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The curriculum has been designed to first educate students in calculus and differential equations, physics and chemistry, the basic elements of a strong foundation in all engineering education. Students then are educated in the engineering fundamentals, Newtonian mechanics, strength of materials, computer usage, materials, and electric circuits. The core concepts of a mechanical engineering curriculum are then taught through courses in both the energy stem and the structures/motion stem. At the same time, students take laboratory courses, computer courses and other associated courses that broaden their education. Finally, in the senior year, students take their final design experience and elective courses that will help them meet their individual career objectives. Throughout the five years, students take the necessary courses to fulfill the humanities and social sciences requirements of the college. Students who enter the program with significant advanced standing are encouraged to take courses that may lead to a minor in mathematics or in another academic program. Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to modern technology and are required and encour-aged to use the computer as a tool to solve problems and communicate effectively with others.

The faculty of the mechanical engineering program has spent significant time and effort to ensure that students are exposed to engineering design. At the beginning of the process, projects are of limited scope. As the students progress in technical competence, they are engaged in more challenging design projects.

Students are required to work on design projects in both the energy stem and the structures/motion stem of the curriculum. The design experience for mechanical engineering students starts in the sixth quarter. Both the courses Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, and Fluid Mechanics, have design as part of their requirement. In each subsequent quarter, students are challenged by design projects.

Co-op also plays an integral part in exposing students to real-world design experience. As a part of most students’ co-op experience, they are also exposed to design projects.

The final experience for students in the mechanical engineering program is the Design Clinic. This two semester sequence serves as the "capstone" experience. In the first half of the first semester, students are instructed in the design process, communications, ethics, originality, and other design needs. Guest speakers are used to reinforce topics. In the second half of the first semester and second semester, students work on industrial projects. They are assigned a company monitor and a faculty mentor who help them through the design process.