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Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in studying objects and systems in motion? Mechanical engineers use basic science to design and manufacture complex engineering systems. They apply physical and mechanical principles to the development of machines, energy conversion systems, materials and equipment for guidance and control. Work in this broad field of engineering requires a thorough knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer, electricity, manufacturing processes and economics.

Major Requirements

You will begin with a rigorous series of courses in mathematics, natural sciences and basic engineering to prepare yourself for more advanced study. At the upper-division level, you will study more advanced essential engineering topics. In your fourth year, you will choose an area of concentration and begin tailoring your major to your own interests. You may study such specialized topics as vehicle stability, mechatronics, combustion and the environment or wind-tunnel experimentation.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Applications Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Spacecraft Configuration Design Engineer
  • Operations Manager

Graduate Study

  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Business
  • Pharmacy

Alumni Employers

  • General Atomics
  • Boeing
  • PG&E
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Apple
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