ABET Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates are successfully employed in an engineering or related field or accepted into a graduate program.
  • Graduates apply the necessary problem-solving, design, and application skills for successful careers in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Graduates utilize their educational foundation and communication skills to effectively lead, work, and communicate in diverse career paths.
  • Graduates succeed in the complex social, business, and technical environment in which their engineering contributions will be utilized.

ABET Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Students will be able to use mathematical methods to make design decisions.
  • 2. Students will be able to analyze conduction and convection properties of thermal-fluid systems.
  • 3. Students will be able to analyze kinematics and dynamics of mechanical components.
  • 4. Students will be able to develop algorithms for solving engineering problems.
  • 5. Students will be able to analyze strength characteristics of engineering materials.
  • 6. Students will be able to use measurements to solve engineering problems.


High school students planning to apply to the School of Computing & Engineering are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in information technology will be admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed by a faculty committee for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to SCE but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.

Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares students with a breadth and depth in technical knowledge so that they can work immediately in most areas of the profession. Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain the outcomes listed above.

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 130 hours of coursework and satisfies the UMKC General Education requirements.

Notes: Machine Shop Safety class must be completed prior to using any tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.

A grade of C or higher must be earned in all major required coursework.

All UMKC student must take HEIghten after completing 90 credit hours and before applying for graduation (http://www.umkc.edu/exitexams/). 

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III (Satisfied in program requirements below)
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below. Choosing to take general education coursework outside of what is recommended in the program requirements below will extend credit hour minimum and program length.
Total Credits18

 Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

 Major Requirements

Math and Science Requirements
ALEKS Math Placement
MATH 110 (Precalculus Algebra; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 120 (Precalculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
MATH 266Accelerated Calculus I 14
MATH 268Accelerated Calculus II3
MATH 250Calculus III4
MEC-ENGR 272Engineering Analysis3
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I (Focus B)5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)5
Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 275Engineering Statics3
CIV-ENGR 276Strength Of Materials3
CIV-ENGR 319Engineering Computation and Statistics3
E&C-ENGR 216Engineering Computation4
E&C-ENGR 276Circuit Theory I3
E&C-ENGR 277Circuit Theory I Lab1
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
MEC-ENGR 285Engineering Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 306Computer-Aided Engineering3
MEC-ENGR 352Mechanical Instruments Lab2
MEC-ENGR 353Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Lab2
Energy Systems Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 351Fluid Mechanics3
MEC-ENGR 299Engineering Thermodynamics3
MEC-ENGR 360Thermal System Design3
MEC-ENGR 399Heat and Mass Transfer3
Engineering Design Course Requirements
Choose one of the following:3
Heating and Air Conditioning
Power Plant Design
Mechatronic System Design
Mechanical System Course Requirements
ANCH 309Mechanical Design Synthesis I3
MEC-ENGR 324Engineering Materials3
MEC-ENGR 324LEngineering Materials Lab1
MEC-ENGR 356Mechanical Component Design3
MEC-ENGR 380Manufacturing Methods3
MEC-ENGR 385System Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 496WIMechanical Design Synthesis3
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Take 15 hours of mechanical engineering electives at the 300/400 level.15
Introduction to Biomechanics
Experimental Biomechanics of Human Motion
Feedback Control Systems
Non-Metallic Engineering Materials
Failure Analysis
Introduction to Manufacturing Management
Composite Materials
Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy Systems
Vibration Analysis
Applied Finite Element Analysis
Intermediate Dynamics
Take 1 hour of Machine Shop Safety. 21
Total Credits109

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 130

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.