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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is an essential part of most industries and modern technologies, and includes the analysis, design and development of machines and structures that involve motion. 

Mechanical engineers are employed in areas such as the design and control of machinery; the development of means of transportation including automobiles, aircraft, space and marine vehicles, and railroads; computer-aided design and manufacture of products, consumer goods, devices and industrial equipment; medical technology utilizing mechanical and electromechanical devices; the generation of energy from fossil and nuclear fuels; and the utilization, storage and distribution of alternative energy sources.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc.,


Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Flowchart

For degree programs of students admitted prior to Fall 2010 see the MMAE Academic Office.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire
  • Graduates will assume/undertake leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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