University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Mechanical Engineering, B.S. in M.E.

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Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, and our students take classes in every area of engineering. Our students learn how much force solid components can withstand, how pumps operate, how turbines produce power, and how to control systems that must respond to unpredictable outside forces. Mechanical engineers are involved in creating and improving mechanical systems such as self-driving cars, aerial drones, the largest power plants and the smallest micro-devices. Our graduates are versatile problem solvers, who learn to communicate effectively, and find creative answers to real-world problems. 

Accreditation information is available at

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Contact Information

Mechanical Engineering Department 
204 Palmer Engineering
(775) 784-6931

For advising, contact: College of Engineering Advising Center
Scrugham Engineering and Mines, Suite 131
(775) 682-7721  


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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures are available at Only students who are eligible to enroll in MATH 181 (as demonstrated through placement tests) may enter specific major programs within the College of Engineering. Others may enter the undeclared engineering program. Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring).

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 126
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Units Major Requirements at UNR including ENGR 301 and ME 452
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • As per engineering accreditation requirements, students are required to have the following:
    • a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of a combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences with experimental experience appropriate to the program
    • a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of engineering topics appropriate to the program, consisting of engineering and computer sciences and engineering design, and utilizing modern engineering tools

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

  • (4 units) CO2 *
  • NOTE: Engineering students are expected to place in MATH 181 or higher. Students who do not place in MATH 181 may be required to take additional credits before declaring their major. 

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

The following recommended courses can also be used in the General Education Requirement:

C. Global Contexts - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (93 units)

A. Additional Mathematics and Sciences (21 units)

D. Other Mechanical Engineering Electives (9 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (0-3 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (17 units)

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Spring Semester (14 units)

  • (4 units) CO12, CO14
  • Mathematics/Science Elective (3 units)
  • Mechanical Engineering Electives (3 units)
  • Mechanical Engineering Restricted Electives (3 units)
  • Mechanical Engineering Restricted Electives Lab (1 unit)


* In addition to the general university requirements of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, engineering students must earn at least a “C” in those courses designated with an asterisk (*) and must also maintain at least a “C” average in the Core Curriculum Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and the major requirements courses, including restricted electives and ME electives.

ENGR 301 and ME 452 must be taken in residence (no substitutions or waivers).

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