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ME Program Requirements

With input from our students, industry partners, and academic peers, we’re excited to share a program designed for today’s engineering field. The table below lists all of the course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree.

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science (2020-2021 Catalog)


Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science
Course Number and Title Credits
University Foundations requirements indicated in bold. See page 48 for details and lists of approved courses.
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life 3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity 3
FW ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3
FW ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II 3
FC Foundations of Oral Communication 3
FM MATH 170 Calculus I 4
FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I & Lab 4
FN PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab 5
FA Foundations of Arts course 3
FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis) orFH Foundations of Humanities course 3-4
FS Foundations of Social Sciences course orFS STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics & Science (Secondary Education Emphasis) 3
FS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis) orFS Foundations of Social Sciences course in a second field 3
CS 117 C++ for Engineers or CS 121 Computer Science I 3-4
ENGR 240 Electrical and Electronic Circuits 3
MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications 4
MATH 275 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
MATH 333 Differential Equations with Matrix Theory 4
MATH 360 Engineering Statistics orMATH 361 Probability and Statistics I 3
ME 187 Graphical Communications 2
ME 201 Engineering Mechanics I 3
ME 203 Engineering Mechanics II 3
ME 215 Engineering Communications Lab With Inspire_ME Seminar 1
ME 273 Introduction to Computation for Engineers w/lab 2
ME 287 Design I w/lab 2
ME 301 Solid Mechanics I 3
ME 301L Solid Mechanics Lab 1
ME 303 Solid Mechanics II 3
ME 313 Experimental Methods Lab I 2
ME 321 Thermal/Fluids I 3
ME 323 Thermal/Fluids II 3
ME/ECE 360 System Modeling and Control 3
ME 383 Design II With Lab 2
ME 401 Engineering Systems And Applications 3
ME 411 Experimental Methods Lab II 2
ME 487 Senior Design Project I 2
ME 489 Senior Design Project II 2
MSE 245 Intro to Materials Science & Engineering 3
Science Elective* (At least four credits of math or science) 4
Upper-division Emphasis Electives** 12
Total 122-124
*Courses chosen for the science elective cannot also be used as emphasis electives.
** Emphasis electives must be upper-division mechanical engineering courses, OR upper-division courses listed in the Mechanical Engineering Program Certificate boxes.
Secondary Education Emphasis
STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1
STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design 1
STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions 3
STEM-ED 410 Project-Based Instruction 3
STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching 6
Total 136-138
Note: The emphasis requires that ED-CIFS 201, STEM-ED 210, STEM-ED 220, must also be completed, as indicated above.

* All technical electives not pre-approved in DegreeTracker must be approved by the student’s advisor

Course planning resources

Planning your class schedule can seem intimidating. You can use the following to help you make things easier. Remember that these documents are static and can never replace the advice of your faculty advisor.

Admission to upper-division

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must be admitted to the program. Admission is required before a student may enroll in most upper-division courses, as they require ME Major Status as a prerequisite.

For students in the 2020-2021 catalog, the following CORE courses are used as a basis for admission to the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program:

  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications
  • ME 201 Engineering Mechanics I
  • ME 203 Engineering Mechanics II
  • ME 273 Introduction to Computation for Engineers w/lab
  • PHYS 211 Physics I with Calculus

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the designated CORE courses with a minimum GPA of 2.6.
  • Complete the designated CORE courses with no more than 3 repeated CORE courses.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior. All documented breaches of the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the MBE department and could result in ineligibility for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.

Pre-approved technical electives

Technical electives must be approved by your advisor, but we’ve already pre-approved many so you won’t have to do it again. See what technical electives have already been pre-approved to meet the program requirements.

For questions regarding the 2020-2021 catalog program, contact