Major in mechanical engineering
Place yourself at the forefront of developing technologies by earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers design and develop anything that can be thought of as a machine, as well as the tools and processes necessary to make man-made products. Encompassing a wide range of fields, the discipline includes the study of energy transformations, manufacturing, mechanical systems, and material science.
With a degree in mechanical engineering, you'll have the ability to work in a diverse range of careers including scientific research, product manufacturing, product design, power generation, military analysis, and operations of complex systems such as nuclear reactors. Mechanical engineers are increasingly finding opportunities in medical research fields and in biofuel applications.
The Mechanical Engineering department also offers a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing: the transformation of raw materials into useful products through the use of the most effective methods.
Our program emphasizes hands-on education by providing small lab sections and lab and computer facilities dedicated to undergraduate teaching.
You'll choose from courses in manufacturing, materials science, design, fluid mechanics, control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and robotics. The culmination of your work will be your senior project, which allows you to solve real-life engineering problems.
For the BS in mechanical engineering, you'll complete 40 credits in mechanical engineering courses and a total of 123 credits overall.
The department offers a BS degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing: the transformation of raw materials into useful products through the use of the most effective methods.
Manufacturing engineers determine the equipment, tools, and processes required to convert the design of a product into reality. They apply analytical skills to discover the optimal combination of machinery, materials, and methods needed to keep production costs and time low.
With the minor in mechanical engineering, you have the option to specialize in controls, design, manufacturing, and thermal sciences—or you may choose an open path of studies.
For the minor, you'll complete 20 to 22 credits.
- Capstone projects: most senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
- Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college.
- Community: join organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders.
- New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.
with advanced study
- Accelerated BS/MS Program: This program enables qualified BS degree students in mechanical engineering to complete both the BS and the MS degrees.
- MS in Mechanical Engineering: Expand your career options with a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
- PhD Program in Engineering & Applied Science: Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of modern research at the interfaces of engineering, the applied sciences, and technology.