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The Thermofluids Certificate is intended for working engineers in mechanical, chemical, or a closely related field of engineering. The certificate will provide fundamental theoretical and analytic background as well as exposure to modern topics and applications. Specialization in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, or heat transfer is possible with suitable choice of electives. Completion of the certificate will allow the student to design heat transfer and fluid solutions for a range of modern applications.


Applicants must have completed an accredited Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical or a closely related field of engineering. They are expected to have prior undergraduate coursework in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer.

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 16 units as described below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or better in each course.

Required Courses (12 units):

  • MECH 228 Equilibrium Thermodynamics (2 units)
  • MECH 236 Conduction Heat Transfer (2 units)
  • MECH 238 Convective Heat Transfer I (2 units)
  • MECH 240 Radiation Heat Transfer I (2 units)
  • MECH 266 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (2 units)
  • MECH 270 Viscous Flow I (2 units)

Elective Courses (4 units):

  • MECH 202 Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (2 units)
  • MECH 225 Gas Dynamics I (2 units)
  • MECH 226 Gas Dynamics II (2 units)
  • MECH 230 Statistical Thermodynamics (2 units)
  • MECH 239 Convective Heat Transfer II (2 units)
  • MECH 268 Computational Fluid Mechanics I (2 units)
  • MECH 271 Viscous Flow II (2 units)
  • MECH 288 Energy Conversion I (2 units)
  • MECH 289 Energy Conversion II (2 units)

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Mechanical Engineering
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