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:

  • If you are a prospective or current RVC student contact Aida Martinez, RVC Admissions, 815-921-4249, A.Martinez@rockvalleycollege.edu.
  • If you attended or are currently attending another community college or seeking information on how to earn the bachelor's degree contact Andrew Kopecky, NIU Student Services, 815-753-8788, akopecky@niu.edu.
  • If you have specific questions about NIU classes to complete the degree at RVC, contact Ghazi Malkawi, NIU Engineering @ RVC, 915-921-1621, gmalkawi@niu.edu.

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 Requirement 3 *
GEN ED General Education Requirement 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
MEE 380 Computational Methods in Engineering Design 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 321 Mechanical Vibration I 3
MEE 331 Manufacturing Processes 3
MEE 340 Fluid Mechanics 3

MEE 383

Engineering Analysis 3

MEE 470

Design of Machine Elements 3
Total Hours 15

Senior Year (NIU@RVC)

First Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
MEE 322 Dynamic Systems and Control I 3
MEE 352   Heat Transfer 3
MEE 390 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 3
MEE 430   Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing 3
MEE 485  Engineering Design Seminar 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester
NIU Course Title Hours
Technical Elective 3 (TECH ELEC 3) 3
Technical Elective 3 (TECH ELEC 3) 3
Technical Elective 3 (TECH ELEC 3) 3

MEE 486

Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Project 3
Total Hours 12

Contact Us

Prospective or Current RVC Students

Aida Martinez
RVC Admissions
815-921-4249
A.Martinez@rockvalleycollege.edu

Attending Another Community College or Seeking Bachelor’s Degree Information 

Andrew Kopecky
NIU Student Services
815-753-8788
akopecky@niu.edu

Questions About NIU Classes to Complete Degree at RVC

Ghazi Malkawi
NIU Engineering @ RVC
815-921-1621
gmalkawi@niu.edu

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