The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree requires 125 hours. Although there are suggested course combinations to take listed in the Undergraduate Catalog, almost every undergraduate student in our program will have a different route to graduation. The degree flow chart below is meant to provide an overall picture of what courses are required and the co- or pre-requisites for each course. It is strongly recommended that students make an appointment with their academic advisor for questions regarding degree planning.
Elective Course Options
All mechanical engineering students choose elective courses in addition to their required courses. You will take courses that fulfill your Career Gateway Electives, as well as electives from Mathematics and/or Natural Sciences. All elective courses must be approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering before enrolling in them.
The mechanical engineering curriculum includes 12 hours of Career Gateway Electives (CGEs), which give students the ability to tailor their curriculum to meet their career goals.
Career Gateway Elective Options
- Mechanical engineering or related field: Students interested in pursuing a career in mechanical engineering, an ME-related field or attending graduate school in ME should consider using their Career Gateway Electives to build depth in a particular area of ME by selecting one of the Bridges to the Future Certificate Programs.
- Crossing traditional career boundaries: For those students whose interests cross traditional boundaries, students should consider selecting Career Gateway Electives from more than one Bridges to the Future Certificate Programs or selecting other upper division ME technical electives. Students should discuss course options with an undergraduate advisor.
- Non-engineering strands: Students whose ultimate career goals lie outside of Engineering may wish to consider one of the non-Engineering strands.
- Design your own career gateway plan: For students who don't fit into any of the above categories, the ME degree provides the flexibility for students to design their own Career Gateway plan. Approved CGEs for this option include other upper-division courses in ME, or in other engineering departments, or approved upper-division courses in Natural Sciences, Architecture and Business or Economics, or any upper-division course in another college or department that is flagged.
To obtain the Career Gateway Elective form, visit the undergraduate advising office in ETC 5.224. Although these electives can be taken in any semester, a student must be in major sequence before completing the elective form.
The 2014-2016 mechanical engineering degree plan requires three hours of Mathematics Electives. Courses approved are listed below. These courses may not be taken Pass/Fail. Some courses on the approved list are not offered every semester. Please check the Course Schedule for availability and most current prerequisite requirements.
- M 427L Advanced Calculus for Applications II
- M 340L Matrices and Matrix Calculations
- M 361 Theory of Function of a Complex Variable
- M 364K Vector and Tensor Analysis I
- M 372K Partial Differential Equations and Applications
- M 374 Fourier and Laplace Transformations
- M 374K Fourier and Laplace Transformations
The mechanical engineering degree plan requires three hours of Natural Sciences Electives, or three additional hours of Math Electives. Courses approved as Natural Science Electives are listed below. These courses may not be taken Pass/Fail. Some courses on the approved list are not offered every semester. Please check the Course Schedule for availability and most current prerequisite requirements.
- BIO 311C Introductory Biology I
- CH 302 Principles of Chemistry II
- GEO 401 Physical Geology
- GEO 303 Introduction to Geology
- GEO 312K Geologic Engineering
- PHY 355 Modern Physics & Thermodynamics
Certificate Programs and Minors
UT Austin offers several opportunities for students to supplement their Mechanical Engineering studies through optional certificate programs and/or a minor degree. Learn more »
Study Abroad Options
All engineering students may incorporate a study abroad program into their degree. For information on engineering study abroad options, visit the Cockrell School's International Engineering Education office.
Project-Centered Education in Mechanical Engineering (PROCEED)
PROCEED is a department-wide curriculum reform effort initiated in 2000 with the objective of more closely tying all elements of the ME undergraduate experience to real-world engineering. Learn more »