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Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the regular Mechanical Engineering program, options in Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics, and Thermofluids are also available.

Students enter Mechanical Engineering in a common second-year program known as Mech 2. Mech 2 begins the week before the normal start of Term 1 classes at UBC. Attendance during the first week is mandatory. Due to the early start date, students planning to live on campus in UBC Housing are required to apply for early arrival. Visit the Mech 2 for information and instructions.

Students transferring into Mech 2 from other faculties or schools should consult Mech 2 for information regarding prerequisite courses and transfer credits. In particular, students missing MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 152, one of (a) PHYS 153 or (b) all of PHYS 157, PHYS 158, PHYS 159, or PHYS 170 should arrange to complete these courses as soon as possible, before entering Mech 2.

Students admitted to Mechanical Engineering are required to satisfy the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement for First-Year English prior to starting Mech 2. Students who need to meet the requirement by examination must provide proof of satisfactory examination results to the Department no later than August 1st. Any student who fails to do so will not be permitted to start Mech 2 that year and will forfeit his/her seat in Mech 2 until a subsequent year in which he/she is able to meet the LPI requirement by the above deadline.

In undergraduate MECH courses where at least 50% of the final grade is assigned to examinations, students may only pass the course if they achieve a weighted average examination grade of at least 50%. The "examination grade" includes scores from the final examination, midterms, and other tests done individually in a classroom setting. This policy applies unless it is explicitly waived by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Note: A student's degree requirements are initially defined by the program that was in effect the year that the student entered Mech 2. For students that transfer into the department in third year, their degree requirements will be initially defined by the program that was in effect during the Winter Session of their first course registration in the department. Some students will not take courses in the order below, depending on their Co-op schedule. Please refer to the Department website for recommended course sequences.

Mechanical Engineering

Second Year
MATH 253 3
MATH 255 3
MECH 2201 4
MECH 221 12
MECH 222 6
MECH 223 7
MECH 224 1
MECH 225 1
MECH 226 or MECH 2272 3 or 5
Total Credits 40 or 42
Third Year
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 326 3
MECH 327 3
MECH 328 3
MECH 358 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 368 3
MECH 375 3
MECH 380 3
MECH 392 2
Total Credits 36
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
ELEC 344 3
MECH 329 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 457 or APSC 4963 6
MECH 463 4
MECH 466 4
Technical electives4 9
Complementary Studies electives5 6
Total Credits 40
1 Taken prior to Term 1 of second year.
2 MECH 227 is taken in the summer after Second Year.
3 Department approval required for APSC 496
4 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
5 See Complementary Studies Courses.

Biomedical Engineering Option

The Biomedical Option in Mechanical Engineering allows students interested in biomedical engineering, biomechanics and related topics to have a course and project concentration in these areas.

Students will be admitted to the option at the end of second year by permission of the program director, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in biomedical engineering. Enrolment in this option is limited.

To complete this option, students will modify the standard Mechanical Engineering third- and fourth-year programs.

Note: Some students will not take courses in the order below, depending on their Co-op schedule. Please refer to the Department website for recommended course sequences.

Mechanical Engineering Biomedical Option

Third Year
BMEG 410 3
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 326 3
MECH 328 3
MECH 358 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 368 3
MECH 375 3
MECH 380 3
MECH 463 4
Total Credits 38
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
BMEG 456 3
ELEC 344 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 439 1
MECH 459 or APSC 496 1 6
MECH 466 4
MTRL 495 3
Technical electives2 9
Complementary Studies electives3 6
Total Credits 40
1 Department approval required for APSC 496.
2 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
3 See Complementary Studies Courses.

Mechatronics Option

The Mechatronics Option in Mechanical Engineering allows students interested in mechanical systems integrated with embedded electronics, sensors, actuators, and related systems to have a course and project concentration in these areas.

Second-year students will take the same courses as regular mechanical engineering students.

Students will be admitted to the option at the end of first year by permission of the program director, based on a demonstrated interest in mechanical engineering and electronic design, and the grade point average obtained in the first year of engineering.

To complete this option, students will modify the standard Mechanical Engineering third- and fourth-year programs.

Note: Some students will not take courses in the order below, depending on their Co-op schedule. Please refer to the Department website for recommended course sequences.

Third Year
CPEN 312 3
CPEN 333 3
CPSC 259 4
ELEC 302 3
ELEC 343 3
MECH 306 4
MECH 325 4
MECH 328 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 366 3
MECH 463 4
Complementary Studies electives2 3
Total Credits 40
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
MECH 375 3
MECH 392 2
MECH 420 3
MECH 421 3
MECH 422 or MECH 423 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 458 6
MECH 467 4
Technical electives1 6
Complementary Studies electives2 3
Total Credits 38
1 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
2 See Complementary Studies Courses.

Thermofluids Option

The Thermofluids Option in Mechanical Engineering allows students interested in aircraft, naval architecture, engines, and related systems to have a course and project concentration in these areas.

Students will be admitted to the option at the end of second year by permission of the program director, based on a demonstrated interest in engineering thermofluids.

Students can continue into the Thermofluids Option in the Master of Engineering degree program if they have a strong interest in a particular area of thermofluids and are eligible for graduate studies.

To complete this option, students will modify the standard Mechanical Engineering third- and fourth-year programs.

Mechanical Engineering Thermofluids Option

Third Year
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 327 3
MECH 328 3
MECH 358 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 375 3
MECH 380 3
MECH 386 3
Complementary Studies electives1 6
Total Credits 37
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
ELEC 344 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 454 or APSC 4962 6
MECH 463 4
MECH 466 4
MECH 479 3
MECH 489 4
Technical electives3 9
Total Credits 38
1 See Complementary Studies Courses.
2 Department approval required for APSC 496.
3 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.

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