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2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Mechanical Engineering, BS

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Mechanical engineering is a highly progressive and dynamic field contributing to all areas of modern technology. Machines; mechanisms; vehicles for land, sea, and space; electromechanical devices; new materials; medical equipment; and electronic chip manufacturing are some examples of the multifaceted work of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers provide their services to industry, government, research, and academic institutions in various capacities, including design, manufacturing, research and development, process engineering, project management, marketing, sales, quality control, testing, and customer service.

Widener’s mechanical engineering program is designed to stimulate creative and analytical thinking and to provide exposure to real-world, practical aspects of the profession; it prepares graduates for employment and advanced graduate study.

Program Educational Objectives

Mechanical engineering graduates will demonstrate the following career and professional characteristics and accomplishments a few years after graduation:

  • Successfully practice in the field of mechanical engineering or related fields, assume increasing levels of responsibility, and adhere to high ethical standards
  • Communicate effectively with others and exhibit teamwork
  • Grow both personally and professionally by embracing lifelong learning in their careers
  • Engage in service to the profession and community as contributing citizens

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:

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

8. an ability to apply multivariable calculus and differential equations

9. an ability to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes, and have the ability to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems areas

Curriculum Sequence


Fall (16.5 Credits)

Spring (15.5 Credits)




Spring (15 Credits)

Total Credits: 130

*Students may take ENGR 113 - Computer-Aided Engineering Design  in lieu of ENGR 114 .

**Mech. engineering design electives: ME 462 - Design of Mechanical Systems , ME 464 - Design of Fluid-Thermal Systems .

Mech. engineering technical electives: ME 470 - Future Energy Systems ENGR 474 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis ; ME 477 - Introduction to Composite Materials ; ENGR 499 - Independent Study  and RE 302 - Mechanics of Robotic Systems . Other courses are possible with approval of the academic advisor and consent of the instructor. 

†A student who wishes to take a graduate course must have a cumulative GPA and a cumulative Tech GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must get the approval of their academic advisor.

††Students may substitute PHIL 352 - Business Ethics  (W).

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.

Dual Degrees with Mechanical Engineering

Students interested in a dual degree with Biomedical Engineering, BS , Electrical Engineering, BS , or Physics, BS  should contact the chair of the mechanical engineering department or the dean’s office for details about the curriculum. Students wishing to pursue a dual degree must get written permission from both departments.

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