Mechanical Engineering Degree Coursework

Courses offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering are listed under the subject code ME on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) emphasize a mix of applied mechanics, biomechanical engineering, computer simulations, design, and energy science and technology. Since mechanical engineering is a broad discipline, the undergraduate program can be a springboard for graduate study in business, law, medicine, political science, and other professions where understanding technology is important. Both undergraduate and graduate programs provide technical background for work in biomechanical engineering, environmental pollution control, ocean engineering, transportation, and other multidisciplinary problems that concern society. In all programs, emphasis is placed on developing systematic procedures for analysis, communication of work and ideas, practical and aesthetic aspects in design, and responsible use of technology.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with a balance of intellectual and practical experiences that enable them to address a variety of societal needs. The curriculum encompasses elements from a wide array of disciplines built around the themes of biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multiscale engineering. Course work may include mechatronics, computational simulation, solid and fluid dynamics, microelectromechanical systems, biomechanical engineering, energy science and technology, propulsion, sensing and control, nano- and micro-mechanics, and design. The program prepares students for entry-level work as mechanical engineers and for graduate studies in either an engineering discipline or another field where a broad engineering background is useful.

Learning Objectives  (Undergraduate)

These outcomes are operationalized through learning objectives, which students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Graduates of the program will have the scientific and technical background for successful careers in diverse organizations.
  2. Graduates of the program will be leaders, and effective communicators, both in the profession and in the community.
  3. Graduates of the program will be motivated and equipped to successfully pursue postgraduate study whether in engineering, or in other fields.
  4. Graduates of the program will have a professional and ethical approach to their careers with a strong awareness of the social contexts in which they work.

Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of science, engineering and mathematics including multivariate calculus and differential equations.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  4. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  5. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  6. professional level design experience in both thermal and mechanical systems including the design and realization of either type of system
  7. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  8. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  9. an ability to communicate effectively 
  10. an ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  11. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  12. a broad education that includes knowledge of contemporary issues and awareness of global, economic, environmental and societal context .

Learning Outcomes (Graduate)

The purpose of the master’s program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is done through course work providing depth in one area of specialization and breadth in complementary areas. Areas of specialization range from automatic controls, energy systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and solid mechanics to biomechanical engineering, MEMS, and design.

The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research. Through course work and guided research, the program prepares students to make original contributions in Mechanical Engineering and related fields.

Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering

Admission and Financial Assistance

Mechanical engineering is a varied profession, ranging from primarily aesthetic aspects of design to highly technical scientific research. Disciplinary areas of interest to mechanical engineers include biomechanics, energy conversion, fluid mechanics, materials, nuclear reactor engineering, propulsion, rigid and elastic body mechanics, systems engineering, scientific computing, thermodynamics, robotics, and controls, to name a few. Our graduate programs provide advanced depth and breadth in the field.

Graduate degree programs and admission

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering — Design Impact
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering

To be eligible for admission to graduate study to the department, a student must have a B.S. degree in engineering, physics, or a comparable science program. M.S. and Ph.D. applications must be received by the first Tuesday in December, and admitted students must matriculate in the following Autumn. In rare circumstances, with the support of an ME faculty member who is a potential Ph.D. adviser, Ph.D. applications from students who have completed or are currently in an M.S. program are reviewed for Winter or Spring Quarter start. In addition, M.S. applicants eligible for the Honors Cooperative Program (on-campus courses required for Mechanical Engineering) can apply in Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarters.

Additional degree programs available to currently enrolled students

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering — Biomechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering — Individually Designed Major
  • Engineer in Mechanical Engineering

For additional information about these programs, see the Mechanical Engineering Department Graduate Handbook.

Financial Assistance

The department annually awards, on a competitive basis, a limited number of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships to incoming graduate students. For M.S. students, limited financial aid in the form of fellowships and short-term research assistantships are provided at the time of admission, and course assistantships can sometimes be arranged with individual course instructors after admission. All Ph.D. students receive financial support for the duration of their program, given satisfactory degree progress.

Post-Master's Degree Programs

The department offers two post-master’s degrees: Engineer and Doctor of Philosophy. Post-master’s research generally requires some evidence that a student has research potential before a faculty member agrees to supervision and a research assistantship appointment. It is most efficient to carry out preliminary research during the M.S. degree program, if interested in a post-master's degree.

Departmental Groups

The department has five groups: Biomechanical Engineering; Design; Flow Physics and Computation; Mechanics and Computation; and Thermosciences. Each maintains its own labs, shops, and offices.

The Biomechanical Engineering (BME) Group has teaching and research activities which focus primarily on musculoskeletal biomechanics, neuromuscular biomechanics, cardiovascular biomechanics, and rehabilitation engineering. Research in other areas including hearing, ocean, plant, and vision biomechanics exists in collaboration with associated faculty in biology, engineering, and medicine. The group has strong research interactions with the Mechanics and Computation and the Design groups, and the departments of Neurology, Radiology, and Surgery in the School of Medicine.

The Design Groupis devoted to the imaginative application of science, technology, and art to the conception, visualization, creation, analysis and realization of useful devices, products, and objects.  Courses and research focus on topics such as kinematics, applied finite elements, microprocessors, medical devices, fatigue and fracture mechanics, dynamics and simulation, micro-electromechnical systems (MEMS), rehabilitation, optimization, high-speed devices, product design, vehicle dynamics, experimental mechanics, robotics, creativity, idea visualization, computer-aided design, manufacturing, design analysis, and engineering education.

The Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group (FPCE)The Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group (FPCE) blends research on flow physics and modeling with algorithm development, scientific computing, and numerical database construction. FPCE is contributing new theories, models and computational tools for accurate engineering design analysis and control of complex flows (including multi phase flows, micro-fluidics, chemical reactions, acoustics, plasmas, interactions with electromagnetic waves and other phenomena) in aerodynamics, propulsion and power systems, materials processing, electronics cooling, environmental engineering, and other areas. A significant emphasis of research is on modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering systems.

