Meet Your Major

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 3-D printers you can use to rapidly prototype models, gears and more.

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


Required Courses

Mathematics (complete all)

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1505*

Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220  

Differential Equations

 *MTH 2527 may be substituted for MTH 1505.

Basic Sciences (complete all)

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II

MEN 3030

Thermodynamics I

CHM 1110

General Chemistry  I

Computation (choose one)

CSC 1610 

Problem Solving with Programming

MEN 2050

Engineering Computation and CAD

Engineering Communications

GEN 1001

 Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Science (complete all)

GEN 2010

Mechanics I

GEN 2012

Mechanics II

GEN 3040

Fluid Mechanics

MEN 3032

Thermodynamics II 

Mechanical Engineering (complete all)

MEN 3010

Machine Design

MEN 3014       

Dynamics/Vibrations

MEN 3020

Materials Science

MEN 3034

Heat and Mass Transfer

MEN 5010

Advanced Mechanics/FEM

MEN 5030

Energy Systems

MEN 4910

Design Project I

MEN 4920

Design Project II

Senior Seminar

MEN 4900 Senior Seminar 

Elective Courses

Depth Electives

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

MEN 5012

Instrumentation/Robotics

MEN 5020

Mechanical Behavior of Polymers

MEN 5040

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

MEN 4810

Special Topics

MEN 5050

Manufacturing Processes

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 adviser.

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