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Mechanical Engineering


  • This guide is designed for students who wish to earn an Associate in Science degree at Black Hawk College prior to transfer to St. Ambrose University to complete a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Students are strongly advised to complete the associate degree prior to transfer. Students who transfer prior to completion of the associate degree will have their courses evaluated on a "course-by-course" basis.
  • The St. Ambrose Mechanical Engineering Program is not yet accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Once we have our first graduate of the program, we will begin the accreditation process. Accreditation will be retroactive for graduates of the program under which Mechanical Engineering is evaluated by ABET.
  • To graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, SAU requires a minimum GPA of 2.50 for all semester credits used to satisfy major requirements. A grade of "C" or better must be received in all MATH courses to be awarded credit
  • Engineering Seminars (ENGR 201, 301 and 401) are required for all engineering majors and should be taken by the time a student has completed approximately 50, 75, and 100 percent, respectively, of the engineering course requirements.
  • Courses transferred to SAU at or above the 300 level will not apply toward the upper division requirement for graduation.
  • A maximum of 64 community college credits will be applied toward the semester hours required for SAU graduation; however, some hours beyond the limit accepted may be used to meet degree requirements or course prerequisites. The SAU Registrar has the final authority for accepting credit for transfer.
  • Students attending continuously but on a part-time basis are expected to complete the requirements within eight years.


The following courses should be included within the AA/AS Degree.

1st Year - Black Hawk College Courses

FallHrs.Spring Hrs.SummerHrs.
ENG 101 Composition I 3 ENG 102 Composition II 3 SPEC 101 Prin. Speech Com. 3
CHEM 101 Gen. Chemistry I 4 MATH 225 Calculus II 4 Social Science 3
MATH 124 Calculus I 4 PHYS 201 General Physics 5    
GE101 Engineering Graphics 3 Humanities (PHIL 101 or PHIL 103 recommended) 3    
Social Science 3 Life Science 3    
Total 17 Total 18 Total 6


2nd Year - Black Hawk College Courses

FallHrs.Spring Hrs.SummerHrs.
MATH 226 Calculus III 5 MATH 230 Linear Algebra 3 Humanities or Fine Arts 3
MATH 228 Prob. & Statistics 3 MATH 235 Differential Eq. 3 Social Science 3
PHYS 202 General Physics 5 GE 202 Analytical Mechanics Dynamics 3    
GE 201 Analytical Mechanics Statics 3 GE 205 Elem. Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3    
    Non-Western Studies 3    
    Fine Arts 3    
Total 16 Total 18 Total 6

Total BHC Program Hours = 81

3rd Year - St. Ambrose University Courses

FallHrs.Spring Hrs.
ENGR 105 - Intro to Engineering   2 ENGR 265 Engineering Economy   3
ENGR 111 Engineering Graphics   1 ENGR 270 Materials Science   2
ME 310 Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation     3 Theology/Philosophy  300+     3
PHYS 306 Electronics 3 ME 312 Thermodynamics 3
Theology/Philosophy 3 ME 405 Control Theory 3
* Foreign Language (3) * Foreign Language (3)
**Information Literacy 1 KIN 149 1
ENGR 201 Engineering Service Seminar 0 ENGT 301 Engineering Participation Seminar 0
Major Elective 3    
Total 16 (19) Total 15 (18)

4th Year - St. Ambrose University Courses

FallHrs.Spring Hrs.
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes 4 ME 351 Design Lab 3
ME 350 Machine Design 3 ME 410 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
ME 415 Mechatronics 3 ME 490 Senior Design 3
ME 412 Applied Thermodynamics 2 ENGR 450 Professional Experience 1
ME 315 Fluid Mechanics 3 Elective (optional) (3)
**KIN Activity 1 ENGR 401 Engineering Exit Survey 0
Total 16 Total 10 (13)

Total Program Hours BHC/SAU - 81/57=138

* Three years of one foreign language in high school fulfills the foreign language requirement.

**KIN Elective and Information Literacy may be waived for students who have earned an AS degree.

St. Ambrose Contact
Dr. Jodi Prosise

Black Hawk Contact
Dr. Douglas Davidson
Phone: 309-796-5246

Updated September 2016

This guide is not intended to be a contract with SAU. The information on this guide is subject to change; students are advised to contact SAU to keep informed of changes. Final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student.