Mechanical Engineering


Why study Mechanical Engineering?

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering B.S. program at the University of Cincinnati, you will gain knowledge to design, manufacture, and operate machines and mechanical systems that work in a safe and efficient fashion to advance today’s society. Students learn to use the principles of force, energy and motion to design, manufacture and operate machines and mechanical systems that work in a safe, efficient, economical and predictable fashion. 

At UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), it’s all about you – we strive to help develop you into the person employers want to hire. Throughout your time with us, you will:

  • Take courses that cover fluid, thermal, structural, and motion design and analysis, kinematics and kinetics of machines, system dynamics and vibrations, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer
  • Customize your experience with more than 600 organizations, including American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bearcat Motorsports, Robotics Club, BattleBots Club, Bearcat Baja, and more
  • Build an impressive resume and professional network through our nationally-recognized co-op program at companies such as Toyota Motor Company, Gulfstream Aerospace, Marathon Petroleum, Beckett Gas, Inc., and General Electric.

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on a comprehensive review of the relative strength of courses, academic performance, co-curricular activities, and supplemental information provided through the application.
First-year students applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units)

Mechanical Engineers work in manufacturing, higher education, automotives, or research facilities. Possible career paths include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Machinery design
  • Automotive design
  • Technical sales

Mechanical Engineers work with product and machine design; manufacturing and production engineering; design and installation of thermal-fluids and/or mechanical systems; and design, analysis and development of energy-producing engines or devices. 

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing and doing is learning. That’s why we invented the first ever Cooperative Education (Co-op) program in 1906. Today, it’s the largest of its kind in the United States. The Co-op model—which places students in full-time employment in their field—supplements the classroom curriculum to make for an educational experience like no other.

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC, please visit the Transition page.

For additional information on international requirements, visit the UC International Admissions page.

Application Deadlines

First-year students must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year in high school.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment
College of Engineering and Applied Science
653 Baldwin Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-5417

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Program Code: 20BC-ME-BSME