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Welcome to the ME Undergraduate Advising page!

The goal of this page is to help you understand the advising and course registration process. It also contains the ME Program Course Flowchart and points you to the correct office or person for advising and further assistance.


Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students

All incoming freshman and transfer students must meet with one of the college advisors in the Engineering Student Services (ESS).

Engineering Student Services
Office: ENC 1302
Phone: (813) 974-2684

ESS Advisor role: Advise incoming freshman and transfer students (i.e., pre-department advisors)

  • Lab and facility tours for prospective students
  • Assist pre-engineering and general engineering students with course selection
  • Review transcripts
  • Help students complete ME Department Application

* Effective Fall 2014 the minimum admission requirements for students entering the Department of Mechanical Engineering are (1) a 2.0 overall GPA, and (2) a 3.0 GPA in Calculus I, Calculus II, and General Physics I based on best attempts.


Active ME Department Students

Students accepted into the ME Department should meet with Dr. Hess, the ME Department Undergraduate Program Advisor, with any questions (ENC 2205,

ME Advisor role:  Advise current ME students

  • Assist students with course selection and planning
  • Review student graduation application

The ME Program Course Flowchart shows all courses required for the BSME degree. Solid lines indicate course prerequisite and dashed lines indicate course co-requisite.  The BSME degree also requires students to take four technical elective courses. Students should regularly plan and monitor their academic progress through DegreeWorks, the official USF degree audit system.

ME student course registration process:

  • ME students register themselves for all courses, including EML prefix courses, on OASIS
  • If an error message appears during registration for an EML course, you must submit a Permit Request Form to Dr. Hess for approval
  • Instructor signature is also required for a closed course or pre/co-requisite error messages. The instructor signature should be included on the same Permit Request Form that Dr. Hess signs off on.
  • Permits are issued by ME Office Staff within 24 hours. A permit lifts a course restriction allowing the student to register themselves for the course in OASIS.
  • If your registration in OASIS is stalled due to a hold you must get that hold removed before proceeding on with the registration process. Some examples of holds are parking citations, immunization or medical insurance forms, and library fines. ME staff will not be able to lift these holds. Please contact the appropriate department that placed the hold on your account.

