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.
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.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.
If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.
Admission requirements and procedures are available at http://www.unr.edu/admissions#requirements. 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).
- 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
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 63 Units
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
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
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
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (93 units)
A. Additional Mathematics and Sciences (21 units)
B. Required Engineering Courses (59 units)
C. Restricted Electives (4 units)
Select any one course/lab combination from the following:
D. Other Mechanical Engineering Electives (9 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (0-3 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (17 units)
Spring Semester (16 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (14 units)
- ME 452 - Design Synthesis (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.