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Admission to ME Major

Admission to the ME Major program is based on various academic criteria including performance in a set of designated CORE courses, number of repeated CORE courses as well as professional and ethical behavior. 

Students seeking a Mechanical Engineering degree who are admitted to BSU in academic year 2014-2015 or later enter under the Pre-Mechanical Engineering academic plan. Pre-ME students are able to enroll in the courses that make up the ME curriculum for the first five semesters of their academic career, but must be admitted into the ME major prior to enrolling in select upper-division ME courses.  The admission criteria are based on:

  • GPA in ME CORE courses
  • the number of repeated ME CORE courses, and
  • evidence of professional and ethical behavior.

Students accepted into the ME Major are expected to maintain a high level of professional and ethical behavior throughout their academic careers; failure to do so may result in expulsion from the program.

Eligibility for Admission

Prior to admission to the Mechanical Engineering major, students must pass eight (8) CORE courses with a minimum CORE GPA of 2.40 and no more than two repeated CORE courses. The list of CORE courses is as follows:

  • CHEM 111 College Chemistry
  • ENGR 210 Engineering Statics
  • ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics
  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 175 Calculus II
  • ME 105 Mechanical Engineering Graphics
  • ME 302 Thermodynamics I and
  • PHYS 211 Mechanics, Waves and Heat

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* Prerequisites are subject to change. Be sure and check current prerequisite requirements when planning your schedule.

Application process

At the end of the semester in which all eight (8) CORE courses are completed, the MBE Department will evaluate performance for each eligible student against the admission criteria listed above. Specifically, the MBE Department will review the student record for each for the following: 1.) GPA in the eight (8) CORE courses 2.) Repeats in the eight (8) CORE courses listed above 3.) BSU student conduct information as maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students. 

Students will be notified via email of their admissions status no later than one (1) week after grades are posted for that semester.

Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal admission decisions made by the MBE Department should contact the Department Chair, Dr. Don Plumlee, at