Planning & Advising

Mechanical Engineering Advising

Currently enrolled Harvard College students are encouraged to explore their potential interests in Mechanical Engineering by meeting with Christopher Lombardo (Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering).

After entering the concentration, all ME students are assigned two formal advisers to support the development of their academic and professional goals: a Concentration Adviser (Christopher Lombardo, ADUS in ME) and a Faculty Adviser (a professor from the ME Board of Advisers).

 

Sample 2-Year Schedule for Mechanical Engineering if starting in Math Ma

Fall 1st Year

Math Ma - Intro to Functions and Calculus I

CS 50 - Intro to Computer Science

 

Spring 1st Year

Math Mb - Intro to Functions and Calculus II

ES 51 - Computer Aided Machine Design

*PS 12a - Physics: Mechanics

Fall 2nd Year

Math 1b - Calculus, Series, & Diff Equations

*PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism

LPS A - Foundational Chem & Bio (for S.B. students)

Spring 2nd Year

Math 21a – Multivariable Calculus

*PS 11 - Modern Chemistry (for S.B. students)

ES 52 - The Joy of Electronics

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

*Students starting in Math Ma/1a who are less comfortable with mathematics can take PS 11 (Modern Chemistry) (for S.B. students) in Spring 1st year, AP 50a or Physics 15a (both courses cover Physics: Mechanics) in Fall 2nd year, and AP 50b or Physics 15b (both courses cover Physics: Electromagnetism) in Spring 2nd year.

 

Sample 2-Year Schedule for Mechanical Engineering if starting in Math 1a

Fall 1st Year

MATH 1a - Intro to Calculus

CS 50 - Intro to Computer Science

 

Spring 1st Year

MATH 1b - Calculus, Series, & Diff Eq

ES 51 - Computer Aided Machine Design

*PS 12a - Physics: Mechanics

Fall 2nd Year

AM 21a - Math Methods In Sciences

*PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism

ES 52 - The Joy of Electronics

 

Spring 2nd Year

AM 21b - Math Methods In Sciences

*PS 11 - Modern Chemistry (for S.B. students)

ES 120 - Mechanics of Solids

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

 

Sample 2-Year Schedule for Mechanical Engineering if starting in Applied Math 21a

Fall 1st Year

AM 21a - Math Methods In Sciences

CS 50 - Intro to Computer Science

 

Spring 1st Year

AM 21b - Math Methods In Sciences

ES 51 - Computer Aided Machine Design

PS 12a - Physics: Mechanics

Fall 2nd Year

PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism

ES 52 - The Joy of Electronics

Probability & Statistics (for S.B. students)

Spring 2nd Year

ES 120 - Mechanics of Solids

Applied Math Elective (for S.B. students)

PS 11 - Modern Chemistry (for S.B. students)

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

Note about ES 51: Students who are comfortable with high school calculus and physics are welcome to take ES 51 in the fall of freshman year; students can also wait to take ES 51 in the fall of sophomore year.

Note about gateway courses: Students interested in the Mechanical Engineering S.B. degree should carefully consider their selection of a gateway course. ES 6, ES 50, and ES 53 will count as the only engineering elective for the Mechanical Engineering S.B. degree (whereas ES 51 and ES 52 are required for the degree).