Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

ABET Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to:

  1. Approach complex problems with curiosity and rigorous application of mechanical engineering principles in their chosen careers.
  2. Successfully apply technical knowledge to create innovational and transformational change for metropolitan, regional, and global well-being.
  3. Effectively and accurately communicate with technical and non-technical audiences.
  4. Further advance in their careers through graduate education, professional licensure, or other professional development pursuits.

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

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

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.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations 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:

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


High school students planning to apply to this degree program 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 mechanical engineering will be automatically admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 and
  3. A 3.0 Core High School GPA.

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 this program 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 127 hours of coursework and satisfies the UMKC General Education requirements.

Approved Machine Shop Safety training must be completed prior to using 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 ( 

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits21

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
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
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 (satisfies Math Pathway)
MATH 120 (Precalculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
MATH 266Accelerated Calculus I 14
MATH 268Accelerated Calculus II3
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 300Linear Algebra I3
MATH 345Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II5
Engineering Fundamental Course Requirements
CIV-ENGR 275Engineering Statics (satisfies GECRT-SC course requirement)3
CIV-ENGR 276Strength Of Materials3
E&C-ENGR 276Circuit Theory I3
E&C-ENGR 277Circuit Theory I Lab1
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
MEC-ENGR 219Computer Programming for Engineers3
MEC-ENGR 285Engineering Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 306Numerical Analysis3
MEC-ENGR 352Mechanical Instrumentation Lab3
Energy Systems Course Requirements
MEC-ENGR 299Engineering Thermodynamics3
MEC-ENGR 351Fluid Mechanics3
MEC-ENGR 360Applied Thermodynamics3
MEC-ENGR 399Heat Transfer3
MEC-ENGR 399LHeat Transfer and Fluids Lab1
Mechanical Systems Course Requirements
MEC-ENGR 324Mechanical Engineering Materials Lab3
MEC-ENGR 356Mechanical Component Design3
MEC-ENGR 380Manufacturing Methods3
MEC-ENGR 385System Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 415Control Systems Theory3
MEC-ENGR 492Mechanical Design Synthesis I (satisfies GECUE course requirement)3
MEC-ENGR 496WIMechanical Design Synthesis3
Engineering Design Electives
Choose at least one of the following: Advanced Dynamics and Modeling, Biomedical Device Design, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Composite Materials, or Principles of Aircraft Design (additional design electives can count toward 400 level mechanical engineering electives).3
Advanced Dynamics and Modeling
Biomedical Device Design
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Composite Materials
Principles of Aircraft Design
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Take a total of 9 hours of 400 level mechanical engineering electives including any Design course not taken above.9
Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Introduction to Biomaterials
Advanced Dynamics and Modeling
Introduction to Biomechanics
Experimental Biomechanics of Human Motion
Biomedical Device Design
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Non-Metallic Engineering Materials
Failure Analysis
Introduction to Manufacturing Management
Additive Manufacturing
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Composite Materials
Principles of Aircraft Design
Flight and Road Vehicle Test Engineering
Power Plant Design
Power Generation Systems
Mechatronic System Design
Robotics and Unmanned Systems
Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy Systems
Vibration Analysis
Applied Finite Element Analysis
Intermediate Dynamics
Robotic System Identification
Total Credits103

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 127

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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

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.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).