Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

Mechanical engineering is one of the core disciplines of engineering and it encompasses a large number of subdisciplines that are at the heart of both traditional and leading-edge technologies. It is a broad profession concerned with activities such as energy conversion, power generation, design, and manufacturing. The theoretical and technical bases of knowledge include the pure sciences, mathematics, and the engineering sciences, especially the mechanics of solids and fluids, thermo­dynamics, and kinematics. Mechanical engineering requires aptitude and interest in the physical sciences and the language of mathematics, and the ability to apply these to societal needs. The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The educational objectives of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program at Stony Brook University recognize that students have a variety of career objectives and a choice of industrial environments in which to pursue them. While the majority of our graduates are immediately employed in industry, a significant percentage pursues graduate study. Most of the students entering graduate schools continue with mechanical engineering studies. However, some go to law, business, and medical schools. The mechanical engineering curriculum provides students with a core education in mathematics and the physical sciences along with a broad sequence of courses covering thermal processes and fluid mechanics, mechanical design, solid mechanics, and the dynamic behavior and control of mechanical systems. Students also take courses that introduce them to the use of advanced computational methods for engineering design and analysis as well as data processing and analysis. A series of laboratory courses introduce them to sensors and electronics, modern instrumentation and experimental techniques used in engineering for tasks ranging from product design, evaluation, and testing to re­search. In addition, students can select electives to provide either higher-level academic training in preparation for graduate school or a broader exposure to subjects related to engineering practice to enhance their preparation for a job after graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers.
  2. Qualified graduates will pursue advanced studies if they so desire.
  3. Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities.

Degree & Requirements

Requirements for Acceptance to the Major in Mechanical Engineering

Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.

Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)

Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:

  • PHY 131 or PHY 126 or PHY 127 or their equivalents,
  • One MEC course required for the major and taken at Stony Brook,
  • Earn 10 or more credits of mathematics, physics, and engineering courses that are taken at Stony Brook and satisfy the Major’s requirements,
  • Obtain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.2 in major courses with no more than one grade below B-, and
  • No courses required for the major have been repeated.

Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards the major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below.

Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants

Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.


Requirements for the Major in Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

The major in Mechanical Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Completion of the major requires approx­imately 107 credits.

1. Mathematics 

  • MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II
  • AMS 261 Applied Calculus III or MAT 203 Calculus III with Applications 
  • AMS 361 Applied Calculus IV: Differential Equations or MAT 303 Calculus IV with Applications
  • AMS 210 Applied Linear Algebra or MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra

Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for MAT 131, MAT 132 in major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or AMS 151, AMS 161 or MAT 141, MAT 142

2. Natural Sciences

  • PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
  • A basic science elective to be selected from the following list of courses: PHY 251/252, Modern Physics/Modern Physics Laboratory; ESG 281, Engineering Introduction to the Solid State; PHY 300, Waves and Optics; CHE 132 General Chemistry II; BIO 202, Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology; BIO 203, Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology; GEO 310, Introduction to Geophysics; GEO 312, Structure and Properties of Materials; AST 203, Astronomy; AST 205, Introduction to Planetary Sciences; ATM 205, Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
  • ESG 198 Fundamentals of Engineering Chemistry or CHE 131 General Chemistry or CHE 152 Molecular Science I


The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C, and Laboratories or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors

The following chemistry course may be substituted for ESG 198: CHE 131 General Chemistry I or CHE 152 Molecular Science I

3. Laboratories

  • MEC 316 Instrumentation and Solid Mechanics Laboratory
  • MEC 317 Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

4. Mechanical Engineering

  • MEC 101 Freshman Design Innovation
  • MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving
  • MEC 203 Engineering Graphics and CAD 
  • MEC 220 Practical Electronics Mechanical Engineers 
  • MEC 225 Fundamentals of Machining Practices or MEC 226 Modern Machining Practices
  • MEC 260 Engineering Statics
  • MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
  • MEC 301 Thermodynamics
  • MEC 305 Heat and Mass Transfer
  • MEC 325 Manufacturing Processes
  • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids
  • MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

5. Materials Science

  • ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials

6. Engineering Design

  • MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
  • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
  • MEC 410 Design of Machine Elements
  • MEC 411 System Dynamics and Controls
  • MEC 422 Thermal System Design
  • MEC 440 Mechanical Engineering Design I
  • MEC 441 Mechanical Engineering Design II

7. Engineering Economics

  • EST 392 Engineering Economics or ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

8. Technical Electives

  • Three technical elective courses are required, two mechanical engineering (MEC) courses and one selected from courses offered by any department of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, including MEC. A list of approved technical elective courses may be found in the Department's Undergraduate Guide.

9. Upper-Division Writing and Engineering Ethics

  • MEC 300 Professional Conduct for Engineers


  • The grade point average of all required MEC courses and all technical electives must be at least 2.00. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in calculating this average. A minimum grade of "C" in MEC 441 is required for the B.E. degree. 

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering

The minor in Mechanical Engineering is offered for students who want the record of their University studies to show a significant amount of upper-division work in the discipline. Entry into this minor presupposes a background in mathematics and physics, represented by the prerequisite requirements for the courses listed below.

Requirements for the Minor in Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

Completion of the minor requires 18-20 credits, of which 12-13 are from required courses and 6-7 from electives.

A student who wishes to pursue this minor should consult with the undergraduate program director in the Department of Mechanical Engineering before registering for the elective courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and a g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher is required for the six courses that constitute the minor.

  1. Four required courses:
    • MEC 260 Engineering Statics
    • MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
    • MEC 301 Thermodynamics or ESG 302 Thermodynamics of Materials
    • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids
  2. Two elective courses chosen from the following: 
    • MEC 305 Heat and Mass Transfer
    • MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
    • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
    • MEC 325 Manufacturing Processes and Machining
    • MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
    • MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics
    • MEC 398 Thermodynamics II
    • MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
    • MEC 411 System Dynamics and Control
    • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Note: Other electives require the appro­val of the undergraduate program director.

The Accelerated B.E./M.S. Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering

The accelerated B.E./M.S. program in mechanical engineering allows students to use up to nine graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both B.E. and M.S. degree requirements, thus reducing the normal time required to complete both degrees. The program is designed for upper-division mechanical engineering students with superior academic records. For detailed program require­ments, including admission require­­ments, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.


What We Look for in a Freshman Applicant

Stony Brook is a highly selective institution, seeking to enroll those students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and academic ability to succeed. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis. There is no automatic cutoff in the admission process, either in grade point average, rank, or test scores. The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll in the strongest and most diverse class possible.

Successful Applicants Will Typically Have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (Regents diploma preferred for NY residents)
  • Strong high school academic program that includes:
    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
    • 3 units of science (4 units required for engineering and applied sciences)
    • 2 or 3 units of a foreign language
  • Standardized test scores that indicate the promise of success in a rigorous undergraduate course of study.
  • Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits will receive special consideration.

Majors in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Successful applicants in these majors will, in addition to our regular admission criteria, typically have earned outstanding grades in high school calculus and physics, and performed exceptionally well on the Math section of the SAT and/or ACT. Consideration is given to students who have performed well in advanced science and math courses, as well as those who have participated in science, math, and research competitions.

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Molecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technological Systems Management

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2020 semester. At this time, space in our class is very limited and we may only be able to offer qualified students a spot on our Wait List.

Last updated Apr 2020

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