The Mechanics and Computational Group covers biomechanics, continuum mechanics, dynamics, experimental and computational mechanics, finite element analysis, fluid dynamics, fracture mechanics, micromechanics, nanotechnology, and simulation based design. Qualified students can work as research project assistants, engaging in thesis research in association with the faculty director and fellow students. Projects include analysis, synthesis, and control of systems; biomechanics; flow dynamics of liquids and gases; fracture and micro-mechanics, vibrations, and nonlinear dynamics; and original theoretical, computational, and experimental investigations in the strength and deformability of elastic and inelastic elements of machines and structures.

The Thermosciences Group conducts experimental and analytical research on both fundamental and applied topics in the general area of thermal and fluid systems. Research strengths include high Reynolds number flows, microfluidics, combustion and reacting flows, multiphase flow and combustion, plasma sciences, gas physics and chemistry, laser diagnostics, microscale heat transfer, convective heat transfer, and energy systems. Research motivation comes from applications including air-breathing and space propulsion, bioanalytical systems, pollution control, electronics fabrication and cooling, stationary and mobile energy systems, biomedical systems, and materials processing. Emphasis is on fundamental experiments leading towards advances in modeling, optimization, and control of complex systems.


The department groups maintain modern laboratories that support undergraduate and graduate instruction and graduate research work.

The Structures and Composites Laboratory, a joint activity with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, studies structures made of fiber-reinforced composite materials. Equipment for fabricating structural elements includes autoclave, filament winder, and presses. X-ray, ultrasound, and an electron microscope are available for nondestructive testing. The lab also has environmental chambers, a high speed impactor, and mechanical testers. Lab projects include designing composite structures, developing novel manufacturing processes, and evaluating environmental effects on composites.

Experimental facilities are available through the interdepartmental Structures and Solid Mechanics Research Laboratory, which includes an electrohydraulic materials testing system, a vehicle crash simulator, and a shake table for earthquake engineering and related studies, together with highly sophisticated auxiliary instrumentation. Facilities to study the micromechanics of fracture areas are available in the Micromechanics/Fracture Laboratory, and include a computer-controlled materials testing system, a long distance microscope, an atomic force microscope, and other instrumentation. Additional facilities for evaluation of materials are available through the Center for Materials Research, Center for Integrated Circuits, and the Ginzton Laboratory. Laboratories for biological experimentation are accessible through the School of Medicine. Individual accommodation is available for the work of each research student.

Major experimental and computational laboratories engaged in bioengineering work are located in the Biomechanical Engineering Group. Other Biomechanical Engineering Group activities and resources are associated with the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System. This major national research center has computational and prototyping facilities. In addition, the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center houses the Electrophysiology Laboratory, Experimental Mechanics Laboratory, Human Motor Control Laboratory, Rehabilitation Device Design Laboratory, and Skeletal Biomechanics Laboratory. These facilities support graduate course work as well as Ph.D. student research activities.

Computational and experimental work is also conducted in various facilities throughout the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, particularly the Advanced Biomaterials Testing Laboratory of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in the Department of Functional Restoration, and the Vascular Research Laboratory in the Department of Surgery. In collaboration with the School of Medicine, facilities throughout the Stanford Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System conduct biological and clinical work.

The Design Group has facilities for lab work in experimental mechanics and experimental stress analysis. Additional facilities, including MTS electrohydraulic materials test systems, are available in the Solid Mechanics Research Laboratory. Design Group students also have access to Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) and Ginzton Lab microfabrication facilities.

The group also maintains the Product Realization Laboratory (PRL), a teaching facility offering students integrated experiences in market definition, product design, and prototype manufacturing. The PRL provides coaching, design manufacturing tools, and networking opportunities to students interested in product development. The ME 310 Design Project Laboratory has facilities for CAD, assembly, and testing of original designs by master’s students in the engineering design program. A Smart Product Design Laboratory supports microprocessor application projects. The Center for Design Research (CDR) has an excellent facility for concurrent engineering research, development, and engineering curriculum creation and assessment. Resources include a network of high-performance workstations. For worldwide web mediated concurrent engineering by virtual, non-collocated, design development teams, see the CDR web site at In addition, CDR has several industrial robots for student projects and research. These and several NC machines are part of the CDR Manufacturing Sciences Lab. The Manufacturing Modeling Laboratory (MML) addresses various models and methods that lead to competitive manufacturing. MML links design for manufacturing (dfM) research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering with supply chain management activities at the Department of Management Science and Engineering. The Rapid Prototyping Laboratory consists of seven processing stations including cleaning, CNC milling, grit blasting, laser deposition, low temperature deposition, plasma deposition, and shot peening. Students gain experience by using ACIS and Pro Engineer on Hewlett Packard workstations for process software development. The Design Group also has a Product Design Loft in which students in the Joint Program in Design develop graduate thesis projects.

The Flow Physics and Computation Group has a 32 processor Origin 2000, 48-node and 85-node Linux cluster with high performance interconnection and an array of powerful workstations for graphics and data analysis. Several software packages are available, including all the major commercial CFD codes. FPC is strongly allied with the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), a research consortium between Stanford and NASA, and the Center for Integrated Turbulence Simulations (CITS), which is supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) under its Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI). The Center for Turbulence Research has direct access to major national computing facilities located at the nearby NASA-Ames Research Center, including massively parallel super computers. The Center for Integrated Turbulence Simulations has access to DOE’s vast supercomputer resources. The intellectual atmosphere of the Flow Physics and Computation Group is greatly enhanced by the interactions among CTR’s and CITS’s postdoctoral researchers and distinguished visiting scientists.

