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Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering. Though the curriculum is rigorous and challenging, a Mechanical Engineering degree will provide many opportunities for a rewarding and meaningful career.


University B.S. Degree RequirementsB.S. in Mechanical Engineering Degree RequirementsM.E. Undergraduate CoursesIntermediate StatusFull Major StatusTechnical ElectivesFE ExamGraduation Information
  1. Maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  2. Complete the following technical coursework (all courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of ‘C-’ or higher for students admitted to the major prior to Fall 2016 and ‘C’ or higher for students admitted to the major for Fall 2016 or later):
    1. MATH 1210, 1220, 2210, 2250, 3150 or MATH 1310, 1320, 2250, 3140;
    2. PHYS 2210, 2220; CHEM 1210, 1215;
    3. ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2300, 2450, 2650, 3000, 3200, 3210, 3300, 3600, 3650, 3700, 4000, 4010;
    4. ECE 2210; MSE 2160.
  3. Earn a ‘C’ (2.0) average in the courses associated with the four basic areas listed below, and receive no grade below a ‘C-’ in any of these courses:
    1. Mathematics: MATH 1210, 1220, 2210, 2250, 3150 or MATH 1310, 1320, 2250, 3140;
    2. Thermal-Fluids: ME EN 2300, 3600, 3650, 3700;
    3. Solid Mechanics: ME EN 1300, 2080, 3300;
    4. Mechatronics: PHYS 2210 and 2220, ECE 2210, ME EN 3200 and 3210.
  4. Complete the ME EN 3900 Professionalism and Ethics Seminar (graded CR/NC).
  5. Complete twelve technical elective credit hours

Students must be accepted to Intermediate Status in order to take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300/2010, 2080/2030, 2300, 2450 and 2650. Placement into MATH 1210 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. In general, freshman admits will be accepted to Intermediate Status.  Transfer admits will also be accepted to Intermediate Status if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300/2010; MATH 1210, 1220; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.

Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of the courses listed below with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C- (C for students admitted to the major for Fall 2016 or later). All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.

Courses Required for Full Major Status

Course #'s
Course Names
CHEM 1210 & 1215General Chemistry & Lab
MATH 1210 & 1220Calculus I & II
ME EN 1000Introduction to Mechanical Design for Engineering Systems
ME EN 1010Computer-Based Problem Solving for Engineering Systems
ME EN 2010/ ME EN 1300Statics/Statics & Strength of Materials
PHYS 2210Physics for Engineers I


Students are reviewed for Full Major Status each Fall and Spring semester.  Eligible students are accepted to Full Major Status and notified by November 1 (Fall) or March 15 (Spring).

Transfer students are evaluated for Full Major Status as part of the admissions process.

A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because his/her technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C- (C for students admitted to the major for Fall 2016 or later) or better in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Technical electives are the final phase of undergraduate education in Mechanical Engineering. Considerable latitude is allowed in the selection of technical electives. The objectives of the technical electives are to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired in required ME EN courses and to broaden the student’s knowledge in other related technical areas.

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Technical Elective Requirements

  1. Twelve technical elective credit hours are required.
  2. All technical electives must be:
    1. Upper division courses (3000-5999);
    2. Taken for a letter grade (except ME EN 5910 Co-op);
    3. Satisfactorily completed with a ‘C’ or better (C- for students admitted to the major before Fall 2016).
  3. Six of the twelve technical elective credits must be completed within the Mechanical Engineering department.

Approved Technical Elective Courses

  • All 5000-level courses in the College of Engineering;
  • MATH 4200, 4750, 5010, 5040, 5050, 5080, 5090, 5410, 5420, 5440, 5600, 5610, 5620, 5710, 5720, 5740, 5750;
  • PHYS 3610, 3620, 3740, 3760, 5010, 5110, 5450, 5460;
  • Other upper division courses from the College of Science and the College of Mines & Earth Sciences may be petitioned to count for technical elective credit;
  • Courses numbered higher than 5999 are generally not acceptable for undergraduate credit;
  • Technical writing courses are not acceptable for technical elective credit unless approved by the department.

