Design and build solutions.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering fields. Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries. They research, design, develop, build and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices including tools, engines and machines. They also design power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, steam and gas turbines as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is earned through the University of Missouri ̶ St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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Bachelor of Science in -

Mechanical Engineering

The St. Louis Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program combines strengths of two universities to provide a flexible engineering program for the St. Louis Community.

  • First two years at UMSL for pre-engineering and general education courses.
  • Transition to the Wash U campus to complete upper-level engineering courses.
  • Professors are industry professionals with graduate degrees and tenured WUSTL faculty.
  • Students may attend part time or full time, which allows them to take advantage of internships and co-op positions.
  • The Engineering Program matches quality with affordability. The cost for engineering courses is the UMSL tuition plus a fee.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics; 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; communicate effectively with a range of audiences; 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; function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives; develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions and acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow up to 6% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $69,300, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Alternative Energy
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Environmental Control
  • Robotics Developments and Applications


Plan of study

A program of 132 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Majors must complete the University General Education and Graduation requirements, the Pre-Engineering Requirements, the Core Engineering Requirements, and Major Requirements.

  • Majors must first complete JE MATH 3170, Engineering Mathematics, with a minimum grade of C-.

  • Majors must also complete JE ENGR 2300, Introduction to Electrical Networks, with a minimum grade of C-.

  • A minimum grade of C- is necessary to meet the prerequisite requirement for any course.

General Education Requirements

The following courses fulfill general education and graduation requirements and are required of Civil Engineering majors:

PHIL 2259 Engineering Ethics 3
PHIL 3380 Philosophy of Science 3
HIST 1001
 OR HIST 1002
American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102) 3
Three Additional Science Courses 1 9

Total Hours


1 One Social Science course must satisfy the Cultural Diversity Requirement. Humanities and social sciences electives must meet both the University of Missouri—St. Louis General Education Requirements and the Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements of the Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Check with your advisor for details.

Pre-Engineering Requirements

Students seeking to major in engineering are first designated as ‘Undeclared with an interest in Engineering majors’ until they have completed Math 1800 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I. Upon successful completion of Math 1800 with a grade of C or better, students will be allowed to declare pre-engineering as their major. Math 1800 must be completed successfully within two attempts.

MATH 1800 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
MATH 1900 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
MATH 2000 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 5
MATH 2020 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
CHEM 1111 Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L) 5
PHYSICS 2111 Physics: Mechanics and Heat 4
PHYSICS 2111L Mechanics and Heat Laboratory 1
PHYSICS 2112 Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics 4
PHYSICS 2112L Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics Laboratory 1
ENGR 2310 Statics 3
ENGR 2320 Dynamics 3
ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200) 3

Total Hours


Engineering Core Requirements

CMP SCI 1250 Introduction to Computing 3
J E COMM 2000 Engineering Studio I 1
J E MATH 3170 Engineering Mathematics 4
ENGL 3130 Technical Writing 3

Total Hours


 Mechanical Engineering Major Requirements

J C ENGR 4950 Fundamentals of Civil Engineering Review 1
J CMP SC 1002 Introduction to Computing Tools: Matlab Skills 1
J E ENGR 2300 Introduction to Electrical Networks 3
J E ENGR 2340 Electrical Laboratory for Mechanical Engineers 1
J E MATH 3260 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
J M ENGR 1413 Introduction to Engineering Design: CAD 2
J M ENGR 1414 Introduction to Engineering Design: Project 2
J M ENGR 2110 Machine Shop, Fabrication, and Prototyping 2
J M ENGR 2410 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies 3
J M ENGR 3110 Mechanical Design and Machine Elements 3
J M ENGR 3200 Thermodynamics 3
J M ENGR 3250 Material Science for J M ENGR 4
J M ENGR 3700 Fluid Mechanics 3
J M ENGR 3710 Principles of Heat Transfer 3
J M ENGR 3722 Heat Transfer Laboratory 1
J M ENGR 4120 Design of Thermal Systems 3
J M ENGR 4170 Dynamic Response of Physical Systems 2
J M ENGR 4180 Dynamic Response Laboratory 1
J M ENGR 4110 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 3
J M ENGR 4310/J E ENGR 4410 Control Systems I 3
J M ENGR 4990 Mechanical Engineering Senior Seminar 1
Mechanical Engineering Electives 12

Total Hours


All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Internship opportunities

St. Louis employers regularly engage with the Joint Engineering Program and use internships and co-ops as a pathway for talent. The majority of Joint Program students are able to jump-start their careers by working part time as interns while attending classes.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.