Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering / Undergraduate Study

Mechanical Engineering BS

Capstone Major

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to provide basic knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, mechanical design, dynamics, control, mechanical systems, manufacturing, and materials. The program includes fundamental subjects important to all mechanical engineers.

Learning Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Application of knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Function as a productive member of a team that considers multiple aspects of an engineering problem
  • Design of a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20 (or Computer Science 31), 82, 94; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL.

The Major

Required: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110L, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 101, 102, 103, 105A, 105D, 107, 131A or 133A, 156A, 157, 162A, 171A, 183A (or M183B); two departmental breadth courses (Electrical and Computer Engineering 100 and Materials Science and Engineering 104 — if one or both of these courses are taken as part of the technical breadth requirement, students must select a replacement upper-division course or courses from the department — except for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 166A — or, by petition, from outside the department); three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; two capstone design courses (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 162D, 162E); and two major field elective courses (8 units) from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 131A (unless taken as a required course), 133A (unless taken as a required course), 135, 136, C137, CM140, CM141, 150A, 150B, 150C, C150G, C150P, C150R, 153A, 154S, 155, C156B, 157A, 161A through 161D, 166C, M168, 169A, 171B, 172, 174, C175A, 181A, 182B, 182C, 183A (unless taken as a required course), M183B (unless taken as a required course), C183C, 184, 185, C186, C187L.

For information on UC, school, and general education requirements, see the College and Schools chapter.