Solid Mechanics Track

The Solid Mechanics (SM) track prepares the student for stress, deformation and failure analysis of solid components and structures.  Solid mechanics can encompass experimental, computational, and theoretical methods at the meso, micro and nano levels.  Foundation courses focus on the solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, fracture mechanics, continuum mechanics, and advanced solid mechanics and finite element analysis.  Elective courses offer the opportunity to broaden a professional student’s perspectives in topics such as biomechanics, elasticity, manufacturing and mechanics of sensors and actuators. 

Degree Requirements   

Semesters with red font are courses that are offered every other year

Course Details Credits

Required core courses 

Students must complete the following courses

  • ME 2001 Differential Equations (Fall) or ME 2002 Linear and Complex Analysis (Spring)
  • ME 2022 Applied Solid Mechanics (fall)
  • ME 2047 Finite Element Theory (fall)
9 credits

Solid Mechanics (SM) Electives

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • ME 2003 Continuum Mechanics (fall)
  • ME 2004 Elasticity (based on demand)
  • ME 2006 Modeling Material Behavior (spring)
  • ME 2033 Fracture Mechanics (spring)
  • ME 2209 Soft Material Mechanics (spring)
  • ME 2227 Finite Element Theory 2 (spring)
  • ME 2086 Design and Mech. 3D Printed Materials and Struc. (spring)
6 credits

ME Technical Electives

Students can choose any graduate-level ME courses aligned with their technical interests in consultation with their advisors

6-15 credits

Non-ME Technical Electives

Students can take up to 9 credits from other engineering, math, and science programs. Advisor’s approval is needed.

0-9 credits

Total (minimum)

30 credits

Suggested non-ME Technical Electives for Controls Track