credits of a 300 or 400 level class offered by another engineering department may be applied to satisfy the 19 required option credits of ME. Classes in another department that are equivalent to a required ME class (e.g., CEE 342 for ME 333) will not count for ME option credit.