Career Gateway Electives
The mechanical engineering curriculum includes six, nine, or twelve hours, depending on catalog year, of career gateway electives, which are to be selected by the student to support his or her career goals. These courses must be chosen carefully and must be pertinent to each other and to the student's career goals. Before registering for any potential career gateway elective courses, students must prepare a career statement and a list of relevant, related courses, and a mechanical engineering faculty mentor must provide preliminary approval. Ultimately, the faculty undergraduate adviser in mechanical engineering must provide final approval before the student's first degree audit for graduation.
By the beginning of the semester in which he or she will take the first potential career gateway elective, the student must have completed all basic sequence courses with a grade of at least C- in each and must have been admitted unconditionally to the major sequence in mechanical engineering.
Career gateway electives must include approved upper-division technical courses from mechanical engineering and other engineering departments, approved advanced courses in natural sciences, and preparatory courses for graduate study in the health professions. Highly qualified students are encouraged to fulfill career gateway elective requirements as part of the Bridges to the Future Certificate Program.
Career gateway elective options may include a total of three hours of special topics coursework (Mechanical Engineering 179M, 279M, 379M) without special approval, or projects coursework (Mechanical Engineering 177K, 277K, 377K) with special approval by the undergraduate adviser. Students who wish to count additional topics or projects for credit must petition for consent by the undergraduate adviser. Options may also include either Mechanical Engineering 325L or Mechanical Engineering 225M.
With special approval of the Engineering Honors Program director, a mechanical engineering student in the honors program may include Mechanical Engineering 679H in the career gateway elective option.