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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mechanical Engineering

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Department Mechanical and Civil Engineering
College Science, Engineering & Technology
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BSME
Program Description

Within 3-6 years of graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato are expected to contribute to the profession and to society as a whole by achieving a combination of the following milestones.

  1. Based on their strong technical foundation in mechanical engineering, they have advanced professionally to increased levels of responsibility, have successfully transitioned into business or management, or have successfully completed an advanced degree.
  2. They have demonstrated an ability to communicate technical information through internal and external technical reports or proposals, patent applications, published papers and articles, or conference presentations.
  3. They have participated in, or served as an officer of, a local, regional, or national professional engineering society, standards committee, or state/local board.
  4. They have participated in continuing education or pursued additional industry certification.
  5. They have become a registered professional engineer.

Other important features of the mechanical engineering program at Minnesota State Mankato include the following:

  • Students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in their senior year – the first step towards professional registration.
  • Students are encouraged to work in engineering related areas for exposure to industrial practice. Internships are strongly recommended.
  • Senior students must participate in a full academic year design experience working in a team similar to development teams in industry and government. Industrial sponsored projects are offered when available.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Be admitted to the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology.
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all math, science, and engineering courses.
  3. Submit an application for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program, including a program plan of study (usually completed during the sophomore year).
  4. Complete a minimum of 49 credits, including the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
    1. General Physics I and II (calculus-based, with lab), 8 credits
    2. Calculus I, II and III, and Differential Equations, 16 credits
    3. Chemistry, 3 credits
    4. English Composition, 4 credits.
    5. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, 2 credits
    6. Computer Graphics Communication, 1 credit
    7. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, 1 credit
    8. Introduction to Problem Solving and Mechanical Engineering Design, 2 credits
    9. Engineering mechanics (Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials), 9 credits
    10. Electrical engineering (Circuits, including lab), 4 credits
Other Requirements The department strongly encourages all students to obtain professional registration. Seniors are required to take the Engineering Fundamentals examination, which is administered by the state of Minnesota as a first step in a professional license. Nearly all graduates from MSU's Mechanical Engineering Program have passed it on their first attempt.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
205 Trafton Science Center East
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-6383
Fax: 507-389-5002
College Advising All Mechanical Engineering majors are assigned to an academic advisor to assist in planning their major program. Meeting with this advisor is REQUIRED prior to registration each semester.
Additional advising support is available at:
College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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