Engineering Mechanics Program

The Engineering Mechanics Program provides a strong analytical and experimental background in applied mechanics for students planning to continue on to graduate school and to pursue research. The program emphasizes the mechanics of civil engineering structures and engineering materials, and also introduces latest development into the area, including nanomechanics and biomechanics. Research opportunities are abundant for undergraduate students throughout the semester or during the summer. Admission to the Engineering Mechanics Program requires a grade point average of B or better and maintenance of performance while in the program.


In developing and continually updating our program to achieve the stated mission of the department, we seek to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To provide a firm foundation in the basic math, science, and engineering sciences that underlie all technological development so our graduates will be well equipped to adapt to changing technology in the profession.
  2. To provide the broad and fundamental technical base needed by graduates who will enter the profession through the increasingly common path of a specialized MS, but also provide suitable preparation to those who choose to enter the professional workforce with a BS to develop specialized expertise by way of apprenticeship.
  3. To provide the breadth and choices in our programs that can accommodate and foster not only students with differing technical objectives,but also those who will use their technical background to follow other career paths.
  4. To provide a basis for effective writing and communication as well as a background to foster awareness of societal issues.


The prerequisites for this program are the courses listed in the First Year– Sophomore Program, or their equivalents, with the provision that ENME E3105: Mechanics be taken in the sophomore year and that the student have obtained a grade of B or better.

Undergraduate Admissions

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Degree Track

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