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Department ofMechanical Engineering


4-Year Plan

In addition to fulfilling the University Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, students majoring in mechanical engineering must complete a minimum of 192 units.

4 Year Mechanical Engineering Program Flow Chart

Technical Electives & Mathematics and Science Electives

5-Year Program for BS/MS

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science open to mechanical engineering majors. Under the combined degree program, an undergraduate student begins taking courses required for a master's degree before completing the requirements for the bachelor's degree and typically completes the requirements for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the end of the fifth year.

Undergraduate students admitted to the combined degree program begin taking graduate classes during their senior year. They are required to enroll in the program between February of their junior year and December of their senior year. Students in this program will receive their bachelor's degree after satisfying the standard undergraduate degree requirements. To earn the master's degree, students must fulfill all the requirements for the degree, including the completion of the master's thesis. No course can be used to satisfy requirements for both the bachelor's degree and the master's degree.

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Mechanical Engineering Minor

Students must fulfill the following requirements for a Minor in Mechanical Engineering:

Lower-Division Requirements:

  • COEN 44/44L or 45/45L - Applied Programming
  • CENG 41 - Mechanics I: Statics
  • ELEN 50/50L - Electric Circuits I
  • MECH 10/10L - Graphic Communications in Design and Lab

Lower-Division Electives (Choose two):

  • MECH 11 - Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • MECH 140 - Dynamics
  • CENG 43/43L - Mechanics III: Strength of Materials
  • MECH 15/15L - Introduction to Materials Science and Lab

Upper-Division Requirement:

  • MECH 121 - Thermodynamics I

Technical Sequence (Choose one two-course sequence):

  • MECH 122/122L and MECH 123/123L
  • MECH 122/122L and MECH 132
  • MECH 114 and MECH 115
  • MECH 141/141L and MECH 142/142L
    *Please be aware of the prerequisites for the Technical Sequences courses; this may influence your choice of Lower Division courses.

Aerospace Engineering Minor

All undergraduates are eligible for the Aerospace Engineering minor. Students intending to earn this minor should seek advice from the Mechanical Engineering Department.


Students must first take two courses from the Fundamental Courses, MECH 145 and one course from theAerospace Courses list, and at least four units from the Elective Courses list.

Fundamental Courses:

  • MECH 140 - Dynamics (4 units). Prerequisite: CENG 41. Co-requisite: AMTH 106. 
  • CENG 43 - Strength of Materials (4 units). Prerequisite: CENG 41. Co-requisite: CENG 43L.
  • MECH 121 - Thermodynamics (4 units). Prerequisite: PHYS 32.
  • MECH 122 and 122L - Fluid Mechanics (4 units). Prerequisite: MECH 140. Co-requisite: MECH 122L.

Aerospace Courses:

  • MECH 132 - Aerodynamics (4 units)
  • MECH 153 - Aerospace Structures (4 units)
  • MECH 155 - Astrodynamics (4 units)
  • MECH 158 - Aerospace Propulsion Systems (4 units)

Elective Courses:

  • MECH 205/206 - Aircraft Flight Dynamics I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 220/221 - Orbital Mechanics I, II (4 units)
  • MECH 313 - Aerospace Structures (4 units)
  • MECH 371/372 - Space Systems Design and Engineering I, II (8 units)
  • MECH 431/432 - Spacecraft Dynamics I, II (4 units)
  • Another course from the Aerospace Courses list (4 units)

Tentative Course Schedule for Aerospace Engineering Minor

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