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Technical electives must be chosen with the approval of the academic adviser. They can be in mathematics, statistics, science, or other engineering disciplines. One course may be from the College of Business. Technical electives must be at the 4000 level or higher for non-mechanical engineering courses. A maximum of 12 credits at the 4000 level may be taken, none of which may be mechanical engineering coursework. Research credits earned as part of an unfinished M.S. Plan A program may not be counted. Although the Plan B M.S. degree is not research-oriented, the program must contain an "element of discovery." This could be a special project performed as independent study or as part of a graduate course. The department's graduate committee must approve the project. Special topic credits may be earned using ME 5475; a maximum of six credits may be earned in this manner. In addition, on-campus students enrolled in this program will be expected to attend at least three mechanical engineering department graduate seminars per semester.

Selected (by coolness coefficient) Engineering Coursework

The Master's of Engineering degree is a coursework only degree. It combines both business and engineering coursework. It is intended primarily for students who are working in industry or planning careers in engineering management. Thirty credits are required, and up to six of credits can be independent study.

Petroleum Engineering Coursework

• Additional credits must be College of Science and Engineering coursework (includes Electrical Engineering).

Working as an engineer means applying your education to real-life technology. Students who pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering typically specialize in one field such as civil or electrical engineering--or they may complete general engineering coursework. The general engineering curriculum may allow students to specialize on the job or in graduate school.