Mechanical engineering focuses on the use of mechanical and thermal energy to design and produce devices for the improvement of human life.  Applications of mechanical engineering principles are wide and varied: aircraft design, biomechanics, control of satellite orbits, manufacturing, robotics, robot-aided medical procedures, automotive systems, jet engines, construction equipment, heating/cooling systems, just to name a few.


23.5 courses, (94 credits) distributed as follows:

  • 4 Foundations of Science:
    • Foundations of Science 1: Energy and Matter (SCIEN-AD 101, 102, 121);
    • Foundations of Science 2: Forces and Interactions (SCIEN-AD 103, 104, 122);
    • Foundations of Science 3: Systems in Flux (SCIEN-AD 105, 106, 109, 123);
    • Foundations of Science 4: Form and Function (SCIEN-AD 107, 108, 110, 124)
  • 4 Mathematics courses:
    • ENGR-AD 195 Fundamentals of Discrete Math (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 291 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (half course);
    • MATH-AD 111 Calculus with Applications: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-AD 112 Multivariable Calculus: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-AD 115 Fundamentals of Linear Algebra (half course);
    • MATH-AD 120 Fundamentals of Ordinary Differential Equations (half course)

  • 4 Engineering Common Courses:
    • ENGR-AD 101 Computer Programming for Engineers;
    • ENGR-AD 110J Design and Innovation (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 111 Engineering Statics (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 112 Conservation Laws in Engineering (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 113 Digital Logic (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 117 Numerical Methods (half course);
    • ENGR-AD 119 Circuits Fundamentals (half course)
  • 9.5 Discipline-specific required and elective courses (38 credits)

  • 2 Capstone
    • ENGR-AD 400 (half course), 401 (half course), and 402 Capstone Seminar and Design Project

This field of engineering involves the study of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, material science, computer-aided design, and computational methods among other topics. A solid basis in mathematics is essential in this major, along with a strong background in the basic sciences: physics, chemistry, and biology. A well-developed work ethic and dedication are also required for success in engineering.

Mechanical engineers enjoy consistently high salaries, and reliable employment. Emerging topics in mechanical engineering include advanced composite materials, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering.