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
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:
- Become successful practitioners in mechanical engineering.
- Apply their liberal arts background to business and society.
- Continue to develop intellectually.
- 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.
* 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.