USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and the USF College of Engineering have an articulation agreement that enables students to take their first two years toward a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at USFSM and progress to completing the degree at USF in Tampa.  The A.A. in Pre-Mechanical Engineering (PEM) is designed to ensure students are well prepared, taking the required state mandated prerequisites and introductory courses for the major while completing the general education curriculum.

Fulltime students who follow the curriculum plan earn credit in required prerequisite courses in math, science and engineering while earning an Associate in Arts (A.A.) certificate at USFSM within two years.  If they meet the GPA required of all USF students to pursue the major, they are able to move seamlessly into the upper-level curriculum in the College of Engineering, completing the degree in four years.

Students must meet all USFSM Associate in Arts minimum requirements in compliance with USFSM Lower-Level Core CurriculumUSF Regulation 3.019 Associate in Arts CertificateFlorida Statute 1007.25 General Education Courses; Common Prerequisites; Other Degree Requirements , and Florida Statute 1007.262 Foreign Language Competence.  Satisfactory completion of the USFSM Pre-Mechanical Engineering A.A. guarantees admission to the USF College of Engineering. To be admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, students must meet the admission requirements of the program as specified in the USF Tampa Undergraduate Catalog, pertaining to the academic year they enter the 2+2 program including minimum grades identified below.

GPA and Grading Requirement

The minimum admission requirements for department of mechanical engineering include minimum overall GPA of 2.00, minimum USF GPA of 2.00, and a cumulative 3.00 GPA based on best attempt and a minimum grade of C in MAC 2311(or MAC2281), MAC 2312(or MAC 2282), PHY 2048, and PHY 2048L .  All math, science, engineering, and specialization courses required for the degree must be completed successfully within two attempts (grades of W, I, IF, U, R, and M are considered attempts).

The minimum acceptable grade in all degree required math and science courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). The minimum acceptable grade in engineering and specialization courses which are prerequisites to other degree required courses is a C-, excepted as stated in the Department Continuation Requirements. The passing grade for terminal engineering and specialization courses is a D-. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.00 Math and Science GPA, 2.00 Engineering GPA, 2.00 Specialization GPA, 2.00 USF GPA, and 2.00 Overall GPA.

 

Curriculum Progression Plan
(60 credit hours)

As math, science, and engineering course offerings are limited and sequenced, it is strongly recommended that students begin this program in the fall semester.  Students who start in spring or summer may take general education, foreign language, or remedial courses as needed.

Year 1 – Fall  (12 credit hours)

Course Number  Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
ENC 1101 Composition I 3 None 6ACM, SMCO
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4 PR: MAC 1114, MAC 1140 each with a “C” or better OR MAC 1147 with a “C”  or better OR qualified test scores, see notes MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry may need to be taken first; PR test scores: 650 or better SAT Math score, or 29 or better ACT Math score, or 90 or better College-Level Math CPT score; SMMA minimum grade of C (not a C-)
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I  3 PR: MAC 1105 with a “C” or better and one (1) year of high school chemistry OR CHM 2023 with a grade of “C” or better, or qualified test score, see notes PR test scores: 550 SAT Quantitative score; SMNS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 CP: CHM 2045 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
SLS 1107 Foundations of University Success  1 None  SMFS

Year 1 – Spring  (14 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering Lab 1 None
ENC 1102 Composition II 3 PR: ENC 1101 6ACM, SMCO
MAC 2312 Calculus II 4 PR: MAC 2311 with a “C” or better or take MAC 2311 if needed minimum grade of C (not a C-)
General Education – Humanities 3 SMSS
General Education – Social Sciences 3 SMSS

 Year 1 – Summer

Whatever needs to be taken to have 26 satisfactorily completed credits in the first year, including all course requirements listed so far.  Students starting at a lower math level should finish MAC 2312.

Year 2 – Fall  (15 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
EGN 3615 Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications 3 None Online USF Tampa; counts toward the upper-level technical elective requirement
MAC 2313 Calculus III 4 PR: MAC 2312 with a “C” or better or take MAC 2312 if needed minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHY 2048 General Physics I – Calculus Based 3 PR: MAC 2281 or MAC 2311  SMNS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory 1 PR: MAC 2281 or MAC 2311; CR: PHY 2048 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHZ 2102 Problems in General Physics I 1 CR: PHY 2048
General Education – Humanities 3 SMHU

 

Year 2 – Spring  (13 credit hours)

 

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering 0 None
MAP 2302 Differential Equations 3 PR: MAC 2313 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHY 2049 General Physics II – Calculus Based 3 PR: MAC 2282 or MAC 2312, PHY 2048, PHY 2048L minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory 1 PR: MAC 2282 or MAC 2312, PHY 2048, PHY 2048L; CP: PHY 2049 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
PHZ 2103 Problems in General Physics II 1 CR: PHY 2049
SLS 2122 Foundations of Professional Success 2 PR: SLS 1107 SMFS
General Education – Social Sciences 3 SMSS

 

Year 2 – Summer  (6 credit hours)

 

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
EGN 3311 Statics 3 PR: PHY 2048 Taken at USF Tampa Minimum grade of C-
EGN 3343 Thermodynamics I 3 PR: PHY 2048, PHY 2049, MAC 2283 or Mac 2313 all with a grade of “C” or better, not C- Taken at USF Tampa
 
In summer term, students begin taking engineering courses in Tampa, plus whatever is needed to complete lower-level requirement.  With successful completion of their pre-engineering A.A. Certificate and meeting the departmental grade and GPA requirements, they are transferred to USF Tampa to complete their USF degree in Mechanical Engineering.