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Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the regular Mechanical Engineering program, options in Aerospace, Biomechanics and Medical Devices, Mechatronics, and Thermofluids are also available.

Students must have access to a computer that meets UBC security requirements and has a webcam, microphone, and speaker. Details on what software the computer will have to run for each course, with specifications, can be found at mech.ubc.ca.

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, any students missing any of MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 152, PHYS 157, PHYS 158, PHYS 170, one of PHYS 159, BMEG 102, and one of ENGL 112, WRDS 150, APSC 176 must have received credit for these courses 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 prerequisites 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

Students who completed Mech 2 in 2017W and are on a co-op schedule, or students who completed Mech 2 in 2018W and are on a non-co-op schedule, or earlier, should follow the following course schedule:

Second Year
MATH 254 3
MATH 258 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 or MECH 426 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 4573 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 MECH 457 may be replaced by APSC 486 and APSC 496 with permission from Department.
4 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
5 See Complementary Studies Courses.

Students who completed Mech 2 in 2018W and are on a co-op schedule, and onward, should follow the following course schedule:

Third Year
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 327 3
MECH 328 3
MECH 329 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
MECH 426 3
ELEC 344 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 4573 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 MECH 457 may be replaced by APSC 486 and APSC 496 with permission from Department.
4 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
5 See Complementary Studies Course.

Aerospace Option

The Aerospace Option in Mechanical Engineering allows students interested in aircraft, spacecraft, 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 option coordinator, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in aerospace 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.

Mechanical Engineering Aerospace Option

Third Year
ELEC 344 3
MECH 305 6
MECH 327 3
MECH 328 3
MECH 358 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 375 3
MECH 380 3
MECH 426 3
MECH 466 4
MECH 481 3
Complementary Sutdies electives1 3
Total Credits 40
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
MECH 431 3
MECH 453 or APSC 4962 6
MECH 462 3
MECH 463 4
MECH 477 3
MECH 479 3
MECH 484 3
MECH 485 3
MECH 489 4
MTRL 494 3
Complementary Sutdies electives1 3
Total Credits 40
1 SeeComplementary Studies Courses.
2 Department approval required for APSC 496.

Biomechanics and Medical Devices Option

The Biomechanics and Medical Devices 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 option coordinator, 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.

Students who completed Mech 2 in 2017W and are on a co-op schedule, or students who completed Mech 2 in 2018W and are on a non-co-op schedule, or earlier, should follow the following course schedule:

Third Year
BMEG 410 3
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 326 or MECH 426 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 4591 6
MECH 466 4
MTRL 495 3
Technical electives2 9
Complementary Studies electives3 6
Total Credits 40
1 MECH 459 may be replaced by APSC 486 and APSC 496 with permission from Department.
2 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
3 See Complementary Studies Courses.

Students who completed Mech 2 in 2018W and are on a co-op schedule, and onward, should follow the following course schedule:

Third Year
BMEG 410 3
MECH 305 6
MECH 325 4
MECH 328 3
MECH 358 3
MECH 360 3
MECH 368 3
MECH 375 3
MECH 380 3
MECH 463 4
Complementary Studies electives3 3
Total Credits 38
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
BMEG 456 3
ELEC 344 3
MECH 426 3
MECH 431 3
MECH 439 1
MECH 4591 6
MECH 466 4
MTRL 495 3
Technical electives2 9
Complementary Studies electives3 3
Total Credits 40
1 MECH 459 may be replaced by APSC 486 and APSC 496 with permission from Department.
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.

Students will be admitted to the option at the end of first or second year by permission of the option coordinator, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in mechanical engineering and electronic design.

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
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 375 3
MECH 392 2
MECH 463 4
Total Credits 39
Fourth Year
APSC 450 2
CPEN 333 3
MECH 420 3
MECH 421 4
MECH 423 4
MECH 431 3
MECH 4581 6
MECH 467 4
Technical electives2 3
Complementary Studies electives3 6
Total Credits 38
1 MECH 458 may be replaced by APSC 486 + APSC 496 with permission from Department.
2 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.
3 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 4542 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 MECH 454 may be replaced by APSC 486 and APSC 496 with permission from Department.
3 To be chosen from a course list available on the Department website.

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