The Department of Engineering Physics administers the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering mechanics. The B.S. degree in engineering mechanics may be accompanied by an option in astronautics.
Engineering mechanics is the scholarly term for the study of forces and the resulting deformations, accelerations, motions, vibrations and other action that they cause. As such, engineering mechanics forms the foundation of a degree in aerospace, mechanical or civil engineering and it is fundamental to important parts of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering and a few other engineering disciplines. Hence, a degree in engineering mechanics provides a broad basic scientific background which enables its graduates to tackle challenging problems in most fields of engineering. The curriculum emphasizes the basic sciences—mathematics, computer science, physics and the engineering sciences—fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanics, materials science, and electrical engineering. Although the degree program is entitled engineering mechanics at UW–Madison, the program is most comparable to aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering programs at various universities across the United States. However, internationally, this field is more commonly known as “mechanics” rather than “mechanical engineering” or “aerospace engineering.” A few select universities in the United States offer programs that are similar to UW–Madison’s engineering mechanics program under titles such as “engineering science” or “theoretical and applied mechanics.”
The objective of the program is to provide the student with a broad background in the fundamental physical sciences and applied mathematics, coordinated with both theoretical and applied engineering methods and experimental techniques. This type of educational background will give the student the degree of versatility necessary for dealing with the variety and complexity of modern technological problems as well as the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing needs and interests of industry, government, and society.
An education in engineering mechanics provides many advantages. First, the foundation offered by a degree in mechanics allows our graduates to more easily interact with coworkers on interdisciplinary teams including chemists, physicists, and mathematicians. Second, many industrial organizations prefer engineers that have a broad, fundamental scientific background rather than a narrow view of just one discipline. Third, and probably most important, great changes have taken place in science and engineering during recent years. Among the most important of these have been the rapid diffusion of scientific knowledge and disciplines into engineering, the increasing use of analytical and computer methods for the solution of practical problems, the need for a better understanding of the properties and behavior of materials, and the increasing need for engineers who can adapt known methods to new situations and develop new experimental and analytical methods. By focusing on core competency in physics and applied mathematics the engineering mechanics degree prepares students for these challenges.
The required courses taken early in the curriculum are intended to give the student a fundamental background in mathematics, science, and engineering. In addition to developing versatility through exposure to important concepts in various scientific fields, the required courses allow the students to identify areas of interest. With the relatively large number of elective credits available in the latter part of the program, the student may either continue to follow a general program or may prefer to concentrate elective courses in such areas as stress analysis and structural mechanics, dynamics and vibrations, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, experimental mechanics, applied mathematics, materials science, geological engineering, biomechanics, aerospace mechanics, mechanical systems analysis, etc.
Engineering mechanics graduates are sought by most industries and governmental agencies including in particular those participating in the newly developing areas of engineering such as space technology, performance of new structural materials, and so on. Their work often involves participation in design, research and development projects where the problems are sufficiently complex or unusual that their solutions require engineers with (1) a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of engineering, (2) advanced education in the established experimental and analytical methods, and (3) the ability to develop new experimental and analytical methods to attack problems for which standard methods, formulas, and materials have not yet been developed. The program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of related disciplines.
Admission to the College as a Freshman
Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.
CrossCampus Transfer to Engineering
UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Crosscampus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers group information sessions for students to learn about the crosscampus transfer process.
OffCampus Transfer to Engineering
With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Offcampus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
Offcampus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Admissions and Advising Coordinator in the College of Engineering: ugtransfer@engr.wisc.edu or 6082622473.
Second Bachelor's Degree
The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.
University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
General Education 
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements. 
The following curriculum applies to students who entered the College of Engineering after fall 2016.
Engineering Mechanics Curriculum
Summary of Requirements
Code  Title  Credits 

Mathematics and Statistics  22  
Science  13  
Engineering Science  26  
Engineering Mechanics Core  31  
EMA Electives  9  
Communication Skills  8  
Liberal Studies  16  
Technical Electives  3  
Total Credits  128 
Mathematics and Statistics
Code  Title  Credits 

MATH 221  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1  5 
or MATH 217  Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II  
or MATH 275  Topics in Calculus I  
MATH 222  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2  45 
or MATH 276  Topics in Calculus II  
MATH 234  CalculusFunctions of Several Variables  4 
MATH 320  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  3 
MATH 321  Applied Mathematical Analysis  3 
STAT 224  Introductory Statistics for Engineers  3 
Total Credits  2223 
Science
Code  Title  Credits 

