​BS in Mechanical Engineering​

Today's mechanical engineer must be soundly educated in the mechanics of solids and fluids, thermodynamics and heat transfer, the science of materials, and the principles and techniques of mechanical engineering design.

In studying mechanical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, students and faculty work side by side on concerns in energy conservation and machine design, manufacturing, instrumentation, environmental control and biomechanics.

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. These objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

Within several years from graduation, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program are expected to:
  • Engage in professional practice and/or advanced study.
  • Further their knowledge and skills through education and/or professional development.
  • Serve society by using and communicating their knowledge and values.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

The Student Outcomes are:
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

BS/MS Program in Engineering

This program provides MEMS students with an opportunity to plan a coordinated five-year program of studies leading to both the BS and MS degrees.

The program requires a total of 150 units and normally takes five years to complete. However, interested students capable of carrying heavier loads or utilizing one or two summers for academic work may complete the program in less than five years.

The program is open to students who earn at least a B average during their sophomore and junior years.

Students who wish to enter the program should apply during the second semester of their junior year. Approval of the department chairman and advisor are required.