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Mechanical Engineering

Major Requirements

As a Mechanical Engineering major, you will gain a deeper knowledge of engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics.

Equipped with specialized skills, tools, and techniques, you’ll be well prepared for a career in a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, and communications. Bonus? The engineering department is home to two 3D printers you can use to rapidly prototype models, gears, and more.

Meet Your Major

In the Mechanical Engineering program, you will:

  • Learn how to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Discover how to identify, formulate, and solve complex mechanical engineering problems
  • Explore critical mechanical engineering concepts including machine design, materials science, and heat and mass transfer
  • Gain a firm mathematics foundation by studying calculus, statistics, and differential equations
  • Improve your critical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem solving skills

Hands-On Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in internships and co-ops. It’s your chance to get real-world experience at industry leaders like Raytheon, Phillips Medical, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Mechanical Engineering program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue an advanced degree or a career in mechanical engineering. Positions may include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Mining engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

What You’ll Take

All Mechanical Engineering majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the XX-credit and minimum-of-XX course requirement.

Required Courses


MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1505*

Applied Statistics

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220  

Differential Equations

 *MTH 2527 may be substituted for MTH 1505

 Basic Sciences

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II

MEN 3030

Thermodynamics I

CHM 1110

General Chemistry 


Choose one of the following:

  • CSC 1610 Computer Science
  • MEN 2050 Engineering Computation and CAD 
Engineering Communications

GEN 1001(W)   

 Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Science

GEN 2010

Mechanics I

GEN 2012

Mechanics II

GEN 3040

Fluid Mechanics

MEN 3032

Thermodynamics II 

 Mechanical Engineering

MEN 3010

Machine Design

MEN 3014       


MEN 3020

Materials Science

MEN 3034

Heat and Mass Transfer

MEN 3090

Professionalism and Ethics

MEN 5010

Advanced Mechanics/FEM

MEN 5030

Energy Systems

MEN 4910

Design Project I

MEN 4920

Design Project II

CEN 3030

Transportation Engineering 

CEN 3050

Environmental Engineering

CEN 3090

Professionalism and Ethics 

CEN 4901(X)

Design Project

Senior Seminar
MEN 4900 Senior Seminar 

Elective Courses

Depth Electives

Select a minimum of 8 credit hours of “depth electives” from the list below. Depth electives are 4000 or 5000 level mechanical engineering courses beyond those requires in the major. Department approved civil engineering courses may be counted as Depth Electives. See your advisor for a list of approved courses.

MEN 5012


MEN 5040

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

MEN 4810

Finite Element Analysis

MEN 5050

Processing and Manufacturing

MEN 5060               

Advanced Materials

Technical Electives

Select a minimum of four credit hours in an area that supports your technical or communication skills. Your chosen course must be approved by your advisor.

NOTE: Student must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering, examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate.

More Info

Franco Capaldi,

Chair and Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering