Undergraduate Programs

You'll learn how to design and analyze mechanical and thermal systems. With this foundation, you’ll be prepared to enter the industry of your choice such as aerospace, automotive, robotics, energy, biotechnology, and construction.

Undergraduate Programs

BS Mechanical Engineering

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering emphasizes a culture of design beginning freshman year with an introduction to modern engineering tools and culminating in a year-long senior design project.

Our courses, taught by world-class faculty members, emphasize mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, systems control, and mechatronics. Required courses include entrepreneurship in engineering, mechatronics, and developing the societal engineer.

We have invested in new labs and spaces, and our mechanical engineering majors are making the most of them. Our seniors work in teams to conceive, design, and produce solutions to important, sponsor-dictated mechanical engineering problems.

These projects help students develop an understanding of research methodology and promote critical and innovative thinking. Students have built a robot to detect clogged storm drains, a portable wind turbine to provide electricity, and vehicle devices to make transportation safer.

Check the catalog for official admissions and degree requirements.

BS Mechanical Engineering - Aerospace Concentration

Our students have the option of declaring a concentration in aerospace engineering.  They’ll then choose four elective courses to learn about the fundamentals of astronautics, aeronautics and the systems that make operating in these environments possible to complete the concentration. Course options for the concentration are described in the catalog. To learn more about aerospace engineering at George Mason University, Learn more. 

BS Mechanical Engineering - Microfabrication Concentration

Microfabrication involves the process of creating miniature structures on a micro or nanometer scale. It plays a crucial role in the semiconductor, biomedical, and other industries, being responsible for producing electronic devices such as computer chips, memory devices, and sensors. The concentration program in microfabrication is designed to equip students with the skills needed for the growing job opportunities in this field. Students will gain a solid understanding of advanced materials and sensors, along with hands-on experience. They will also learn about device design principles. Upon completing the concentration program, students will possess the ability to comprehend the unique properties of materials and device performance at the nanoscale. They will be able to fabricate microsensors within a cleanroom environment and operate key instruments used in the cleanroom. Given the increasing demand for well-paying jobs in microfabrication, students holding a microfabrication concentration will enjoy enhanced competitiveness. The training process not only augments their capacities in microfabrication but also complements their STEM majors.

The program consists of four core courses. Details on specific course requirements are available in the catalog. Questions can be addressed to Pei Dong

Featured Electives

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Minor Mechanical Engineering

Our minor provides a foundation in mechanical engineering and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics and science background, such as a major in another engineering or science field. Check the catalog for official information.

Accelerated Master's

The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline prepares motivated students to pursue an accelerated master’s degree. Up to twelve credits of graduate coursework can be applied towards the completion of both BS and MS degrees allowing a student to earn both degrees in as little as 5 years. Currently, the department administers this degree in several areas including applied and engineering physics, bioengineering, civil engineering, computational science, data analytics, electrical engineering, information technology, operations research, and systems engineering.  For the latest list of programs and requirements, please visit the catalog.

Northern Virginia Community College ADVANCE Partnership

Our students have the option of earning an associate of science degree from Northern Virginia Community College and then coming to Mason for a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering through the ADVANCE Partnership. 

Students Design and Build a Rotating Fatigue Testing Machine for the U.S. Navy