Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Our mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare you for careers in industry, government, education, and private consulting, as well as for graduate study.
- 133 Required Technical Credits
- 37 Humanities & Social Sciences Credits
- 16 Elective Credits
- 8 Free Elective Credits
Minors and Areas of Concentration in Mechanical Engineering
You can enhance your ME major with a focused study in a specific subject area. We offer several areas of concentration. If your major is not ME, but you want to add a minor, we offer a Thermal-Fluids minor. See the course catalog for details.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to use your classroom lessons for real-world problem solving. Multidisciplinary project teams may tackle process improvement for an industrial partner, or develop humanitarian solutions for a local organization. And, student teams compete with efficient vehicles, underwater robots, and more.
A degree in mechanical engineering will give you the foundation to pursue a career in industries ranging from automotive to biomedical, consumer goods, or aerospace.
Process Improvement Engineer
Process improvement engineers work in a variety of industries to identify and develop ways to streamline production and boost efficiency. A process improvement engineer will often collaborate with other engineers and technical personnel, suppliers and others, and must have excellent communication skills.
Mechanical Design Engineer
Mechanical design engineers work in companies across a wide range of manufacturing industries, often developing consumer goods, medical devices, automobiles and automotive parts, and more. They must apply engineering principles to ensure their designs use appropriate materials, meet industry and safety standards, and can be manufactured cost-effectively.
Automation engineers work to improve the efficiency and safety of manufacturing operations by designing and programming automated equipment. They must have both mechanical expertise and electrical controls knowledge, and may be find themselves developing anything from large welding robots to food packaging equipment.
Dr. Lorraine Olson
Dr. Olson joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 2002. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2013. Her scholarship activities have included finite element methodology applied to non-traditional areas, and much of her research involves early detection of breast cancer.