The Mechanics and Computation Group has a Computational Mechanics Laboratory that provides an integrated computational environment for research and research-related education in computational mechanics and scientific computing. The laboratory houses Silicon Graphics, Sun, and HP workstations and servers, including an 8-processor SGI Origin2000 and a 16-processor networked cluster of Intel-architecture workstations for parallel and distributed computing solutions of computationally intensive problems. Software is available on the laboratory machines, including commercial packages for engineering analysis, parametric geometry and meshing, and computational mathematics. The laboratory supports basic research in computational mechanics as well as the development of related applications such as simulation-based design technology.

The Thermosciences Group has four major laboratory facilities. The Heat Transfer and Turbulence Mechanics Laboratory concentrates on fundamental research aimed at understanding and improved prediction of turbulent flows and high performance energy conversion systems. The laboratory includes two general-purpose wind tunnels, a pressurized high Reynolds number tunnel, two supersonic cascade flow facilities, three specialized boundary layer wind tunnels, and several other flow facilities. Extensive diagnostic equipment is available, including multiple particle-image velocimetry and laser-Doppler anemometry systems.

The High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory includes research on sensors, plasma sciences, cool and biomass combustion and gas pollutant formation, and reactive and non-reactive gas dynamics. Research facilities include diagnostic devices for combustion gases, a spray combustion facility, laboratory combustors including a coal combustion facility and supersonic combustion facilities, several advanced laser systems, a variety of plasma facilities, a pulsed detonation facility, and four shock tubes and tunnels. The Thermosciences Group and the Design Group share the Microscale Thermal and Mechanical Characterization laboratory (MTMC). MTMC is dedicated to the measurement of thermal and mechanical properties in thin-film systems, including microfabricated sensors and actuators and integrated circuits, and features a nanosecond scanning laser thermometry facility, a laser interferometer, a near-field optical microscope, and an atomic force microscope. The activities at MTMC are closely linked to those at the Heat Transfer Teaching Laboratory (HTTL), where undergraduate and master’s students use high-resolution probe stations to study thermal phenomena in integrated circuits and thermally-actuated microvalves. HTTL also provides macroscopic experiments in convection and radiative exchange.

The Energy Systems Laboratory is a teaching and research facility dedicated to the study of energy conversion systems. The lab includes three dynamometers for engine testing, a computer-controlled variable engine valve controller, a fuel-cell experimental station, a small rocket testing facility, and a small jet engine thrust stand.

The Guidance and Control Laboratory, a joint activity of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, specializes in construction of electromechanical systems and instrumentation, particularly where high precision is a factor. Work ranges from robotics for manufacturing to feedback control of fuel injection systems for automotive emission control. The faculty and staff work in close cooperation with both the Design and Thermosciences Groups on device development projects of mutual interest.

Many computation facilities are available to department students. Three of the department’s labs are equipped with super-minicomputers. Numerous smaller minicomputers and microcomputers are used in the research and teaching laboratories.

Library facilities at Stanford beyond the general library include Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics department libraries.

Mechanical Engineering Course Catalog Numbering System

The department uses the following course numbering system:

001-099Freshman and Sophomore
100-199Junior and Senior
200-299Advanced Undergraduate and Beginning Graduate
400-499Advanced Graduate
500Ph.D. Thesis

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduates seeking to major in Mechanical Engineering should see the curriculum outlined in the "Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering" section of this bulletin. The University’s basic requirements for the bachelor’s degree are discussed in the “Undergraduate Degrees” section of this bulletin. Courses taken for the departmental major (mathematics; science; science, technology, and society; engineering fundamentals; and engineering depth) must be taken for a letter grade if the instructor offers the option.

A Product Design program offered by the Design Group leads to the B.S. in Engineering (Product Design). A major in Biomechanical Engineering offered by the Biomechanical Engineering Group leads to the B.S. in Engineering (Biomechanical Engineering); this may be appropriate for students preparing for medical school or graduate bioengineering studies.

Grade Requirements

To be recommended by the department for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a student must achieve the minimum grade point average (GPA) set by the School of Engineering (2.0 in engineering fundamentals and mechanical engineering depth).

Students interested in the minor should see the "Minor in Mechanical Engineering" section of this bulletin.

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences that enable them to address a variety of societal needs. The curriculum encompasses elements from a wide range of disciplines built around the themes of biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multiscale engineering. Course work may include mechatronics, computational simulation, solid and fluid dynamics, microelectromechanical systems, biomechanical engineering, energy science and technology, propulsion, sensing and control, nano- and micro- mechanics, and design. The program prepares students for entry-level work as mechanical engineers and for graduate studies in either an engineering discipline or other fields where a broad engineering background is useful.


CME 102/ENGR 155AOrdinary Differential Equations for Engineers5
or MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

CME 106/ENGR 155C

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers


Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences


Theory of Probability
CHEM 31XChemical Principles Accelerated5
ENGR 40MAn Intro to Making: What is EE5
ENGR 70AProgramming Methodology (same as CS 106A)5
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering4
ME 80Mechanics of Materials4
ME 101Visual Thinking4
ME 103DEngineering Drawing and Design 21
ME 112Mechanical Systems Design 44

ME 113

Mechanical Engineering Design

ME 170B

Mechanical Engineering Design: Integrating Context with Engineering 3
ME 131AHeat Transfer 43-5
ME 131BFluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery4
ME 140Advanced Thermal Systems 45
or ME 141 Alternative Energy Systems
ME 161Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control4
ME 203Design and Manufacturing 24

Options to complete the ME depth sequence: see the list of options in the ME major section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

Honors Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program leading to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors. This program offers a unique opportunity for qualified undergraduate engineering majors to conduct independent study and research at an advanced level with a faculty mentor.

