Mechanical Engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal systems and devices in a wide range of fields including energy, manufacturing, materials, machines, and more. The UW BS in Mechanical Engineering is ABET accredited.
University Studies Program
This degree requires that The University Studies Program 2015 requirements are met before graduation. Some of the courses required for this major fulfill USP requirements, but not all. Students should check their degree evaluations and consult with their assigned academic advisor to discuss their specific course plan.
Mechanical Engineering Success Curriculum
All undergraduate students in the B.S. Mechanical Engineering and B.S. Energy Systems Engineering programs must successfully complete the Mechanical Engineering Success Curriculum prior to enrolling in any upper-division (3000-level or above) courses taught by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The Mechanical Engineering Success Curriculum promotes successful completion of upper-division coursework by assuring a student that their foundational knowledge and skills are strong in mathematics and engineering fundamentals. AP/iB courses are excluded from the GPA calculation, but grades transferred from other institutions will be used in evaluating the ME Success Curriculum GPA.
To successfully complete the Mechanical Engineering Success Curriculum, a student must earn a minimum 3.000 GPA in the following 10 courses:
Policy for Transfer Credit Towards Mechanical Engineering (ME) Core Coursework
In general, transfer of coursework towards a Mechanical Engineering degree will follow University of Wyoming policy. A course must be shown to be equivalent to its University of Wyoming course (latitude may be given for Mechanical Engineering electives without a direct University of Wyoming equivalent). However, six courses are considered to be the core of the Mechanical Engineering program, and therefore credit cannot be transferred from another institution. These courses are ME 3010, ME 3020, ME 3040, ME 3170, ME 3360, and ME 3450. Exceptions may be made for courses from approved study abroad programs or in extreme circumstances. Please note that failing a prerequisite course resulting in a delay of graduation does not constitute an extreme circumstance. Any transfer of ME courses requires explicit written approval from the Department.
Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
- Four ME Electives (min 12 CH total, any upper division ME course or EE 4620, excluding ME 3975)
- One Math/Science Electives (min 3 CH total, select from department-approved list)
- One Business Elective (min 3 CH, select from department-approved list)
(See here for Math, Science and Business Elective options: me_math_science_business_electives_2022_02_04.pdf (uwyo.edu))
Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
- Successfully practice the profession of engineering
- Demonstrate career growth (e.g. increasing complexity of job assignment, career promotions, professional registration, patents, publications, and completion of advanced degrees).
- Apply Mechanical Engineering knowledge to find creative solutions to evolving challenges with global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts.
- Successfully serve in a range of leadership and collaborative roles in the profession in the community.
- Exhibit high professional standards and commitment to ethical action.
Mechanical Engineering Program Student Outcomes
The Department’s Student Outcomes are:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
- Before enrolling in any upper division ESE or ME course, students must complete the ME Success Curriculum (minimum 3.000 GPA in MATH 2200, MATH 2250, MATH 2210, and the seven ES courses).
- ES 2800 is NOT a part of the MESC
- Graduates must meet all college requirements and earn a minimum GPA of 2.000 in ME and ESE courses taken at UW. A minimum of 48 hours of upper division coursework are required, so ME, business, and technical electives should be chosen appropriately.
- A minimum of 126 total credit hours is required.