Program Requirements


We will provide a rigorous, productive and relevant academic learning environment for students, faculty and staff by continually focusing on our core missions of teaching, research and service.

We will ensure that graduating students are well-educated and sufficiently prepared in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering practice and science, such that they have the ability to solve open-ended problems in this discipline and the capabilities required in order to become competent, productive and well-rounded professionals.

We will render meritorious service to our profession through active participation and engagement in service activities in our professional communities at all levels (local, national, and international), as well as in fulfilling campus and departmental governance, outreach and service activities.

Program credit requirements

The program requires a minimum of 132 credit hours to graduate.

Program objectives

The mechanical engineering program seeks to prepare its graduates for the following early career and professional accomplishments in their employment by industry, government agencies, academia, or private practice:

  • Demonstrated engineering competence, successfully contributing within their career fields with increasing levels of responsibility and influence
  • Continuous growth in knowledge and capability, within the mechanical engineering field as well as across interdisciplinary boundaries

It is the goal of the program that graduates will be personally satisfied with how their education from Missouri S&T prepared them for their career.

Program outcomes

Students graduating from this program should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas

General education requirements

Each student's program of study must contain a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in general education and be chosen according to the following rules:

  • All students are required to take one American history course, one economics course, one humanities course and English 110. The history course is to be selected from History 121, History 122 or Political Science 101. The economics course must be Economics 155. The humanities course must be selected from the approved list for art, English, foreign languages, music, philosophy, speech and media studies or theater.
  • Depth requirement: 3 credit hours must be taken in humanities or social sciences at the 200 level or above and be selected from the approved list. Students may receive humanities credit for foreign language courses in their native tongue only if the course is at the 300 level or higher. All courses taken to satisfy the depth requirement must be taken after graduating from high school.
  • The remaining two (3 credit hour) courses are to be chosen from the list of approved humanities/social sciences courses and may include one communication course in addition to English 110.
  • Any specific departmental requirements in the general studies area must be satisfied.
  • Special topics, special problems and honors seminars are allowed only by petition to and approval by, the student’s department chairman.