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The first part of the paper provides an overview of the current state of higher education in mechanical engineering-related undergraduate degree programs in the United States by examining the number, types, and availability of these programs in different states in the United States. The second part of the paper provides a summary of the examination of the curricular structure and requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (BSME) degree programs in the United States. For ease of comparison, only sample curricula from 201 public universities on semester systems are considered. A total number of 125 BSME degree programs are selected for the present study. In particular, the total number of units requirement as well as the curricular component of the degree requirements in mathematics and science, major core requirements, technical electives, and general education are examined. This paper also addresses how each BSME program designs and implements its curriculum to prepare students in either mechanical or thermal systems. This paper is also intended to discuss how each program incorporates first-year experience, hands-on laboratory experience, and capstone design experience in the curriculum. In summary, a map of higher education in mechanical engineering-related programs is provided in the first part of this paper, while the latter part will be helpful for educators to learn of the current mechanical engineering curriculum trends in the United States.
Ngo, C. C., & Oh, S. J. (2020, June), Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Education in the United States Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34964
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