Mechanical Engineering and Physics

Major Requirements

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Physics

Degree Type: B.S.M.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 136

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

 Major Requirements

Mechanical Engineering & Physics Major Requirements

CHEM 121General Chemistry I3
CHEM 122General Chemistry II3
ECE 301Electrical Engineering I3
ECE 306Electrical Engineering Lab I1
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions3
ENGR 327Ethics, Engineering, and Technology (Humanities and Fine Arts Gen Ed)3
IME 330Manufacturing Processes3
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra3
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
ME 111Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 2,32
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 352Fluid Dynamics3
ME 351Thermodynamics I3
ME 361Product Design and Development3
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
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics1
PHYS 252University Physics II4
PHYS 252LUniversity Physics II Laboratory1
PHYS 350Modern Physics 13
PHYS 355 13
PHYS 361Electromagnetic Theory 13
PHYS 411Optics for Scientists & Engineers3
PHYS 411LOptics for Scientists and Engineers Lab1
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS Elective3
Total Credits116

Mechanical engineering technical electives


Students who transfer any 30 or more credits into the program are not required to take ME 111.


Students who have completed ABEN 110 or ENGR 111 are not required to take ME 111.

Degree Notes:

  • No grade less than 'C' is accepted to fulfill any of the degree requirements.
  • Admission to the dual major requires a minimum 2.70 GPA
  • A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.