BS in Mechanical Engineering

Engineers find high-paying careers in a large number of industries. They find work in large corporations and small businesses. They often create businesses of their own and find work related to their interests such as outdoor, indoor, travel.

Marketable Skills

Students will gain the following marketable skills: 

  1. Confidence: Be self-assured through appreciating your own talents, abilities, skills, and qualities.
  2. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Develop, organize, and manage ideas and opportunities turning them into new products, services, firms, or industries.
  4. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task.
  5. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues.
  6. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal.

Additionally, students will learn about mechanical design and manufacturing. 

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed for students who desire to enter industry or pursue advanced studies. The curriculum provides a broad range of courses in the areas of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal systems, design and manufacturing and dynamics and mechatronics.


The Mechanical Engineering Program strives to graduate mechanical engineers of the highest quality and to conduct state-of-the-art research.


The Mechanical Engineering Program makes a high-quality, relevant engineering education available to all residents of the El Paso binational region. The department dedicates itself to providing students a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that will permit its graduates to succeed and thrive as engineers and leaders.

The Program strives to:

  • prepare its graduates to pursue lifelong learning, serve the profession and meet intellectual, ethical and career challenges; and
  • maintain a vital, state-of-the-art research enterprise to provide its students and faculty opportunities to create, interpret, apply, and disseminate knowledge.

General Upper Division Prerequisite

All students must demonstrate basic competency to take any upper-division course. An upper-division course is any MECH course in the Junior or Senior year. Competency can be demonstrated by completing the following courses at UTEP with a “C” or better.

MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials3
MECH 2340Mechanics II -Dynamics3

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 128

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Mechanical Engineering Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
CE 2326 Econ for Engrs & Scientists is a designated core course. It is required for graduation even if other course is used to fulfill the core. All Mechanical Engineering majors are encouraged to take CE 2326 to fulfill the core.
Required Courses:
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305
MATH 1508Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))3-5
or MATH 1310 Trigonometry and Conics
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
Mechanical Engineering (Other Requirements) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
Science Elective
Select one of the following options:4
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306 C
Introductory Electromagnetism
MATH/Science Elective
Select one of the following:
Organismal Biology
Matrix Algebra
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Survey of Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics I
Probability and Statistics
MATH Elective
Select one of the following:
Matrix Algebra
Applied Analysis I
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Probability and Statistics
Mechanical Engineering Major
Required Courses: 1
MECH 1305Graphic & Design Fundamentals C3
MECH 1321Mechanics I-Statics C3
or CE 2315 Statics
MECH 2103Engineering Computations 31
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci C3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials C3
or CE 2334 Mechanics of Materials
MECH 2331Matl & Manufacturing Processes C3
MECH 2340Mechanics II -Dynamics C3
MECH 2342Electro Mechanical Systems C3
or EE 2350 Electric Circuits I
MECH 3312Thermodynamics 33
MECH 3314Fluid Mechanics 33
MECH 3334Mechanical Design 33
MECH 3345System Dynamics 33
MECH 3352Engineering Analysis II 33
MECH 4315Heat Transfer 33
MECH 4366Senior Design Project 2, 33
Select one of the following:
Manufacturing Engineering Lab c
Additive Manufacturing Lab c
Metal Casting Lab c
Intelligent Manufacturing Lab
Select two of the following:
Mechatronics Lab 3
Thermo-fluid Lab 3
Solid Mechanics Lab 3
Select one of the following:
Finite Element Analysis 3
Dynamic Systems Simulation 3
Special Topics in Computation 3
Select five of the following (minimum of one from each area):
Solid Mechanics Area
Principles of Engr Design 3
Special Topics in Mech. Engr. 3
Thermal Fluid Area
Thermal System Design 3
Special Topics in Therm Fluid 3
Electro-Mechanical Area
MECH Comp App Vision Robotics
Mechanical Systems Control
Comm & Mech Sensor Protocols
Mechatronics 3
Special Topics in Elect-Mech 3
Total Hours128

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6