Apr 13, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.E.

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The Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is designed to prepare the student for immediate entry into the mechanical engineering profession or graduate study toward advanced degrees. Engineering design is a major emphasis of the curriculum, and students work on various aspects of design projects throughout, culminating in a comprehensive capstone design project.


The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

The mechanical engineering undergraduate program has established the following program educational objectives that are consistent with the University’s mission and the department’s program outcomes. During the first 3-5 years after graduation, mechanical engineering students will:

  1. Demonstrate competency and leadership in professional engineering activities such as industry-based work, research and development, and experimental studies;
  2. Advance in their professional careers and pursue continuous learning in areas relevant to their long-term goals;
  3. Be contributing productively to cross-functional teams, communicating effectively, and demonstrating professional and ethical responsibility.

These program educational objectives are accomplished through the major requirements, the core curriculum, design competition experiences, internships, research opportunities, professional society involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Student Outcomes

The mechanical engineering undergraduate program has established the following student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

General Requirements

All Mechanical Engineering students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) in the following lower-division courses: ENGR 160 , ENGR 200 , PHYS 1100 , MATH 131 , MATH 132 , MATH 234 , MATH 246 MECH 212 , MECH 213 , as these contain foundational and fundamental material necessary to succeed in upper-division mechanical engineering courses.

Transfer Requirements

Students who are currently enrolled in another major at LMU, but are interested in changing their major to MECH must complete CHEM 111 , CHEM 114 ; ENGR 200 ; MATH 131 , MATH 132 ; and PHYS 1100  with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course before being considered. Final approval of the transfer request resides with the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Major Requirements

Upper Division Requirements:

University Core Requirements for Mechanical Engineering Majors

Mechanical Engineering majors are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours as defined in the “Core Curriculum for Students in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.” The proper sequence of the University Core courses should be discussed with the student’s advisor. There are a few important notes specific to Mechanical Engineering majors:

CIVL 395 Engineering Economics and Decision Theory  fulfills the Understanding Human Behavior core area of the Explorations requirement and is applied toward the 30-semester hour minimum. Note that no additional courses from the Explorations Core requirement are required and that taking additional courses from the Explorations Core areas might not help fulfill overall core requirements.

The Mechanical Engineering Curriculum listed below assumes that at least 6 of the core area requirements will be fulfilled by courses that are 4 semester hours. Combined with the 3 semester hours from CIVL 395 , this 4-year plan most efficiently satisfies the core requirements.

All required Flagged Courses are fulfilled by the Mechanical Engineering major requirements. Therefore, these flags do not need to be considered when selecting core courses.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Freshman Year

Total: 14-15 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 17-18 semester hours

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Total: 18 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 19 semester hours

Junior Year

Total: 15 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15 semester hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 18 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 16 semester hours

Total Required: 133 semester hours

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