Undergraduate Program

Information for Prospective Students

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and gives our graduates a wide range of career opportunities. One particular focus of UD’s mechanical engineering program is the development of hands-on engineering and design skills. Our 5,500-square-foot Design Studio combines state-of-the-art facilities, such as 3D printers and computer-aided design software, with collaborative areas where students work together in teams.

Our internationally recognized faculty conduct research in multi-disciplinary areas of Biomechanics, Clean Energy and Environment, Composites and Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, and Robotics. Students are encouraged to work directly with faculty on state-of-the-art research projects.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, you can find work in many industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical engineering, consulting, manufacturing, petroleum engineering, structural engineering, or thermal and mechanical design. Because mechanical engineers have such broad exposure to fundamental engineering science and design, they are also frequently drawn into business, finance or law. UD mechanical engineering graduates are prepared to face any challenge they encounter – no matter which path they choose

Why Major in Mechanical Engineering?

  • Global awareness
  • Creative solutions
  • Connect science to reality
  • Impact safety
  • Sustainable energy
  • Improve human health
  • National security
  • Mechanical Engineers enjoy great starting salaries

Honors Degree

Through the University of Delaware Honors Program it is possible to complete the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree with Honors. Honors Program recruits and develops highly talented undergraduates. Sometimes there are special honors sections of certain required courses offered, but any required course can be taken for ‘Honors’ credit by arranging with the individual instructor. For undergraduate students, MEEG 600-level courses are considered honors courses in Mechanical Engineering. Visit here for more information. Honors students are encouraged to explore the undergraduate research program. An Honors Degree with Distinction is awarded to students who perform undergraduate research and complete a senior thesis.

Requirements for the Honors Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree

  • Must meet all requirements of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree
    Must meet all University requirements for the Honors Degree

Requirements for the Degree with Distinction and the Honors Degree with Distinction

  • Must meet all requirements of the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree
    Must meet all requirements for the Degree with Distinction

Accelerated Joint BS/MS Degree Programs (4+1)

Earn more. Choose one of our 4+1 programs and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years. The accelerated degree programs allow students to apply for graduate programs during their junior year. If granted provisional acceptance, you may take graduate-level courses during the final year of your undergraduate program. Because some undergraduate courses are waived under an accelerated degree program, you’ll be able to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in only one additional year.


  • Mechanical Engineering 4+1 (BME/MSME)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration 4+1 (BME/MBA)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science 4+1 (BME/MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Data Science 4+1 (BME/MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering 4+1 (BME/MMSE)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Robotics 4+1 (BME/MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering/Secondary STEM Education 4+1 (BME/MS)

Learn more about these programs on our 4+1 page.

Undergraduate Research

You’ll get the hands on experience and face-to-face faculty time that other institutions usually reserve for graduate students. We strongly encourage our undergraduate ME students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get a feel for mechanical engineering and its applications!

Biomechanical Engineering

Be a leader in solving biomechanical problems. The human body is a mechanical system that contains fluid flow, structural mechanics and evolving components—all central concepts in mechanical engineering.

Clean Energy

Develop new, clean and sustainable energy sources through novel energy conversion techniques, alternative energy storage methods and fuel-efficient vehicles, among other traditional methods of energy conversion.

Clean Environment

Reduce pollution through understanding transport and transformation of pollutants using mechanical engineering fundamentals such as fluid mechanics.

Composite Materials

Understand how materials respond, then use this information to optimally design everything from airplanes to artificial joint replacements using composite and advanced materials, nanotechnology and creative ingenuity.


The emergence of nanotechnology, which deals with the manipulation of materials at the atomic and molecular scales, has enabled the development of new materials and devices that exhibit novel properties.

Robotics & Control

Construct sophisticated robotic devices that, via advanced control systems, help humans in a multitude of situations, such as manufacturing plants, rescue squads, military operations and rehabilitation devices.

Visit Us

Visiting is one of the best ways to learn about us. Meet our faculty and students, and discover the many ways that a mechanical engineering degree from UD can prepare you for a lifetime of success. To schedule a visit directly with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please contact:

Jazmyn Curry, Academic Advisor

To schedule a campus tour and reserve your spot for a UD information session, visit UD Admissions, https://www.udel.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/plan-your-visit/

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