2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Combined Mechanical Engineering, BSME & Renewable and Clean Energy, MSRCE

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Program Description:

The combined BS in Mechanical Engineering/MS in Renewable and Clean Energy program allows students to earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Renewable and Clean Energy in a total of 5 years.  Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate courses at the ME 6000/7000 level may be double-counted and applied to both the BS and the MS degree requirements. 

Admission Requirements:

1. Completion of at least 75 semester credit hours towards BS degree.

2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4

3. Must be enrolled as a full-time student

To Apply:

Complete the Combined BS/MS Degree Program application and a graduate program of study.

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:

Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursing graduate studies

Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment

Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment

BSME Program Learning Outcomes:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

MSRCE Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering,
  • Demonstrate engineering competency in one of two concentration areas: design or thermofluids,
  • Recognize the need for life‐long learning,
  • Demonstrate  their  ability  to  communicate  engineering  ideas  and techniques, and
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 44 Hours

Mathematics: 4 Hours

Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Arts/Humanities: 3 Hours

Social Science: 6 Hours

Natural Science: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 9 Hours

Choose one track: 9 Hours




Choose 3 of 6:

Senior Design, Choose one sequence: 4 Hours

Senior Lab (pick 1 course from approved list): 2 Hours

III. CECS Courses: 4 Hours

IV. Other: 12 Hours

V. Electives: 9 Hours

3 courses from an approved list

Up to 9 hours required courses or technical electives may be taken at the 6000 or 7000 level for dual undergraduate/graduate credit.

VI. Graduate Program Requirements: 30 Hours

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by an engineering graduate advisor.
  2. At least 21 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be engineering or computer science courses. At least 15 of these must be engineering courses.
  3. At least 15 of the 30 graduate credit hours of engineering and computer engineering must be courses numbered above 7000.
  4. At least 15 of the 30 graduate credt hours must be taken at WSU.
  5. At least 3 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be a mathematics course.
  6. Students must choose either a thesis option or advanced course work option. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the School of Graduate Studies at any time during their degree candidacy must choose the thesis option.
  7. Background Requirements: Students must have the following courses (or equivalents): ME 5310, ME 5350, ME 2700, ME 5320 or ME 5750, and ME 5360.

Mathematics: 3 Hours

MTH 6050 is the required course. Others as approved.

Core Courses: 3 Hours

Must take one Advanced Thermodynamics course from the following list:

ME 7500, MEE 411 (UD), CME 407 (UD), PHYS 635 (AFIT)

Renewable and Clean Energy Courss: 9 Hours

See approved list

Elective Courses: 6 Hours

Two elective courses at the graduate level. Electives can be taken in the Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Geology, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Statistics disciplines. Additional Renewable and Clean Energy courses may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement also.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 9 Hours

  • Thesis Option: ME 7950 Credit hour(s): 1 to 12
  • Non-Thesis Option: ME 7990 (Independent Study- 3 hours) and 2 additional 7000 level courses (6 hours)

Total: 141 Hours

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