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2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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.

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.


Successful Completion

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 )
  • Two Math/Science Electives (min 6 CH total, select from department-approved list)
  • One Business Elective (min 3 CH, select from department-approved list)
  • One Technical Elective (min 3 CH, any engineering, math/science or business course approved by the ME Dept)

(See here for Math, Science and Business Elective options: me_math_science_business_electives_2022_02_04.pdf (uwyo.edu))


  1. 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).
  2. ES 2800 is NOT a part of the MESC
  3. 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.

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:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  2. 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

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions

  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.