Mechanical Engineering majors who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the major may apply for the honors program. Students who meet the eligibility requirement and wish to be considered for the honors program must submit a written application to the Mechanical Engineering student services office no later than the second week of Autumn Quarter in the senior year. The application to enter the program can be obtained from the ME student services office, and must contain a one-page statement describing the research topic and include an unofficial Stanford transcript. In addition, the application must be approved by a Mechanical Engineering faculty member who agrees to serve as the thesis adviser for the project. Thesis advisers must be members of Stanford’s Academic Council.

In order to receive departmental honors, students admitted to the program must:

  1. maintain the 3.5 GPA required for admission to the honors program.
  2. submit a completed thesis draft to the adviser by April 25. Further revisions and final endorsement by the adviser are to be finished by May 15, when two bound copies are to be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering student services office.
  3. present the thesis at the Mechanical Engineering Poster Session held in mid-April.

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Minor

The following courses fulfill the minor requirements:

ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering4
ME 101Visual Thinking4

ME 80

Mechanics of Materials

ME 131A

Heat Transfer

ME 161

Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control

ME 203

Design and Manufacturing
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering4
ME 131AHeat Transfer5
ME 131BFluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery4
ME 140Advanced Thermal Systems5
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 80Mechanics of Materials4
ME 101Visual Thinking4
ME 112Mechanical Systems Design4
ME 203Design and Manufacturing4

ME 113

Mechanical Engineering Design

ME 210

Introduction to Mechatronics

ME 220

Introduction to Sensors

Coterminal Master of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering

Stanford undergraduates who wish to continue their studies for the master of science degree in the coterminal program must have earned a minimum of 120 units towards graduation. This includes allowable Advanced Placement (AP) and transfer credit. Applicants must submit the Coterminal Online Application no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. This is normally Winter Quarter (mid January) prior to Spring Quarter graduation.

The application must provide evidence of potential for strong academic performance as a graduate student. The Mechanical Engineering department graduate admissions committee makes decisions on each application. Typically, a GPA of at least 3.5 in engineering, science, and math is expected. Applicants must have completed two of ME 80 Mechanics of Materials, ME 112 Mechanical Systems Design, ME 131A Heat Transfer, and ME 131B Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery, and must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before action is taken on the application.

Coterminal information, applications deadlines, and forms can be obtained from the ME student services office.

University Coterminal Requirements

Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in this bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.

In this master’s program, courses taken three quarters prior to the first graduate quarter, or later, are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.

Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.

The University requires that the graduate adviser be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The basic University requirements for the M.S. degree are discussed in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

The master’s program consists of 45 units of course work taken at Stanford. No thesis is required, although many students become involved in research projects during the master’s program, particularly to explore their interests in working towards a Ph.D. degree. Students whose undergraduate backgrounds are entirely devoid of some of the major subject disciplines of engineering (for example, applied mechanics, applied thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, ordinary differential equations) may need to take some undergraduate courses to fill obvious gaps and prepare themselves to take graduate courses in these areas. Such students may require more than three quarters to fulfill the master’s degree requirements, as the makeup courses may only be used as unrestricted electives (see item 4 below) in the M.S. degree program. However, it is not the policy to require fulfillment of mechanical engineering B.S. degree requirements to obtain an M.S. degree.

Mechanical Engineering

The master’s degree program requires 45 units of course work taken as a graduate student at Stanford. No thesis is required. However, students who want some research experience during the master’s program may participate in research through ME 391 Engineering Problems and ME 392 Experimental Investigation of Engineering Problems.

Students are encouraged to refer to the most recent Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook provided by the student services office. The department’s requirements for the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

  1. Mathematical Fundamentals: two mathematics courses for a total of at least 6 units from the following list are required: ME 300A, 300B, 300C, 408; CME 302; EE 261, 263; ENGR 155C/CME106. Only MATH courses with catalog numbers greater than 100 and CME courses with catalog numbers greater than 200 will count towards the math requirement. However, courses must cover two different areas out of the following choices: partial differential equations, linear algebra, numerical analysis and statistics. This excludes programming classes such as CS 106; CME 211, 212, 213, 214, 292. Those classes can counted towards the Approved Electives category. Courses taken for the math requirement must be taken for a letter grade.
  2. Depth in Mechanical Engineering: a set of graduate-level courses in Mechanical Engineering to provide depth in one area. The faculty have approved these sets as providing depth in specific areas as well as a significant component of applications of the material in the context of engineering synthesis. These sets are outlined in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook. Depth courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  3. Breadth in Mechanical Engineering: two additional graduate level courses (outside the depth) from the depth/breadth charts listed in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook. Breadth courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. Sufficient Mechanical Engineering Course Work: students must take a minimum of 24 units of course work in mechanical engineering topics. For the purposes of determining mechanical engineering topics, any course on approved lists for the mathematics, depth, and breadth requirements counts towards these units. In addition, any graduate-level course with an ME course number is considered a mechanical engineering topic.
  5. Approved Electives (to bring the total number of units to at least 39): electives must be approved by an adviser. Graduate engineering, mathematics, and science courses are normally approved. Approved electives must be taken for a letter grade. No more than 6 of the 39 units may come from ME 391/392 (or other independent study/research courses), and no more than 3 may come from seminars. Students planning a Ph.D. should discuss with their advisers the option of taking 391 or 392 during the master’s program. ME 391/392 (and other independent study courses) may only be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
  6. Unrestricted electives (to bring the total number of units submitted for the M.S. degree to 45): students are encouraged to take these units outside engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. Students should consult their advisers on course loads and on ways to use the unrestricted electives to make a manageable program. Unrestricted electives must have catalog numbers greater than 100. Unrestricted electives may be taken CR/NC.
  7. Within the courses satisfying the requirements above, there must be at least one graduate-level course with a laboratory component. Courses which satisfy this requirement are: 
    ENGR 341Micro/Nano Systems Design and Fabrication3-5
    ME 203Design and Manufacturing4
    ME 210Introduction to Mechatronics4
    ME 220Introduction to Sensors3-4
    ME 218ASmart Product Design Fundamentals4-5
    ME 218BSmart Product Design Applications4-5
    ME 218CSmart Product Design Practice4-5
    ME 218DSmart Product Design: Projects3-4
    ME 250Internal Combustion Engines3-5
    ME 310AEngineering Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation: exploring the problem space4
    ME 310BEngineering Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation: exploring the solution space4
    ME 310CEngineering Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation: making it REAL4
    ME 318Computer-Aided Product Creation4
    ME 323Modeling and Identification of Mechanical Systems for Control3
    ME 324Precision Engineering4
    ME 348Experimental Stress Analysis3
    ME 354Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics4
    ME 367Optical Diagnostics and Spectroscopy Laboratory4
    ME 391/392Engineering Problems1-10

