College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

This degree produces the thinkers and designers who are concerned with controlling the principles of motion, energy, and force through mechanical solutions. The program emphasizes solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid sciences, and energy systems. A solid core of other engineering, math, and computer science coursework ensures well-rounded graduates.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering?

Want to design the next generation of passenger jets? Bring wind power to a remote Southwestern village? Help land a space vehicle on Mars? If so, Northern Arizona University's Mechanical Engineering degree could help you take the first steps toward your dream. You will join a broad engineering field that's vital to countless industries. You'll learn to apply mathematics and physics to design and build mechanical components and systems like automobiles, power plants, robots, and spacecraft. In our innovative and award-winning Design4Practice Program, you'll gain a broad set of technical, managerial, and professional skills. As a Mechanical Engineering major, you will have opportunities for extensive faculty-student interaction, undergraduate research, and hands-on experience through student projects like the Mini-Baja race car, unmanned aerial vehicle, human powered vehicle and urban concept car.  In your last semester, you’ll have an opportunity to present the results of your senior capstone project in a professional conference setting on campus at our annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Mechanical engineering management
  • Industrial designer
  • University professor
  • Researcher

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 60 units of engineering core requirements
  • At least 46 units of mechanical engineering requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an ME prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 128 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 128
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 362
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
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Major Requirements
  • Take the following 106 units:

    Engineering Core Requirements (60 units)
    • ME 476C and ME 486C, which together meet Northern Arizona University's senior capstone requirement (6 units)

    Mechanical Engineering Requirements (46 units)

    Take the following 28 units, which provide an overview of the two branches of mechanical engineering - solid mechanics and thermal and fluid sciences - and give you background for further specialization:For mechanical engineering depth, you select coursework from either the courses listed here or from other 300- or 400-level engineering courses with approval from your advisor and department. We encourage you to gain expertise in one of the two primary branches of mechanical engineering, by means of these groupings (9 units):
  • To gain breadth in fields related to mechanical engineering, you also select upper-division courses in engineering, natural sciences, business, or mathematics. You must get your advisor's approval for these courses. (9 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 128 units of credit.

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Additional Information
  • Also note that you can't have more than two grades of "D" in your engineering and computer science courses. Furthermore, all prerequisite courses for your engineering courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.

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