2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]
Mechanical Engineering, BS Major in
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
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-.
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.
* 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 , 148 , 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:
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.