Degrees and Programs

Students take a virtual tour of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (from the Harry Potter series) as part of Prof. Judy Vance’s lab.


A Bachelor of Science degree is the first step to becoming a Mechanical Engineer.  This degree involves basic program courses, general education electives, mechanical engineering core courses, and technical and design electives.  After completion of the basic program, the mechanical engineering core curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate students exposure to each of the four major areas in the field:

  • Design and Optimization
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Thermal Fluids
  • Dynamic Systems

Along with a major in Mechanical Engineering, students can also get a minor in other fields of engineering.

Also available to students is the concurrent BS/MS degrees program.  The concurrent BS/MS classification offers an opportunity for well-qualified Iowa State juniors and seniors to begin working on a master’s degree before completing a bachelor’s degree.


We have several degree options that will help you reach your career goals:

Not sure which degree option to pursue? Find out which one best fits your career path. Be sure to check out research programs to see what areas interest you.