Mechanical Engineering


The Mechanical Engineering Program has a traditional ABET accredited four-year curriculum involving mechanics, vibrations, thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, materials, control theory and mechanical design. Graduates of this program find employment in the high-technology elector-mechanical industry as well as in the mechanical and aerospace industry.

Four year plans

Three year plans

Prerequisite Guides:


COMING SOON: Degree Specializations

A student who chooses to take specific electives will soon be awarded with a specialization which will appear on the their transcript and diploma.  Note that specializations have not yet been officially established.  A student who completes specialization requirements may contact their academic advisor for a certificate acknowledging completion of the specified coursework.  They may also note the accomplishment on their resume/CV, and employers may contact the department for verification if requested.  Specializations are optional.   

  • Controls & Robotics - Students must complete four technical electives from the list below including at least two of the courses marked with a ( * ).
    • MAE 142: Dynamics & Control of Aerospace Vehicles*
    • MAE 144: Embeded Control & Robotics*
    • MAE 145: Introduction to Robotic Planning & Estimation*
    • MAE 148: Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles
    • MAE 180A: Spacecraft Guidance I*
    • MAE 200: Controls*
    • MAE 204: Robotics*
    • SE 143A: Aerospace Structural Design I
    • SE 143B: Aerospace Structural Design II
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Systems - Students must complete four technical electives from the list below.
    • MAE 101D: Intermediate Heat Transfer
    • MAE 104: Aerodynamics
    • MAE 110: Thermodynamic Systems
    • MAE 113: Fundamentals of Propulsion
    • MAE 122: Flow & Transport in the Environment
    • MAE 201: Mechanics of Fluids
    • MAE 202: Thermal Processes
    • BENG 103B: Bioengineering Mass Transfer or CENG 101C: Mass Transfer
    • SIO 111: Introduction to Ocean Waves
    • SIO 172: Physics of the Atmosphere
    • SIO 173: Dynamics of the Atmosphere & Climate
    • SIO 178: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanics & Materials - More information coming soon.
  • Renewable Energy & Environmental Flows (REEF) - Students must complete four technical electives from the list below including both of the courses marked with a ( * ).
    • Core
      • MAE 119: Introduction to Renewable Energy: Solar & Wind*
      • MAE 122: Flow and Transport in the Environment*
    • Environmental Flows
      • MAE 123: Introduction to Transport in Porus Media
      • SIO 111: Introduction to Ocean Waves
      • SIO 171: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
      • SIO 172: Physics of the Atmosphere
      • SIO 173: Dynamics of the Atmosphere & Climate
      • SIO 175: Analysis of Oceanic & Atmospheric Data
      • SIO 176: Observational Physical Oceanography
      • SIO 178: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
      • SIO 179: Ocean Instruments & Sensors
    • Energy
      • MAE 101D: Intermediate Heat Transfer
      • MAE 110: Thermodynamics Systems
      • MAE 120: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
      • MAE 124: Environmental Challenges: Science & Solutions
      • MAE 125: Building Energy Effeciency
      • MAE 206: Energy Systems
      • ECE 121A: Power Systems Analysis & Fundamentals
      • ECE 121B: Energy Conversion
      • ECE 125A: Introduction to Power Electronics I
      • ECE 125B: Introduction to Power Electronics II
      • SIO 110: Introduction to GIS and GPSS for Scientists
      • SIO 117: The Physical Basis of Global Warming
    • Environmental Chemistry
      • CENG 11: Naterial & Energy Balances
      • CHEM 171: Environmental Chemistry I
      • CHEM 172: Environmental Chemistry II
      • CHEM 173: Atmospheric Chemistry
      • ESYS 101: Environmental Biology
      • SIO 141 / CHEM 174: Chemical Principles of Marine Systems
      • SIO 143: Ocean Acidification
      • SIO 174: Chemistry of the Atmosphere & Oceans
      • Most CENG and CHEM courses (with petition)




The mission statement for the Jacobs School of Engineering is to educate tomorrow's technology leaders; conduct leading edge research and drive innovation; and to transfer discoveries for the benefit of society.



1. To provide our students with a strong technical education that will enable them to have successful careers as engineers, technology leaders and innovators.

2. To prepare our students for rapid technological change with the core knowledge central to assuring that they are able to further develop their kowledge and skills across a range of disciplines throughout their professional careers and pursue advanced education.

3. To prepare our students to communicate effectively and to deal knowledgeably and ethically with the impact of technology in our society and on global issues.



Graduates of ME are expected to have:

1a. Fundamentals: An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations), science, and engineering; to model and analyze physical systems, components or processes.

2b. Experiment: An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

3c. Design: An ability to design and realize a physical system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

4d. Teams: An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

5e. Problem-solving: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

6f.  Ethics: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

7g. Communication: An ability to communicate effectively.

8h. Broad Education: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

9i. Life-long learning: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

10j. Contemporary issues: A knowledge of contemporary issues.

11k. Modern Skills/Tools: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

ME14. Mechanical Systems: An ability to work professionally in mechanical systems areas.

ME15. Thermal Systems: An ability to work professionally in thermal systems.