Course Availability


Core Classes
Course Code Course Title Fall Spring Summer
EML 3022
Computer Aided Design
This course is intended for developing graphics design concepts in undergraduate students. Learning engineering drawing fundamentals, design views, design and analysis of mechanical engineering power transmission components using computer aided software.
EML 3035
Programming Concepts
PR: MAC 2281, PHY 2048
Solution of engineering and science problems using programming language such as Visual Basic or Maple. Topics include fundamentals of programming, controlling program flow and arrays. Restricted to majors; not repeatable for credit.
EML 3041
Computational Methods
PR: MAP 2302, EML 3035, EML 3500, EGN 3343
Techniques to solving engineering problems using numerical methods. Topics include roots of equations, matrix algebra, simultaneous linear equations, numerical integration and differentiation, and curve fitting.
EML 3262
Kinematics/Dynamics of Machinery
PR: EGN 3321, EML 3022, EML 3500, EGN 3343
Kinematics of machines and mechanisms; position, velocity, and acceleration analysis of mechanisms; cams; gear trains; inertia forces in mechanisms; flywheels; balancing of rotating masses.
EML 3303
Mechanical Engineering Lab I
PR: EGN 3443
CR: EML 3701, EML 3500
Engineering laboratory measurements. Use of the library and the writing of technical reports. Experiments in the measurement of temperature, pressure, fluid flow, psychometrics, concentration, viscosity. Mass-energy balances of simple systems.
EML 3500
Mechanics of Solids
PR: EGN 3311
Stress and deflection analysis of machine parts, variable loads, endurance limits, fasteners, bearings, power transmission, code consideration of pressure and vacuum vessels, elements of design.
EML 3701
Fluid Systems
PR: EGN 3343, EGN 3321, EML 3500
Principles of fluid flow; piping and duct systems; fluid machinery; metering of compressible and incompressible flow; boundary layer theory; dimensional analysis; introduction to aerodynamics.
EML 4106C
Thermal Systems and Economics
PR: EGN 3343, EML 3500
Power and refrigeration cycles; fuels and combustion; internal combustion engine cycles; cogeneration; nuclear energy; methods of economic analysis.
EML 4123
Heat Transfer
PR: EML 3701, EML 3041
Conduction, convection and radiant heat transfer; thermal properties of materials; role of fluid flow in convective heat transfer; design and selection of heat exchangers.
EML 4220
PR: EML 3262, EML 3041
Natural frequency, damping and resonance in single degree-of-freedom systems. Vibration isolation and absorption. Lagrange's equations. Multi-degree of freedom systems. Introduction to vibration of continuous systems and predictive maintenance.
EML 4302
Mechanical Engineering Lab II
PR: EML 3303
Continuation of EML 3303 with emphasis on material and energy balances, stress analysis and vibrations. The Team-Project-Time Approach.
EML 4312
Mechanical Controls
PR: EGN 3321, EGN 3373, EML 3041
Introduces the concept of dynamic systems. Modeling of dynamic systems. Laplace Transforms. Transfer Functions. Block Diagrams. Characteristic equation. Time response of first and second order systems. Stability of dynamic systems. Routh stability criterion. Frequency response of dynamic systems. Polar plots and Bode plots. Introduction to state space model.
EML 4325
Mechanical Manufacturing Processes
PR: EGN 3365, EGN 3343, EML 3500
Description of mechanical material cutting, forming and fabrication methods, as used in modern industrial manufacturing processes.
EML 4501
Machine Design
PR: EML 3500, EML 3022, EML3262
Designed to teach students to apply the principles of engineering mechanics, materials and manufacturing to the design/analysis of machine elements and mechanical systems. Emphasis is given toward good design practice as well as pitfalls that can result in a catastrophic failure.
EML 4551
Capstone Design
PR: EML 4501, EML 4106C, EML 3701
Comprehensive design or feasibility project requiring application of previously acquired engineering knowledge; use of ANSYS, CAD AND Pro/E.
Technical Electives
Course Code Course Title Fall Spring Summer
BCH 3023
Introductory Biochemistry
PR: CHM 2211 and BSC 2010
Introduction to the chemistry and intermediary metabolism of biologically important substances.
BME 4332
Cell and Tissue Engineering
PR: EGN 3343 & either EGN 3365 or EMA 4003
Engineering principles and molecular cell biology are applied to develop a fundamental understanding of property-function relationships in cells and tissues and exploit them in the rational design of tissue replacements.
BME 4440
Introduction to Bioastronautics
PR: CHM 2045 and PHY 2049
This course will discuss the space environment, impacts of microgravity on human physiology, countermeasures, human factors in spacesuit and spacecraft design, astronaut training, life support systems, mission planning, and private space flight.
CES 3102
Structures I
PR: EGN 3331
Analysis of simple structural systems, both determinate and indeterminate. Moment area theorems; influence lines; introduction to steel design.
EAS 4121
Hydro and Aerodynamics
PR: EML 3701, MAP 2302
Advanced fluid dynamics, ideal and viscous flows, applications to flow around immersed bodies.
ECH 3702
Instrument Systems I
PR: MAP 2302 or EGN 3433, EGN 3343 and ECH 3023C or CI
Basic concepts of electric circuits and their applications. Resistors, capacitors, inductors, logic operations, junction devices. Programmable Logic controllers, ladder diagrams.
ECH 4931
Modern Biomedical Technology
PR: Admitted to ME Department
Biomedical technologies broadly refers to applications of state of the art engineering practices and emerging technologies to medicine and biomedical systems. These technological advances are the key to many recent breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare. Just a few examples are nano-chips enabling fast diagnostics of critical diseases, lasers for medical applications, remote robotic surgery, ultra-high resolution monitoring of biological objects, and the emerging field of personalized medicine advocating customized healthcare based on the patients' genetic profiles.
EGN 3375
Electromechanical Systems
PR: EGN 3373 with a minimum grade of B
Analysis of electromechanical device performance: transformers, transducers, DC motors and generators, AC motors and alternators.
EGN 3615
Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications
Presents basic economic models used to evaluate engineering activities and an understanding of the social and ethical implications of financial decisions in a multicultural environment through lectures, case studies and current readings.
EGN 4366
Materials Engineering II
PR: EGN 3365
Applications and structure property relationships of commonly used engineering materials. Steel, nonferrous alloys and their welding, heat treatment and processing. Introduction to ceramic and polymeric materials.
EIN 4601C
Automation and Robotics
PR: EIN 4621
Introduction to the practices and concepts of automation as applied to material handling, inventory storage, material transfer, industrial processes and quality control.
EML 4141
Thermal Management of Electronic Systems
PR: EML 4123
Introduction to principles of thermal management for controlling heat dissipation in electronics systems. Passive & active thermal management techniques for electronic systems & components are considered with regard to fundamental heat transfer modes.
EML 4230
Intro to Composite Materials
PR: EML 3500 and EML 3041
The course introduces manufacturing types and applications of advanced composites. Students study micromechanical and macromechanical behavior of a lamina and analyze and design a laminated structure made of advanced composite materials.
EML 4310
CR: EML 4312
To introduce students to microcontroller technology, and to provide them with an understanding of the concepts and principles used to interface input and output devices to microcontrollers, program microcontrollers, and to develop applications.
EML 4326
Advanced Materials Processing
PR: EML 3500, EML 4325
Advanced materials processing focuses on the fundamental principles of solidification, deformation, additive and subtractive processes. Integrated process modeling will lead to optimized performance through processing-structure-property relationships.
EML 4419
PR: EML 3701, EML 3500 or CI
Introduction to the design of propulsion systems. Basic analysis of internal combustion, jet and rocket engines. Application to ground and air transportation. Advanced propulsion concepts. Special topics for class discussion.
EML 4421
Internal Combustion Engines
PR: EGN 3343, EML 3500
This course is for the application of thermodynamics, chemistry, dynamics of machinery, electronics and fluid mechanics. Topics covered are: introduction of engines, fuels and combustion, numerical modeling, ignition, fuel systems, balance of reciprocating mechanisms and emission control of exhaust pollutants.
EML 4450
Alternative and Renewable Energy
PR: EML 3500, EGN 3343
An overview of energy conversion for electrical power generation and transportation, both conventional and sustainable. The course is aimed at mechanical engineering seniors and includes hands-on design projects.
EML 4503
Sustainable Design and Materials
PR: EML 4501
This course integrates sustainability into the design of engineered products. Topics include materials selection and function performance; design for the 4 R's: reduce, reuse, remanufacture, and recycle; end-of-life concerns; and product life cycle assessment (LCA) methods.
EML 4552
Senior Mechanical Design
PR: EML 4501
Comprehensive design or feasibility study project. In some cases may be a continuation of EML 4551.
Senior Mechanical Design Contract
EML 4575
Principles of Fracture Mechanics
PR: EML 3500 & MAC 2311/MAC 2281, EGN 3343
Introduction of failure and fracture of linear and nonlinear engineering materials, as well as designing against fracture in modern materials.
EML 4593
PR: EML 3041; EML 4312
Course covers the theory and implementation of haptic interfaces and rendering, teleoperation, modeling, control and stability of feedback for robotic systems and virtual environments, and the related human haptic sensing capabilities.
EML 4601
A/C Design
PR: EGN 3343, EML 3500
Application of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow to sizing of HVAC systems. Heating and cooling calculations, air requirements, equipment sizing. Energy Code requirements. Design project.
EML 4702
Fluid Dynamics II
PR: EML 3343, EGN 3321, EML 3701
The Fluid Dynamics II course is a senior level technical elective for Mechanical Engineering students. The goal of the course is to develop an advanced understanding of fluid dynamics applied to mechanical engineering as well as to other related fields.
EML 4703
Mechanics of Compressible Fluids
PR: EML 3701, EGN 3343
Introduction to kinetic theory of gases. Compressible flow equations. Isentropic flow. Flow with friction and heat transfer. Compression and expansion in supersonic flow: normal and oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansions.
EML 4905
Undergraduate Independent Study
Specialized independent study determined by the students' needs and interests. This course can also provide credit to students for internships, research, and professional society projects. Must enroll in 3 credit hours.

