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.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Sheet

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       


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 4020

Finite Element Analysis

MEN 4810

Special Topics

MEN 5012


MEN 5016

Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering

MEN 5020

Mechanical Behavior of Polymers

MEN 5040

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

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.

Departmental Academic Policies

  • In order to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for any mathematics, science, or engineering courses, students must achieve a grade of “C-” or higher in the prerequisite course.