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Mechanical Engineering

BS in Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineering covers the fields of solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and engineering design. Mechanical engineers design tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical equipment. They also design and develop power using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, robots, machine tools, materials-handling systems, and industrial production equipment. The curriculum includes studies in machine dynamics, fluid flow, energy and power systems, and mechanical properties of materials and instrumentation.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A Functions of Calculus 1
MATH 122B First Semester Calculus 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
AME 105 Introduction to MATLAB I 1
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics 3
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
ABE 221 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
AME 230 Thermodynamics 3
AME 250 Dynamics 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
AME 205 Introduction to METLAB II 1
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
AME 301 Engineering Analysis 3
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engr. Materials or CE 215 Mechanics of Solids 3
AME 331 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 3
AME 352 Dynamics of Machines 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
AME 324B Engineering Component Design 3
AME 300 Instrumentation Laboratory 3
AME 302 Numerical Methods 4
MSE 331R Fundamentals of Materials for Engineers 3
AME 324L Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 1
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design 3
AME 432 Heat Transfer 3
AME 495S Senior Colloquium 1
AME 400 Senior Mechanical Laboratory 2
AME 413A Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory I 1
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design 3
AME 455 Control System Design 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of design, mechanics, thermodynamics, machines, and equipment gained from a major in Mechanical Engineering forms a valuable foundation for a variety of specialized careers, many of which can be attained with a Bachelor’s degree. Graduates in Mechanical Engineering can pursue careers in production, management, the energy industry, defense, transportation, or sales and might work with government agencies, consulting firms, corporations, manufacturers, or universities. 

Potential Career Areas

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Production operations
  • Technical Sales
  • Robotics
  • Transportation
  • Bioengineering
  • Administration/management
  • Defense
  • Testing and measurement
  • Consulting
  • Research and development
  • Energy utilization and conservation

Sample Employers

  • Government
  • Engineering firms
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Metal industry
  • Colleges and universities
  • Utility companies
  • Petrochemical industry

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Mechanical Engineer $52,550 - $82,110
Sales Engineer $42,000 - $86,163
Automotive Engineer $51,950 - $74,930
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Tool Designer $42,000 - $59,610
Agricultural Engineer $39,000 - $91,000
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Engineering Manager $64,230 - $145,600
Petroleum Engineer $49,240 - $140,850