Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) Degree

The program leading to the BSME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Learning Outcomes (Student Outcomes) for the BSME Degree

Upon completing the BSME degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Educational Objectives for the BSME Degree

Within 3-5 years of graduation, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree alumni from Rice will be exceptional engineers who are:

  1. Successful and on track to become leaders in the global workforce, and/or
  2. Students in top-rated post-graduate programs. 

Requirements for the BSME Degree

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BSME degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 36 courses (94 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 132 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 21 courses (57 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 

The BSME degree prepares students for the professional practice of engineering. The degree program's goals and objectives are available on the departmental website. Lists of representative undergraduate courses and the usual order in which they are taken are available from the department.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Mechanical Engineering 94
Total Credit Hours Required for the BSME Degree132

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Basic Math and Science Courses (Required Pre-Requisites)
CHEM 121
CHEM 123
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
4
CHEM 122
CHEM 124
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
MATH 211ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND LINEAR ALGEBRA3
MATH 212MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS3
MSNE 301MATERIALS SCIENCE3
PHYS 101
PHYS 103
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
and MECHANICS DISCUSSION
4
PHYS 102
PHYS 104
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
and ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM DISCUSSION
4
Computational and Applied Mathematics
CAAM 210INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING COMPUTATION3
CAAM 335MATRIX ANALYSIS3
CAAM 336DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3
Senior Design 1
MECH 407CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT I4
MECH 408CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT II3
Laboratory Courses
MECH 331JUNIOR LABORATORY I1
MECH 332JUNIOR LABORATORY II1
MECH 340INDUSTRIAL PROCESS LAB1
MECH 431SENIOR LABORATORY I1
Mechanical Engineering
MECH 200CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS3
MECH 211 / CEVE 211ENGINEERING MECHANICS3
MECH 311 / CEVE 311MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES3
MECH 343MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS4
MECH 371FLUID MECHANICS I3
MECH 401MECHANICAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS3
MECH 412VIBRATIONS3
MECH 420 / ELEC 436FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS3
MECH 472THERMAL SYSTEMS DESIGN3
MECH 481HEAT TRANSFER3
Elective Requirements
Limited Electives
Select 1 from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Technical Electives 2
Group A
Select 2 from the following:6
ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS
ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION
DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS
INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS
MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
Group B
Select an additional course from Group A or 1 course at the 300-level or above from School of Engineering departmental course offering, including any ENGI course offerings.3
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Mechanical Engineering 94
University Graduation Requirements *38
Total Credit Hours132

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the BSME Degree 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the BSME degree should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Mechanical Engineering website: https://mech.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BSME Degree

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Fifth-Year MME Degree Option for Rice Undergraduates    

Rice undergraduate students have the option to earn the Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) degree by adding an additional year after completing their bachelor's degree. Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply to the graduate program during their junior or senior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may complete part of the course requirements for the MME program during their senior year. A plan of study based on their particular focus area will need to be approved by the program director and the MME advisor. 

As part of this option and opportunity, Rice undergraduate students:

  • must complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree and the MME degree independently of each other (i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware of the financial aid implications, if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours). 

For additional information, please see the Mechanical Engineering website: https://mech.rice.edu/