Undergraduate Program

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Mechanical engineers apply the principles of motion, energy, and force to solve challenges and create new technologies to make life better and more sustainable. About one in five of all engineers practicing today are mechanical engineers. Their skills are used in research, development, design, testing, production, technical sales, technical management, as well as medicine, law, and business. Mechanical engineers are characterized by personal creativity, breadth of knowledge, and versatility. For these reasons they serve as valuable members and leaders of multidisciplinary teams. Mechanical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries; examples include agricultural/heavy equipment, biomedical, consulting, energy and power, manufacturing, product design and transportation.

Bachelor of Science degree is the first step to becoming a Mechanical Engineer.  The mechanical engineering curriculum is organized to provide students with a broad foundation in mathematics, science, engineering, social science and humanities. This degree involves basic program courses, general education electives, mechanical engineering foundations courses, mechanical engineering core courses, and technical 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
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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.

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

Degree Choices


The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Academic Advisors are dedicated to enhancing each student’s academic and career aspirations.

Our Academic Advisors will help you with:

  • Navigating university, college, and departmental systems
  • Identifying university resources
  • Understanding program requirements
  • Planning your courses
  • Finding solutions to academic problems
  • Making academic decisions
  • Course registration
  • Personal concerns
  • Transferring courses from other institutions

Located in 2620 Howe Hall
Phone: 515-294-4932

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Opportunities for Students

The Mechanical Engineering Department has numerous opportunities for students including the Mechanical Engineering Learning Teams, a place to showcase work at the Design Expo, and various student organizations to become involved with.

Here are some other opportunities:

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Teaching Labs and Studios

The mechanical engineering department at Iowa State offers state-of-the-art teaching labs, studios and other classroom and work space that will help to train and prepare students for careers in the field.

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