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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mechanical Engineering, BS 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: 131

Candidates for graduation with the BS degree in mechanical engineering must fulfill the following requirements:

1. The Successful Completion of 131 Semester Hours

The successful completion of 131 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 68 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts, with at least 48 of these semester hours taken outside of engineering.

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.

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. Transfer credit will only count toward the major for engineering courses completed with a minimum grade of C-.

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.

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 001  or placement examination* and WSC 002 ; 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. (See Distribution Courses .)

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


Suggested Four-Year Sequence - Total Hours: 131

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

  1st Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 015 , 010   3 3
ENGG 016   - 3
WSC 001 , 002   3 3
MATH 071 , 072   4 4
PHYS 011A , 011B   5 -
PHYS 012A   - 4
Total 15 17

Second Year

  1st Sem. 2nd. Sem.
CHEM 003A 003B   - 4
ENGG 025 , 026   3 3
ENGG 030 , 100   6 -
ENGG 028 , 112   - 5
MATH 073 , 131   4 3
Literature or literature in translation  ** - 3
Social science or humanities  ** 3 -
Total 16 18


Third Year

  1st Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 130 , 150    4 3
ENGG 027    3 -
ENGG 113 , 115    3 3
ENGG 160A , 163   1 1
ENGG 141 , 142   3 3
Social science or humanities  ** 3  -
Technical elective † - 6
Total  17 16

Fourth Year

  1st Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 143D    3  -
ENGG 169 , 170    1  1
ENGG 110    -  3
ENGG 114 , 139    6  -
TPP 112  or ENGG 019  or PHI 014  or PHI 090    -  3
Social science or humanities  **  3  3
Technical elective †  3  6
Total  16  16



* 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 five technical electives from the following list of courses: ENGG 032A , 035,  036,  106 , 116 , 119 , 129 , 131 , 132 , 134 , 136 138 , 140 , 143E 143F , 145 , 146 159 , 174 , 179 , 182 , 185 . Course selection made with approval of adviser.

Concentration Option: Aerospace Engineering

The Concentration in Aerospace Engineering is aimed at educating mechanical engineering students in the performance and design of aerospace systems.

Students majoring in Mechanical Engineering are eligible to register for this concentration.

Concentration Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 12

To satisfy the requirements of the aerospace concentration, four technical electives within this program must be satisfied from the following list of courses:

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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