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Sample Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at RVC

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Sample Four-Year Degree Plan

RVC and NIU advisors will develop individualized plans for each student. The tables below give a general outline of a schedule to complete the degree in four years.

To find out whether you have completed enough of your community college courses and are ready to apply to NIU, contact:

Freshman Year (RVC)

First Semester
RVC Course Title Hours NIU Course
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 ENGL 103
MTH 135 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 5 MATH 229
CHM 120 General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 210 + 212
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2 UEET 101
EGR 135 Engineering Graphics/CAD 4 MEE 270 or TECH 211
Total Hours 18
Second Semester
RVC Course Title Hours NIU Course
ENG 103 English Composition II 3 ENGL 203
MTH 235 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II 4 MATH 230
PHY 215 Mechanics, Wave Motion, Thermodynamics 5 PHYS 253

CIS 276

Introduction to C/C++ Programming 4 CSCI 240
STU 100 Planning for Success 1 General Elective
Total Hours 17

Sophomore Year (RVC)

First Semester
RVC Course Title Hours NIU Course
MTH 236 Calculus with Analytical Geometry III 4 MATH 232
PHY 225 Electricity, Magnetism, Light 5 PHYS 273
EGR 206 Statics 3 MEE 210 or TECH 210
EGR 231 Engineering Circuit Analysis 4 ELE 210 + 210U
Total Hours 16
Second Semester
RVC Course Title Hours NIU Course
SPH 131 Fundamentals of Communication 3 COMS 100
MTH 240 Differential Equations 3 MATH 336
EGR 207 Dynamics 3 MEE 211 or TECH 212

EGR 221

Elementary Mechanics of Deformable 3 MEE 212 or TECH 369
GEN ED General Education Requiremen 3 *
GEN ED General Education Requiremen 3 *
Total Hours 18

Junior Year (NIU@RVC)

First Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 320 Mechanism Design and Analysis 3
MEE 330 Materials Science 3
MEE 350 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ISYE 220 Engineering Economy 3
GEN ED General Education Requirement 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 321 Mechanical Vibrarion I 3
MEE 331 Manufacturing Processes 3
MEE 340 Fluid Mechanics 3

MEE 470

Design of Machine Elements 3

ISYE 335

Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
GEN ED General Education Requirement 3
Total Hours 18

Senior Year (NIU@RVC)

First Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 322 Dynamic Systems and Control I 3
MEE 352   Heat Transfer 3
MEE 380 Computational Methods in Engineering Design 3
MEE 390 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 3
MEE 430   Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing 3
MEE 481  Engineering Design Seminar 1
Total Hours 16
Second Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 421 Dynamic Systems and Control II 3
MEE 422 Design of Robot Manipulators 3
MEE 426 Mechatronics System Design 3
MEE 452 Design of Thermal Systems 3

MEE 482

Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Project 3
MEE 494 Mechanical Engineering Competency 1
Total Hours 16

If you are a prospective or current RVC student, contact 
David Schneider 
815-921-4278 
D.Schneider@rockvalleycollege.edu

If you are currently at another community college or seeking information on how to earn the bachelor’s degree, contact 
Matt Gonser
NIU Project Manager
NIU @ RVC Initiative
815-921-1621
mgonser@niu.edu

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