BS Requirements

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For complete academic requirements, view the 2022-23 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

Upper-division Major

The following 69 units are required:

The mechanical engineering specialization and 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.

Course Descriptions

Five-Year BS/MS mechanical engineering Degree Program

Our combined 5-Year BS/MS Program provides an opportunity for outstanding ME undergraduates to earn both a bachelors and masters of science in mechanical engineering in five years. Fifth year BS/MS programs are offered in Mechanical Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering/Materials. The Mechanical Engineering/Materials program requires students to complete the MATRL 100A,B,C series in the third year to be eligible to apply. 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 Mechanical Program page, which includes information about requirements, program of student, admissions timeline, and how to apply.