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Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME) from The Ohio State University consists of courses required by the University, the College of Engineering, and by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Mechanical Engineering program is designed not only to teach the background theory of engineering, but also the application of these principles. Once admitted to the Mechanical Engineering major, students will study engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, machine element design, kinematics, measurements and controls, and design. 

Suggested Curriculum

This should be used as a guide only. Semester offerings are subject to change. 



Math 1151 (Calculus 1) 

Physics 1250 (Mechanics, Thermal, Waves)

Engineering 1181 (Fundamentals of Engineering 1)

Engineering 1100.01 (Engineering Survery)

General Education

Math 1172 (Engineering Math A)

Chemistry 1250 (General Chemistry for Engineers)

Engineering 1182 (Fundamentals of Engineering 1)

General Education (Writing Level 1)

Math 2173 (Engineering Math B)

Physics 1251 (E&M, Optics, Modern Physics)

Mechanical Engineering 2010 (Statics) 

Statistics 3450 (Statistical Methods for Engineers) 

Integrated Systems Engineering 2040 (Engineering Economics)

Material Science 2010 (Introduction to Engineering Materials)

Math 2174 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

Mechanical Engineering 2020 (Mechanics of Materials)

Mechanical Engineering 2030 (Dynamics)

Mechanical Engineering 2900 (Introduction to Design in ME)

Mechanical Engineering 2850.01 (Numerical Methods)

General Education 

Electrical and Computer Engineering 2300 (Circuits)   

Mechanical Engineering 3260 (System Dynamics & Vibrations)

Mechanical Engineering 3501 (Engineering Thermodynamics) 

Mechanical Engineering 3670 (Design Analysis Machine Elements 1) 

Mechanical Engineering 3751 (Kinematics & Mechanism Design)    

General Education (Writing Level 2)  

Mechanical Engineering 3360 (System Integration & Control)

Mechanial Engineering 3503 (Introduction to Fluid Mechanics)  

Mechanical Engineering 3671 (Design Analysis Machine Elements 2)

Mechanical Engineering 3870 (Measurements & Data Analysis)  

General Education       

Mechanical Engineering 4510 (Heat Transfer)                        

Integrated Systems Engineering 4500 (Manufacturing Process Engr) 

Mechanical Engineering 4900 (Capstone Design 1)

Mechanical Engineering 490X.01 (Capstone Design 2)      

Technical Elective                                     

Technical Elective                                   

General Education 

Mechanical Engineering 490X.02 (Capstone Design 3)          

Mechanical Engineering 4870 (Capstone Laboratory)        

Technical Elective                                     

Technical Elective                                 

General Education                                     

General Education       


General Education Courses

Ohio State’s General Education (Gen Ed) is an integral part of a student's academic experience in the College of Engineering. This curriculum is designed to provide students with a better understanding of society’s traditions and past, accomplishments and aspirations, relation and responsibility to the natural world, diversity and plurality, and problems and needs. The goal is for students to develop skills, competencies, and a breadth of knowledge as an educated, productive citizen.

Students in the College of Engineering will fulfill the General Education Curriculum through the following categories: 

Writing and Related Skills (6 hr) 

  • The goal of this category is to develop skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression.

Social Sciences (6 hr)

  • The goals of this category is to help you understand human behavior and cognition, and the structures of human societies, cultures, and institutions.

Historical Study (3 hr)

  • The goal of this category is to develop your knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help you understand how humans view themselves.

Arts & Humanities (6 hr)

  • The goal of this category is to allow you to evaluate significant writing and works of art. Such studies develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing, and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience. 

Breadth: Cultures & Ideas or Second Historical Study (3 hr)

  • Select one course from Historical Study or Cultures & Ideas.

Professional Ethics (0-3 hr)

  • The goal of courses in this category is to develop a nuanced understanding of the applied ethical issues involved within a professional career.

Diversity (0-3 hr)

  • The goal of courses in this category is to foster an understanding of the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture. Students can choose a diversity focus of either Social Diversity in the U.S. or Global Diversity