Because mechanical engineering is one of the broadest-based fields of technical study, it is an excellent foundation for further education in business, law, medicine and other professions that require a good working knowledge of science and technology. The mechanical engineering degree plan at The University of Texas as Austin allows the flexibility to pursue these options within the ME degree plan, providing many electives that help students meet their career objectives.

Students with questions about non-engineering Career Gateway Electives should discuss options with the faculty advisors for non-engineering strands: Ronald Barr, Dongmei Chen and Vaibhav Bahadur.

Non-Engineering Strands

Business Strand

For students who are interested in pursuing a career in management or other business-related field. Students may use some or all of their Career Gateway Electives to specialize in business, using the electives to take 1-4 business courses.

Students may also wish to consider the Business Foundations Certificate Program, an integrated series of courses that are designed to give non-business students a foundation in the essential elements of business.

Required lower-division courses for the Business Foundations Certificate Program:

—3 hours of Economics – ME students can count this course for Social and Behavioral Science Elective
—3 hours of Statistics – ME students can count ME335
—MIS 302F Foundations of Information Sys or Equivalent – ME students can count ME302
—ACC 310F -This course cannot be applied to the ME degree

Required upper-division courses for the Business Foundations Certificate Program-General Track:

—FIN 320F – ME students can count this a Career Gateway Elective
—Any three of the following five courses – ME students can count all three as Career Gateway Electives: BA 320F, IB 320F, LEB 320F, MAN 320F, MKT 320F

Required upper-division courses for Business Foundations-General Track-Global Track:

—Required - FIN 320F -ME students can count this as a Career Gateway Elective
—Required - IB 320F -ME students can count this as a Career Gateway Elective
—Study Abroad: Foreign Language (4th semester proficiency in a modern language)—Any two of the following five courses - ME students can count both as Career Gateway Electives: BA 320F, LEB 320F, MAN 320F, MKT 320F

Pre-Med Strand

For students interested in pursuing a career in the medical fields, please visit the UT Austin College of Natural Sciences health professions website for more detailed information.

Of the required Pre-med courses, the following courses also count towards the ME degree:
BIO 311C (natural science elective)
CH 301
PHY 303K
PHY 103M
PHY 303L
PHY 103N
E 316
RHE 306
M 408C
ME 335 = 27 hours

The following Pre-med courses also count as ME Career Gateway Electives:
BIO 325
CH 320M
CH 320N
BCH 369 = 12 hours

Students who are pursuing the pre-med option are required to take the following courses, which cannot be applied to the ME degree:
BIO 311D
BIO three-hour elective
BIO 206L
CH 302
CH 204
CH 220C = 15 hours

Students completing the Pre-med option will take 15 credit hours more than those required for the ME degree.

Pre-Law Strand

There is no formal pre-law program at UT Austin, and law schools generally do not require specific courses. The Engineering Career Assistance Center hosts an annual workshop for students who are interested in patent law. The workshop is usually held in Fall and it is highly recommended that students who are interested in this option should consult with the career center and attend this workshop.

Bridging Disciplines Program

This program is administered by the School of Undergraduate Studies and allows students to earn an interdisciplinary certificate that integrates area electives, courses, internships, and research experiences. The requirements for this certificate include courses that do not count toward the ME degree. An alternative for students who wish to experience elements of this program without extending their time to graduate is to take some or all of their Career Gateway Electives within a Bridging Disciplines Program. Although this will not lead to a certificate, it will introduce students to key concepts in each discipline.

Students may take any of the 12 Bridging Disciplines Program courses.

Flagged Classes

Please consult the undergraduate advising office before signing up for flagged classes, as not all classes offered under the same name and course number will count toward your degree.

For a class to count toward your degree, the class must carry a flag, or the instructor must carry a flag. You will see a small flag icon on your degree flowchart if a flag is required for that course. In some instances, an instructor will carry a flag, and all classes offered by that person will be eligible. In other instances, only one class under a specific name and title will carry the flag and be eligible toward your degree. These designations change constantly. The undergraduate advising office can help you find a class that is currently available.

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