Montana State University

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

http://www.coe.montana.edu/mie/

The mission of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department is to serve the State of Montana, the region, and the nation by providing outstanding leadership and contributions in knowledge discovery, student learning, innovation and entrepreneurship, and service to community and profession. Our vision is to be a leader in discovery, learning, innovation, and service through focus on core competencies, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and investment in the Departmental community. The Department is particularly focused on excellence in the following thrust areas: design and manufacture; energy systems; materials and structures; measurement systems; and systems modeling.

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department provides undergraduate programs leading to BS degrees in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The Department provides graduate programs leading to the MS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The Department also participates in an inter-disciplinary doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. degree with options in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering mechanics. Further information on all of these programs may be found at http://www.coe.montana.edu/mie

Curricula in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Grade Policies

The Montana Board of Regents grade policy requires C- or higher marks in all courses required for a degree. (This policy affects students who entered or were readmitted to the system starting in Fall, 2005.) Students who enrolled prior to Fall, 2005, and have not had a break in attendance of one year or more, are exempt from the Board of Regents C- policy. The complete policy is presented in the on-line catalog under Academic Policies - Courses, Credits, and Grades - Minimum Competency Requirements.

Prerequisite Policy

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department enforces prerequisites. A prerequisite course is one which must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in the follow-on course. By Board of Regents policy, in order for a course to serve as a prerequisite, a grade of "C-" or higher must be earned. M&IE students who earn below a "C-" in a course will be instructed to repeat the course during its next offering. They will also be instructed to drop any follow-on course that is affected by the unsatisfactory prerequisite grade.

D- Grade

For students exempt from the Board of Regents C- policy requirements, D+, D, and D- grades must be addressed. The M&IE Department does not consider D- to be a passing grade. A course in which a D- grade is earned must be repeated, and a grade of D or higher earned, for it to apply to degree requirements. By M&IE Department policy, in order for a course to serve as a prerequisite, a grade of D or higher must be earned. M&IE students who earn below a D in a course will be instructed to repeat the course during its next offering. They will also be instructed to drop any follow-on course that is affected by the unsatisfactory grade. It is important to note that students exempt from the BOR policy are, however, required to earn C- or higher grades in all Core 2.0 courses.




INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

The mission of the undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering (IE) is to produce graduates well grounded in both classical and current industrial engineering knowledge and skills consistent with the land-grant mission of MSU. Graduates will be prepared to be productive citizens and contributors to the economic well-being of employers. The IE undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410)347-7700. The educational objectives for the IE program follow.

Industrial Engineering graduates will:

  1. Utilize industrial engineering tools and knowledged in their chosen career paths;
  2. Employ effective communication;
  3. Work in multidisciplinary professional teams;
  4. Engage in life-long learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
  5. Contribute to industry and society, including involvement in professional and other service activities;
  6. Design, manage, improve, and integrate systems across a broad range of organizations; and
  7. Participate in ethical leadership in design and operational activities that contribute to their organization and community.

The undergraduate curriculum in Industrial Engineering (IE) includes mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering sciences, design, and communication courses distributed over a four-year period. An important feature of the program is to teach students to foster the ability to comprehend, define, and analyze problems; synthesize alternatives; and rationally choose appropriate solutions. This requires a broad technical education that motivates life-long learning to keep pace with technological and social changes.

Industrial Engineering is a broad engineering discipline. Since IEs are employed in every facet of American business and industry, they are usually "people-oriented problem solvers" who enjoy diversity in their assignments and careers. For example, IE alumni include plant managers, manufacturing engineers, teachers, hospital administrators, consultants, quality assurance managers and engineers, technical sales engineers, production supervisors, and department heads. Today IEs are active in all kinds of manufacturing, as well as in service operations such as hospitals, banks, airlines, transportation and distribution companies, retailers, utilities, and local, state, and federal governments.