Independent Study Contract
EML 4930
Applied FEA
PR: EML 3701, EML 3500
EML 4930
Robotic Systems
PR: EML 3262, EML 4501
Overview of existing industrial and specialized robot types and operation; vision systems; tactile sensors; ranging and proximity techniques; actuation/transmission methods; power sources; autonomous vehicle mobility and navigation methods; and artificial intelligence.
ENV 4001
Environmental Systems Engineering
CR: EGN 3353
An introduction to various aspects of environmental problems faced by today's society. Topics covered are: air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, solid waste management, ionizing radiation, disease transmission, and food protection.
ESI 4244
Design of Experiments
PR: EGN 3443
Activity forecasting models and control. Design and use of inventory control models, both designs applicable to engineering analyses. Analysis of variance and regression.
MCB 3020C
General Microbiology
PR: BSC 2010, BSC 2010L, BSC 2011, BSC 2011L, and CHM 2210 and MAC 1105 or higher-level MAC course or STA 2023. CP: PCB 3023 or PCB 3043 or PCB 3063 or PCB 3712
Structure and function of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotic microbes. Laboratory includes media preparation and culturing, staining and enumeration techniques. Lecture and Laboratory. PCB 3063 is recommended.
OSE 4601
Optical Product Technology
PR: EML 3500, EGN 3343
Overview of the operating principles, design, and mechanical construction of a broad range of optically-based products. The course is aimed at mechanical engineering seniors and includes hands-on design projects.
PHY 3101
Modern Physics
PR: PHY 2049, MAC 2283 or MAC 2313
Special relativity. Interaction of radiation with matter. Particle wave duality. Atomic and x-ray spectra and Bohr model of atom. Schrodinger wave equation. Introduction to solid state physics.

Students wishing to take a Technical Elective not listed above, must obtain approval from the Undergraduate Coordinator prior to enrolling in the course.


Transfer Course Substitutions


Any admitted ME student wanting to take a Department Core Course or Technical Elective at another State of Florida Public Institution must submit a Transient Student Admission Application online for review and approval prior to taking the course.

Students that plan to take a course out-of-state or at a private institution, must submit an Outgoing Transient Student Form to the Undergraduate Coordinator for review and approval prior to taking the course.

For more information, please click here.


Accelerated Graduate Program (BSME-MSME/MME)


The ME department offers an Accelerated Graduate Program that combines the BSME and MSME/MME degrees. Visit the Graduate Student Resources webpage or see Dr. Delcie Durham, the ME Department Graduate Program Advisor, for more information (ENC 2209,

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