Candidates for the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering are expected to have the approval of the faculty; they must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the 45 units presented for fulfillment of degree requirements (exclusive of independent study courses). All courses used to fulfill mathematics, depth, breadth, approved electives, and lab studies must be taken for a letter grade (excluding seminars, independent study, and courses for which a letter grade is not an option for any student).

Students falling below a GPA of 2.5 at the end of 20 units may be disqualified from further registration. Students failing to meet the complete degree requirements at the end of 60 units of graduate registration are disqualified from further registration. Courses used to fulfill deficiencies arising from inadequate undergraduate preparation for mechanical engineering graduate work may not be applied to the 45 units required for completion of the MS degree.


As described in the "School of Engineering" section of this bulletin, each department in the school may sponsor students in a more general degree, the M.S. in Engineering. Sponsorship by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) requires (1) filing a petition for admission to the program by no later than the day before instruction begins, and (2) that the center of gravity of the proposed program lies in ME. No more than 18 units used for the proposed program may have been previously completed. The program must include at least 9 units of graduate-level work in the department other than ME 300A,B,C, seminars, and independent study. The petition must be accompanied by a statement explaining the program objectives and how it is coherent, contains depth, and fulfills a well-defined career objective. The grade requirements are the same as for the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Master of Science in Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Engineering: Biomechanical Engineering (MSE:BME) promotes the integration of engineering mechanics and design with the life sciences. Applicants are expected to have an additional exposure to biology and/or bioengineering in their undergraduate studies. Students planning for subsequent medical school studies are advised to contact Stanford's Premedical Advising Office in Sweet Hall.

Students wishing to pursue this program must complete the Graduate Program Authorization form and get approval from the Student Services Office. This form serves to officially add the field to the student's record. This form must be filled out electronically on Axess. The Mechanical Engineering Department does not have a coterminal Biomechanical Engineering Master's program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Mathematical competence (minimum 6 units) in two of the following areas: partial differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, or numerical analysis, as demonstrated by completion of two appropriate courses from the following list: ME300A,B,C; MATH106, 109, 113, 131M/P, 132; STATS110, or ENGR155C; CME108, 302. Students who have completed comparable graduate-level courses as an undergraduate, and who can demonstrate their competence to the satisfaction of the instructors of the Stanford courses, may be waived via petition from this requirement by their adviser and the Student Services Office. The approved equivalent courses should be placed in the approved electives category of the program proposal.
  2. Graduate Level Engineering Courses (minimum 21 units), consisting of:
    1. Biomechanical engineering restricted electives (9 units) to be chosen from:
      ME 239Mechanics of the Cell3
      ME 281Biomechanics of Movement3
      ME 287Mechanics of Biological Tissues4
      ME 337Mechanics of Growth3
      ME 381Orthopaedic Bioengineering3
      ME 387Soft Tissue Mechanics3
    2. Specialty in engineering (9-12 units): A set of three or four graduate level courses in engineering mechanics, materials, controls, or design (excluding bioengineering courses) selected to provide depth in one area. Such sets are approved by the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. Comparable specialty sets composed of graduate engineering courses outside the Mechanical Engineering Department can be used with the approval of the student's adviser. Examples can be obtained from the Biomechanical Engineering Group Office (Durand 223).
    3. Graduate engineering electives (to bring the total number of graduate level engineering units to at least 21). These electives must contribute to a cohesive degree program, and be approved by the student's adviser. No units may come from bioengineering courses, mathematics courses, or seminars.
  3. Life science approved electives (minimum 6 units): Undergraduate or graduate biological/medical science/chemistry courses which contribute to a cohesive program.
  4. Biomechanical engineering seminar ME 389 Biomechanical Research Symposium.
  5. General approved electives (to bring the total number of units to 39): These courses must be approved by the student's adviser. Graduate level engineering, math, and physical science courses and upper division undergraduate or graduate life science courses are normally approved.
  6. Unrestricted electives (to bring the total number of units to 45): Students without undergraduate biology are encouraged to use some of these unrestricted units to strengthen their biology background. Students should consult their adviser for recommendations on course loads and on ways to use the unrestricted electives to create a manageable program. Unrestrictive electives must have catalog numbers greater than 100. 

All courses except unrestricted electives must be taken for a letter grade unless letter grades are not an option. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for degree conferral.

Master of Science in Engineering, Design Impact

Note: The Master of Science, Product Design has been discontinued. For the most up to date description, please review AY 2016-17 bulletin.  