IEs are qualified for this wide variety of careers because their education is unique. First of all they are people-oriented, but they are also technically trained. IEs take the standard core of engineering courses, including two years of calculus, to provide a background for understanding production, fabrication, assembly processes, etc., required to design systems for business and industry. All engineering curricula require graduates to meet accreditation standards in mathematics, basic science, engineering science, engineering design, as well as in humanities and social sciences. However, IEs are more knowledgeable of management functions in companies than are other engineering majors. A technically trained, management-oriented man or woman who can solve problems by working with people--that's an IE graduate.

The IE is an "integrator" of resources, people, material, and equipment. This is accomplished by "designing systems" so that the right people with the proper mix of skills, combined with the right quantities of equipment and materials, are available at the right time to produce a product or provide a service at a cost that will allow a profit to be made. Since these professionals frequently work on problem solving teams, the ability to communicate, coordinate, and work with others is essential. Because IEs design systems for producing products, specifying processes, or providing services, their expertise is applicable to many businesses and industries. Frequently, they become supervisors and managers of the same systems they design.

Today much is written about "re-engineering companies." IE graduates are uniquely qualified to analyze a company's customer needs, relate those to products or services, and examine the flow of materials, processes, documentation, information, etc., that result in "re-engineering" the company to compete more effectively. World class companies must have "systems" that consistently provide on-time delivery of defect-free products (or services) that delight the customers--and for a competitive price that allows the company to make a reasonable profit. Industrial Engineers are actively involved in designing these systems, integrating the resources required to make them function, and quite often managing them.

Graduate Program

Students who have graduated from a four-year degree program which has sharpened their mathematical and communication skills will greatly benefit by completing the Master of Science degree in Industrial & Management Engineering or the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with Industrial Engineering option. Emphases in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Service Engineering, Quality Management, and Systems Analysis and Modeling are available. Flexible guidelines permit broadening or customizing to meet career objectives. Further details may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements

No further requirements apply in order to advance in the Industrial Engineering program.

Freshman Year F S
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I   4
Take one of the following:
    CLS 101US--College Seminar   3  
    COM 110US--Public Communication   3  
WRIT 101W--College Writing I*     3
EIND 101--Intro to Industrial Engineering     1
EIND 142--Intro to Systems Engineering      2
M 171Q--Calculus I      4
M 172Q--Calculus II     4
EMEC 103--CAE I - Engr Graphics Communication 2  
PHSX 220--Physics I 4
University Core Elective 3 3
16 17
Sophomore Year F S
CSCI 111--Programming with Java I       4
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties    3  
EGEN 201--Engineering Mechanics-Statics     3
EGEN 205--Mechanics of Materials   3
EIND 313--Work Design & Analysis      3
ETME 215 --Manufacturing Processes   3
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus     4
M 221--Linear Algebra    3
PHSX 222--Physics II      4
University Core Elective     3  
17 16
Junior Year F S
EGEN 310--Intro to Engineering Design   3
EGEN 325--Engineering Economic Analysis     3
EIND 300--Engineering Management & Ethics 3
EIND 354--Engineering Probability & Statistics I    3
EIND 364--Principles of Operations Research I     3
EIND 371--Intro to Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
EIND 410--Interaction Design   2
EIND 413--Ergonomics & Human Factors Eng 3  
Take one of the following:
    EIND 455--DOE for Engineers 3
    EIND 457--Regression Multivariate Analysis for Eng 3
EIND 464--Principles of Operations Research II 3
Industrial Engineering Cognate Elective** 3
15 17
Senior Year F S
EIND 422--Intro to Simulation    3
EIND 434--Project & Engineering Management     3
EIND 442--Facility/Material Handling Systems Design 3
EIND 458--Production & Engineering Management 3
EIND 499R --Capstone: Industrial Engineering Design 3
EIND 477--Quality Assurance     3
EGEN 488--Fundamentals of Engineering Exam 0
Engineering Core Elective     3  
Industrial Engineering Cognate Electives** 3 3
University Core Elective   3
15 15

*Students exempt from MSU writing requirement may substitute WRIT 221.

