Core Courses

The mechanical engineering core courses constitute the “meat” of the mechanical engineering program.  You will acquire knowledge in the core classes that practitioners of mechanical engineering require to do their jobs.

You have already completed courses such as calculus, physics, and chemistry that will enable you to understand the material in these courses.  The mechanical engineering core curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate students exposure to each of the four major areas in the field:

  • Design and Optimization
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Thermal Fluids
  • Dynamic Systems

Mechanical Engineering Core Courses (38 Credits):

  • ME 270- Sophomore Design
  • EE 442/448- Circuits/Motors
  • ME 332- Thermodynamics II *
  • ME 345- Dynamics
  • ME 324L- Manufacturing Lab
  • ME 370- Instrumentation *
  • ME 335- Fluids *
  • ME 325- Mechanical Design *
  • ME 324- Manufacturing *
  • ME 421- Controls *
  • ME 436- Heat Transfer
  • ME 415, 466, or 442- Capstone Design

* Core GPA and Enrollment Rule
In order to enroll in these Mechanical Engineering Core Courses, you must complete the Mechanical Engineering Foundations group of courses with a GPA of 2.00 or better.

A minimum of a 2.00 GPA in the Core courses is required.

To learn more about the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum and Courses, please visit the Iowa State University Course Catalog.