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Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor's Program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Graduates from our program, within the first few years of their career, will either achieve professional employment in the broad field of mechanical engineering or related disciplines, or enroll in programs of advanced study in engineering, science and other professions, including business and law.

The curriculum has been designed to provide strong technical preparation in the broad field of mechanical engineering.

4-Year Curriculum - BSME

Students enter the BSME program as sophomores from the Engineering Design Division, as junior transfers from other schools such as community colleges, or as internal transfers from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

The program emphasizes the application of engineering fundamentals rather than specialization within areas of mechanical engineering. However, some specialization is permitted through elective courses. Care has been taken to ensure a balanced integration of theory, design and laboratory practice through the selection and sequencing of courses within the curriculum.

The primary goal is to prepare the mechanical engineering bachelor of science graduate for a creative, lifelong engineering career.

Combined degrees and minor programs are available.

Suggested course tracks

Refer to the University Bulletin for the official requirements - Take note of all Pre- or Co-requisites

Based on year of entry

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program - 4+1 (BSME/MSME)

A combined BSME and MSME (Non-Thesis Option) degree program enables mechanical engineering students to complete two degrees in five years. 

Benefits of the program
  • Less time to degree
  • Cost savings: up to 3 graduate courses at undergraduate rates
  • Excellent professional credential 
  • Start employment at MS level with only one additional year of study 
  • Greater potential for higher starting salary

Acceptance into the program requires a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Students interested in the program should apply to the 4+1 program during their junior year. Applicants are required to meet with the Director of Graduate Studies as part of the application process. In addition, students must apply to the Graduate School during their senior year.

Students may take up to three graduate-level courses as technical electives in the senior year. These three courses also count towards the MS degree requirements. For technical electives that are co-listed as 400/500 level, students in the 4+1 program should register for the graduate level course. It is recommended that at least two graduate courses be taken during the senior year and that the courses selected satisfy the core requirements for the MSME. 

Typical Course Sequence

Year 4


Technical Elective



General Education Elective


Watson Fast-Track MBA Combined Degree Program

Economic and managerial issues have been integrated into the engineer's responsibilities.

The Watson School and the School of Management have joined together to offer a five-year program that combines an engineering undergraduate degree with a master's in business administration (MBA).

Students must apply during their junior year and take four MBA courses during the senior year. More Info >>


Please note: Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to obtain professional engineering licenses. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact Pete Partell in the dean's office.

Last Updated: 2/2/18