Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering

A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering provides an excellent education for today's technological world. Mechanical engineers are the backbone of the engineering profession and work in every industry—from transportation, communications and electronics to bioengineering, commerce and manufacturing—in business, government and universities.

Mechanical engineers work with motion, energy and forces and are involved in manufacturing the products they design. They design robotic systems, products, computer control systems for machinery, commercial jets, instruments for medicine and high-performance sporting equipment, and supervise manufacturing operations.

The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes basic principles and their use in solving engineering problems. Upper division courses focus on design, manufacturing, robotics, computer-aided-engineering, thermal and fluid systems, mechanics of materials, micro and nano electronic devices, and machine integration and control. The curriculum incorporates hands-on experiences through laboratory work and design projects. Students can concentrate in one of four areas:

  • Micro/nano technology
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Renewable energy

Preparing for the future

The program was established to prepare students to satisfy the needs of local and regional industry and to prepare students for professional practice and advanced study. Our industry advisory board helps us stay current with the needs of the profession.

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from WSU Vancouver

  • You should be able to apply technical knowledge and skills to provide optimal solutions in industrial and government organizations.
  • You should have communication, team and project management skills to work productively your profession and community.
  • You should conduct yourself in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.
  • You should keep up with your evolving field through training courses, workshops, seminars and/or advanced studies.

Sample courses:

  • Micro-fabrication technology
  • Robotics and automation
  • Thermal system design
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Thermodynamics

Degree requirements and courses

Minor in mechanical engineering

You may choose a minor in mechanical engineering to complement a major in a different subject. Your course of study must be approved in advance by the mechanical engineering academic coordinator.

The minor in mechanical engineering consists of 18 credit hours with specific course requirements.