**See IE Cognate Policy for details.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.


MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The specific mission of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering (ME) program is to prepare students for successful mechanical engineering careers, responsible citizenship, and continued intellectual growth. The goal of the program is to produce graduates strong in fundamentals, applications, design, communication, and professional responsibility. The ME undergraduate program is Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410)347-7700. The educational objectives for the ME program follow.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will:

  1. Undertake professional careers;
  2. Solve problems using engineering skills and methods;
  3. Regularly communicate using modern tools;
  4. Work productively in a team environment;
  5. Acquire new knowledge and skills.

The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program is principally oriented toward career preparation, providing students with the engineering and technical education appropriate to the challenges presented by today's technologically complex and difficult problems. The coursework in mechanical engineering provides four years of study in mathematics, basic sciences, university core subjects, and engineering topics. The overall curriculum provides an integrated educational experience directed toward the development of an ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in mechanical engineering.

The profession of mechanical engineering is very broad, with practitioners employed in most areas of technological and industrial management endeavor. Examples of industrial employers which require mechanical engineering background are: process industries including pulp and paper, steel, aluminum, food, petroleum, chemicals and others; manufacturing industries including highway vehicles, instruments, airplanes, rockets and engines, toys, agricultural machinery, and many others; power plants including steam, nuclear, and hydroelectric plants; federal laboratories performing a wide variety of defense and non-defense related engineering design, analysis, and experimental work; and a wide variety of consulting work including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system design, and forensic engineering. This brief sample gives a view of the wide spectrum of employment possibilities in mechanical engineering. It is the mechanical engineer's responsibility and challenge to conceive, plan, design, and perform analysis and testing related to devices, machines, and systems used by or manufactured by the employer. This work may include liaison with other engineers, engineering technologists, technicians, outside vendors, and departments within the company. Areas of responsibility following design and prototype testing may include direction of a manufacturing line.

It should be evident that career opportunities abound within this very wide array of employers and engineering activities. The job market for engineers often follows the nation's economy in general. In spite of these natural fluctuations, however, it is expected that our nation will always depend on uses of technology for creating an improved standard of living and a more efficient industrial base to maintain and enhance international competitiveness. Therefore, we can expect that mechanical engineering graduates will have excellent employment opportunities.

Course requirements include mathematics, basic sciences (physics and chemistry), engineering design; arts, diversity, humanities and social sciences; and at least one year of engineering science. The program also includes engineering graphics, statistics, computer application, solid mechanics, materials science, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, electronics, and design of structural, mechanical, and energy systems. Computing and computer applications are stressed throughout the curriculum. The program culminates with a capstone design experience in which the student is involved in a team that must create a solution to a real-world engineering design problem, and develop a working prototype. Often times these teams are multidisciplinary.

Graduate Program

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or closely related discipline may take graduate work leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Mechanics options typical. Advanced degrees are necessary for university teaching and are increasingly important in industry, particularly in the areas of new product development and research. Further details may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements

