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B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 130

NEW! Check out the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program with an Emphasis in Metal Casting or Vehicle Design and Testing! Click here to learn more.

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If you’re deciding between mechanical engineering programs, Georgia Southern’s mechanical engineering students do more than just read about theory. Beginning in your first semester, you will gain hands-on experience in a studio or laboratory environment.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Click the relevant button below to learn more about the program’s educational objectives or student learning outcomes.

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is arguably the broadest engineering degree, one that emphasizes the fundamental engineering sciences as they apply to mechanical and thermal systems with applications in diverse areas, including energy, materials, transportation, health, manufacturing, and consumer products.

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Program Overview

Georgia Southern’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is a four-year degree taught by our world-class faculty. In fact, all mechanical engineering courses are taught exclusively by faculty, not teaching assistants.

Students may begin their academic journey on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. All four years of the undergraduate program are offered on the Statesboro Campus. Currently, only lower-division courses are offered on the Armstrong Campus, and the program must be completed on the Statesboro Campus.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for mechanical engineers is $96,310. There are approximately 286,100 jobs in the Mechanical Engineering field. Between 2022 and 2032, there is expected to be a 10% growth rate (much faster than average) or 28,500 additional job opportunities.

Pay: $96,310

Jobs: 286,100

Outlook: +10%

Courses and Curriculum Information

BSME Degree Requirements

Click the button below to view course information and degree requirements in the academic catalog. For more information about an emphasis in Vehicle Design and Testing or Metal Casting, click here.

General Education Requirements

The General Education (Core) Curriculum provides foundational knowledge in academic disciplines, exposing students to diverse learning perspectives and ways of knowing in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

While the general education courses are required of all students and are (mostly) independent of a student’s major, the Department of Mechanical Engineering recommends students take specific Math and Science courses to satisfy Areas A2, D1, and D2. Click the button below to view the Department’s recommendations.

Recommended Course Sequence

Recommended Course Sequence

Download the program map to view the recommended course sequence for the BSME program. Download the curriculum sheet for more detailed information, including course prerequisites and substitutions. To view the program map and curriculum sheet for the emphasis in Vehicle Design and Testing or Metal Casting, click here.

Fall 2023 – Present

The curriculum sheet and program map below apply to students entering the program Fall 2023 or later.

Fall 2019 – Spring 2023

The curriculum sheet and program map below apply to students entering the program between Fall 2019 and Spring 2023.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering recommends students take some specific courses to satisfy the core curriculum (general education) requirements. The core curriculum requirements depend on the catalog year the student entered the BSME program under.

Fall 2023 – Present

General Requirements (Core Areas A – E) [Credit Hours: 42]

Area A1 – Communication Skills [Credit Hours: 6]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1101Composition I3
ENGL 1102Composition II3
Area A2 – Quantitative Skills [Credit Hours: 3]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1441Calculus I4
Area B [Credit Hours: 7]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CORE 2000Core Capstone1
HIST 1111 or
HIST 1112
World History I or
World History II
3
Global Perspectives and Foreign Languages Elective*3

* Students may choose from ANTH 1150, CRJU 2010, FORL 2001, FORL 2002, FORL 2060, GEOG 1130, HLPR 2010, HONS 1134, IDS 2000, INTS 2130, POLS 1150, PSYC 2300, RELS 2100, RELS 2130, SABR 2960, SOCI 2000, WGSS 2200

Area C – Humanities, Arts, and Ethics [Credit Hours: 6]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
Literature, Philosophy, and Ethics Elective*3
Arts, Humanities, and Foreign Languages Elective†3

* Students may choose from ENGL 2100, ENGL 2111, ENGL 2112, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2030

† Students may choose from ART 1000, ARTH 2531, ARTH 2532, COMM 1110, FORL 1001, FORL 1002, FORL 1060, HONS 1132, MUSC 1100, THEA 1100

Area D1 – Laboratory Sciences [Credit Hours: 8]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PHYS 2211KPrinciples of Physics I4
PHYS 2212KPrinciples of Physics II4
Area D2 – Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology [Credit Hours: 3]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 2242Calculus II4
Area E – Social Sciences [Credit Hours: 9]
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1101American Government3
HIST 2110 or
HIST 2111 or
HIST 2112
U.S. A Comprehensive Survey
History of the United States to 1877
Survey of US History II
3
Social Science Elective*3

* AAST 2000, ANTH 1102, ECON 1101, ECON 2105, HONS 1131, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, WGSS 2100

Additional University Requirements [Credit Hours: 4]

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
FYE 1220First-Year Seminar2
KINS 1525Concepts of Health and Physical Activity2

Emphasis Areas

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program can now add an emphasis in Vehicle Design & Testing or Metal Casting.

