Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Features of the ME@BU Program

Freshman-level discovery courses:

  • 2 credits (1  half semester course) of Introduction to Engineering. These courses allow freshmen to experience cutting-edge engineering topics of interest to individual professors.
  • 0 credits (1 course) freshman seminar which helps students to transition to college life and allows students to explore options (majors, minors, concentrations, study abroad, co-op) within the College of Engineering.

Requirements that build the foundations for engineering principles:

  • 20 credits (6 courses) focused on mathematics, two of which are courses taught within the ME department.
  • 16 credits (4 courses) of basic science, including one natural science elective.
  • 8 credits (2 courses) engineering computation and electric circuit theory.

Required mechanical engineering topic courses:

  • These courses cover the core areas underlying mechanical engineering including: statics and dynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, heat transfer, structures, material science, instrumentation and design.

Advanced elective courses:

  • These advanced elective courses allow students to pursue areas of particular interest to the student.  These courses can be used to fulfill concentration requirements or some requirements for an engineering minor.

Requirements that help form communication skills, critical thinking, a sense of place, and world perspective that are all important to the practicing engineer:

  • 16 credits (4 courses) that students use to pursue topics in the social sciences and humanities from the excellent departments in BU’s  College of Arts & Sciences, and enable students to study a language, art, management or communications course at another school at BU.
  • 8 credits (2 courses) focused on developing writing skills.
  • Note: Some of these courses can be used to fulfill requirements for minors in non-engineering disciplines.

Mechanical Engineering Class of 2016 Undergrad Program Planning Sheet

Note that the planning sheet provides a guide for ME students as to how they might satisfy the requirements of the program. As long as prerequisite course requirements are met, students can take the classes in any order.