Mechanical Engineering, B.S. | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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Mechanical engineering builds the physical systems and devices that define modern society — everything from air conditioning to automobiles, robots to power plants, artificial limbs to escalators, and rocket engines to weather satellites. Mechanical engineering offers almost limitless opportunity for the inventions and innovations that lead to entrepreneurial ventures.

Through hands-on computer and laboratory work in our state-of-the-art facilities, the School of Engineering's Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BMSE) program teaches the principles underpinning the discipline and how to apply them in the field. We also develop your talents in such specialized areas as solid and fluid mechanics, machine control systems, and robotic devices.Our BSME degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Mechanical engineers find careers in industries including national defense, aerospace, automotive, and telecommunications. Mechanical engineering also has a long tradition of breaking new ground in such areas as resource conservation, improved efficiency of energy-consuming devices, and renewable energy sources. There are emerging opportunities in biomedical systems and devices, as well as nanotechnology and mechatronics. Alternatively, our students can use their education as a springboard to law, medicine, corporate management, or further graduate studies.

About the Program

The objectives of the undergraduate BSME program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are for its graduates to:

1. Be engaged and advance in careers in mechanical or related engineering, or other professional career paths, that include industry, academia, and governmental or non-governmental organizations.

2. Seek continuous professional development and life-long learning through graduate school studies, continuing education credits and/or professional registration.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes are as follows:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(P1) apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes
(P2) work professionally in both thermal or mechanical systems areas.

You can choose to enhance your undergraduate degree with a minor that can be seamlessly integrated into your BS in Mechanical Engineering program:

Minor in Aerospace Engineering

Moon and planetary vehicles, deep-space probes and space habitats, once confined to the realm of science fiction, are now realities. Vehicles under design or projected for the future in aircraft, spacecraft, and other airborne and space-related devices and systems challenge the imagination. They also challenge the current knowledge base and state of the art of the technologies involved. The scientific aspects of aircraft and spacecraft design are rooted in mechanical engineering. The Minor in Aerospace Engineering prepares students to push the boundaries of knowledge, lead teams of specialists to achieve mission-specific goals, and follow successful careers in aerospace related industries.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Nuclear Science and Engineering

The Nuclear Engineering field is experiencing a major resurgence from the skeptical public attitude of the 1970s and 1980s that resulted in a stagnated nuclear power industry for more than 2 decades. At the same time nuclear technologies have emerged in many fields to provide advanced solutions to challenging problems, such as food processing, instrumentation, diagnostics, and perhaps most importantly in the medical industry where many nuclear-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures have saved and improved the lives of millions. In addition, growing concerns regarding global warming have again shifted the attitude of the public to a more favorable view of the potential benefits of carbon-free nuclear power.

To meet the demands of this resurgent industry, engineers proficient in the fundamentals of the nuclear sciences and engineering are needed. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, which is offered in collaboration with the Department of Applied Physics, prepares graduates for rewarding and successful careers in nuclear sciences and engineering related fields.


To receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering, you must complete 131 credits, which are broken down into five components:

  • Engineering core (50 credits)
  • Mechanical engineering electives (9 credits)
  • Mathematics, sciences and introduction to engineering (42 credits)
  • Humanities and social sciences (24 credits)
  • Free electives (6 credits)

Please note that you must earn an average of 2.0 GPA or better in mechanical engineering required courses, in addition to meeting the Institute requirement of a 2.0 GPA or better for graduation. Seniors with GPAs of 3.5 or better may take certain graduate courses as electives with approval from the departmental adviser.

Aerospace Engineering Minor

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering offers a minor in aerospace engineering. Students pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering can satisfy the requirements for this minor by taking the four AE designated courses in place of the three ME and one free elective available in the program.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering

You can receive a minor in nuclear sciences and engineering, which we offer in collaboration with the Department of Applied Physics. Students pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering may complete this minor by appropriately taking the five courses in place of the ME, Free, and/or Humanities electives available in the program.

BioMechanical and BioSystems Minor

The field of Biomedical Engineering is at the interface of engineering, life sciences, technology, and medicine. Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles and practice with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, processes, computer systems, and software used in the medical, biotechnological, and pharmaceutical fields.

For more detail including required courses, pre-requisites, and contact information view the BioMechanical and BioSystems Minor handout.

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering offers a minor in mechanical engineering for students in other majors. Please consult with your major academic advisor to understand how these courses may apply to the electives in your degree.

The latest curriculum can always be found in the School of Engineering Bulletin. Typical semester-by-semester presentations are available for students pursuing a degree of:

Archived electronic Bulletins and curriculums for the School of Engineering can be found by clicking here.