CHEM 109  Advanced General Chemistry (or CHEM 103 & 104)  5 
PHYSICS 202  General Physics  5 
PHYSICS 241  Introduction to Modern Physics  3 
or PHYSICS 205  Modern Physics for Engineers  
Total Credits  13 
Engineering Science
Code  Title  Credits 

INTEREGR 110  Introduction to Engineering  1 
INTEREGR 170  Design Practicum  2 
M E 231  Introductory Engineering Graphics  2 
E P 271  Engineering Problem Solving I  3 
or COMP SCI 310  Problem Solving Using Computers  
M S & E 350  Introduction to Materials Science  3 
M E 361  Thermodynamics  3 
M E 363  Fluid Dynamics  3 
or CIV ENGR 310  Fluid Mechanics  
M E 364  Elementary Heat Transfer  3 
E C E 376  Electrical and Electronic Circuits  3 
or PHYSICS 321  Electric Circuits and Electronics  
Computing Elective ^{1}  3  
Total Credits  26 
^{1}  Choose from COMP SCI 367 Introduction to Data Structures, COMP SCI 412 Introduction to Numerical Methods, E M A/E P 471 Intermediate Problem Solving for Engineers, N E 602 Special Topics in Reactor Engineering 
Engineering Mechanics Core
Code  Title  Credits 

E M A 201  Statics  3 
E M A 202  Dynamics  3 
E M A 303  Mechanics of Materials  3 
E M A/M E 307  Mechanics of Materials Lab  1 
E M A 405  Practicum in Finite Elements  3 
E M A 469  Design Problems in Engineering  3 
E M A 506  Advanced Mechanics of Materials I  3 
Select one of the following:  3  
Experimental Mechanics  
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis  
Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials  
Aerodynamics Lab  
E M A 521  Aerodynamics  3 
E M A 542  Advanced Dynamics  3 
E M A 569  Senior Design Project  3 
Total Credits  31 
Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics Electives
Code  Title  Credits 

Select 9 credits from any EMA course numbered 500 and above  9 
Communication Skills
Code  Title  Credits 

ENGL 100  Introduction to College Composition  3 
or COM ARTS 100  Introduction to Speech Composition  
or LSC 100  Science and Storytelling  
or ESL 118  Academic Writing II  
E P D 275  Technical Presentations  2 
E P D 397  Technical Communication  3 
Total Credits  8 
Technical Electives
Code  Title  Credits 

Select 3 credits at a level that requires two semesters of calculus or two semesters of physics.  3 
Liberal Studies
Code  Title  Credits 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements  
Complete Requirements ^{1}  16  
Total Credits  16 
^{1}  Students must take 16 credits that carry H, S, L, or Z breadth designators. These credits must fulfill the following subrequirements:

Total Credits: 121
For information on credit load, adding or dropping courses, course substitutions, pass/fail, auditing courses, dean's honor list, repeating courses, probation, and graduation, see the College of Engineering Official Regulations.
Astronautics Option in Engineering Mechanics
The astronautics option in engineering mechanics prepares students for design, development, and research, with an emphasis on applied mathematics and astronautics. Its purpose is to improve and expand the educational opportunities of students at the university who wish to pursue careers in astronautics and spacerelated areas. This is accomplished by providing in depth exposure to course sequences in astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, and flight dynamics, as well as a core curriculum of structural and material analysis, advanced dynamics, and vibrations. The program requires a minimum of 127 credits; students selecting this option must submit an option declaration form to the department office.
The following curriculum applies to students who entered the College of Engineering after May 2001.
Summary of Requirements
Code  Title  Credits 

Mathematics and Statistics  22  
Science  13  
Engineering Science  26  
Engineering Mechanics/Astronautics Core  40  
EMA Electives  3  
Communication Skills  8  
Liberal Studies  16  
Total Credits  128 
Mathematics and Statistics
Code  Title  Credits 

MATH 221  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1  5 
or MATH 217  Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II  
or MATH 275  Topics in Calculus I  
MATH 222  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2  4 
or MATH 276  Topics in Calculus II  
MATH 234  CalculusFunctions of Several Variables  4 
MATH 320  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  3 
MATH 321  Applied Mathematical Analysis  3 
STAT 224  Introductory Statistics for Engineers  3 
or STAT 324  Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers  
Total Credits  22 
Science
Code  Title  Credits 