The Master’s Program in Design Impact is project-driven, highly immersive, and based on design thinking, the human-centered design process pioneered at Stanford. We teach the process, mindsets and skills needed to lead high-impact design teams. In our work on products, services, systems, and experiences, empathy is our guiding principle. Students completing the two-year program will earn a Master’s of Science in Engineering degree with a concentration in Design Impact (MSE-Design Impact).

Degree Requirements

In the first year, students take all their classes together as a cohort. In the second year, students will continue to work together in the year-long “Design Impact” course (ME316A,B,C: Design Master’s Project), each selecting to work on a project related to one of the two Impact themes.  This sequence of classes will be the culmination of their educational experience and launch them into their individual careers as designers.

The student will select electives in second year with their advisor.  The elective will be one of two types: focused on building a deep learning in the student’s chosen Impact theme area and expanding the student’s skill set and design toolkit. Appropriate electives are described below (5).

Candidates for the Design Impact Engineering Master's Degree are expected to have the approval to graduate from the faculty, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the 58 units completed in the program.

ME 313Human Values and Innovation in Design3
ME 203Design and Manufacturing 14
ME 277Graduate Design Research Techniques3
CS 106AProgramming Methodology 23
ME 341Design Experiments3
ME 311Leading Design Teams 33
ME 216MIntroduction to the Design of Smart Products4
ME 312Communication in Design3
ME 316AProduct Design Master's Project 54
ME 316BProduct Design Master's Project 54
ME 316CProduct Design Master's Project 54
ME 391Engineering Problems2

Note: All required classes and electives must be taken for a letter grade unless:

1) The class is not offered for a letter grade, OR

2) Prior approval has been granted to take a class CR/NC.

Engineer in Mechanical Engineering

The basic University requirements for the degree of Engineer are discussed in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

This degree requires an additional year of study beyond the M.S. degree and includes a research thesis. The program is designed for students who wish to do professional engineering work upon graduation and who want to engage in more specialized study than is afforded by the master’s degree alone.

Admission standards are substantially the same as indicated under the master’s degree. However, since thesis supervision is required and the availability of thesis supervisors is limited, admission is not granted until the student has personally engaged a faculty member to supervise a research project. This most often involves a paid research assistantship awarded by individual faculty members (usually from the funds of sponsored research projects under their direction). Thus, individual arrangement between student and faculty is necessary. Students studying for the M.S. degree at Stanford who wish to continue to the Engineer degree ordinarily make such arrangements during the M.S. degree program. Students holding master’s degrees from other universities are invited to apply and may be admitted providing they are sufficiently well qualified and have made thesis supervision and financial aid arrangements.

Department requirements for the degree include a thesis; up to 18 units of credit are allowed for thesis work (ME 400 Thesis). In addition to the thesis, 27 units of approved advanced course work in mathematics, science, and engineering are expected beyond the requirements for the M.S. degree; the choice of courses is subject to approval of the adviser. Students who have not fulfilled the Stanford M.S. degree requirements are required to do so, with allowance for approximate equivalence of courses taken elsewhere; up to 45 units may be transferable. A total of 90 units is required for degree conferral.

Candidates for the degree must have faculty approval and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all courses (exclusive of thesis credit and other independent study courses) taken beyond those required for the master’s degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

The basic University requirements for the Ph.D. degree are discussed in the "Graduate Degree" section of this bulletin. The Ph.D. degree is intended primarily for students who desire a career in research, advanced development, or teaching; for this type of work, a broad background in mathematics and the engineering sciences, together with intensive study and research experience in a specialized area, are the necessary requisites.

Ph.D. students must have a master’s degree from another institution, or must fulfill the requirements for the Stanford M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or another discipline.

In special situations dictated by compelling academic reasons, Academic Council members who are not members of the department’s faculty may serve as the principal dissertation adviser when approved by the department. In such cases, a member of the department faculty must serve as program adviser and as a member of the reading committee, and agree to accept responsibility that department procedures are followed and standards maintained.

Admission involves much the same consideration described under the Engineer degree. Since thesis supervision is required, admission is not granted until the student has personally engaged a member of the faculty to supervise a research project. Once a student has obtained a research supervisor, this supervisor becomes thereafter the student’s academic adviser. Research supervisors may require that the student pass the departmental qualifying examination before starting research and before receiving a paid research assistantship. Note that research assistantships are awarded by faculty research supervisors and not by the department.

Prior to being formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, the student must demonstrate knowledge of engineering fundamentals by passing a qualifying examination. The academic level and subject matter of the examination correspond approximately to the M.S. program described above. Typically, the exam is taken shortly after the student completes the M.S. degree requirements. The student is required to have a minimum graduate Stanford GPA of 3.5 to be eligible for the exam (grades from independent study courses are not included in the GPA calculation). Once the student’s faculty sponsor has agreed that the exam should be scheduled, the student must submit an application folder containing several items including a curriculum vitae, research project abstract, and preliminary dissertation proposal. Information, examination dates, and deadlines may be obtained from the department’s student services office.

Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 21 units (taken for a letter grade) of approved formal course work (excluding research, directed study, and seminars) in advanced study beyond the M.S. degree. The courses should consist primarily of graduate courses in engineering and sciences, although the candidate’s adviser may approve a limited number of upper-level undergraduate courses and courses outside of engineering and sciences, as long as such courses contribute to a strong and coherent program. In addition to this 21-unit requirement, all Ph.D. candidates must participate each quarter in one of the following (or equivalent) seminars:

ME 389Biomechanical Research Symposium1
ME 390Thermosciences Research Project Seminar1
ME 395Seminar in Solid Mechanics1
ME 397Design Theory and Methodology Seminar1-3
AA 297Seminar in Guidance, Navigation, and Control1
ENGR 298Seminar in Fluid Mechanics1
ENGR 311A/311BWomen's Perspectives1

The department has a breadth requirement for the Ph.D. degree. This may be satisfied either by a formal minor in another department (generally 20 units) or by at least 9 units of course work (outside of the primary research topic) which are approved by the principal dissertation adviser. If a minor is taken, 9 units from the minor requirements can be counted towards the depth requirement.

