Jul 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 

Mechanical Engineering Major (BSE)

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Mechanical Engineering Major - Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

Please see the UNLV Mechanical Engineering department web page http://www.unlv.edu/me for more information about department programs, faculty, and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plans for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bse-mechanical-engineering.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Engineering Advising Center at  http://engineering.unlv.edu/advising/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program  Accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Program has the following program educational objectives:

  • Graduates will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of Mechanical Engineers
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if desired
  • Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities

Student Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Faculty has adopted the engineering criteria (1) through (7) student outcomes, namely:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences 
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

University Graduation Requirements

Admission to the Major

Minimum: GPA 2.50

Admission and transfer policies are described in the College of Engineering Section.

Department Policies

  1. Grades of C (2.00) or higher are required in all immediate prerequisites of all engineering, science, construction management, and computer science courses and in ENG 101 and 102.
  2. An overall 2.0 GPA and 2.0 GPA in engineering courses is required for probation, transfer, advanced standing and graduation.
  3. Students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog.
  4. Students must be admitted to ‘advanced standing’ prior to registering for ME 330, ME 380 and ME 497.
  5. Students must meet with a faculty mentor as part of the application for ‘advanced standing’.
  6. Students must meet with a faculty mentor for a second time prior to resgistering for ME 497
  7. All mechanical engineering students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Discipline Specific Mechanical Engineering Examination as a graduation requirement.

Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements - Total: 120-125 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 27-33 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

(See Note 1)

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

 (see note 1 below)

Mathematics - Credits: (Fulfilled by Major Requirements)

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 15

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    •   (can satisfy Second-Year Seminar for Engineering Students)
    • One elective courses from a different area (see Multicultural and International Requirements)
    • One  course in Fine Arts - 3 credits
  • Social Science: 6 credits  
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Requirements - BS in Mechanical Engineering Major - Subtotal: 92 Credits

Mechanical Engineering Pre-Major Courses - Credits: 27

Pre-Major or Advanced Standing Courses - Credits: 19

Mechanical Engineering Advanced Standing Courses - Credits: 46

Free Elective Requirement - Subtotal: 0 - 1 credit

Total Credits: 120-125


1. EGG 101  in combination with ME 202 , preferred for First-Year Seminar.

Every student must complete a three-credit Second-Year Seminar course. 

  may satisfy the three-credit Second-Year Seminar course requirement as well as three credits of the Humanities requirement for College of Engineering students only whose degree requires 120+ credits.

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