Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, concerned with anything that moves or uses energy. There are two major stems in mechanical engineering: mechanical systems and thermal fluid systems. Mechanical Engineers design, build, and analyze complex devices, systems and processes that involve the conversion of energy from one form to another, the production of work, and the transport of energy and mass from one location to another. This minor provides a foundation in mechanical engineering and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics and science background, such as a major in another engineering or science field. The minor is administered by the Volgenau School Dean's office.


To be admitted to the minor, students must have completed MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II and PHYS 160 University Physics I (Mason Core)/PHYS 161 University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core) with a grade of C or better.


The minor in mechanical engineering consists of a minimum of 20-21 credit hours of coursework. All students must complete 14 credit hours of core courses. They must also choose one of three 6-7 credit hour elective options. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Banner Code: ME

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 20-21

Core Courses

ENGR 107Introduction to Engineering (Mason Core)2
or ME 151 Practicum in Engineering
ME 211Statics3
ME 212Solid Mechanics3
ME 221Thermodynamics3
ME 231Dynamics3
Total Credits14

Elective Requirements

Select one of the following options:6-7
Option 1: Thermal Fluid Systems
Fluid Mechanics
Design of Thermal Systems
Option 2: Mechanical Systems
Material Science
Design of Mechanical Elements
Option 3: Systems Dynamics and Control
Systems Dynamics
Control Engineering
Total Credits6-7