Program Contact: Lynn Byers  203-582-5028

Mechanical engineers are employed in the research, design, development and manufacturing of a broad range of tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices and components. Through exposure to the University Curriculum, foundational coursework in science, mathematics, major field courses, and extracurricular activities, students graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering achieve intellectual proficiencies in critical thinking and reasoning, scientific literacy, quantitative reasoning, information fluency, creative thinking and visual literacy. They are prepared to enter the profession or to pursue graduate studies with a solid foundation in the breadth of mechanical engineering. They also achieve interpersonal proficiencies in written and oral communication, responsible citizenship, diversity awareness and sensitivity and social intelligence.

BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires 122 credits.

Within the policies of the School of Computing and Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering program enforces credit limits during the academic terms. Exceeding 18 credits in the Fall or Spring semester, 4 credits in the January term, or 10 credits in each Summer term requires the approval of the dean's office.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry 1:
PHY 121University Physics4
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)6
Personal Inquiry 2:
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
3D Solid Modeling and Printing for Innovators
MA 151Calculus I4
PHY 122University Physics II4
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Intercultural Understanding
3 credits within the breadth component of the university curriculum (everything other than foundations of inquiry) must be from classes marked as "I" (intercultural understanding). 3
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following requirements:
Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering
CSC 105Computing: Multidisciplinary Approach3
Introduction to Programming for Engineers
MA 153Calculus II: Part A2
MA 154Calculus II: Part B2
MA 251Calculus III4
MA 265Matrix Algebra and Differential Equations4
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MER 210Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design3
MER 240Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design1
MER 220
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
MER 221Dynamics3
MER 230
Engineering Materials
and Engineering Materials Lab
MER 250Computer Aided Design3
MER 310Fluid Mechanics3
MER 320Thermodynamics3
MER 330
Introduction to Circuits
and Introduction to Circuits Lab
MER 340
Manufacturing/Machine Component Design
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
MER 350Mechanical Engineering Design3
MER 360Heat Transfer3
MER 470
Dynamic Modeling and Control
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
MER 490Engineering Professional Experience0
MER 498ME Major Design Experience3
Directed Study Electives9
Select one of the following options:
Three technical electives (any MER elective or 200-level or higher CER, IER, SER, MA, BIO, CHE course)
Three graduate courses toward 3+1 or 4+1 ME/MBA
Three graduate courses toward 4+1 ME/Masters in Cybersecurity
Three electives used toward completion of a minor
Other options as approved by the ME program director
Total Credits125

Student Outcomes

Attainment of the following outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives

Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering program alumni are expected to:

  1. Attain multiple positions of responsibility in which they:
    a. contribute to teams
    b. manage resources
    c. solve complex problems
    d. communicate information 
    e. influence decisions
    f.  act ethically
    g. balance constraints
  2. Continue self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
  3. Obtain sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
  4. Develop a capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.

Admission Requirements: School of Computing and Engineering

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Computing and Engineering programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science and computer science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Quinnipiac University agrees to accept the general education embedded in these associate degree programs in accordance with Quinnipiac preferred choices for general education as meeting all the requirements of its undergraduate general education except for the Integrative Capstone Experience and where courses are encumbered by the major (e.g., General Chemistry for the Disciplinary Inquiry Natural Science requirement for a Biochemistry major).

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Mechanical Engineering program. Below is a sample plan of study for the first two years.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Calculus I 4
General Chemistry I with Lab 4
Introduction to Engineering 3
Elective 3
Spring Semester
English II 3
Calculus-Based Physics 4
Calculus II 4
General Chemistry II with Lab 4
Second Year
Fall Semester
Calculus-Based Physics II 4
Calculus III - Multivariable 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Spring Semester
Differential Equations 3
Engineering Statics 3
Microeconomics 3
Engineering Dynamics 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits61