The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s undergraduate courses are listed below. Additional details about the curriculum and degree requirements are available in the official Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate catalog.
Traditionally, engineering education tries to balance the technical fundamentals that engineers will need during their career and the professional skills that they need to start functioning as engineers upon graduation. The dynamic nature of the engineering enterprise makes it impossible to teach our students everything they need to know to function over the course of their careers. Their education should include a strong set of fundamentals and the recognition of the need for and the ability to continually learn.
An effective engineering curriculum focuses on the core of mechanical engineering: analysis, design, and manufacture of systems at all scales. A flexible curriculum has been introduced that emphasizes the fundamentals and gives students significant choice in designing their academic agenda to meet their career goals. Several unrestricted electives allow students to pursue diverse career options. Our curriculum also features novel integrated courses that better prepare students to deal with real-world engineering problems by highlighting the interplay between engineering design and analysis. We also offer multidisciplinary and applications-oriented courses that bring students closer to engineering practice.