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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering BS

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Do you want to develop technologies that improve people’s lives? Do you care about things like helping people with health conditions, making transportation more sustainable and assisting those who live in poverty?

Mechanical engineering is one of the most flexible-and practical-degrees. It’s for people who want to know how different types of machines, engines and systems work so they can make them better. Whether you want to design self-driving cars, improve wind turbines, build life-saving robots-or find other ways to change the world by solving problems-let’s get started.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.800 required
  • Matriculated student with academic good standing at the University at Buffalo.
  • Satisfactory performance in a series of core courses (see below). There are two paths to meet this requirement.
    1. Standard: Completion of four core courses with a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.500.
    2. Fast-Track: Completion of at least two of the four core courses (graded on an A-F bases) with a combined core course grade point average of at least 3.000.

Engineering Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
  2. Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
  3. General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
  4. General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)


Current students wishing to pursue the Aerospace Engineering BS must follow the instructions on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. See the complete School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Admissions Policies for details.

Course Requirements

Mechanical Engineering Core (93 credits)

Three MAE Technical Electives (9 credits)

Any 300/400 level 3-credit course in MAE that is not a required course qualifies as an MAE technical elective. EAS 496  (3 credits minimum) also satisfies a technical elective requirement.

Two Professional Practice Track OR Science and Math Track (6 credits)

Students will elect to take either the Professional Practice track or the Science and Mathematics track; mixing of tracks is not permitted. The Professional Practice track has a series of courses drawn from different departments across the university and stresses disciplines such as professional communication, economics and business, the environment, and similar. Some courses may require force registration through the department offering the course. Please contact that department directly. The Science and Mathematics track increases the exposure of the student to these areas over and above the usual requirements for the BSME degree and may be useful for students who are considering Graduate Studies (MS, PhD).

Total Credits Required for Major: 111

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 128 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 128

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


*Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses EAS 240  or CSE 115  in lieu of EAS 230 , however EAS 230  is strongly preferred for Mechanical Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 240 CSE 115 , or EAS 999TRCP  (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages.

**Students are permitted to use CIE 177  or EAS 999TR177  (general graphics for transfer students) to satisfy this requirement. However, MAE 177  is strongly preferred for Mechanical Engineering majors. The CIE 177  or EAS 999TR177  should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with these courses already completed. View our Graphics Requirement website for more information on graphics alternatives and self-study packages.

***Transfer students with Senior standing must replace MAE 277  with an SEAS technical elective. Transfer students with Junior standing should consult with an MAE academic adviser to determine if they should take MAE 277  or replace it with an SEAS technical elective.

****A maximum combined total of 6 credits from the following courses can be used to satisfy degree requirements: EAS496, MAE496, MAE498, MAE499.

*****Students are permitted to use PHY 151  and PHY 152  in lieu of PHY 158 , however PHY 158  is preferred for engineering majors.

******Students cannot complete both EAS 305  or STA 301 /MTH 411  as a degree requirement.

Academic Requirements

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree.  To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 14 or 15

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits Required: 128

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


(HEGIS: 09.10 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CIP14.1901 Mechanical Engineering)


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