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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

BS - Mechanical Engineering

To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must receive a grade of "C-" or better in courses required for the major. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least "C" (2.0) in each one of the following categories: all college work (overall average), all units attempted at SJSU, all units in the major, and all units in any minors.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements30
Of the 51 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major30
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
Requirement of the Major60
Core Courses31
CE 099. Introductory Statics2
CE 112. Mechanics of Materials3
EE 098. Introduction to Circuit Analysis3
ENGR 010. Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 100W. Engineering ReportsZ+R3
MATE 025. Introduction to Materials3
ME 020. Design and Graphics2
ME 030. Computer Applications2
ME 101. Dynamics3
ME 111. Fluid Mechanics3
ME 113. Thermodynamics4
Required Courses26
ME 041. Machine Shop Safety1
ME 106. Fundamentals of Mechatronics Engineering3
ME 114. Heat Transfer3
ME 115. Thermal Engineering Laboratory1
ME 120. Experimental Methods2
ME 130. Applied Engineering Analysis3
ME 147. Dynamic Systems Vibration and Control3
ME 154. Mechanical Engineering Design4
ME 195A. Senior Design Project I3
ME 195B. Senior Design Project II3
Required Capstone Courses3
Complete one course from:
ME 157. Mechanical System Design3
ME 182. Thermal Systems Design3
ME 190. Mechatronics System Design3
Additional Major Courses10
Technical electives can be chosen from designated courses for breadth or focus in one of the three areas of mechanical design, mechatronics, or thermal/fluids, with advisor approval.

Total Units:132

A semester-by-semester schedule for meeting these requirements is available in the department office.