No further requirements apply in order to advance in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Freshman Year F S
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
    CLS 101US--College Seminar   3  
    COM 110US--Public Communication   3  
WRIT 101W--College Writing I     3
M 171Q--Calculus I     4
M 172Q--Calculus II     4
EMEC 100--Intro to Mech Engr     1
EMEC 103 CAE I - Engr Graphics Communication 2
PHSX 220-- Physics I     4
University Core Electives     6 3
16 18
Sophomore Year F S
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties    3
EGEN 201--Engineering Mechanics-Statics    3
EGEN 202--Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics     3
EGEN 205--Mechanics of Materials     3
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus     4
M 274--Intro to Differential Equations     4
EMEC 203--CAE II - ME Computation     2
EMAT 252--Material Struct and Prop Lab     1
ETME 215--Manufacturing Processes     3
ETME 217--Manufacturing Processes Lab-ME     1
PHSX 222--Physics II 4
EELE 250--Circuits,Devices,& Motors     4
17 18
Junior Year F S
EGEN 335--Fluid Mechanics     3
EMEC 303--CAE III - Systems Analysis 3
EMEC 320--Thermodynamics I     3
EMEC 321--Thermodynamics II     3
EMEC 326--Fundamentals of Heat Transfer     3
EMEC 341--Adv Mechanics of Materials     3
EMEC 342--Mech Component Design     3
EMEC 360--Measurement & Instrument     3
EMEC 361--Measurement Lab     1
EGEN 310R--Multidisc Engineering Design 3
EGEN 350--Applied Engr Data Analysis 2
14 16
Senior Year F S
EMEC 489R--Capstone:Mech Engr Design I     2  
EMEC 499R--Capstone:Mech Engr Design II      3
EMEC 425--Advanced Thermal Systems   3
EMEC 445--Mechanical Vibrations     3
EGEN 488--Fund of Engineering Exam 0
Professional Electives     6 6
Professional Elective:
     EMEC 403 or EMEC 405   3-4
University Core Electives     3
14 15

Students cannot enroll in any course without successfully completing prerequisites and the co requisite requirements to those prerequisite courses.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.



MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is to prepare students for successful Mechanical Engineering Technology careers, responsible citizenship, and continued professional growth. The MET program seeks to produce graduates with a good foundation in engineering fundamentals as well as one strong in applications, design, problem recognition and resolution, project management, communication, and professional and ethical responsibility. The MET undergraduate program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410)347-7700. The educational objectives of the MET program follow.

Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates employed in the field will:

  1. Undertake professional careers in engineering technology;
  2. Employ effective communication;
  3. Work effectively in multidisciplinary professional teams;
  4. Engage in life-long learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
  5. Contribute to industry and society, through service activities and/or professional organization;
  6. Engage in professional problem-solving activities using applied methods;
  7. Fulfill their responsibilities ethically; and
  8. Advance in the profession.

The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed with an applications-oriented structure. Many of the technical science courses have an accompanying laboratory component providing hands-on activities, as well as emphasizing measurement, data collection and analysis, documentation, and written/oral report preparation/presentation. The program aims to develop core competencies in engineering fundamentals (statics, strengths of materials, materials science, fluid dynamics, and electrical circuits), manufacturing applications (manufacturing processes, machining, welding, design for manufacturing and tooling, and quality assurance), mechanical design (computer-aided design, mechanisms, machine design, fluid power technology, measurement and test, etc.), and thermal sciences(thermodynamics, heat transfer, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Extensive course work in the physical sciences and Mathematics is included. Technical elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. Courses in the humanities and social sciences are also included. The overall curriculum is designed to provide the student with an ability to apply scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities.

Mechanical engineering technology (MET) is concerned with the application of scientific and engineering knowledge in support of engineering activities. Specifically, the mechanical engineering technologist provides the professional services needed in transforming the results of scientific endeavors into useful products and services. Students who choose a career in mechanical engineering technology may pursue any number of career paths including, but not limited to: machine and product design, product and system evaluation, research laboratory experimental support, prototype evaluation, plant operation and management, quality assurance, technical sales, manufacturing methods improvement, HVAC systems design and installation, project management, and energy exploration. The mechanical engineering technologist's mission is to make necessary analysis and plans to convert design drawings into finished products in the most efficient and safe manner. He or she is the professional who produces design drawings and sets up and operates manufacturing equipment, handles inspections, analyzes production problems, and manages the implementation of improvement activities and/or projects. The demand for the engineering technologist in general, and mechanical engineering technologists in particular, has been strong for the past several years, and average starting salaries are very competitive. Indications are that this trend will continue. MSU Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are actively recruited, and many of our alumni hold positions of considerable responsibility in industry and government.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements

