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Mechanical engineering major

From virtually indestructible composite materials to the most fragile fiber optics, mountainous earth-movers to microsurgical robots, today's automobiles and tomorrow's spacecrafts, the diverse work of mechanical engineering majors touches nearly every aspect of life.

Shift gears.

Marquette mechanical engineering majors design and build solar-powered boats and mini-Indy race cars that race against collegiate and corporate competitors throughout the world.

Practice what you learn.

From your first day of classes as a mechanical engineering major, you'll get hands-on experience in our innovation and discovery learning labs. You can also work in our labs for thermal-fluid science, machine design, mechatronics, robotics, manufacturing and automation, material science, and engines.

Make your program unique.

Focus on the science of materials and the design of machine elements and robotics in your elective courses. You can also add a minor in business administration or computer science without putting a strain on your curriculum.

Looking for a "hot" job?

U.S. News & World Report, citing increased industrial reliance upon the multifaceted expertise of mechanical engineers, projects mechanical engineering as one of the nation's "40 hottest jobs."

Be an engineer before you graduate.

Through our Co-op Program, you'll incorporate 12 to 16 months of real engineering experience into your curriculum.

Sparks fly.

Starting with a spark of the imagination and ending with the spark plug that fires the engine of a concept car or the sparks of a robotic welder, mechanical engineers design, develop and produce not only the machines that we rely upon, but the machines that make those machines.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Engineering Discovery I & II
  • Core Elective
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Calculus I & II


  • Dynamics
  • Electric Circuits and Machinery
  • Professional Development for Engineers
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Statics
  • Core Elective
  • Calculus III
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Differential Equations


  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
  • Measurements and Controls
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theory of Ethics


  • Numerical Methods in Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Fundamentals Review
  • Principles of Design
  • Senior Design Project
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Three Mechanical Engineering Electives
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Theology Elective


You might like the Mechanical engineering major if you

✓ are strong in math and science

✓ are interested in developing things like cars, aircraft, spacecraft, robotics and microrobotics

What can you do with a major in Mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering major

The mechanical engineering major is excellent preparation for materials engineering, manufacturing, mechanical and energy systems, automobile development, and robotics.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in mechanical engineering.

Visit the department that offers the mechanical engineering major.

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