Mechanical Engineering BSME


Students are admitted to the upper-division program after they have completed an acceptable pre-engineering program. The pre-engineering program can be taken at University of Missouri-St. Louis or at community colleges in the area. Normally, admission is granted to persons who have completed the pre-engineering program with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 over all their mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory (statics and dynamics) engineering courses. Students with less than a 2.75 grade point average, but at least a C, in all their science, engineering and mathematics courses may be admitted on a conditional basis.

For more information, please contact the program advisor at (314) 516-7018.

Degree Requirements 

A program of 132 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a program of 122 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a program of 132 semester hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, as shown below:

  • All majors must complete the University General Education requirements, the Pre-Engineering Requirements and the Core Engineering Requirements.
  • All students must first complete J E MATH 3170, Engineering Mathematics, with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering majors must also complete J E 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.

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 1800Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1900Analytic Geometry and Calculus II5
MATH 2000Analytic Geometry and Calculus III5
MATH 2020Introduction to Differential Equations3
CHEM 1111Introductory Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5
PHYSICS 2111Physics: Mechanics and Heat4
PHYSICS 2112Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics4
ENGR 2310Statics3
ENGR 2320Dynamics3
ENGL 1100First-Year Writing (MOTR ENGL 200)3
Total Hours40

Civil engineering majors must also complete GEOL 1001A, General Geology as part of the pre-engineering requirements (3 Hours).

General Education Requirements

PHIL 2259Engineering Ethics3
PHIL 3380Philosophy of Science3
HIST 1001American Civilization to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
or HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Three additional Social Science courses 19
Total Hours18

Engineering Core Requirements

CMP SCI 1250Introduction to Computing3
J E COMM 2000Engineering Studio I1
J E MATH 3170Engineering Mathematics 14
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
Total Hours11

Mechanical Engineering Major Requirements

J C ENGR 4950Fundamentals of Civil Engineering Review1
J CMP SC 1002Introduction To Computing Tools: Matlab Skills1
J E ENGR 2300Introduction to Electrical Networks3
J E ENGR 2340Electrical Laboratory for Mechanical Engineers1
J E MATH 3260Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
J M ENGR 1413Introduction to Engineering Design: CAD2
J M ENGR 1414Introduction to Engineering Design: Project2
J M ENGR 2110Machine Shop, Fabrication, and Prototyping2
J M ENGR 2410Mechanics of Deformable Bodies3
J M ENGR 3110Mechanical Design and Machine Elements3
J M ENGR 3200Thermodynamics3
J M ENGR 3250Material Science for J M ENGR4
J M ENGR 3700Fluid Mechanics3
J M ENGR 3710Principles of Heat Transfer3
J M ENGR 3721Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
J M ENGR 3722Heat Transfer Laboratory1
J M ENGR 40411
J M ENGR 4120Design of Thermal Systems3
J M ENGR 4170Dynamic Response of Physical Systems2
J M ENGR 4180Dynamic Response Laboratory1
J M ENGR 4110Mechanical Engineering Design Project3
J M ENGR 4310/J E ENGR 4410Control Systems I3
Mechanical Engineering Electives 12
Total Hours61

Engineering Design and Engineering Science Requirements

The number of semester hours assigned to each engineering course in the Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program is further divided into hours of engineering design, engineering science, and basic science content. Engineering topics is the sum of engineering science hours and engineering design hours. The following table shows the design hours and engineering science hours for courses in the engineering programs.

Each engineering student must complete a curriculum that contains at least 48 hours of engineering topics semester hours, including all courses: pre-engineering requirements, engineering core requirements, major requirements, and electives. Civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering majors should consult with their advisers to select electives at the 3000 and 4000 level that include sufficient engineering design and engineering science content to produce the required totals. Transfer courses from other institutions do not necessarily have the same engineering science and engineering design content as their equivalents in the UMSL/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Students who include transfer courses in their curricula should consult with their advisers to be sure that these requirements are met.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the University of Missouri-St. Louis that apply to all candidates for undergraduate degrees, the student must earn a minimum campus grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all engineering courses attempted at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Sample Graduation Plan 

First Year
MATH 18005HIST 1001 or 10023 
CHEM 11115MATH 19005 
ENGL 11003EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts3 
ENGR 101011EXPLORE – Social Sciences3 
 14 14
Second Year
PHIL 22593MATH 20203ENGR 23203
MATH 20005PHIL 33803 
PHYSICS 21114ENGR 23103 
EXPLORE – Social Sciences3PHYSICS 2112L1 
 16 14 3
Third Year
J CMP SC 10021J M ENGR 14142J M ENGR 32504
J E MATH 31704J M ENGR 21102 
J E ENGR 23003J M ENGR 24103 
J E COMM 20001ENGL 31303 
CMP SCI 12503  
 12 10 4
Fourth Year
J M ENGR 14132J M ENGR 32003J M ENGR 41702
MATH 13203J M ENGR 49003J M ENGR 41801
J E ENGR 23401J M ENGR 37003 
J M ENGR Elective3J M ENGR 30103 
 9 12 3
Fifth Year
J M ENGR 37103J M ENGR 37221J M ENGR 41103
J M ENGR 31103J M ENGR 37503 
J M ENGR 37211J M ENGR 41203 
J M ENGR 40411J C ENGR 49501 
J M ENGR 43103  
 11 8 3
Total Hours: 133

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.