Undergraduate Program

Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

About Our Program

Mechanical engineers design and develop many of the products, systems and technologies that move everyday life. Mechanical engineers apply mathematics, physics, chemistry, and other sciences, together with computers, instrumentation, and other tools to create a wide range of hardware, software, and systems.

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program at The University of New Mexico provides graduates with the necessary skills to compete in this rapidly changing discipline. In addition, the BSME provides a solid, scientific foundation for other degrees such as the MBA, MD, DDS, etc. UNM Mechanical Engineering students have the opportunity to work on energy and transportation projects ranging from racecars to high altitude balloon launches and from building efficiency to alternative energy systems.

Our Mechanical Engineering building is an energy conservation lab designed by UNM faculty and students. The building offers hands-on lessons in the mechanics of thermal storage, energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and more.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Minor in Mechanical Engineering

This minor is a good opportunity for current UNM Engineering students or other UNM science-oriented students (i.e. Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry or Biology) and Architecture. The student in the majors mentioned above may already have some of the pre-requisites or courses as part of their major. This minor will allow students to learn a holistic view of engineering and technology beyond the boundaries of just their current major.

The undergraduate minor in Mechanical Engineering requires a total of 24-25 credit hours, depending on the option selected.

Shared Credits Degree Program (BS/MS)

The School of Engineering offers a Shared Credit Degrees Program designed to allow students to complete BS and MS degrees in five years (depending on the student's mathematics preparation upon entering UNM as a first-year undergraduate student). To accomplish this, some courses are counted towards both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Department of Mechanical Engineering allows up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate electives to be replaced by 500-level graduate courses that count towards both degrees.