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Undergraduate Course 2 Program

Introduction to Course 2

Our traditional undergraduate degree program provides a broad intellectual foundation in the field of mechanical engineering. It develops the relevant engineering fundamentals, provides several experiences in their application, and introduces the important methods and techniques of engineering practice.

Students are urged to contact the ME Undergraduate Office (Rm. 1-110, x3-2305) as soon as they have decided to enter mechanical engineering so that a faculty advisor may be assigned. Students, together with their faculty advisors, plan a program that best utilizes the departmental electives and the 48 units of unrestricted electives available in the Course 2 degree program. This program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET,, as a mechanical engineering degree.

Course 2 Objectives

The educational objectives of the program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering are that within a few years of graduation, a majority of our graduates will have completed or be progressing through top graduate programs; advancing in leadership tracks in industry, non-profit organizations, or the public sector; or pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. In these roles they will:

  1. Apply a deep working knowledge of technical fundamentals in areas related to mechanical, electromechanical, and thermal systems to address needs of the customer and society;
  2. Develop innovative technologies and find solutions to engineering problems.
  3. Communicate effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams;
  4. Be sensitive to professional and societal contexts and committed to ethical action;
  5. Lead in the conception, design, and implementation of new products, processes, services, and systems.

These objectives have been developed over a period of 150 years by the faculty and students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of MIT, with input from other constituents, in an attempt to comply with the mission of MIT as an institution. That mission, as stated in the current edition of the MIT Bulletin is:

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

Student Outcomes

Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply fundamental principles of mechanical engineering.

Demonstrated ability to apply mathematics and science to an engineering problem.

Demonstrated ability to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.

Demonstrated ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written reports.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through public speaking.

Demonstrated ability to communicate using visual media.

Students will be aware of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to specify standard manufacturing and fabrication techniques.

Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to implement computer and simulation tools in mechanical engineering practice.

Students will recognize the need for and the ability to engage in life long learning.

Students will have an understanding of ethical and professional responsibility.

548 Total Undergraduate Enrollment for the 2013 - 2014 Year
265 Enrollment for Course 2 Majors
56% Percent Increase in 2 Enrollment in Past 4 Years