Mechanical engineering (BSE)

A degree in Mechanical engineering from Arizona State University comes with baked-in opportunities for solving real and timely engineering problems. From analyzing air pollution to dissecting mechanical and thermal systems, discovering new ways to operate in world processes.

Why mechanical engineering?

Interested in agriculture, medicine, automotive sports or semiconductor modeling? Looking to help solve issues with climate change? All have a basis in mechanical engineering. Students in the undergraduate program get to cultivate an understanding behind a diverse range of operations while developing the skills needed to produce hands-on results for their community and abroad.

Choosing the energy and environment concentration lets students focus on renewable energy, air pollution and sustainability. The computational mechanics concentration prepares students for numerical simulation, visualization and high-performance computing of modern mechanical and thermal systems. See below for links to more in-depth course outlines.

Degree offered

Bachelor of science in engineering (BSE) in mechanical engineering, with optional concentrations in computational and mathematical mechanics or energy and environment.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering




Admission requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Affording college

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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Program objectives and outcomes

The mechanical engineering undergraduate program has the following program objectives:

  1. Graduates of the mechanical engineering program should have attained one or more of the following objectives within a few years after completing their degrees:
    • Employment in the engineering or other field in a position that capitalizes on the skills and abilities gained through the degree in mechanical engineering. Graduates will hold positions of increasing responsibility and leadership within their organizations.
    • Admission into, and possibly graduation from, a graduate degree program in mechanical engineering or other technical field.
    • Admission into a professional degree program, such as law, medicine or business, in accordance with the specific interests and abilities of the graduate.
  2. Through volunteering, entrepreneurial endeavors, community service, their employment, etc., graduates of the mechanical engineering program will demonstrate commitment to the Sun Devil ideals of global engagement, social embeddedness, social transformation and sustainability.

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to attain the following outcomes:

(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 judgments, 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 judgment to draw conclusions

(7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Degree options

Students may choose one of two concentrations: computational mechanics or energy and environment. A concentration is not required.

Below are the major maps and technical electives for each degree option. A major map outlines a major’s official requirements, elective and required courses, and optimal course sequencing to help students stay on the right track to graduation.


The mechanical engineering, BSE program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Student enrollment and graduation data are available at

Professional licensure

ASU academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet education requirements for license or certification in another state.

ASU makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, it is strongly recommended that you visit the ASU Professional Licensure website for contact information of the appropriate licensing entity to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements.