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PhD Minor Requirements

A student in Ph.D. Program is required to take a coherent sequence of three graduate level courses in a minor area (i.e., different from the major area), and obtain a grade of B or better in each of the courses. The student must select the minor field before taking the qualifying exam after consultation with his/her research advisor. If the student chooses the minor in Mechanical Engineering, the following list shows pre-approved courses for each of three areas.

If the student chooses a minor area outside the Mechanical Engineering (such as Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering) or wish to take a different set of courses in the Mechanical Engineering, he/she must submit a list of five coherent courses from the proposed minor field with an explanation to the Graduate Program Director and must obtain the approval.

The minor field and courses must be declared prior to taking PhD qualifying exam.

Minor In Mechanical Engineering, first choose of one of fields

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science

Pre-Approved courses: Follow the requirement for each area

Solid Mechanics

Required courses

MEC 536 – Mechanics of Solids

MEC 541 – Elasticity

Take one course from below

MEC 539 – Introduction to Finite Element Method

MEC 543 – Plasticity

MEC 552 – Mechanics of Composite Materials

MEC 556 – Introduction to Engineering Mechanics of Composites

MEC 641 – Fracture Mechanics

Design and Manufacturing

Take any three courses from below

MEC 500 – Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Systems

MEC 510 – Object-Oriented Programming for Scientists and Engineers

MEC 525 – Product Design Concept

MEC 529 – Introduction to Robotics: Theory and Applications

MEC 532 – Vibration and Control

MEC 567 – Kinematic Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms

MEC 568 – Advanced Dynamics

MEC 572 – Geometric Modeling for CAD, CAM          

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Take any three courses from below

MEC 501 – Convective Heat Transfer and Heat Exchange

MEC 502 – Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer

MEC 512 – Mechanics of Viscous Fluids

MEC 518 – Energy Harvesting

MEC 521 – Thermodynamics

MEC 523  – Internal Combustion Engines

MEC 526 – Modern Power Cycle Energy Dynamics and Technology

MEC 537 – Combustion Research Laboratory