BS Requirements

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Undergraduate Advisor
Mechanical Engineering Department
Engineering II, Room 2355A


For complete academic requirements, view the 2019-20 General Engineering Academic Requirements (GEAR) catalog for all departments within the College of Engineering. 

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Preparation for the Major

The following 77 units of lower-division courses are required:

  • Engineering 3
  • Mechanical Engineering 6, 10, 12S, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • Chemistry 1A-B, 1AL-BL
  • Mathematics 3A-B, 4A-B, 6A-B
  • Physics 1, 2, 3, 4, and 3L, 4L
  • Writing 2E, 50E
  • and College of Engineering General Education Requirements

Students who are not Mechanical Engineering majors may be permitted to take lower division mechanical engineering courses, subject to meeting prerequisites and grade point average requirements, availability of space, and consent of the instructor.

Upper-division Major

The following 71 units are required:

  • Materials 101;
  • Mechanical Engineering 104, 105, 151A-B-C, 152A-B, 153, 154, 155A, 156A-B, 163, 189A-B-C,
  • 15 units of departmental electives


The mechanical engineering elective courses allow students to acquire more in-depth knowledge in one of several areas of specialization, such as those related to: MEMS; bioengineering; design and manufacturing; thermal and fluid sciences; structures, mechanics, and materials; and dynamics and controls. A student’s specific elective course selection is subject to the approval of the department advisor.

Courses required for the major, inside or outside of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, may not be taken for the pass/not passed grading option. They must be taken for letter grades.

Five-Year BS/MS Degree Program

Our combined 5-Year BS/MS Program provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both of these degrees in five years. Fifth year BS/MS programs are offered in Mechanical Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering/Materials. This combination provides highly desirable training from an industrial employment perspective and capitalizes on the strengths of UCSB's internationally renowned programs in mechanical engineering and materials. 

Students considering this option should review the 5-Year BS/MS Program page, which includes information about requirements, program of student, admissions timeline, and how to apply.