The requirements for obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering are described below. In addition to required courses within and outside of the department, students also are required to take four mechanical engineering technical electives, one engineering elective, six humanity and social science electives, and one communication skills elective. There are a total of 128 passed units required for graduation, all of which must be taken with the letter-grade option.
Students must satisfactorily complete each of the following mechanical engineering courses. There are 19 required courses for a total of 45 units.
Students must satisfactorily complete each of the following courses from outside the department. There are 14 required courses for a total of 49 units.
A student must choose two department electives, which can be two courses in ceramics or two courses in polymers, or any combination of ceramic, metals, and polymer courses.
Students are required to satisfactorily complete three materials science and engineering technical elective courses, for a total of 9 units. A technical elective is a course outside of the MSE program. All courses which are part of an engineering minor are considered acceptable. Also upper level courses in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Bioscience, Geology and Neuroscience are acceptable. For Co-op students three (3) units of ENGR 1090 (Engineering Cooperative Program) can be used as a technical elective. If you are interested in a technical elective which does not fall into any of the above categories you must request approval for such a substitution, by submitting a
Technical Elective Approval Request form
to the undergraduate director.
Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of six humanities and social science electives for a total of 18 units to satisfy the degree requirements for materials science and engineering. All courses selected must be on the
list of approved humanity/social science courses
that has been prepared by the Office of the Associate Dean. External studies courses are not acceptable, nor are ENGCMP 0150 and ENGCMP 0200.
Students must additionally satisfy the following requirements.
If a student would like to take a humanity or social science elective that is not on the approved list, then the student must complete an
Approval Request for Humanities/Social Science Elective
form. The form must be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean (323 Benedum Hall) for approval. Students can contact the Undergraduate Office approximately one week after submission to see whether the course was approved. It is helpful to include a copy of the course description.