University of California, Santa Barbara

Prospective Students

What sets Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara apart from the rest?

  • To arrange for a tour and more information about our program, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Suzi See (805)893-8198 or ssee [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

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Why Choose ME


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  • Student Spotlight

UCSB gets ready for 'The Shell Eco-Marathon'

A UCSB group of five senior Mechanical Engineering students (Veselin Kolev, Brett Kagy, Sharice Handa, Arden Rosenblatt and Chris Carreon) are diligently working on a high mileage vehicle as part of their senior Capstone project. The students will travel to Houston March 27 and 28 to compete in the fourth Annual Shell Eco Marathon Americas event. Their goal is to double the mileage of five hundred miles per gallon achieved by the UCSB team who participated in last year's event. To this purpose, they have revamped part of the design of the vehicle used last year and focused on efficiency, reliability and re-enginering of the drive train and gear box. 

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winner is the team that goes the furthest distance using the least amount of energy. This event also affords an outstanding engagement opportunity for current and future leaders who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the world’s energy challenge.


Screen shot of video feature from Santa Barbara News-Press

Changing Majors/Changing Colleges

Current UCSB students in a non-engineering major, as well as students wishing to change from one engineering major to Mechanical Engineering must meet with Suzi See during their freshman year.  Students are welcome to apply after the satisfactory completion of a pre-defined set of coursework (see below).  If you are a current mechanical engineering student wishing to change to another engineering major, consult the College of Engineering Undergraduate Office

Students who have completed more than 105 units will not be considered for a change of major/change of college in engineering or computer science unless they can demonstrate that they will be able to complete all the degree requirements for the proposed program without exceeding 215 total units.

Before petitioning for a change of major to mechanical engineering, at six (6) of the following core courses or their UC equivalents must be completed: Math 3A-B; Math 4A-B; Math 6A-B; Physics 1-2; ME 14-15 (at least one of the 6 courses must include ME 14 or ME 15). Acceptance into the major will be based on UC grade point averages*, applicable courses completed, and available space.

*The calculation of the core course GPA will be based on all classes completed from this list at the time of petitioning.


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