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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information contact Colin Reagle, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.