McHenry County College and NIU CEET Transfer Guidelines 
B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering 


The 2+2 Plan for Community College Students

The Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes transfer students from Illinois community colleges. Students find it easy to continue their studies at NIU if they plan well. Therefore, following the course guidelines in this brochure while completing an Associate's in Science  (A.S.) Degree is highly recommended (1).   Students should always work closely with their community college advisor. Please contact the Advising and Transfer Center at McHenry County College for more help in planning your academic career.

Courses at McHenry County College

Courses at MCC

Equivalent courses at NIU

CHM 165

General Chemistry I

CHEM 210+212

CIS 117
CSC 121

Intro Programming

CSCI 240 (major dept will need to adjust, inquire at orientation)

Computer Science I

CSCI 240 (major dept will need to adjust, inquire at orientation)

EGR 151

Engineering Graphics I

MEE 270

EGR 251


MEE 210

EGR 252


MEE 211

EGR 260

Electrical Circuit and Circuit Analysis

ELE 210 

ENG 151

Composition I

ENGL 103

ENG 152

Composition II

ENGL 104

MAT 175

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I

MATH 229

MAT 245

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II

MATH 230

MAT 255

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III

MATH 232

MAT 260

Differential Equations

MATH 336

PHY 291

Principles of Physics I

PHYS 253

PHY 292

Principles of Physics II

PHYS 273

SPE 151*

Introduction to Speech

COMS 100

Humanities & Fine Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Non-Western Cultures or Minority Cultures within the United States.

*Satisfies NIU core competency requirement for oral communication.

[1] Only A.A. and A.S. degrees satisfy NIU's general education requirements.

 General Education Requirements

NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology no longer requires sequences in Social Sciences and Humanities. Therefore, students only need to satisfy NIU's general education requirements. When choosing general education/core competency courses please consult with your McHenry College advisor, verify general education requirements in the NIU Undergraduate Catalog, and check the Community College Articulation Tables for transferability.

Courses at NIU

Remaining classes to be taken at NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology to earn a major in Mechanical Engineering.

ELE 210U Engineering Circuit Labratory Project 

ISYE 220

Engineering Economy

STAT 350
ISYE 335

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Statistics for Engineering

MEE 212

Strength of Materials

MEE 220

Mechanism Design

MEE 321

Mechanical Vibrations I

MEE 322
ELE 380

Dynamic Systems and Control I

Control Systems I

MEE 330

Materials Science

MEE 331

Manufacturing Processes

MEE 340

Fluid Mechanics

MEE 350

Engineering Thermodynamics

MEE 352

Heat Transfer

MEE 380
MEE 381

Computational Methods in Engineering Design

Computational Methods and Programming in Engineering Design

MEE 390

Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering I

MEE 430

Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing

MEE 452

Design of Thermal Systems

MEE 470

Design of Machine Elements

MEE 481

Engineering Design Seminar

MEE 482

Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Project

MEE 494

Mechanical Engineering Competency

UEET 101

Introduction to Engineering

 A total of three technical electives from Group-A and Group-B below with at least two from Group-A.
Group-A:  Design-oriented electives: MEE 351, MEE 410, MEE 421, MEE 422, MEE 423, MEE 424, MEE 425, MEE 426, MEE 431, MEE 451, MEE 453, MEE 480, MEE 484, MEE 490.
Group-B:  Other electives: ISYE 430, ISYE 431, ISYE 439, ISYE 450, ISYE 451, TECH 344, TECH 345.

For More Information

For more information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering write or call:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

Visit our Home Page at: This site provides information on course descriptions, course syllabi, lab tours, faculty profiles, student organizations, suggested 4-year degree plan, other useful links, etc.

For undergraduate application materials contact:

Office of Admissions
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2857
(800)892-3050 (toll-free in Illinois)
or (815)753-0446

For more information on transfer programs at NIU contact:
Call (815) 753-0446 or (800) 892-3050 (toll free) and ask to speak with a Transfer Counselor.

For more information on transfer programs at McHenry County College contact:

Advising and Transfer Center
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012
(815) 479-7565

Disclaimer: Although NIU attempts to accommodate the course requests of all students, some course offerings may be limited by financial, space, and staffing considerations, or may otherwise be unavailable. Nothing in this brochure may be construed to promise or guarantee registration in any course or course of study (whether required or elective), nor may anything be construed to promise or guarantee the completion of an academic program within a specific length of time. All degree requirements are subject to the provisions and notices in the Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2012.