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2021-2022 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, BS

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Contact Information

Dr. Pierre Larochelle
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Civil Mechanical Building Room 129
(605) 394-2401
E-mail: Pierre.Larochelle@sdsmt.edu
Web: http://www.sdsmt.edu/me


Professors Abata, Kouris, Larochelle, and Muci-Kuchler; Associate Professors Ash, Birrenkott, Romkes, Shahbazi, and Xing; Assistant Professors Bruno, Diwakar, Fekrmandi, Lande, and Thalakkottor; Lecturers Lalley, McKeon and Rederth; and Instructor Knudson. Professors Emeritus Buck, Dolan, Gnirk, Kalanovic, Kjerengtroen, Krause, and Langerman.


Program Assistant 1 Moore, Secretary Brzozowski, Laboratory Coordinator Lalley, and Machinist (Equipment Technician) Tseptsura


Mechanical Engineering (BS) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Information on program objectives and student learning outcomes can be found on our Accreditation and Assessment webpage.

ME Flowchart  

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum/Checklist

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 18

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

130 credits required for graduation

Curriculum Notes

Many courses are prerequisites for other courses and their sequencing is important. Consult with your faculty advisor whenever there is a deviation from the above schedule.

1 Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

2 ENGL 101, ENGL 279, and 289 are recommended courses to fulfill the General Education requirements. Other courses may be used to satisfy the General Education Requirements. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements and discuss their course selections with their advisor.

3 PHYS 211  and PHYS 213  are variable (3 or 4) credit courses. The BS-ME degree program requires 3 credits of PHYS 211 and 3 credits of PHYS 213.

4 Preferably, all ME 300 level and lower courses would have be completed before starting senior design. Nevertheless, you may enroll in ME 477   if you are missing one ME 300 level course: Thermal Science (ME 312 ME 313 ME 331 ), Mechanics (ME 316 ME 322 ), and Controls (ME 351/351L ME 352 ). The senior design sequence is offered in the Fall/Spring sequence only so plan accordingly.

5 ME 4XX Mechanical Engineering Electives are 400 level courses with the ME prefix other than ME 477, ME 481L, ME 479, and ME 482L. Elective #1 must include a co-requisite lab for a total of 4 credits (3cr lecture/1cr lab or 4cr lecture/0cr lab). Elective #4 may be substituted by any of the following:

  • 3 credit hours of CO-OP  upon approved of the Department CO-OP Coordinator and academic advisor; OR
  • 3 credit hours of ME 5XX/6XX for students on the accelerated graduate path, OR
  • 3 credit hours of ROTC upon commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army, OR
  • 3 credit hours of a Technical Elective (any 3XX/4XX engineering, math, or science course), subject to approval of the academic advisor and the department head, OR
  • 3 credit hours of EPICS (1 credit of GE 283 GE 483 STS 283 , or STS 483  and 2 credits of GE 284  ,GE 484 STS 284 , or STS 484 ) upon approval of the academic advisor.

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