BSME in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Program Description

Mechanical Engineering focuses on thermal and mechanical systems areas.  The curriculum presents a strong experimental program through laboratory experiences to expose undergraduate students to modern instrumentation and measurement methodologies.  Students work in well-equipped laboratories in design optimization, engineering computation, fluid power dynamics and control, materials, structural dynamics, measurement and instrumentation, laser processing, heat transfer and fluid dynamics, stress measurement and nondestructive evaluation.  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares students for employment in industry or government or for further study toward other degrees such as the JD, MD, MS and PhD.

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Major Program Requirements

The MAE curriculum allows students to transfer among departments during the first two years.  Students concentrate on departmental requirements during the junior year.  The senior year includes three MAE electives that allow students to develop individual study programs. This enables students to complete a traditional program or create their own with special emphasis on system design, materials, manufacturing, energy systems, controls, or aerospace.

Experience in design is integrated throughout the required courses in the curriculum and culminates in the capstone design sequence. The capstone design experience integrates earlier technical work with economic, safety and environmental considerations.  The projects are primarily obtained from industrial or private business clients.  The presentations of project results are made to a review panel consisting of members of the faculty, the MAE Industrial Advisory Council and representatives of the client firms.

Major Core Requirements

In addition to the University general education and graduation requirements, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering requires the following courses:

CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
ENGINR 1100Engineering Graphics Fundamentals2
ENGINR 1110Solid Modeling for Engineering Design1
IMSE 2710Engineering Economic Analysis3
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
or IMSE 2110 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
ENGINR 1200Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials3
ENGINR 2100Circuit Theory for Engineers3
ENGINR 2200Intermediate Strength of Materials3
MAE 2300Thermodynamics3
MAE 2100Programming and Software Tools2
MAE 3100Computational Methods for Engineering Design4
MAE 2600Dynamics3
MAE 3200Engineering Materials4
MAE 3400Fluid Mechanics3
MAE 3600Dynamic Systems and Control3
MAE 3800Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory3
MAE 3900Mechanism Design3
MAE 4300Heat Transfer3
MAE 4500Manufacturing Methods (Pending approval effective FS2020)4
MAE 4800Applied Thermal/Fluids Laboratory4
MAE 4900Machine Element Design3
MAE 4980Senior Capstone Design3
Elective in approved area of Engineering, Science or Math, 3000-level or above3
MAE 4000 +: MAE elective9

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
ENGINR 11002ENGLSH 10003
Approved Political Science or History Course3CHEM 13204
Social/Behavioral Science Elective3ENGINR 11101
 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
 13 16
Second Year
MATH 23003MAE 21002
PHYSCS 27505MATH 41003
ENGINR 12003PHYSCS 27605
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3ENGINR 22003
 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
 14 16
Third Year
MAE 31004IMSE 2110 or STAT 47103
MAE 23003MAE 34003
MAE 26003ENGINR 21003
MAE 32004MAE 39003
 14 12
Fourth Year
IMSE 27103MAE 48004
MAE 43003MAE 49003
MAE 38003MAE 4000+ Elective3
MAE 36003Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3
MAE 45003 
 15 13
Fifth Year
3000+ Technical Elective3 
MAE 4000+ Elective3 
MAE 4000+ Elective3 
MAE 49803 
Total Credits: 125

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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