Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science
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.
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, www.abet.org.
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Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Medical devices
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Mechanical engineering management
- Industrial designer
- University professor
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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.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
- At least 60 units of engineering requirements
- At least 43 units of mechanical engineering requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- For this major the liberal studies prefix is ME
- Elective courses (including 22 units of liberal studies requirements) to reach an overall total of at least 125 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||125|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 362|
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
This program may lead to licensure.
Mechanical engineering is a diverse and broad discipline of engineering that applies the principles of mathematics, physics, and science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. This exciting engineering field requires a solid understanding of core concepts including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials science, and structural analysis to name a few. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, automobiles, space vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotic devices, wind turbines, medical devices, and much more.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the degree, students will have the ability 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.
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This major requires 103 units distributed as follows:
- Engineering Requirements: 60 units
- Mechanical Engineering Common Course Requirements: 31 units
- Mechanical Engineering Depth Requirements: 6 units
- Mechanical Design
- Fluid and Thermal Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering Breadth Requirements: 6 units
Take the following 103 units:
Engineering Requirements (60 units)
Mathematics and science courses (27 units):
- CHM 151*, CHM 151L (5 units)
- MAT 136*, MAT 137*, MAT 238*, MAT 239* (15 units)
- PHY 161*, PHY 262* (7 units)
Computer science and engineering courses (33 units):
Mechanical Engineering Requirements (43 units)
Take the following 31 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:
- CENE 253*, CENE 253L* (4 units)
- MAT 362 (3 units)
- ME 240*, ME 365*, ME 392, ME 395*, ME 450, (ME 440 or ME 465), ME 495 (21 units)
- ME 386W* which meets the junior-level writing requirement (3 units)
You must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in MAT 136, MAT 137, CS 122, PHY 161, PHY 262, CENE 251, MAT 238, and ME 240, in order to enroll in 300-400 level courses. The calculation of this GPA will include any transferred coursework from other institutions.
Mechanical engineering undergraduate students who have completed all required foundational courses with a "C" or better, but have a GPA in those courses that is below the acceptable GPA for enrollment in upper divisional courses may repeat up to two of the foundational courses in which they earned a "C" to meet the minimum GPA requirement. Students may only repeat a required course in which they earned a grade of "C" one time for it to count toward the foundational coursework GPA.
Any ME course required for the Mechanical Engineering major may only be repeated one time. Petitions for second repeats presented to the ME department will typically be denied and may be considered only in very rare and exceptional cases such as death in the family or extended illness.
- For mechanical engineering depth (6 units):
Select coursework from either the courses listed here or from other 300, 400, or 500-level mechanical 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 the following groupings (6 units):
- CENE 376, CENE 477
- EE 325, EE 458
- ME 454, ME 455, ME 456, ME 463, ME 467, ME 473, ME 475, ME 482, ME 484
- CENE 430, CENE 480
- EE 325, EE 458
- ME 358, ME 423, ME 425, ME 435, ME 441, ME 442, ME 451, ME 454, ME 456
Generally these courses have the ME prefix; the only exceptions allowed are the listed EE and CENE courses due to their significant ME content. You can also use ME 500-level courses as depth electives, as a qualified senior with departmental approval.
To gain breadth in fields related to mechanical engineering (6 units):
Select upper-division (300-400 level) courses in engineering (including any course listed above as a depth elective), natural sciences, business, or mathematics. No more than one lower division course (100-200 level) can be used as a breadth elective. You must get approval from your advisor and department for these courses. (6 units)
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 125 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.)
Please note that you can't have more than two grades of "D" in your engineering and computer science courses. Furthermore, all prerequisite and corequisite 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 FEE INFORMATION
Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $425 per year has been approved for this program.
By the numbers
$85,880Median annual pay in 2017
9%Job growth to 2026
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- Foundation English composition: ENG 105 (4)
- Foundation mathematics: MAT 136 (4)
- Distribution requirements:
- Science/lab science: PHY 161/L (4) and CHM 151 (4)
- Distribution elective: PHY 262 (3)
- University requirements:
- Junior-level writing: EGR 386W (3)
- Major capstone experience: ME 486C (3)
- Liberal studies distribution requirements (18)—Social and Political Worlds (6); Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (6) and Cultural Understanding (6)
- University Diversity Requirement (6)—This requirement may be satisfied by taking liberal studies distribution courses that are cross-listed in the US Ethnic Diversity and Global Diversity blocks.
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- See when the ME undergraduate courses are tentatively going to be offered.
- See when the ME graduate courses are tentatively going to be offered.
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- ME 358-System Dynamics
- ME 423-Flight Dynamics
- ME 451-Renewable Energy Systems
- ME 454-Finite Element Analysis
- ME 455-Vibrations
- ME 463-Biomechanical Engineering
- ME 465-Machine Design II
- ME 467-Manufacturing Processes
- ME 467L-Manufacturing Processes Lab
- ME 473-Biomaterials
- ME 475-Adaptive Materials and Systems
- ME 482-Advanced CAD/CAM
- ME 484-Kinematics
- EE 325-Engineering Analysis II
- EE 458-Automatic Controls
- EE 403-Electric Drives
- ME 425-Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
- ME 435-Wind Energy Conversion Systems
- ME 435H-Wind Energy Engineering Honors
- ME 440-Fluid Mechanics II
- ME 441-Compressible Flow
- ME 442-Aerodynamics
- ME 451-Renewable Energy Systems
- ME 456-Engineering Modeling of Nonlinear Systems
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- CENE 376
- CENE 436
- CENE 438
- CENE 460
- CENE 477
- CENE 536
- CENE 560
- CENE 577
- EE 280
- EE 380
- EE 401
- EE 402
- EE 403
- EE 410
- EE 458
- EE 459
- EE 484
- EE 502
- EE 503
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- AS 301
- AS 302
- BBA 201
- BBA 303
- BBA 305W
- BIO 301
- BIO 485
- CENE 333
- CENE 336
- CENE 420
- CENE 438
- CENE 450
- CENE 470
- CENE 599
- CHM 320
- CM 403
- ECO 284
- ECO 285
- ECO 281
- ECO 464
- ECO 473
- ECO 486
- EE 325
- EE 364
- EE 380
- EE 401
- HON 293
- MAT 226
- MAT 335
- MAT 411
- MAT 431
- MGT 301
- MGT 303
- MS 301
- MS 302
- PHY 301
- PHY 331
NAU’s Mechanical Engineering program may lead to professional licensure/certification. State information can be found at NAU’s Professional Licensure by State table.