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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Major

The Mechanical Engineering program at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( ). The curriculum is designed to produce baccalaureate-level graduates who are well prepared to accept engineering positions in industry and government or to pursue advanced degree studies.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU will contribute to the aspirations of a land-grant university in the three primary components of education, research, and service. In support of these endeavors the mission of the department is to:

  • Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of the discipline, prepare graduates to effectively function in society in the field of their choice, and provide the learning skills to adapt to evolving personal and professional goals.
  • Develop and maintain high quality research programs in traditional and emerging areas that build on the diverse strengths of the faculty, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and address national and global needs.
  • Serve the needs of the profession, the state of North Dakota, and regional industries to promote and enhance economic development opportunities.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program will:

  1. Provide valuable contributions to the engineering profession in the field of their choice.
  2. Adapt to emerging technologies through continued professional development.
  3. Uphold high ethical and professional standards in the practice of engineering.
  4. Effectively function in a team environment and interact with people of diverse backgrounds.
  5. Be engaged and conscientious practitioners who understand the context in which their designs are implemented and the corresponding impact of their activities on society.

A complete listing of the student outcomes associated with these objectives can be viewed on the department’s web site .

Strong program emphasis is placed on engineering science, laboratory, and design. The use of modern computer tools and techniques in engineering practice also is incorporated throughout the curriculum. In addition, liberal arts education is included to prepare graduates for becoming concerned and productive members of society.

Students transferring into mechanical engineering from other departments or institutions are encouraged to do so no later than the beginning of the junior year if they wish to complete the degree requirements within two academic years.

Graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering are offered by the department. For more complete details, see the Graduate Bulletin online.

Selective Admission

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a selective admission policy. To be admitted to the basic program (freshman and sophomore level), freshman applicants must either rank in the top one-third of their high school graduating class or have received a score of 26 or higher in the math portion of the ACT (or a score of 590 or higher in the math portion of the SAT). Transfer students, whether from another university or from another department at NDSU, must have an institutional grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.80.

To enter the professional program (junior and senior level), students must complete the basic program with a minimum Engineering GPA of 2.80, a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no grades below 'C' in any one of the core courses.

A minimum institutional GPA of 2.50 is required for graduation from Mechanical Engineering. No course grades less than 'C' are acceptable to fulfill a degree requirement.


All Mechanical Engineering majors choose a minimum of five technical elective courses. These courses cover a wide range of topics and students may tailor their choices to reflect their special interests in solid mechanics and design, thermal sciences, materials and nanotechnology, injection molding, biomechanical engineering, or other areas as added in the future. For a complete list of technical electives available in each area, students should consult with their adviser, the department, or the curriculum guide.

Major Requirements

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Degree Type: B.S.M.E.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 129

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Mechanical Engineering Requirements:
ME 212Fundamentals of Visual Communication for Engineers3
ME 213Modeling of Engineering Systems3
ME 221Engineering Mechanics I3
ME 222Engineering Mechanics II3
ME 223Mechanics of Materials3
ME 331Materials Science and Engineering4
ME 351Thermodynamics I3
ME 352Fluid Dynamics3
ME 361Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Profession1
ME 412Engineering Measurements3
ME 421Theory of Vibrations3
ME 442Machine Design I3
ME 443Machine Design II3
ME 454Heat and Mass Transfer3
ME 457Thermal Systems Laboratory3
ME 461Design Project I3
ME 462Design Project II3
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra3
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 259Multivariate Calculus3
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (May satisfy general education category S)3
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (May satisfy general education category S)3
ECE 301Electrical Engineering I3
ECE 303Electrical Engineering II3
ECE 306Electrical Engineering Lab I1
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions (May satisfy general education category C)3
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
IME 330Manufacturing Processes3
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
Technical Electives: Select 15 credits from the following:15
Engineering Materials II
Mechanics of Machinery
Thermodynamics II
Emerging Technologies in Mechanical Engineering
Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
Composite Materials Science and Engineering
Plastics and Injection Molding Manufacturing
Engineering Ceramics
Introduction to Biomechanics
Renewable Energy Technology
Experimental Stress Analysis
Fatigue and Fracture of Metals
Engineering with Polymeric Materials
Mechanics of Composite Materials
Automatic Controls
ME Finite Element Analysis
Biofluid Mechanics
Fundmentals of Energy Conversion
Fuel Cell Science and Engineering
Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
Gas Turbines
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Internal Combustion Engines
Introduction to Aerodynamics
Vehicle Dynamics
Approved technical electives from other departments - no more than two courses from the following:
Biobased Energy
Polymer Synthesis
Applied Polymer Science
Coatings' Materials Science
Corrosion and Materials
Biomedical Engineering
Cardiovascular Engineering
Cardiovascular Engineering II
Process Engineering
Production Engineering
Composite Materials Manufacturing
Engineering Economy
Evaluation of Engineering Data
Modern Physics
Electromagnetic Theory
Quantum Mechanics I
Courses cross-listed with other departments:
Plastics and Injection Molding Manufacturing
Fluid Power Systems Design
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Total Credits107

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the college. Students transferring into the college from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU.
  • No grades less than 'C' will be accepted to fulfill a course requirement.
  • No more than six credits of approved technical electives may be taken outside the ME department.
  • Admission to the Mechanical Engineering Professional program requires a minimum 2.80 Engineering GPA and a minimum 2.50 Cumulative GPA.
  • A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required for graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

Degree Total: 130

MATH 1654MATH 1664
ENGL 1104ENGL 1203
CHEM 1213CHEM 1223
Humanities Elective (Select from approved gen ed list)3ME 2123
Social Science Gen Ed3ME 2213
 Wellness Gen Ed2
 17 18
MATH 1293MATH 2663
MATH 2593COMM 1103
IME 3303PHYS 252
ME 2223ME 2133
ME 2233ME 3513
Humanities & Fine Arts Gen Ed3 
 18 17
ECE 3013ECE 3033
ENGL 3213ECE 3061
ME 3314ENGR 4021
ME 3523ME 3611
Technical Elective3ME 4423
 ME 4543
 Technical Elective3
 16 15
ME 4213ME 4123
ME 4433ME 4623
ME 4573Technical Elective3
ME 4613Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3Social Science Gen Ed3
 15 15
Total Credits: 131