BSE Degree Planning

Requirements

The general requirements and departmental requirements for a BSE with the mechnical engineering major requires the completion of 34 courses that comprise:

The freshman year course sequence represents the Pratt Common First Year—enabling all students to fully explore their options before choosing a major. These courses lay the foundation for advanced engineering courses by establishing and reinforcing the principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, writing and computation. Core courses for the ME major start in the second year.

Below you will find degree check sheets and a typical course sequence that outlines the degree requirements by semester. 

Degree Check Sheet to Track Your Progress

Use the downloadable check sheet and curriculum flow chart to help with course planning and progress towards your degree. One regular course has 2.5 lecture hours per week (3 x 50 min. or 2 x 75 min.). Laboratory courses have one two-hour laboratory or recitation time scheduled per week. Each semester has 13 weeks of class, half a week of reading period, and one week of final exams.

Typical Course Sequence

This plan outlines a student's typical path to graduation by semester. Courses in the table are required unless noted otherwise. This table also identifies pre-requisites and co-requisites. Shifting courses to different semester should be done with caution and preplanning. Work closely with your adviser.

Freshman Year Courses

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
Calculus I MATH 111L(31) Calculus II MATH 112L(32)
Chemistry CHEM 101DL(21L) Physics PHYS 151L(61L )
Writing 101(20) or HSS elective (1) Writing 101(20) or HSS elective (1)
EGR 103L(53L) Computational Methods EGR 121L(20L) Engineering Innovation (either semester)
EGR 90L(10) (optional) 1/2 cr.  

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Courses

Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
EGR 201L(75L) EGR 244L(123L)
PHYS 152L(62L) EGR 224L(119L)
MATH 212(103) MATH 216(107)
Elective (1) ME 221L(83L) Structure and Properties of Solids or Elective (1)
Junior Fall Junior Spring
ME 344L(125L) Control of Dynamic Systems ME 336L(126L) Fluid Mechanics
ME 331L(101L) Thermodynamics Elective (1)
MATH 353(108) Natural Science elective (3)
ME 221L(83L) Structure and Properties of Solids or Elective (1) ME 321L(131L) Structure and Properties of Solids
Elective (1) Elective (1)
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ME 421L(141L) Mechanical Design ME 424L(160L) Mechanical Systems Design
ME 431L(150L) Heat and Mass Transfer Mechanical Engineering Elective (2)
Mechanical Engineering Elective (2) Elective (1)
Elective (1) Elective (1)

1. Part of a program of approved electives planned with the student's faculty advisor to suit individual interests and abilities. Five of these nine electives must be selected to meet the humanities and social sciences requirements of the Pratt School of Engineering. Also, three of the nine electives must be 100 level or higher, with the exception that engineering courses below the 100 level taken during the freshman or sophomore years may substitute for two of these 100-level electives. ROTC courses cannot be counted toward the 100-level requirement.

2. Restricted to 100-level or higher.

3. A list of disallowed natural science courses is maintained in the dean's office for the class of 2012, 2013 and for the class of 2014 and beyond.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad programs, whether during the academic year as shown in the table below, or through summer immersion programs. Review programs at the Duke Global Education for Undergraduates website. There are several programs available where students can take engineering courses in foreign language as well as general education courses.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Courses

Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
EGR 201L(75L) EGR 244L(123L)
PHYS 151L(62L) EGR 331L(101L)
MATH 212(103) MATH 216(107)
Elective ME 221L (83L)
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Abroad

EGR 224L (119L)

Abroad ME 336L(126L) Fluid Mechanics
Abroad ME 321L(131L) Analysis for Design
Abroad  MATH 353(108)
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ME 421L(141L) Mechanical Design ME 424(160L) Mechanical Systems Design
ME 431L(150L) Heat and Mass Transfer Mechanical Engineering Elective (2)
ME 344L(125L) Control of Dynamic Systems Elective (1)
Mechanical Engineering Elective (2) Elective (1)
Elective (1) Natural Science Elective