BS Degree

For the undergraduate curriculum in mechanical engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for the BS degree can be found here.

Before taking upper-level courses in Mechanical Engineering, there are several requirements which you need to fulfill. First, you need to fulfill the Basic Program requirements set out by the College of Engineering. These are courses which are usually taken your first year. They include Engineering 101, ME 160, English 150 and 250, and others, and you must have at least a 2.00 grade point average in these courses. Secondly, a group of courses, typically in the second year, called the Mechanical Engineering Foundations must be completed with at least a 2.00 grade point average. With fulfillment of the requirements of both the Basic Program and ME Foundations, as well as a cumulative ISU 2.00 grade point average, you can start taking 200-level and above and the core courses in the major.


To learn more about the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum and Courses, please visit the Iowa State University Course Catalog.

Program of Study

After you have satisfactorily completed courses in the basic sciences, mathematics, mechanics, and engineering fundamentals, you are eligible for admission to the professional program. Here you can elect, from several options, a specific path leading to a capstone or terminal design course.

Students are encouraged to use their technical and design electives to develop a deeper understanding in one of the four areas of the ME field. Fifteen credits in the humanities and social sciences provide mechanical engineering students a complete undergraduate education.

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Areas of Study

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