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Degree Programs and Requirements

Degrees Offered

Studies in mechanical engineering can lead to specialization in one or more of a diverse set of areas, including aerospace engineering, biomedical systems, computational fluid mechanics, computational mechanics, fluids-thermal science, mechanical design, mechanics, robotics, and systems dynamics and controls.

Students may choose from two degree programs within the Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)
  • B.A. with a Major in Mechanical EngineeringFor information on the accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program - Objectives and Student Outcomes, please visit Accreditation Information.

For more information about the curriculum we offer and to see sample degree plans, please visit our Curriculum page.

Degree Requirements

The B.A. program in mechanical engineering is highly flexible, involves less technical content than the B.S., and allows students greater freedom to pursue areas of interest outside of engineering.  The B.A. is recommended for students who will pursue medical or law degrees immediately following their undergraduate education, and therefore need to take additional prerequisite classes for those professional postgraduate programs.

The B.S. program prepares students for the professional practice of engineering. During their senior year, mechanical engineering students in the B.S. program take courses in design application while completing a major design project, and engineering students in the B.S. program work on a design problem in an industrial setting. Students who plan to work as licensed professional engineers (PE) or pursue graduate degrees in the discipline are encouraged to pursue the B.S., as it is the most direct route to becoming a practicing engineer and the required course work will better prepare them for graduate study.  The program leading to the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Specializations within the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science 
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Systems Dynamics and Controls  

 See the General Announcements for full details regarding degree requirements in mechanical engineering.