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2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Major in


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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 134


Candidates for graduation with the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering must fulfill the following requirements:

1. The Successful Completion of 134 Semester Hours


The successful completion of 134 s.h. and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.

2. Liberal Arts


At least 62 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts. No course in the Department of Engineering may count toward this requirement except for ENGG 101, 19 and 185.

3. Residence Requirements


There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

General Information


This program provides intensive study at the undergraduate level in the field of mechanical engineering. A healthy mix of theory, experiment and design informs the curriculum. Design is introduced early in the curriculum, and all graduates are expected to be broadly enough educated to complete capstone senior design courses in two distinct areas of mechanical engineering. Extensive laboratory involvement inculcates valuable insights into experimental methods and, in some cases, original research. Through technical electives (decided on in consultation with a mechanical engineering faculty adviser) students have the opportunity to develop a greater in-depth knowledge of one or more specialized areas of mechanical engineering. In addition, the program provides a strong foundation in the engineering sciences, mathematics, and liberal arts.

4. General and Major Requirements


The general and major requirements as listed under the programs below. Courses may not be taken on the Pass/D+/D/Fail basis.

5. Cumulative Average


A cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses. Reflecting the fact that not all students can and do adhere to a four year time frame for degree completion, the suggested sequence below shows a possible alignment of courses within that compass. A cumulative average of C or better is required in the following courses:

Program Educational Objectives


Graduates of the program will:

  1. Become successful practitioners in mechanical engineering.
  2. Apply their liberal arts background to business and society.
  3. Continue to develop intellectually.
  4. Acclimate to the business environment.

The 11 generic indicators of achievement listed under Department of Engineering student outcomes apply specifically to mechanical engineering graduates, as a measure of the program’s effectiveness in meeting its stated objectives.

In addition to fulfilling the degree requirements listed in the HCLAS section of this Bulletin, the following courses must be successfully completed. WSC 1 or placement examination* and WSC 2; 3 hours in literature, literature in translation or comparative literature (chosen from distribution courses designated LT); 3 hours in behavioral social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated BH); 3 hours in history, philosophy, religion in social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated HP), and 6 more hours in humanities or social sciences. Students transferring in with previous social science/humanities credits may use them in place of distribution requirements in the same category as the transferred credits.

Course selection is made in conference and with the approval of a faculty adviser.

Courses


Suggested Four-Year Sequence - Total Hours: 134


Reflecting the fact that not all students can and do adhere to a four year time frame for degree completion, the sequence below shows a possible alignment of courses within that compass.

First Year


Second Year


1st Semester - Total Hours: 17


2nd Semester - Total Hours: 18


Third Year


1st Semester - Total Hours: 18


2nd Semester - Total Hours: 17


Fourth Year


1st Semester - Total Hours: 16


2nd Semester - Total Hours: 16


Footnotes


* If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, 3 semester hours in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with adviser’s approval.

** With adviser’s approval.

† Mechanical engineering majors will choose four technical electives from the following list of courses: ENGG 32A, 35, 36, 116, 119, 129, 130, 131, 132, 134, 136, 138, 140, 143E, 145, 146, 174, 179. Course selection made with approval of adviser.

Cumulative Average


A cumulative average of C or better is required in the courses below, while a cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses.

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