College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Mechanical Engineering & Biology

Five Year Course Sequence

General Education

Butler Core Curriculum

CC 101 First Year Seminar (3)
CC 102 First Year Seminar (3)
CC 20X Global and Historical Studies (6) Second Year Experience
Text and Ideas: Core Division 1 (3)
Perspectives in the Creative Arts: Core Division 2 (3)
The Social World: Core Division 3 (3)†‡
The Natural World: Core Division 4(3) *
Analytic Reasoning: Core Division 5(3)*
CC 1 Physical Well Being (1) Pass/Fail
Writing Across the Curriculum
• Every student must complete a course designated as writing intensive during the junior or senior year

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, Chinese or Sign Language (6)**

Engineering Majors

COM 102 Public Speaking (2)
• All engineering students are required to take public speaking; this requirement is not fulfilled with the FYS sequence

† Fulfilled by ME majors with: EC 101 Economics and the Modern World
‡ Economics coursework fulfills this requirement
* Engineering coursework fulfills this requirement
** Completion of six hours at the 200 level or above plus any needed prerequisites

Basic Science, Math and Engineering


CH 105 General Chemistry (5)*
CH 106 General Chemistry (5)*
PH 201 Analytical Physics 1 (5)
PH 202 Analytical Physics 2 (5)
BI 120 Principles of Biology I (3)
BI 121 Principles of Biology I Lab (2)
BI 122 Principles of Biology II (3)
BI 123 Principles of Biology II Lab (2)


MA 106 Calculus 1 (5)
MA 107 Calculus 2 (4)
MA 208 Calculus 3 (3)
MA 215 Linear Algebra (3)
MA 334 Differential Equations (3)


DD 190 Elementary Engineering Design (3)
DD 297 Engineering Topics: MATLAB (1)
CS 142 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (3)
PH 351 Linear Circuit Analysis (4)

* CH 107 (Advance Placement Chemistry) may replace CH 105 and CH 106

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Sciences

ME 200 Thermodynamics (3)
ME 270 Basic Mechanics (3)
ME 272 Mechanics of Materials (4)
ME 274 Basic Mechanics 2 (3)
ME 310 Fluid Mechanics (4)
ME 314 Heat/Mass Transfer (4)
ME 330 Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)
ME 340 Dynamic Systems and Measurements (3)
ME 344 Introduction to Materials (3)
ME 482 Control Systems (3)

Engineering Design

ME 262 Mechanical Design (3)
ME 372 Mechanical Design 2 (4)
ME 414 Thermal Fluid Design (3)
ME 462 Engineering Design (4)

Engineering Communication and Ethics

TCM 360 Communications in Engineering (2)
ME 401 Ethics in Engineering (1)


Mechanical Engineering Electives (9)
List of approved Mechanical Engineering Electives

Statistics Elective (3)
List of approved Statistics Electives


BI 120 Principles of Biology I (3)
BI 121 Principles of Biology I Lab (2)
BI 122 Principles of Biology II (3)
BI 123 Principles of Biology II Lab (2)
BI 480 Biology Capstone (3)
CH 105 General Chemistry (5)†ƒ
CH 106 General Chemistry (5)†ƒ

† CH 107 (Advance Placement Chemistry) may replace CH 105 and CH 106
ƒ Required courses for Mechanical Engineering majors

Additionally, students must take one course with an accompanying lab (indicated with L) from each group below. Two additional courses, with or without labs, must be taken from two different groups. The remaining credit hours can be obtained by taking any biology course at the 300 level or above‡. At least one of the courses must be a plant course (indicated with *) and at least one of the courses must be an animal course (indicated with **). The plant and animal courses should be taken in the sophomore year.

Genetics/Cellular/Molecular: Courses focus primarily on the processes that occur within and between cells and that are common to most living things.

323, Immunology
350, Cell Biology (L)
355, Plant Development* (L)
357, General Genetics (L)
358, Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Gene Evolution (L)
363, Plant Physiology* (L)
410, Microbiology (L)
440, Practical Molecular Biology (L)
458, Molecular Genetics (Pre-req: 350 or 357)

Evolution/Ecology/Behavior: Courses focus on the processes that are responsible for understanding the distribution, abundance, and diversity of organisms, from both contemporary and historical perspectives.

310, Evolution
364, Population and Community Ecology (L)
370, Conservation Biology
415, Indiana Natural History (L)
420, Animal Behavior (L) (Pre-req: 301)
425, Landscape Ecology (L)

Organismal: Courses focus on particular taxonomic groups of organisms. They may include information on physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, classification, etc. of the group.

301, Zoology** (L)
302, General Botany* (L)
303, Principles of Physiology (L)
312, Biology of Non-vascular Plants* (L)
316, Mammalogy** (L)
322, Vertebrate Biology** (L)
330, Tropical Field Biology (L)
412, Local Flora (L)
430, Developmental Biology (L)

‡ BI 325 cannot be counted toward the 37-hour minimum required for the biology major. Students will be allowed to use a maximum of three hours of independent study credit, internship credit, research or honors thesis credit towards the 37-hour minimum required for the biology.

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Jordan Hall, Room 247
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9021
Academic Coordinator: Jessica McCormick