No further requirements apply in order to advance in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program

Freshman Year F S
CHMY 121IN-Intro to General Chemistry 4
Take one of the following:
    CLS 101US--College Seminar   3
    COM 110US--Public Communication   3
    US 101US--First Year Seminar   3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I     3
M 165Q--Calculus for Technology I 3
M 166Q--Calculus for Technology II 3
EMEC 103--CAE I - Engineering Graphics Comm     2
ETME 100--Intro to Mech Engr Tech     1
PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
University Core Electives     6 3
17 15
Sophomore Year F S
Business Elective* 3
EMAT 251--Materials Structures and Properties 3
EGEN 203--Applied Mechanics 3
EGEN 208--Applied Strength of Materials 3
ETME 215--Manufacturing Processes     3
EGEN 324--Applied Thermodynamics     3
ETME 202--MET Computer Application      1
ETME 203--Mechanical Design Graphics      3
EMAT 252--Materials Structure and Prop Lab     1
ETME 216--Manufact Process Lab MET     1
EELE 250--Circuits,Devices,Motors     4
PHSX 207--College Physics II 4
15 17
Junior Year F S
EGEN 331--Applied Mechanics of Fluids     3
EGEN 310R--Multidisc Engineering Design     3
EGEN 350--Applied Engr Data Analysis  2
ETME 360--Measurement & Instrum Apps    3
ETME 303--CAE Tools in Mech Design     3
ETME 310--Machining/Industrial Safety     3
ETME 321--Applied Heat Transfer     3
ETME 311--Welding Processes     3
ETME 340--Mechanisms     4
ETME 341--Machine Design     4
15 16
Senior Year F S
EGEN 325--Engineering Economic Analysis     3
ETME 415--Design for Manufact & Tooling 3
ETME 422--Principles of HVAC I     3
ETME 400--MET Senior Seminar 1
ETME 489--Capstone:MET Design I     2
ETME 499R--Capstone:MET Design II     3
ETME 424--Thermal Processes Lab     1
EGEN 488--Fund of Engineering Exam 0
Professional Electives* 6 6
University Core Electives     3
15 16

*From approved elective list.
A minimum of 126 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


AEROSPACE MINOR

Montana State University, Bozeman offers a minor (minor for which there is no major) in aerospace called the Aerospace Minor. This minor provides a suite of courses from a wide variety of disciplines which are relevant to aerospace. The minor requires a minimum of 28 credits. Required courses comprise 16 credits in four (4) specified courses, which are common to Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Industrial Engineering at MSU Bozeman. An additional required course, EMEC 368, Introduction to Aerospace is the cornerstone, foundational course for the Aerospace Minor. An additional 9 elective credits (minimum of three courses) are required from a specified list which comprises the Aerospace Elective Courses. This minor is a useful complement to majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program with topics in aerospace. The required courses are carefully selected to ensure that students seeking the Aerospace Minor at MSU have the requisite math and science background to engage in specific applications to aerospace. The Aerospace Elective Courses were developed to provide students with the minimum background of specific topics applicable to aerospace. These are Materials and Structures (needed for development of aerospace systems; structures, hardware, sensors, system packages, etc.), Thermo/Fluids (needed for an understanding of aeronautical systems, momentum equations relevant to propulsion systems, environmental needs, etc.), and Focused Topics (a series of focused and advanced topics applicable to aerospace. These courses include design, dynamics and control, Computer Aided Design (CAD), space science, etc.) The Certifying Officer for the Aerospace Minor is the current MSU Lysle A. Wood Distinguished Professor, and students with questions are encouraged to seek him/her out by contacting the MSU Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department.

