Engineering Mechanics

What Is It?:

Engineering Mechanics provides the "building blocks" of statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and fluid dynamics, studying the forces that act on bodies and the resulting motions those bodies experience.  Devoted to solving mechanics problems through the integrated application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles, the discpline places special emphasis on the physical principles underlying modern engineering design.

Students can specialize further by electing a secondary field, a coherent group of technical courses in mechanics and closely related subjects. The current secondary fields are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Solid Mechanics

For more information, visit the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHEM 102/103—General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

The major prepares students to solve challenging, technical problems in aerospace, electronics, automotive, manufacturing, software, computer, communication, and research.

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Design Draftsperson
  • Engineering Estimator
  • Machine Component Designer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Material Tester
  • Production Manager
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Technical Author
  • Technical Officer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers: provides all students of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering with an open-membership society that creates a dynamic bridge between students, faculty, and corporations.
    • Society for Experimental Mechanics: offers social and academic enrichment for students interested in theoretical and applied mechanics.

Related Skills:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding of technology
  • Understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Engineering Mechanics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Engineering Mechanics. Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Engineering Mechanics.  These organizations include American Institute of Physics and ASME.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Engineering Mechanics, visit Undergraduate Programs.