Through hands-on learning, Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program balances theory, simulation, and laboratory exercises, giving students the skills and knowledge needed to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, and processes. Open-ended, team-based design problems provide an opportunity for Mechanical Engineering students to collaborate with peers from other disciplines. The program integrates applied engineering design and the extensive use of computers with a curriculum that parallels industrial challenges and changes.
Students spend approximately 40% of their time in our state-of-the-art labs. And all lectures and labs are taught by faculty.
Mechanical engineering students use computer software and test equipment to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas such as Solid Mechanics, Thermofields, and Materials Science. Upon graduation, students well prepared for work in the traditional industries of mechanical design and engineering, as well as emerging opportunities such as manufacturing and the development of biomedical and electromechanical devices.
The Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For program objectives, outcomes and enrollment and degree data, please visit the Mechanical Engineering Accreditation Information page.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year. Mechanical engineering students spend a great deal of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories, using computers and test equipment to verify and develop engineering principles in diverse areas such as statics, thermodynamics, material science, data acquisition, structural analysis, and machine design.
View the Course Catalog below for information about program requirements. For an overview of the year-by-year experience in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, see "What You'll Learn" below.
Total credits for degree: 128
Mechanical Engineering is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.
Special Requirement for Graduation
In addition to the general graduation requirements of the University, specific graduation requirements from the Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSME technical courses are courses with ELEC and MECH prefixes. If another Wentworth course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses.
Plan of Study Grid Freshman Year Fall Semester Credits ENGR1100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE 2 ENGR1207 ENGINEERING LABORATORY-BSME 2 MATH1750 ENGINEERING CALCULUS I 4 PHYS1250 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I 4 English Sequence 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester ENGR1300 FIRST-YEAR ENGINEERING DESIGN 2 ENGR1407 APPLIED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS-BSME 2 MATH1850 ENGINEERING CALCULUS II 4 PHYS1750 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II 4 English Sequence 4 Credits 16 Sophomore Year Fall Semester MECH2000 ENGINEERING STATICS 4 MECH2300 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS 3 ELEC2799 CIRCUIT THEORY AND APPLICATION 3 MATH2025 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 4 Credits 14 Spring Semester MECH2250 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS I 4 MECH2500 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS 4 CHEM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 MATH2500 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 4 Credits 16 Summer Semester COOP3000 PRE CO-OP WORK TERM (OPTIONAL) 0 Credits 0 Junior Year Fall Semester MECH2750 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS II 4 MECH3000 DESIGN OF MACHINE ELEMENTS 4 MECH3100 ENGINEERING FLUID MECHANICS 4 Technical Elective 3 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 19 Spring Semester COOP3500 COOP EDUCATION 1 0 Credits 0 Summer Semester MECH3600 MATERIALS SCIENCE 4 MECH3850 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS 4 MECH3900 ENGINEERING HEAT TRANSFER 4 MATH2100 PROBABILITY & STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS 4 Credits 16 Senior Year Fall Semester COOP4500 COOP EDUCATION 2 0 Credits 0 Spring Semester MECH4000 MECHANICAL VIBRATION 3 MECH4200 SIMULATION BASED DESIGN 4 MECH5000 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE ANALYSIS 3 Technical Elective 3 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 17 Summer Semester MECH5500 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CAPSTONE PROJECT 4 Technical Elective 3 HSS Elective* 4 General Elective 3 Credits 14 Total Credits 128
General and Technical Electives are selected in consultation with a Faculty Advisor
Students are required to complete:
- At least one course in Humanities: CSAS, HSSI, HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL
- At least one course in the Social Sciences: CSAS, HSSI, COMM, ECON, ENVM, POLS, PSYC and SOCL
- The remaining course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category.
Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.
A minimum of 20 credits total, including English, humanities, and social science credit, is required to complete the humanities and social sciences graduation requirement.
Of the three required Humanities and Social Science electives one of the Humanities electives must be in the area of Ethics and one of the Social Science electives must be in the area of Economics
Math Placement may alter the course schedule above.
What You'll Learn
You’ll establish a foundation for your Mechanical Engineering program by taking introductory courses in physics and calculus, along with Introduction to Engineering, which will instill core engineering concepts that you’ll use throughout the program. You’ll also dive into engineering courses that utilize essential tools like CAD.
Second-year students establish a firm understanding of mechanical engineering concepts in courses like Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Graphics. You’ll also focus on building solid foundational knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and electrical engineering.
An optional pre co-op work term is available to students during the summer semester.
In the fall and summer semesters of your third year, you’ll continue to bolster your mechanical engineering knowledge with courses like Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Materials Science, and Design of Machine Elements.
In the spring, you’ll begin the first of two required co-ops.
In the fall, you’ll go on your second required co-op to gain more hands-on industry experience.
The remainder of your program includes courses in Mechanical Vibration and Simulation-Based Design, as well as your senior capstone project, which you’ll work on over your final two semesters.
High Value Degree
Median Average Salary for Mechanical Engineers (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor)
As ranked in 2021 by U.S. New & World Reports for best engineering jobs.
Wentworth engineering students have access to cutting-edge labs on our Boston campus.