Mechanical Engineering, B.S.E.

Admissions

Entrance Requirements

Admission requirements and processes for freshman, transfer students, and former students seeking readmission are managed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.00 scale to enter the College of Engineering and Computing.  In addition, transfer applicants for the Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering majors must also have completed a four semester-hour calculus course equivalent to MATH 141 with a grade of “C” or better.  

Current University of South Carolina students who wish to enter the College of Engineering and Computing, and former students seeking readmission, must have an institutional GPA of 2.50 or better on at least 15 hours earned at USC.   In addition, such applicants for the Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering majors must also have completed a four semester-hour calculus course equivalent to MATH 141 with a grade of “C” or better.  

Degree Requirements (125 hours)

See College of Engineering and Computing for progression requirements and special academic opportunities.

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 34-46
2. College Requirements 0
3. Program Requirements 48
4. Major Requirements 43

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (34-46 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (8 hours)

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

Select from the following:

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

Select from the following:

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)

Select from the following:

1

Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours for this program must add up to a minimum of 34 hours.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (48 hours)

Supporting Courses (42 hours)

Course Title Credits
Foundational Courses
CSCE 106Scientific Applications Programming3
MATH 241Vector Calculus3
MATH 242Elementary Differential Equations3
Select Math/Science Electives6
Select two courses from: BIOL 110 or BIOL 301 and above, CHEM 112 or higher, MATH 300 or higher, PHYS 212 or higher, STAT 506 or higher course.
Lower Division Engineering
EMCH 101Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
or ENCP 101 Introduction to Engineering
EMCH 111Introduction to Computer-Aided Design3
or ENCP 102 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
EMCH 200Statics (must be passed with a grade of C or higher)3
or ENCP 200 Statics
EMCH 201Introduction to Applied Numerical Methods3
or ENCP 201 Introduction to Applied Numerical Methods
EMCH 260Solid Mechanics3
or ENCP 260 Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids
EMCH 290Thermodynamics3
or ENCP 290 Thermodynamic Fundamentals
ELCT 220Electrical Engineering for Non-Majors3
or ELCT 221 Circuits
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select six hours of the following:6
Introduction to Finite Element Stress Analysis
Automotive System Fundamentals
Special Problems
Design of Thermal Systems
Any EMCH course numbered 500 or higher
Total Credit Hours42

Elective (6 hours)

 Any course taken at the University or transferred in as a University course that does not essentially duplicate a course otherwise applied to the degree. A list of such courses that cannot be used as a free elective is maintained in the department office. Courses that cannot be used includes:

Course Title Credits
ENCP 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENCP 102Introduction to Computer-Aided Design3
ENCP 200Statics3
ENCP 201Introduction to Applied Numerical Methods3
ENCP 210Dynamics3
ENCP 260Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids3
ENCP 290Thermodynamic Fundamentals3
ENCP 330Introduction to Vibrations3
ENCP 360Fluid Mechanics3
ENCP 491Capstone Design Project I3
ENCP 492Capstone Design Project II3
ECHE 101Introduction to Chemical Engineering2
ECHE 310Introductory Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
ECHE 320Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics3
ECHE 321Heat-Flow Analysis3
ECIV 101Introduction to Civil Engineering3
ECIV 111Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization3
ECIV 200Statics3
ECIV 201Computational Methods for Civil Engineering3
ECIV 210Dynamics3
ECIV 220Mechanics of Solids3
ECIV 360Fluid Mechanics3
BMEN 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering1
ELCT 101Electrical and Electronics Engineering1

4. Major Requirements (43 hours)

Course Title Credits
EMCH 310Dynamics3
or ENCP 210 Dynamics
EMCH 332Kinematics3
EMCH 354Heat Transfer3
EMCH 360Fluid Mechanics3
or ENCP 360 Fluid Mechanics
EMCH 361Laboratory I3
EMCH 362Laboratory II3
EMCH 367Controls3
EMCH 368Mechatronics4
EMCH 371Materials3
EMCH 377Manufacturing3
EMCH 380Project Management3
EMCH 427Design I3
EMCH 428Design II3
Mechanical Design elective:
EMCH 327Machine Design3
or EMCH 394 Applied Thermodynamics
Total Credit Hours43

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.E.