CHEM 109  Advanced General Chemistry (or CHEM 103 & 104)  5 
PHYSICS 202  General Physics  5 
PHYSICS 241  Introduction to Modern Physics  3 
or PHYSICS 205  Modern Physics for Engineers  
Total Credits  13 
Engineering Science
Code  Title  Credits 

INTEREGR 110  Introduction to Engineering  1 
INTEREGR 170  Design Practicum  2 
M E 231  Introductory Engineering Graphics  2 
E P 271  Engineering Problem Solving I  3 
or COMP SCI 310  Problem Solving Using Computers  
M E 361  Thermodynamics  3 
M E 363  Fluid Dynamics  3 
or CIV ENGR 310  Fluid Mechanics  
E C E 376  Electrical and Electronic Circuits  3 
M E 364  Elementary Heat Transfer  3 
E C E 332  Feedback Control Systems  3 
or M E 446  Automatic Controls  
Computing Elective ^{1}  3  
Total Credits  26 
^{1}  Choose from COMP SCI 367 Introduction to Data Structures, COMP SCI 412 Introduction to Numerical Methods, E M A/E P 471 Intermediate Problem Solving for Engineers, N E 602 Special Topics in Reactor Engineering 
Engineering Mechanics/Astronautics Core
Code  Title  Credits 

E M A 201  Statics  3 
E M A 202  Dynamics  3 
E M A 303  Mechanics of Materials  3 
E M A/M E 307  Mechanics of Materials Lab  1 
E M A 405  Practicum in Finite Elements  3 
E M A 469  Design Problems in Engineering  3 
E M A 506  Advanced Mechanics of Materials I  3 
Select one of the following:  3  
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis  
Experimental Mechanics  
Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials  
Aerodynamics Lab  
E M A 521  Aerodynamics  3 
E M A 542  Advanced Dynamics  3 
E M A 545  Mechanical Vibrations  3 
E M A/ASTRON 550  Astrodynamics  3 
E M A 569  Senior Design Project  3 
E M A 642  Satellite Dynamics  3 
Total Credits  40 
Technical Electives
Code  Title  Credits 

Select three credits at an academic level that requires 2 semesters of calculus or 2 semesters of physics as a prerequisite. E M A 1 may also be used to satisfy this requirement.  3 
Communication Skills
Code  Title  Credits 

ENGL 100  Introduction to College Composition  3 
or COM ARTS 100  Introduction to Speech Composition  
or LSC 100  Science and Storytelling  
or ESL 118  Academic Writing II  
E P D 275  Technical Presentations  2 
E P D 397  Technical Communication  3 
Total Credits  8 
Liberal Studies
Code  Title  Credits 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements  
Complete Requirements ^{1}  16  
Total Credits  16 
^{1}  Students must take 16 credits that carry H, S, L, or Z breadth designators. These credits must fulfill the following subrequirements:

For information on credit load, adding or dropping courses, course substitutions, pass/fail, auditing courses, dean's honor list, repeating courses, probation, and graduation, see the College of Engineering Official Regulations.
Honors Options
Engineering Mechanics Scholars and Distinguished Scholars Program
Students who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in their first semester, and maintain it throughout their career, may be designated Scholars. They also may be exempted from some formal requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics degree other than total credits. However, they must meet certain restrictions on the distribution of courses chosen. Students who achieve at least a 3.70 grade point average (GPA) for the first semester of the freshman year or a 3.5 GPA for the first four semesters, may be designated Distinguished Scholars. These students, with the approval of their advisor, may be exempted from most formal requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics degree other than the total credit hours, so long as they maintain a satisfactory performance record and the main thrust of their work is along the lines of engineering mechanics education. The general education and liberal studies requirements must be met by Scholars and Distinguished Scholars. Students transferring into the engineering mechanics degree program may be eligible to qualify for either of these scholars programs as late as the beginning of the seventh semester.
Honors in Undergraduate Research Program
Qualified undergraduates may earn a Honors in Research designation on their transcript and diploma by completing 8 credits of undergraduate honors research, including a senior thesis. Further information is available in the department office.
 an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. This includes:
 an ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science and engineering.
 an ability to use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to analyze, model, and design physical systems consisting of solid and fluid components under steady state and transient conditions.
 an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
 an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
 an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
 an ability to function on multi‐disciplinary teams.
 knowledge of professional and ethical standards.
 an ability to communicate effectively.
 the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
 a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in lifelong learning.
 a knowledge of contemporary issues.
SAMPLE FOURYEAR PLAN
First Year  

Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHEM 109^{1}  5  E M A 201^{3}  3 
MATH 221  5  MATH 222  4 
Communications A  3  STAT 224 or 324  3 
INTEREGR 110  1  M E 231  2 
INTEREGR 170^{2}  2  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
16  15  
Second Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
MATH 234  4  MATH 320  3 
PHYSICS 202  5  PHYSICS 241 or 205  3 
E M A 202  3  M E 361  3 
E P 271 or COMP SCI 310  3  E M A 303^{4}  3 
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 105  2  E M A/M E 307^{4}  1 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
17  16  
Third Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 506  3  E M A 405  3 
E M A 542 or 545^{5}  3  Experimental Mechanics Course^{6}  3 
MATH 321  3  M E 363 or CIV ENGR 310  3 
M S & E 350  3  Computing Elective  3 
E P D 397  3  Technical Elective  3 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
18  15  
Fourth Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 469  3  E M A 569  3 
E M A 521^{7}  3  EMA Elective  3 
EMA Elective  3  EMA Elective  3 
E C E 376  3  M E 364  3 
Liberal Studies Elective  4  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
16  15  
Total Credits 128 
^{1}  Students should take CHEM 109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5 cr; students with inadequate preparation in high school chemistry may substitute CHEM 103 General Chemistry I and CHEM 104 General Chemistry II for a total of 9 credits. 
^{2}  Students who were not able to take INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum as freshmen may, with the approval of their advisor, substitute 2 credits of electives from courses offered in the College of Engineering or in the departments of Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. 
^{3}  Students may substitute PHYSICS 201 General Physics, 5 credits, for E M A 201 Statics, 3 credits, with the approval of their advisor. 
^{4}  M E 306 Mechanics of Materials and M E/E M A 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab are acceptable substitutions for E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials and E M A/M E 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab. 
^{5}  Students electing E M A 545 Mechanical Vibrations instead of E M A 542 Advanced Dynamics should note that E M A 545 Mechanical Vibrations is offered in the spring semester only. 
^{6}  E M A 611 Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials or E M A/M E 540 Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis or E M A/M E 570 Experimental Mechanics or E M A 522 Aerodynamics Lab. Note that E M A/M E 540 Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis is typically offered in the fall. 
^{7}  M E 563 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics may be substituted for E M A 521 Aerodynamics. 
Astronautics Option in Engineering Mechanics
EXAMPLE FOUR YEAR PLAN
First Year  

Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHEM 109  5  E M A 201  3 
MATH 221  5  MATH 222  4 
Communications A  3  STAT 224  3 
INTEREGR 110  1  M E 231  2 
INTEREGR 170  2  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
16  15  
Second Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
MATH 234  4  MATH 320  3 
PHYSICS 202  5  PHYSICS 241 or 205  3 
E M A 202  3  M E 361  3 
E P 271  3  E M A 303  3 
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 105  2  E M A/M E 307  1 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
17  16  
Third Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 506  3  E M A 545  3 
E M A 405  3  E M A/ASTRON 550  3 
M E 363 or CIV ENGR 310  3  E M A 611, 540, 570, or 522  3 
MATH 321  3  M E 364  3 
E P D 397  3  Computing Elective  3 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
18  15  
Fourth Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 469  3  E M A 569  3 
E M A 521  3  E M A 642  3 
E M A 542  3  E C E 332 or M E 446  3 
E C E 376  3  Technical Elective  3 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
15  15  
Total Credits 127 
Advising
Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center.
Engineering Career Services
Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying preprofessional workbased learning experiences such as coops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding fulltime professional employment during their graduation year.
ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets oneonone with students to discuss offer negotiations.
Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 6082623471.
Professors Henderson (chair), T. Allen, Blanchard, Bonazza, Crone, Drugan, Fonck, Hegna, Kammer, Lakes, Smith (also Mathematics), Sovinec, Waleffe (also Mathematics), Wilson; Associate Professor M. Allen, Witt; Assistant Professors Couet, Notbohm, Scarlat, Schmitz; and Affiliate Faculty (see department webpage for list).
Facilities
Facilities available for instruction and research include:
Mechanics Holographic Lab
Viscoelasticity and Composites Lab
Wisconsin Laboratory for Structures and Materials Testing: Materials Testing Lab
Wind Tunnel Laboratory
Structural Mechanics Lab
Structural Dynamics and Vibrations Lab
Fatigue/Fracture Lab
Instructional Computing Lab (in Computer Aided Engineering)
Research Computing Lab