Mechanical Engineering, B.S.


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements - Mechanical Engineering Major

1. Major requirements (66 units) and additional requirements (21 units)

Major requirements (66 units)
ME 1ME 2ME 26, ME 31ME 32ME 95ME 112ME 115ME 116ME 118ME 125ME 135ME 136ME 140ME 145ME 154ME 156 (40 units)
CE 20CE 121 (6 units)
ECE 71 or CSCI 40ECE 91ECE 91L (7 units)

Design Applications (7 units)
ME 155ME 159ME 166

Technical Area Courses (6 units)
Take a minimum of 3 units in Group A (ME 122, ME 137ME 142ME 144ME 146ME 162, or ME 164)
A maximum of 3 units in Group B (ME 180ME 190ME 191TECE 121, ECE 121LECE 155) may be substituted for a course in Group A with faculty advisor's approval.

Additional requirements (21 units)
MATH 76MATH 77MATH 81 (see Advising Note 7), PHYS 4A, PHYS 4ALPHYS 4B, PHYS 4C

2. General Education requirements (48 units)**
COMM 3, 7, or 8 (GE Area A1); ENGL 10 (GE Area A2); HIST 11 or 12 (GE Area D1); select one course from each of the following GE Areas: B2, D2 and F.
Engineering majors are exempt from G.E. areas A3, E, ID, and the third course in Area C. 

The following courses are required to satisfy both G.E. and major requirements: 
CHEM 1A/1AL (GE Area B1)
MATH 75 (GE Area B4)
PHIL 20 (GE Area C2)
ME 134 (GE Area IB)
For PHIL 120 (GE Area IC)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Mechanical Engineering majors are exempt from the MI requirement. 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (if needed) (See Degree Requirements.)

5. Total (123 units)

Advising Notes

  1. All LCOE students can enroll in ME 112 and ME 136 without permission numbers if they have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements. For all other upper-division ME courses, non-ME majors must have permission numbers approved by the ME department chair.
  2. Courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or engineering taken CR/NC are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements in mechanical engineering.
  3. Mechanical engineering majors might consider a math, physics, or business minor.
  4. Since the mechanical engineering major curriculum is very demanding, many students, especially those not fully prepared in mathematics, chemistry, and/or physics, take 4 1/2 or more years to graduate rather than the traditional 4 years.
  5. Advising is mandatory in the Lyles College of Engineering. A registration hold will be placed on students who fail to see their advisor at least once per academic year.
  6. The Upper-Division Writing Skills requirement has to be completed no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed or no later than the term in which 90 units are completed. This requirement can be met by taking ENGR 105WE or a department-approved writing course passed with a letter grade of C or better in the junior year.
  7. With faculty advisor approval, ENGR 101 may be taken instead of MATH 81.
  8. All courses in Math, Science, and Engineering used in the BSME curriculum must be passed with a C or better grade.


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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering students explain an exhibit to some young students

Mechanical Engineering is the discipline that focuses on design of many types of machinery and equipment used in transportation, manufacturing, air and space transportation; consumer products; robots; biomedical devices; and energy conversion systems. Mechanical engineers use thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, thermal and fluid mechanics, design software, engineering materials, and the principles of mathematics and science to develop solutions to problems. Students can achieve a level of specialization through elective courses in machine design or thermal systems.

A major goal of the program is to provide its graduates the analytical and practical skills needed to perform mechanical design in a variety of fields.

What You Can Earn

Mechanical Engineer I
$70,205 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of March 2021

What You Can Do

Postgraduate study in:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Fundamentals of Machine Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Elements of Systems Design
  • Energy Systems Design

What You Can Learn

  • Design of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems
  • How to design, build, and test prototype engineering systems
  • Theory and practice in air conditioning including psychrometrics, load estimating, heating and cooling systems, and fluid design and controls

About the College

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.

Contact the College

Office of the Dean
2320 E. San Ramon Avenue MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030

(559) 278-2500
FAX: (559) 278-4475
Campus Mail Stop: M/S EE94

Office Location:
Room 124 in the Engineering East Building, on San Ramon east of Jackson Avenue.

Department Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
2320 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S EE94
(559) 278-4269
Fax (559) 278- 6759