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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to provide a strong technical background for a wide variety of careers by emphasizing an appropriate mix of theory and applications of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, controls, design, analysis and integration of advanced systems and devices. This prepares AME students for graduate studies or positions in industry. Mechanical Engineering graduates have traditionally entered into automotive, defense and aerospace, energy, transportation, manufacturing industries, government laboratories and agencies dealing with these problems, and a variety of academic positions. 

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program (BSME) is designed to allow students to complete the degree program in four years. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The BSME program requires the completion of 123 semester credit hours in the Standard program. The program has two major stems:

  1. energy and structures
  2. motion in mechanical systems

Instruction includes statics, dynamics, vibration and strength of solids, fluid statics and dynamics, thermal sciences, and a capstone design course (Senior Design Practicum Program), which synthesizes the analysis skills. Students develop computer skills for engineering analysis and computation, for the acquisition and analysis of experimental data, for visualization and modeling in design, and for the communication of results.

Students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering BSME curriculum and interested in studying medicine or dentistry may choose a premedical (Pre-Med) option. This option allows the student to earn a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and satisfy the prerequisite course requirements for the OU’s Medical or Dental schools. This Pre-Med option requires a minimum of 133 credit hours. 

Admission Requirements

NOTE: Admission to the AME program is REQUIRED prior to enrolling in any AME courses in engineering major. 

Engineering Checksheets

Enrollment into AME courses (for students entering college in Oklahoma prior to summer 2015) require students earn a 2.80 overall GPA and complete the requisite courses listed in the first and second year on the degree sheet in order to advance into upper-division AME coursework. 

Students entering college in Oklahoma summer 2015 or after are required to accrue at least 24 credits with an overall retention GPA of 3.0 -and- successfully complete MATH 1914 or 1823; MATH 2924 or 2423; PHYS 2514 and CHEM 1315 with a 3.0 overall retention GPA in these specific courses, with no grade less than C.

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Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

An accelerated, combined BS/MS program is offered to qualified ME students. This program provides the opportunity for students to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available and require 147 and 153 credit hours, respectively. Students enrolled in this program must complete all requirements for a BSME. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate OU student majoring in Mechanical Engineering
  • OU retention and combined retention overall, curriculum, and major GPAs of 3.25 or higher

Curriculum Requirements


Students will receive the application form through email in the spring of their junior year. They should submit the application form to the student services coordinator in the AME office. At that time, the student should have identified an area of study and an adviser(s) for the graduate research project.

Questions regarding the BS/MS program should be directed to Dr. Yingtao Liu.