The Mechanical Engineering curriculum consists of two main course stems. In the thermal/fluids stem, students study fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics. In the materials/mechanical systems stem, students study engineering materials, manufacturing processes, control systems and machine design. In addition to the required stems, students can further specialize by choosing electives in the areas of data acquisition systems and instrumentation, analysis and design of propulsion systems, advanced structural analysis, computational methods for fluids-thermo, biomaterials, biomechanics, robotics, manufacturing processes, and other topics. Students gain a foundation for the major areas of mechanical engineering and are prepared to enter a variety of industries.