City Colleges of Chicago and NIU CEET Transfer Guidelines 

B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a creative discipline that draws upon a number of basic sciences to design devices and products that benefit society. Mechanical Engineering studies the formulation, design, development, and control of systems and components involving solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and the conversion of energy into useful work.

B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at NIU

The curriculum is based on a strong foundation of fundamental courses in the pure sciences, engineering and professional courses. The curriculum also provides a background in the design, development, and application of both complete systems and individual system components in many different fields. This background is strengthened and integrated through application in a sequence of broad engineering design and laboratory courses. Additionally, professional technical report writing is emphasized in several courses. Computers are used extensively throughout the curriculum, with emphasis on interactive computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. The department also has a significant amount of equipment for experimental investigations and has access to the university computer systems, both digital and analog. Ample opportunities are provided for professional development of students through participation in engineering society chapter activities, regional and national design contests, and visits to design exhibitions. The Cooperative/Internship program is also available to qualified students.

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 while completing an Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree is highly recommended [1]. Students should always work closely with their Community College Advisor. 

Courses at City Colleges of Chicago

Courses at City Colleges of Chicago

Equivalent courses at NIU

CIS 142 + 242

Introduction to C or C++Language

CSCI 240


Fundamentals of Speech Communications

COMS 100



ENGL 103



ENGL 104

MATH 207

Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

MATH 229

MATH 208

Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

MATH 230

MATH 209

Calculus & Analytic Geometry III

MATH 232

MATH 210

Differential Equations

MATH 336


General Chemistry I

CHEM 210+212


Engineering Physics: Mechanics and Wave motion

PHYS 253


Engineering Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 273



MEE 210



MEE 211

ENGR 215

Electrical Circuit Analysis

ELE 210 and ELE 210U

ENGR 131

Engineering Graphics and Into to Design

MEE 270

Courses in Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Science as required.

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


Social Science/Humanities Electives

It is recommended that two or three courses in Humanities/Social Sciences be taken at CCC and the rest at NIU. 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 CCC 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.

MEE 212

Strength of Materials

MEE 220

Mechanism Design

MEE 321

Mechanical Vibrations

MEE 322


ELE 380

Dynamic Systems 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 and 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

ISYE 220

Engineering Economy

STAT 350

ISYE 335

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Statistics for Engineering

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.


Admission to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University

A graduate of an Illinois public community college who has not previously attended Northern Illinois University and who has completed a baccalaureate-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A.T. will be admitted to NIU as long as space is available. The student will enter with junior standing and all NIU general education requirements will be considered complete if the student has the following qualifications prior to enrolling at NIU.

An Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Arts in Teaching degree
At least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) as calculated by the community college
As least 60 semester hours of credit
Good standing at the last college attended


For More Information

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

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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.


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 NIU Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2014.