The Ph.D. thesis normally represents at least one full year of research work and must be a substantial contribution to the field. Students may register for course credit for thesis work (ME 500) to help fulfill University academic unit requirements, but there is no minimum limit on registered dissertation units, as long as students are registered in at least 8 units (10 is recommended) per quarter prior to TGR. Candidates should note that only completed course units are counted toward the requirement, so ungraded courses or courses with an "N" grade must be cleared before going TGR. Questions should be directed to the department student services office.

The final University oral examination (dissertation defense) is conducted by a committee consisting of a chair from another department and four faculty members of the department or departments with related interests. Usually, the committee includes the candidate’s adviser, reading committee members, plus two more faculty. The examination consists of two parts. The first is open to the public and is scheduled as a seminar talk, usually for one of the regular meetings of a seminar series. The second is conducted in private and covers subjects closely related to the dissertation topic.

Ph.D. Minor in Mechanical Engineering

Students who wish a Ph.D. minor in ME should consult with the ME student services office. A minor in ME may be obtained by completing 20 units of approved graduate-level ME courses. Courses approved for the minor must form a coherent program and must be chosen from those satisfying requirement 2 for the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

See the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook produced by the Mechanical Engineering student services office for more information.

Emeriti: (Professors) James L. Adams, Thomas P. Andriacchi, David M. Barnett, Peter Bradshaw, Brian J. Cantwell, Dennis R. Carter, Daniel B. DeBra, Robert H. Eustis, Thomas J. R. Hughes, James P. Johnston, Thomas R. Kane, William M. Kays, Joseph B. Keller, Charles H. Kruger, Robert H. McKim, Robert J. Moffat,* M. Godfrey Mungal, J. David Powell, Charles R. Steele*, Douglass J. Wilde; (Professors, Research) Richard M. Christensen, Sidney A. Self, Kenneth J. Waldron, Felix E. Zajac

Chair: Kenneth E. Goodson

Group Chairs: Mark R. Cutkosky & Sheri D. Sheppard (Design), Marc Levenston (Biomechanical Engineering), Gianluca Iaccarino & Parviz Moin (Flow Physics and Computational Engineering), Wei Cai (Mechanics and Computation), Christopher F. Edwards (Thermosciences)

Professors: Craig T. Bowman, Mark A. Cappelli, Mark R. Cutkosky, John Dabiri, Scott L. Delp, John K. Eaton, Christopher F. Edwards, Charbel Farhat, J. Christian Gerdes, Kenneth E. Goodson, Ronald K. Hanson, Gianluca Iaccarino, David M. Kelley, Thomas W. Kenny, Ellen Kuhl, Larry J. Leifer, Sanjiva K. Lele, Arun Majumdar, Reginald E. Mitchell, Parviz Moin, Drew V. Nelson, Allison M. Okamura, Peter M. Pinsky, Friedrich B. Prinz, Beth L. Pruitt, Bernard Roth, Juan G. Santiago, Eric S. G. Shaqfeh, Sheri D. Sheppard, Hai Wang

Associate Professors: Wei Cai, Steve Collins, Eric F. Darve, W. Matthias Ihme, Marc E. Levenston, Adrian J. Lew, Xiaolin Zheng

Assistant Professors: Ovijit Chaudhuri, Sean Follmer, Wendy Gu, David Lentink, Erin MacDonald, Ali Mani, Sindy K.-Y. Tang

Professor (Teaching): David W. Beach

Courtesy Professors: Fu-Kuo Chang, Reinhold Dauskardt, Oussama Khatib, Paul Yock

Courtesy Associate Professor: Margot G. Gerritsen, Nicholas Giori

Courtesy Professor (Research): J. Kenneth Salisbury (Emeritus)

Courtesy Professor (Teaching): Shelley V. Goldman

Senior Lecturers: Vadim Khayms, J. Craig Milroy

Adjunct Professors: Mehdi Asheghi, Michael R. Barry, William R. Burnett, J. Edward Carryer, Rainer J. Fasching, Shannon Gilmartin, John A. Howard, Barry M. Katz, Paul Mitiguy, Gary O'Brien, Dev Patnaik, Paul Saffo III, George Toye 

* Recalled to active duty.

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and broadest fields of technical study. Mechanical engineers are concerned with the engineering systems used to control and transform energy to meet the needs of humanity. In mechanical engineering, students develop an understanding of basic topics and fundamental principles upon which engineered systems are conceived and developed in a modern society. It is an excellent foundation for a rewarding career in engineering, as well as for further study in business, law, medicine, and other professions that require a solid foundation in science and technology, and the ability to solve problems.

The mechanical engineering department is dedicated to graduating mechanical engineers who practice mechanical engineering in the general stems of thermal/fluid systems, mechanical systems and design, and materials and manufacturing in industry and government settings; pursue advanced education, research and development, and other creative efforts in science and technology; conduct themselves in a responsible, professional, and ethical manner; and participate as leaders in activities that support service to and economic development of the region, state, and nation.

The mechanical engineering faculty has defined 10 educational outcomes that students in the program are expected to achieve by the time of graduation. These outcomes are

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems
  • Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems
  • Ability to design mechanical components, systems, and processes
  • Ability to set up, conduct, and interpret experiments, and to present the results in a professional manner
  • Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering
  • Ability to communicate in written, oral, and graphical forms
  • Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts
  • Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree
  • Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession
  • Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political, and environmental issues and global impact

The mechanical engineering curriculum meets these outcomes by providing breadth and depth across a range of topics.

