Students may choose from two degree programs within the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Mechanical Engineering
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. 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.
Specializations within the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
These degree plans are samples only, devised to give students an idea of what the curriculum could look like for a student in the B.S. and B.A. programs. Students should speak with an adviser to design a degree plan that fits their needs.