Mechanical Engineering and Physics

Major Requirements

Major: Mechanical Engineering & Physics

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

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 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

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

University General Education Requirements

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
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.
CHEM 121General Chemistry I3
CHEM 122General Chemistry II3
ECE 301Electrical Engineering I3
ECE 306Electrical Engineering Lab I1
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions3
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
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
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 *3
PHYS 355Classical Mechanics *3
PHYS 361Electromagnetic Theory *3
PHYS 411Optics for Scientists & Engineers3
PHYS 411LOptics for Scientists and Engineers Lab1
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS Elective3
Total Credits114

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.