Recommended Technical Elective Courses by Area of Interest

  1. Aerospace Engineering: ME EN 5710, 5830, 5300, 5500, 5510, 5520, 5400, 5410
  2. Biomechanics: ME EN 5300, 5100, 7120*; BIOEN 5101, 5201, 5301
  3. Design and Manufacturing: ME EN 5030, 5040, 5050, 5055, 5060, 5110, 5510
  4. Dynamics and Control: ME EN 5200, 5205, 5210, 5400, 5410
  5. Ergonomics and Safety: ME EN 5100, 5110, 5120, 5030, 5040
  6. Fluid Mechanics: ME EN 5700, 5710, 5800, 5810, 5830, 6720*
  7. Mechatronics: ME EN 5200,5205, 5240, 5250; ECE 5570, 5780; PHYS 3610, 3620
  8. Micro/Nanoscale Engineering: ME EN 5050, 5055, 5620; ECE 5201
  9. Modeling: ME EN 5205, 5510, 5810, 6720*; MATH 5XXX
  10. Robotics and Control: ME EN 5200, 5220, 5225, 5230
  11. Solid Mechanics: ME EN 5300, 5500, 5510, 5520, 5530, 5400, 5410
  12. Thermal Science and Energy Engineering: ME EN 5600, 5800, 5810, 5820, 5830

*with permission from the instructor

Co-op, Design, & Research Options

Technical elective credit may be earned for co-op, design, and research experiences through the following courses:

These courses allow the student to have experiences not normally available in regularly scheduled classes.

While the FE Exam is no longer required for graduation, students are highly encouraged to take the exam.

  1. Beginning in January 2014, the FE Exam will be administered via computer at approved Pearson VUE testing centers during four testing windows throughout the year:  January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November.
  2. Registration for the FE Exam is open year-round via the NCEES website.
  3. The FE Exam can be attempted only once during any two-month testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period.
  4. ME students are encouraged to take the exam at one of the following times:  April-May of the Junior year, July-August between the Junior and Senior years, and October-November of the Senior year.

All undergraduates must apply in advance for graduation to receive their bachelor’s degree. You must apply online in CIS. The new online form does not require an advisor’s signature, but students should meet with their advisor to review their DARS report and ensure they are on track for graduation.  Application dates are:

Deadline to Apply
Fall Graduation (December)June 1
Spring Graduation (May)November 1
Summer Graduation (August)February 1


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Additional Mechanical Engineering Academic Opportunities

In addition to the Mechanical Engineering degree requirements listed above, the Department of Mechanical Engineering also offers many academic opportunities to expand your undergraduate studies.

EmphasesMechatronics CertificateBS/MS ProgramAcademic MinorsHonors in Engineering ProgramUndergraduate Research Scholar DesignationInnovation Scholar ProgramEntrepreneurship Certificate

Students may elect to complete one of twelve optional emphases within Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Control, Ergonomics and Safety, Fluid Mechanics, Mechatronics, Micro/Nanoscale Engineering, Modeling, Robotics and Control, Solid Mechanics, Thermal Science and Energy Engineering. A BSME emphasis, indicated on the student’s transcript, will indicate high academic achievement in the area of specialization.

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Any student in the College of Engineering (or related sciences) can earn a certificate in Mechatronics by passing the required classes and 14 semester hours of courses from the list of approved electives, and by completing an approved Mechatronics project. The certificate will be awarded with the bachelor’s degree or at the graduate level.

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For undergraduate students interested in vigorous pursuit of research, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined degree program intended to foster undergraduate research and to accelerate progress toward the M.S. degree.

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Mechanical Engineering majors can strengthen their Bachelor’s degrees if they choose to complete a minor. There are several minors that complement the mechanical engineering curriculum nicely:

Students in the College of Engineering wishing to pursue and Honors Degree MUST be admitted to the University Honors College:

Honors in Engineering is a path to achieve an Honors Degree that aligns with degree programs in the student’s major. There is no separate application process for Honors in Engineering. Students will be advised for their Honors courses in the College of Engineering and will be assigned a faculty mentor to work with them as they prepare their Honors Thesis.

For more information about the Honors in Engineering path contact Dianne Leonard at or (801) 585-7769.

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD) recognizes a student’s commitment to their development as a researcher during their undergraduate career. The URSD appears in the awards section of the transcripts of graduating students. URSD awardees receive a white research cord from the Office of Undergraduate Research to wear at convocation and commencement.

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The Innovation Scholar program at the University of Utah provides undergraduates an opportunity to explore big questions and problems that inspire you. Innovation Scholars chart a personal direction of finding innovative solutions to these questions. Along the way, you get to match your passion with a purpose, invent your own future and tap into the rich community of innovators at the U.

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In partnership with the David Eccles School of Business, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate offers engineering students the opportunity for hands-on innovation experience as well as a strong foundation in the business aspects of technology. The program is intended for students who want to start their own company as well as for those interested in the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live. Our aim is to provide the educational background to thrive in small and large business environments, convey technical information in business terms and understand business viability of engineering solutions. All engineering students interested in understanding the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live are invited to apply.

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