Electives

There are four different types of undergraduate AME electives, two for each program. Aerospace Engineering has the "Technical Specialization" elective and the "Professional Development" elective. Mechanical Engineering has "AME Technical Electives" and "General Technical Electives." The definition for each is different and students must take care to ensure that they satisfy the different elective requirements in their program.

Aerospace Engineering Electives
Mechanical Engineering Electives

Aerospace Engineering Electives

Aerospace Engineering Technical Specialization Courses
The following course are Technical Specialization Courses

  • AME 30362 - Design Methodology
  • AME 30363 - Design of Machine Elements
  • AME 40423 - Mechanisms and Machines
  • AME 40510 Introduction to Numerical Methods
  • AME 48491 Undergraduate Research
  • CE 30200 Structural Mechanics I
  • CE 30210 Structural Mechanics II
  • CE 40450 Hydraulics
  • CBE 30355 Transport Phenomena I
  • CBE 30361 Science of Engineering Materials
  • EE 40455 Control Systems
  • EG 40421 Integrated Engineering and Business Fundamentals
  • ACMS 30440 Probability and Statistics or MATH 30540 Mathematical Statistics
  • All AME 50000-level and 60000-level courses

Aerospace Engineering Professional Development Courses
Most, but not all, 30000-level or higher courses offered by the Colleges of Engineering or Science that are not otherwise required by the Aerospace Engineering curriculum may satisfy the Professional Development requirement.

Specifically, any course with a prefix AME, ACMS, CBE, CE, ENVG, CSE, EE, EG, ESTS, BIOS, CHEM, MATH, PHYS or SC that is 30000-level or higher (including the courses listed above as Technical Specialization courses) may be used to satisfy the Professional Development requirement with the following exceptions and additions:

  • MATH 30650, PHYS 30210 and PHYS 30220 may not be used to satisfy the Professional Development requirement..
  • Three credits from a completed ROTC program on campus may be used to satisfy the Professional Development course requirement.

Limitations on Non-classroom courses
Only a total of 6 credits of non-classroom courses, such as AME 48491 Undergraduate Research and AME Special Studies, may be counted toward degree requirements.

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Mechanical Engineering Electives

Mechanical Engineering AME Technical Electives

Any course that is 30000-level or higher with an AME prefix that is not otherwise required by the Mechanical Engineering curriculum may be used to satisfy an AME Technical Elective requirement in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Mechanical Engineering General Technical Electives

Most, but not all, 30000-level or higher courses offered by the Colleges of Engineering or Science that are not otherwise required by the Mechanical Engineering curriculum may satisfy the General Technical Elective requirement.

Specifically, any course with a prefix AME, ACMS, CBE, CE, ENVG, CSE, EE, EG, BIOS, CHEM, MATH, PHYS or SC that is 30000-level or higher may be used to satisfy the General Technical Elective requirement with the following exceptions and additions:

  • MATH 30650, PHYS 30210 and PHYS 30220 may not be used to satisfy the General Technical Elective requirement.
  • Any course from the following list may also be used to satisfy a General Technical Elective requirement:

    CBE 20258 - Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering
    CSE 20232 - C/C++ Programming
    MATH 20340 - Statistics for Life Sciences
    MATH 20810 - Honors Algebra I
    MATH 20820 - Honors Algebra II
    PHYS 20230 - Elements of Modern Physics
    CHEM 20273 - Organic Reactions and Applications
    BIOS 20201 - General Biology A
    BIOS 20202 - General Biology B
    Three credits from a completed ROTC program on campus

Limitations on Non-classroom courses
Only a total of 6 credits of non-classroom courses, such as AME 48491, Undergraduate Research and AME Special Studies, may be counted toward degree requirements.

Medical School
In general, most medical schools will expect applicants to have taken the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), and to have completed the following types of courses:

  • One year of Biology
  • One year of Physics
  • One year of English
  • Biochemistry, Psychology and Sociology
  • Two years of Chemistry (through Organic Chemistry)

Hence, in addition to the AME degree requirements, students must take additional courses. In addition to the courses, the Notre Dame preprofessional programs generally require a 1 credit lab component with each course.  Students with an interest in preparing for medical school should further consult with personnel in the Center for Health Sciences Advising for curricular planning advice.

In the ME program General Biology A and B may be used to satisfy the General Technical Elective requirements. A student may petition that CHEM 20273 be used to satisfy an AME Technical Elective requirement.  Note that the College of Engineering allows CHEM 10172, a prerequisite for CHEM 20273, to substitute for the College of Engineering requirement, CHEM 10122.  If that substitution is not made, CHEM 10172 may only be taken as an overload.  Also, the lab components of the courses must be taken as overloads.  It is recommended that a student interested in medical school take the laboratory component of General Chemistry II (CHEM 21274) as well.

ROTC
Students who complete an ROTC program may substitute 3 credit hours of ROTC classes for either the History or the Social Science requirement, AND 3 credit hours of ROTC classes for the (a) Professional Development elective in the case of AE students, or (b) a General Technical Elective in the case of ME students.



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