Required Courses or acceptable substitute* for Aerospace Minor courses listed below
M 171Q Calculus I
M 172Q Calculus II
PHSX 220 General & Modern Physics I
PHSX 222 General & Modern Physics II
EMEC 368 Introduction to Aerospace

Aerospace Minor Courses
Materials and Structures 3-4 credits
Thermo/Fluids 3-4 credits
Focused Topics 3-4 credits
Total Credits: 9-12 credits

*Acceptable substitute is defined as meeting the pre-requisites for the specific course in Aerospace Minor courses listed below, or as allowed by the instructor as an acceptable pre-requisite for the given Aerospace Minor course.

The MSU Aerospace Minor = 19 required credits + 9 minimum elective credits = 28 minimum course credits for the Aerospace Minor; In some cases, this may be accomplished within the maximum 128 credits for certain B.S. degrees at MSU (with the Aerospace Minor inclusive). Students who have less than 19 course credits will fill the additional minimum 28 course credits with approved Aerospace Minor elective course credits. (Specifically, MET or CET majors will need two additional directed elective credits to satisfy the 28 credit minimum.)

Aerospace Minor Courses

Materials & Structures (Students must take at least one of the following):
EMAT 350 Engineering Materials; specialty materials engineering courses
EMAT 463 Composite Materials; advanced materials, very important to aerospace structures
EMEC 405 Finite Element Analysis; basic analysis technique for aerospace systems
EMEC 444 Mechanical Behavior of Materials; advanced structural materials in class
EMEC 447 Aircraft Structures; unique MSU course developed in conjunction with practicing aerospace engineers
PHSX 442 Novel Materials; specialty materials course

Thermo/Fluids (Students must take at least one of the following):
ECHM 424 Transport Analysis, combined mass, momentum, and heat transfer phenomena
EGEN 324 Applied Thermodynamics; engineering thermodynamics
EGEN 335 Fluid Mechanics; fluid mechanics, applicable to aerospace and momentum equations related to aerospace systems
EGEN 435 Fluid Dynamics; steady and unsteady flow; computer applications
EMEC 321 Thermodynamics II; engineering thermodynamics
EMEC 326 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer; heat transfer in mechanical and electrical aerospace systems
EMEC 436 Dynamics of Fluids; fluid mechanics with topics applicable to aerospace
ETME 422 Principles of HVAC I; applicable to aerospace systems environmental control
ETME 430 Fluid Power Systems Design; applicable to aerospace mechanical control systems

Focused Topics (Students must take at least one of the following):
EELE 308 Signals & Systems Analysis; analysis of system data
EELE 321 Introduction to Feedback Controls
EELE 422 Introduction to Modern Control; additional controls course
EELE 465 Microcontroller Applications; control of aerospace systems with microcomputers
EELE 482 Electro-Optical Systems; advanced aerospace sensor systems
EGEN 310R Multi-disc Engineering Design; design process of aerospace structures and systems
EIND 422 Introduction to Simulation; modeling methodologies, data sampling and analysis
EMEC 403 CAE IV - Design Integration ; advanced CAD principles
EMEC 467 MEMS; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
ETME 410 CNC & CAM Technology; computer aided manufacturing for aerospace systems
ETME 415 Design for Manufacturing & Tooling; tooling for aerospace manufacturing and structures
PHSX 337 Laser Applications; aerospace instrumentation, guidance and control
PHSX 427 Advanced Optics; aerospace optical systems
PHSX 435 Astrophysics; basic problems in astrophysics

Notes: The following constraints will be imposed on Aerospace Minor Courses:

IF A COURSE (or redundant equivalent) IS A SPECIFICALLY REQUIRED COURSE FOR THE STUDENT'S MAJOR DEGREE PROGAM, IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN AEROSPACE MINOR ELECTIVE.

Additional Clarification: Elective courses in a student's major degree program are not considered as required courses and can, therefore, be used as Aerospace Minor electives. Pre-requisites for courses will be enforced.

An appeal to include additional classes for the Aerospace Minor can be made if the student/instructor can make a cogent argument as to how the course is relevant to aerospace.

All academic policies relevant to MSU are in effect for the Aerospace minor; in particular, all courses used to fulfill the minor must have a grade of C- or better.


