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Department ofMechanical Engineering



The Dynamics Certificate is intended for working engineers in mechanical and related fields of engineering. The certificate will provide a fundamental and broad background in engineering dynamics. The Dynamics Certificate includes a strong foundational base in dynamics and applications in optimization, robotics, mechatronics, or dynamics of aircraft or spacecraft (depending on the chosen elective courses). Completion of the certificate will allow the student to formulate and solve the complex dynamics problems that arise in such fields as robotics and space flight.


Applicants must have completed an accredited Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical or a closely related field of engineering. They are expected to have prior course work in undergraduate dynamics and mathematics.

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 16 units as described below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or better in each course.

Required Courses (16 units):

  • MECH 214, 215 Advanced Dynamics I, II (2 units each)
  • MECH 305, 306 Vibrations I, II (2 units each)

Elective Courses:

  • MECH 205, 206 Aircraft Flight Dynamics I, II (2 units)
  • MECH 431, 432 Spacecraft Dynamics I, II (2 units each)

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Chair: Hohyun Lee

Administrative Assistant: Peta Henderson

Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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