The modern field of Mechanical Engineering is becoming more and more heavily reliant on quantitative science (modeling and simulation) in order to meet the extremely rapid product development times now being demanded by industry. Accordingly, in an overall sense, the mechanical engineering program attempts to balance experimental, analytical modeling and simulation aspects of modern mechanical engineering. It is in this vein that the quantitative science requirement seeks to endow students with quantitative science skills to complement the intensive hands-on courses required in the upper division.
The department requires that you take one of the technical elective courses must be taken from the quantitative science list below or from http://www.me.berkeley.edu/undergraduate/course-information/undergraduate-technical-electives#quantsci. The ones listed below are the only ME sponsored courses in this category.
- E 117 - Methods of Engineering Analysis
- E 177 - Advanced Programming with MATLAB
- ME 120 - Computational Biomechanics Across Multiple Scales
- ME C180 - Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method
If you are thinking of petitioning a course not on the list, here are the applicable rules:
1. QS courses have to be upper division.
2. QS courses must be at least 3 units.
3. 9 of the 15 required technical elective units have to be ME-Sponsored.