Summary: Screening Exam Topics
Academic Year 2009/2010
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of California, Santa Barbara
Final version: November 10, 2009
The Screening Exam aims to achieve three objectives. (1) To determine if the student has a deep
understanding of the basic knowledge of at least two areas of emphasis in Mechanical Engineering. (2)
To determine if the student has the mathematical skills required for a deep understanding of the basic
knowledge of the two areas of emphasis. (3) To assess if the student has the analytical ability and critical
thinking skills required to embark on independent research in one area of emphasis.
The Screening Exam is meant to test the student's broad understanding of fundamental concepts and
the student's ability to draw connection inside and across disciplines. The following list of courses and
reading material are not to be understood as "required courses" and "assigned reading," but rather as
suggested courses and reading.
Important Note: This document pertains only to the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 Screening Exam.
Successive exams will be based upon revised versions of this document.
Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)