Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Curriculum: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering complete a rigorous course of study that includes courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Basic Sciences, and Engineering. Mechanical Engineering professionals are required to demonstrate strong written and spoken communication skills, an understanding of engineering economics, and familiarity with engineering ethics. This course of study prepares students well for careers in industry, government, education, and nonprofits.

62 semester hours of engineering courses including the following:

  • Introduction to Engineering (6 hours) – EGR 1301 and 1302
  • Electrical Engineering (6 hours) – ELC 2320 and 4335
  • Engineering Design (6 hours) – EGR 3380 and 4390
  • Thermo/Fluids (12 hours) – ME2345, ME 3321, ME 3345, ME 4345
  • Materials/Mechanical Systems (23 hours) – ME2320, ME 2321, ME 3122, ME 3320, ME 3322, ME 3323, ME 3420, ME 4325
  • Engineering Electives (9 hours) – approved “4000” level engineering electives. A grade of “C” or better in mechanical engineering courses used for the major.

32 semester hours of mathematics and science courses including the following:

  • PHY 1420, 1430.
  • CHE 1301.
  • MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3325, 3326, STA 3381.

33 semester hours of required courses in other fields. The requirements for the degree as well as course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.


What can I expect with a degree in mechanical engineering?

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University offers an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The curriculum focuses on preparing students to enter a variety of industries, graduate schools and non-profit organizations. Students build a strong engineering foundation by studying thermal/fluids, materials/mechanical systems and design.

Through the study of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics, students learn about such things as flow over surfaces/through pipes, principles of conducting/convecting heat and refrigeration/engine cycles. Students study engineering materials, manufacturing processes, control systems and machine design to understand such things as how to choose appropriate materials for a given application, determine the best manufacturing process for a part/product, create a control system that ensures the stability of a vehicle, and select the appropriate gears for a bicycle. Students in their junior and senior year will work with other students from across the college to create designs for a variety of devices and products.

In addition to foundational mechanical engineering courses, students can further specialize by choosing electives in the areas of analysis and design of propulsion systems, advanced structural analysis, computational methods for fluids-thermo, biomaterials, biomechanics, robotics, manufacturing processes, and other topics. These electives add to the student's ability to apply fundamentals and to design machines and energy systems. 

While students in Mechanical Engineering participate in many organizations across the campus, there are organizations dedicated specifically to students in the major. From SAE Baja to NSBE to SWE to Engineers with a Mission, students have opportunities to engage in leadership, professional development, student projects, and service. Learn more about our student organizations.

Students that receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering have a variety of career opportunities. Our students are employed by government labs like NASA and Sandia. Some students work in the aerospace industry – Lockheed Martin, Bell Flight. Other students choose companies like Brandt, Eaton, Weatherford, Exxon, and Chevron. Find out more about our alumni and where they work. Learn more about what you can do as a mechanical engineer.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at Baylor University is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET accreditation in engineering provides assurance that a university program meets the quality standards of the profession. Students seeking to become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) post-graduation must graduate from an ABET-accredited program. Learn more about our ABET accreditation. For more information about our undergraduate program, contact ECS Student Services or schedule a campus visit.   

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