The educational objective of the B.S.E. program in mechanical engineering is to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation:

  • will have successful careers in engineering and beyond and will have assumed professional roles of increasing responsibility and impact;
  • will have acquired new knowledge and expertise through professional development opportunities or advanced education; and
  • will be engaged in workplace, professional, or civic communities.

Visit Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives on the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering website to learn more.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering requires a minimum of 128 s.h. The major in mechanical engineering lays a foundation in the basic disciplines of mathematics, physics, and chemistry and in the engineering sciences of statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanics of deformable bodies, mechanics of fluids and transfer processes, materials science, and electrical sciences. An understanding of these sciences enables mechanical engineers to design parts of systems and understand whole systems, plan the production and use of energy, plan and operate industrial manufacturing facilities, and design automatic control systems for machines and other mechanical systems.

Mechanical engineering students develop an awareness of social and humanistic issues relating to business, environment, government, history, language, religion, and international relations. They also acquire an appreciation of professional and ethical responsibilities.

All engineering students complete the B.S.E. core requirements, which include RHET:1030 Rhetoric, ENGR:1100 Engineering Problem Solving IENGR:1300 Engineering Problem Solving II, and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics. They must earn a grade of C-minus or higher in the core requirements MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus and MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus.

They also complete the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, an elective focus area, and the general education component (15 s.h. of humanities and social science courses). For information about the curriculum stems, see Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Catalog.

Upper-level students work on team projects in a senior capstone design course, ME:4086 Mechanical Engineering Design Project. Some students may arrange to participate in established research projects.

Students must select elective focus area courses according to guidelines established by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. See "Elective Focus Area" below.

Elective Focus Area

The mechanical engineering program offers a variety of elective focus area options, including standard focus areas developed and maintained by the program and flexible focus areas tailored to individual student interests. For more detailed information about elective focus areas, see Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Catalog. For a list of standard mechanical engineering elective focus area options and guidelines for tailored elective focus areas, see Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program on the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering website.

Joint B.S.E./M.S.: Mechanical Engineering

The College of Engineering offers a joint (fast-track) Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Master of Science for mechanical engineering undergraduate students who intend to earn an M.S. in mechanical engineering. B.S.E./M.S. students may take up to 12 s.h. of graduate-level course work, attend the program's graduate seminar, and participate in master's research while they are still undergraduates. They may count 6 s.h. of graduate course work toward both degrees. Once students complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree, they are granted the B.S.E., and they normally complete the M.S. one year later.

To be admitted to the joint degree program, students must have completed at least 80 s.h., must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.25, and must submit a letter of application to the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The following study plan includes the B.S.E. core requirements and the curriculum for the mechanical engineering major. Some courses in the curriculum are prerequisites to others. Students must complete a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course. Those who take courses in the order below satisfy the prerequisite requirements automatically.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR:1000 Engineering Success for First-Year Students (credit does not count toward B.S.E. degree) 1
ENGR:1100 Engineering Problem Solving I 3
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I 4
MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
ENGR:1300 Engineering Problem Solving II 3
MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus 4
MATH:2550 Engineering Mathematics III: Matrix Algebra 2
PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I 4
General education component course 3
Second Year
ME:2020 Mechanical Engineering Sophomore Seminar 0
ENGR:2110 Engineering Fundamentals I: Statics 2
ENGR:2120 Engineering Fundamentals II: Electrical Circuits 3
ENGR:2130 Engineering Fundamentals III: Thermodynamics 3
MATH:2560 Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations 3
PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics II 3
General education component course 3
ENGR:2710 Dynamics 3
ENGR:2720 Materials Science 3
ENGR:2750 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3
ENGR:2760 Design for Manufacturing 3
Elective focus area course 3
Third Year
ME:3091 Professional Seminar: Mechanical Engineering 0
ME:3351 Engineering Instrumentation 2
ENGR:2510 Fluid Mechanics 4
ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering 2-3
MATH:3550 Engineering Mathematics V: Vector Calculus 3
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences 3
Elective focus area course 3
ME:3040 Thermodynamics II 3
ME:3045 Heat Transfer 3
ME:3052 Mechanical Systems 4
General education component course 3
Elective focus area course 3
Fourth Year
ME:3091 Professional Seminar: Mechanical Engineering 0
ME:4048 Energy Systems Design 4
ME:4055 Mechanical Systems Design 3
General education component course 3
Elective focus area courses 6
ME:4080 Experimental Engineering 4
ME:4086 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 3
General education component course 3
Elective focus area courses 6
 Total Hours129-130

The engineering profession is a foundation for a variety of careers in industry, medicine, law, government, and consulting. Engineering majors hold eight of the top ten spots on the list of top-paid majors for bachelor's degree graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). On average, 93-98 percent of graduates are employed in their field of study or pursuing advanced education within seven months of graduation.

Engineering Professional Development (EPD) develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students in the College of Engineering. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and provide opportunities for students to network with employers, including an engineering career fair each semester and other programming related to career development.

EPD also offers individual advising and class presentations on résumé and cover letter preparation, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, and job offer evaluation.