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Technical MEM Minors

Minor in Aerospace Engineering

The minor in aerospace engineering provides a foundation for students who intend to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. This minor will also provide sufficient technical background in aerospace studies for undergraduates who plan to enter graduate programs in this field. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credits from the following course selection:

Required Courses:

  • ME 255 Introduction to Aerospace Eng. (3)
  • MECH 326 Aerodynamics (3)
  • MECH 328 Fundamentals of Aircraft Design (3)

Elective Courses:

  • ME 309 Composite Materials (3)
  • ME 322 Gas Dynamics (3)
  • ME 331 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)
  • ME 333 Propulsion Systems (3)
  • ME 343 Control Systems (3)
  • ME 348 ComputerAided Design (3)
  • MECH 305 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)
  • MECH 312 Finite Element Analysis (3)

Minor in Energy Engineering

The minor in energy engineering touches upon the technologies associated with the transformation and use of energy in various forms. Since every sector of engineering and the economy require energies of one form or another, the courses included in this minor program will permit student exposure to fossil, nuclear and renewable energy technologies. The mechanical engineering curriculum provides the fundamental knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and other related areas leading up to the courses for the energy engineering minor. The courses offer a wide variety of topics including fundamental, analytical and design aspects of energy conservation as well as various forms of energy used in power generation, transportation and industry. The minor in energy engineering requires a minimum of 15 credits, which must be taken from MEM offerings. The minor in energy is primarily intended for ME Majors but students with other majors, particularly Chemical engineering will be able to take some or all the related courses. Four courses are required with some degree of choice and an additional course must be selected from a broader set.

Required Course:

  • ME 304 Thermodynamics II (3)

Elective Energy Courses: (Choose at least three courses of the four listed below.)

  • ME 360 Nuclear Energy (3)
  • ME 362 Nuclear Fusion and Radiation Protection (3)
  • ME 364 Renewable Energy (3)
  • ME 366 Engineering Principles of Clean Coal Technology (3)

Additional Electives:

  • ChE 373 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3)
  • ChE/ME 376 Energy: Issues and Technology (3)
  • ME 322 Gas Dynamics (3)
  • ME 331 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)
  • ME 343 Control System (3) OR other Energy related 300 level courses with the approval of the ME Dept. Chair.

A complete list of technical minors in the various engineering disciplines is available here.  It is also common for students in the Mechanical Engineering Department to broaden their knowledge with the pursuit of minors in other disciplines through the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Economics.