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BS in Mechanical Engineering

You have a passion for problem-solving, for learning how things work and improving them. As a mechanical engineer, your passion makes you indispensable on the front lines of design and manufacturing for companies all over the world, such as Boeing, Amtrak, General Motors and GE.

Program Overview

Companies rely on mechanical engineers to design, develop, maintain, test and improve their most important systems, equipment and machinery. In our program, you’ll develop the analytical and technological skills necessary for careers in diverse fields, from transportation and robotics to alternative energy and nanotechnology. 

With years of experience in the field, our engineering faculty members teach you the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, control theory, engineering design and more. Whether you see yourself rebuilding automotive engines, designing transport systems or manufacturing industrial equipment, you’ll get the foundation and skills necessary to succeed in your area of interest. 

More than a dozen state-of-the-art labs and classrooms—including a circuits and controls lab, a hydraulics lab and a fabrications lab—provide you with an experiential and collaborative learning experience. In a multidisciplinary environment, you acquire the expertise to design and conduct experiments, perform materials testing and build prototypes and models of your own design. Powerful software tools and 3D printers allow you to bring those designs to life.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The program requires 131 credits as outlined here:

Course List
University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
or BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
MA 151Calculus I4
MA 152Calculus II4
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (three classes; must be from two different areas)9
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering
MA 251Calculus III4
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
PHY 121University Physics4
PHY 122University Physics II4
CSC 110
& 110L
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MER 210
& 210L
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
MER 220
& 220L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
MER 221Dynamics3
MER 230
& 230L
Engineering Materials
and Engineering Materials Lab
MER 250Computer Aided Design3
MER 310Thermal-Fluid Systems I3
MER 320Thermal-Fluid Systems II3
MER 330
& 330L
Introduction to Circuits
and Circuits Lab
MER 340
& 340L
Manufacturing/Machine Component Design
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
MER 350Mechanical Engineering Design3
MER 360Heat Transfer3
MER 470
& 470L
Dynamic Modeling and Control
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
MER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
MER 498ME Capstone Design3
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select two of the following MER technical electives:6
MER 387
Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics
MER 388
Helicopter Aeronautics
MER 450
Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing
MER 472
Energy Conversion Systems
MER 475
MER 481
Aircraft Performance/Static Stability
MER 486
Vibration Engineering
MER 489
Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering
MER 491
Biomedical Engineering
Technical elective
Select one of the following:3
One additional MER technical elective from above
CER 310
Structural Analysis
IER 320
Production Systems
IER 340
Physical Human Factors and the Workplace
IER 420
Industrial Control Systems
IER 430
Statistical Process Control
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program coordinator approval
Total Credits131

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student Enrollment

  • 2016-17: 101
  • 2015-16: 82
  • 2014-15: 59
  • 2013-14: 34
  • 2012-13: 8

Number of Mechanical Engineering Program Graduates
2015-16: 12, Inaugural Class