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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering Major (BSE)

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

Mechanical engineering is a diverse and flexible engineering discipline. Mechanical engineers work in number of fields including design of machinery, controls, vibrations and acoustics, power generation, renewable energy, energy conservation, fluid flow and heat transfer applications, and air-conditioning. The program synthesizes math, science, engineering science, and engineering design. The program provides electives in several general areas, including thermal-sciences, mechanical design and manufacturing, robotics and automation, mechanical and environmental systems, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, and bioengineering. Students begin the practice of design in their freshman year and integrate it throughout their programs which culminate in a team-oriented capstone design project in the senior year. The program is geared to prepare students for the lifelong practice of mechanical engineering and for immediate entry to positions in industry or further studies in graduate schools. The department also offers the Integrated B.S.-M.S. program for qualified undergraduate students.

Please see the UNLV Mechanical Engineering department web page for more information about department programs, faculty, and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plans for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Engineering Advising Center at .


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Program  Accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

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 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 26-36 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

(See Note 1)

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

 (See Note 2)

Mathematics - Credits: (Fulfilled by Major Requirements)

Distribution Requirements - Credits:15

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 6-9 credits
  • Social Science: 6 credits  
    • One additional Social Science course from an area other than economics (see Multicultural and International Requirements for overlapping opportunities)
    Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

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:

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

Mechanical Engineering Pre-Major Courses - Credits: 28

Pre-Major or Advanced Standing Courses - Credits: 19

Mechanical Engineering Advanced Standing Courses - Credits: 45

General Electives -Credits: 0-2

Additional credit needed to get to the required 120 credits to graduate.

Free Elective Requirement - Subtotal: 0 - 1 credit

Total Credits: 120


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

2. 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.

3. HIST 100   or PSC 101   are preferred to satisfy the Constitution requirement.

4. ME 302  , ME 302L  , ME 497  , ME 498   and advising interview with faculty mentor are milestone courses for Mechanical Engineering B.S..

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