MATERIALS MINOR

Montana State University, Bozeman, offers a non-teaching minor in Materials Science & Engineering called the Minor in Materials. This minor provides courses from a variety of disciplines which are relevant to synergies of science and engineering in polymer, metallic, ceramic, hybrid, and composite materials for both structural and functional application. The minor requires a minimum of 32 credits comprised of 14 credits of required coursework (or equivalent) followed by 18 credits of elective coursework. EMAT 350: Engineering Materials is the cornerstone, foundational course for the Minor in Materials and is a required core class.

Students seeking the Minor in Materials must satisfy the core and additional course requirements, 32 credits total, as outlined below:

Required Pre-requisite Courses (credits not counted towards minor):
M 171Q Calculus I
M 172Q Calculus II
PHSX 220 General & Modern Physics I
PHSX 222 General & Modern Physics II
CHMY 141 College Chemistry I

Required Courses (or equivalent courses as approved by the certifying officer):
EMAT 251 Introduction to Materials Science
EMAT 252 Material Structures and Properties Lab
EMAT 350 Engineering Materials
EMEC 320 Thermodynamics
ETME 215 Manufacturing Processes
ETME 217 Manufacturing Processes Lab-ME

These pre-requisite courses and required courses represent the core fundamentals of materials science and engineering which are applicable to students in the College of Engineering in addition to Physics and Chemistry.  Students pursuing a BS in Engineering or the Physical Sciences will have to take 18 additional course credits (6 courses) out of the list below to obtain a Minor in Materials which may also serve as electives in the student's major.  Other courses may also be approved by the certifying officer with a written request detailing the merit of the course. 

Additional Courses (no more than 3 courses may be taken from a single rubric ):
CHMY 371 Quantum Chemistry - Part I
CHMY 373 Thermo & Kinetics - Part 2
CHMY 401 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
ECHM 424 Transport Analysis
ECHM 452 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
EMAT 460 Polymeric Materials
EMAT 463 Composite Materials
EMAT 552 Advanced Ceramics
EMAT 553 Advanced Composite Materials
EMEC 565 Smart Structures
EMEC 444 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
EMEC 465 Bio-Inspired Engineering
EMEC 467 Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
PHSX 441* Solid State Physics
PHSX 442 Novel Materials for Physics & Engineering

*course pre-requisites not included in the lists above do not count towards the 18 credits

 


MECHATRONICS MINOR (non-teaching)

The College of Engineering offers a non-teaching minor in Mechatronics. The field of Mechatronics combines the principles of mechanical engineering with the principles of electronic instrumentation and computerized control. Mechatronics exploits the synergy of mechanical and electrical engineering to design unique and innovative electromechanical products, machines, robots, tools, and manufacturing processes.

The minor requires a minimum of 37 credits in specified subject areas: computer science, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering (see table below).

Credits CpE major EE major ME major
CSCI 111--Programming with Java I     4
CSCI 112--Programming with C I     3 √*
EGEN 201--Engineering Mechanics-Statics     3 √*
EGEN 202--Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics     3 √* √*
EGEN 205--Mechanics of Materials     3 √* √*
EMEC 103--CAE I - Engr Graphics Comm 2 √* √*
EMEC 320--Thermodynamics I     3 √* √*
EMEC 326--Fundamentals of Heat Transfer     3 √* √*
EELE 261--Introductions to Logic Circuits     3
EELE 262--Intro to Logic Circuits Lab     1
EELE 321--Introduction to Feedback Controls     4 √* √*
EELE 371--Microprocessers Hardware & Software Systems     4 √*
Total for Minor (minimum) 36 21 17 19
Total for the BS degree with Minor (minimum) 140 134 139

¹A √ indicates additional courses required for the minor that are not required for the major.
* Course may also satisfy a professional elective in the major.

Students must receive a grade of "C-" or better in all required courses for the Mechatronics minor.



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Updated: February 15, 2013