Vehicle Design and Testing Emphasis

Are you interested in subjects like Automotive EngineeringVehicle DynamicsApplied Combustion, and Engine Development and Performance? If so, you may want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree with an emphasis in Vehicle Design and Testing!

Metal Casting Emphasis

Are you interested in subjects like Molten Metal ProcessesMetal Casting, or Advanced Manufacturing Materials? If so, you may want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree with an emphasis in Metal Casting!

How Does it Work?

Students interested in pursuing an emphasis in Vehicle Design and Testing or Metal Casting will still complete all of the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. However, instead of completing 3 major electives, students will complete 3 emphasis electives.

Courses and Curriculum Information

BSME Degree Requirements

Click the button below to view course information and degree requirements in the academic catalog.

General Education Requirements

The General Education (Core) Curriculum provides foundational knowledge in academic disciplines, exposing students to diverse learning perspectives and ways of knowing in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

While the general education courses are required of all students and are (mostly) independent of a student’s major, the Department of Mechanical Engineering recommends students take specific Math and Science courses to satisfy Areas A2, D1, and D2. Click the button below to view the Department’s recommendations.

Recommended Course Sequence

Download the program map to view the recommended course sequence for the BSME program with an emphasis in either Metal Casting or Vehicle Design and Testing. Download the curriculum sheet for more detailed information, including course prerequisites and substitutions.

Fall 2023 – Present

The curriculum sheet and program map below apply to students entering the program Fall 2023 or later.

Honors in Mechanical Engineering

Apply to the Honors College

Launch your future with distinction. Are you interested in joining a diverse group of scholars, participating in faculty-mentored research, and engaging in experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom? If so, you may be interested in applying to the Honors College. Click the button below to apply now.

Honors College Requirements

Honors College Requirements

Core Courses

To graduate with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, students in the Honors College must complete a specified number of core courses.

The number of core courses depends on how many credit hours a student has earned before entrance to the Honors College.

Credit Hours EarnedCore Courses
0 – 144
15 – 293
30 – 442
45 – 591
60+0

To search for an Honors course in the University’s course search, select Honors College under Quick Options. Click the button below to search for a course.

Course Search

CORE 2000 or HONS 2000

Students must complete either the Honors section of CORE 2000 CORE Capstone (1 credit hour) or HONS 2000.

Experiential Learning Activity

Students in the Honors College must complete one experiential learning activity per year.

The total number of experiential learning activities required depends on the student’s classification upon entrance to the Honors College.

ClassificationExperiential Learning Activities
Freshmen4
Sophomore3
Junior2
Senior1

For more information about experiential learning opportunities, click the button below.

Experiential Learning

Upper-Division Requirements

Students must select and complete one of the three pathways below to fulfill the upper-division requirements of the Honors College.

Honors Thesis

  • Students must complete at least 3 credit hours of undergraduate research.
    • MENG 5811 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Research and Projects (1 Credit Hour)
    • MENG 5822 Research Project in Mechanical Engineering (2 Credit Hours)
  • Students must complete and submit an Honors Thesis and present their research at the Honors College Symposium. For more information about honors thesis requirements, click here.

Capstone Experience

  • Students must complete at least 3 credit hours of a capstone experience approved by the Honors College.
    • MENG 5137 Mechanical System Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • Students must complete and submit their capstone project and present it at the Honors College Symposium.

Graduate Coursework

  • Students admitted to the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) program must complete at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at a 5000G level or higher. Otherwise, students must complete at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at a 6000 level or higher.
  • Students must complete and submit a project from at least one of their graduate courses and present it at the Honors College Symposium.

Grade Point Average

Students in the Honors College must maintain an institutional (Georgia Southern) GPA of 3.30 or greater.

Contact

If you have any questions about the undergraduate BSME program, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator:

Dr. David Calamas
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8046
Email: dcalamas@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: 912-478-5751

Honors Program Coordinator

If you have any questions about completing the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors, please contact the Honors Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jinki Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8046
Email: jinkikim@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: 912-478-6012

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Last updated: 7/11/2023