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.

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.

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 131 hours of coursework and satisfies the UMKC General Education requirements.

Notes: Mechanical engineering students must complete three (3) applied skills requirements before the start of their junior year. (Machine Shop Safety class must be completed prior to using any tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.)

All UMKC student must take the ETS-PP or MAPP Assessment Test after completing 70 credit hours and before applying for graduation (  Engineering students take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in lieu of the Major Field Exam ( and

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 150 Recommended) 13
Anchor II (ANCH 203 Recommended) 13
Anchor III 13
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.
Total Credits21

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

 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
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

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
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
MATH 266Accelerated Calculus I 14
MATH 268Accelerated Calculus II3
MEC-ENGR 270Engineering Analysis I3
MEC-ENGR 272Engineering Analysis II3
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I (Focus B)5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II (Focus B)5
Engineering Fundatmental Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 275Engineering Statics3
CIV-ENGR 276Strength Of Materials3
CIV-ENGR 319Engineering Computation and Statistics3
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
MEC-ENGR 219Computer Programming for Engineers3
MEC-ENGR 220Electric Circuits3
MEC-ENGR 285Engineering Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 306Computer-Aided Engineering3
MEC-ENGR 352WIInstrumentation & Measurements Lab5
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
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical System Course Requirements
MEC-ENGR 324Engineering Materials4
MEC-ENGR 356Mechanical Component Design3
MEC-ENGR 380Manufacturing Methods3
MEC-ENGR 385System Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 415Feedback Control Systems3
MEC-ENGR 496WIMechanical Design Synthesis4
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Take 12 hours of mechanical engineering electives at the 300/400 level.12
Take 3 hours of applied skills electives.3
Total Credits107

Students not meeting the MATH 266 prerequisite requirements will have 3-8 additional hours (MATH 110 and MATH 125, or MATH 120) with a minimum grade of 'B'.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 131

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.