  • A combination of college-level mathematics and basic science courses (some with experimental work) that includes mathematics, probability and statistics, physics, and chemistry
  • Engineering courses that develop a working knowledge of graphics and computer-aided design, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, kinematics, dynamics and control of mechanical systems, computational methods, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials science and engineering, mechatronics, technical communication, and engineering economics
  • Mechanical engineering project and laboratory experiences that develop competence in measurements and instrumentation, interpretation of data, reverse engineering analysis of mechanical systems, use of computational tools for engineering analysis, integration of multidisciplinary topics in design of complex systems, teamwork and project planning, and written and oral communication
  • A sequence of engineering design courses, culminating in a major capstone design experience in collaboration with an industrial sponsor, that draws on the knowledge and skills students have acquired in earlier coursework and incorporates modern engineering standards and realistic constraints
  • Core curriculum courses, including social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and visual and performing arts electives, that complement the technical content of the curriculum
  • A broad range of senior elective options that provide a career gateway to further study and lifelong learning in the practice of engineering and other professions

PROCEED (Project-Centered Education)

The undergraduate curriculum in mechanical engineering is built on the principle of project-centered education, or PROCEED. A number of courses throughout the curriculum are structured to motivate the study of engineering science by challenging students with in-depth analysis of real mechanical components and systems. In PROCEED, students address real-world projects based on current industrial methods and practices. Undergraduate laboratories and computer facilities are integrated into the curriculum to connect theory with practice.

Portable Computing Devices

Students entering Mechanical Engineering are expected to have a laptop computer at their disposal. The use of laptop computers will be necessary in many required courses, and individual instructors may require that a laptop be brought to class or lab sessions. For a list of minimum system requirements see:


Course requirements include courses within the Cockrell School of Engineering, and other required courses. In addition, each student must complete the University’s core curriculum. In some cases, a course required as part of the major may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below.

In the process of fulfilling engineering degree requirements, students must also complete coursework to satisfy the University's flag requirements: one independent inquiry flag, one course with a quantitative reasoning flag, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the United States flag, and three writing flags. The independent inquiry flag, the quantitative reasoning flag, the ethics and leadership flag, and three writing flags are carried by courses specifically required for the degree; these courses are identified below. Courses that may be used to fulfill flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule.

M E 130LExperimental Fluid Mechanics1
M E 134LMaterials Engineering Laboratory1
M E 139LExperimental Heat Transfer1
M E 140LMechatronics Laboratory1
M E 144LDynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory1
M E 266KMechanical Engineering Design Project (independent inquiry flag and writing flag)2
M E 266PDesign Project Laboratory2
M E 302Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics3
M E 314DDynamics (Dynamics)3
M E 316TThermodynamics (Thermodynamics)3
M E 318MProgramming and Engineering Computational Methods3
M E 330Fluid Mechanics3
M E 333TEngineering Communication (writing flag and ethics and leadership flag)3
M E 334Materials Engineering3
M E 335Engineering Statistics3
M E 338Machine Elements3
M E 339Heat Transfer3
M E 340Mechatronics3
M E 344Dynamic Systems and Controls3
M E 353Engineering Finance3
M E 366JMechanical Engineering Design Methodology (writing flag)3
CH 301Principles of Chemistry I (part II science and technology)3
E M 306Statics3
E M 319Mechanics of Solids3
M 408CDifferential and Integral Calculus (mathematics; quantitative reasoning flag)4
M 408DSequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus4
M 427JDifferential Equations with Linear Algebra4
or M 427K Advanced Calculus for Applications I
M 427LAdvanced Calculus for Applications II4
PHY 303KEngineering Physics I (part I science and technology; quantitative reasoning flag)3
PHY 303LEngineering Physics II (part I science and technology; quantitative reasoning flag)3
PHY 103MLaboratory for Physics 303K1
PHY 103NLaboratory for Physics 303L1
RHE 306Rhetoric and Writing (English composition)3
E 316LBritish Literature (humanities; in E 316L, 316M, 316N, and 316P some sections carry a global cultures or cultural diversity flag)3
or E 316M American Literature
or E 316N World Literature
or E 316P Masterworks of Literature
UGS 302First-Year Signature Course (in UGS 302 all sections carry writing flag; in UGS 303 some sections carry a writing flag)3
or UGS 303 First-Year Signature Course
Total Hours126

Bridges to the Future Credential Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers highly qualified senior-level undergraduate students an opportunity for in-depth study and research in an emerging area of mechanical engineering through the Bridges to the Future Credential Program. Upon completion of a prescribed series of technical electives and an independent research study under the direction of a faculty member and a doctoral student mentor, students receive a signed award and a letter from the department chair that describes the program and the work completed. This credential and its supporting documentation, plus supporting letters from supervising faculty and mentors, can be valuable assets for students applying to graduate school or pursuing competitive job opportunities. This program will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Students must apply for admission to a credential program during the junior year. In some cases, the coursework may include a graduate course, which may be credited toward a University graduate degree.

Details on course offerings and admission procedures are available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate office and on the mechanical engineering website.

Career Gateway Elective Options

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes 12 hours of career gateway electives, which are to be selected by the student to support his or her career goals. These courses should be chosen carefully and must be pertinent to each other and to the student’s career goals.

Students are required to review these materials and to meet with an adviser to discuss their options prior to selecting their career gateway elective courses.

Career gateway electives can include approved upper-division courses from mechanical engineering and other engineering departments, as well as upper-division courses from a number of other colleges and departments. A detailed description of courses that satisfy the career gateway elective requirements is available on the advising section of the mechanical engineering website. Highly qualified students are encouraged to fulfill career gateway elective requirements as part of the Bridges to the Future Credential Program described above.

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