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Admission to ME Major

Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, admission to the Mechanical Engineering major is competitive and 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. ME Majors are expected to maintain this high level of professional and ethical behavior throughout their academic careers; failure to do so may result in expulsion from the program.

NOTE: If you arrived at Boise State prior to the fall of 2014 and you have not changed your catalog year to 2014 or later, you have been grandfathered into the ME program and do not need to apply.

ME CORE Courses

Prior to applying for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program, you will need to be declared as a pre-mechanical engineering major and pass the eight 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

Once the CORE courses have been satisfactorily completed, you may apply for admission to the program. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission. More detailed application instructions can be found below.

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Application process

After completing the eight CORE courses with at least a CORE GPA of 2.40 you will be eligible to apply for admission to the Mechanical Engineering major. The application process then proceeds as shown in the figure below. If you are considered a Boise State Student (at least 20 of 27 of your CORE credits were taken at Boise State or an affiliated institution) and your CORE GPA is greater than or equal to 2.80 with either 0 or 1 CORE course repeats you may follow the “Reduced Application Process” and will be automatically granted admission to the ME Major.

If you are considered a Boise State transfer student (less than 20 of the 27 CORE credits taken at Boise State) and your CORE GPA is greater than 3.00 with either 0 or 1 CORE course repeats you may follow the “Reduced Application Process” and will be automatically granted admission to the ME Major.

If you meet the minimum CORE course GPA of 2.40 with not more than two CORE course retakes but do not meet the criteria for the “Reduced Application Process”, you must complete the “Full Application Process” and there is no guarantee of admission.

For questions about the application process, please contact your academic advisor, or the MBE Advising Coordinator at adviseME@boisestate.edu.

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Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal admissions decisions made by the MBE Department should contact the Department Chair, Dr. Don Plumlee, at dplumlee@boisestate.edu.