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Mechanical Engineering BS

—Secondary Education Emphasis

Admission Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering must be admitted to the program. Admission is required before a student may enroll in most upper-division courses. The designated courses require ME Major Status as a pre-requisite.

Admission to the program is based on various academic criteria including performance in a set of designated CORE courses, number of repeated CORE courses as well as professional and ethical behavior. Admission is competitive and due to the large number of students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering program, not all applicants can be admitted. Please see the MBE advising website: to obtain specific information about the application process and application deadlines.

The following CORE courses are used as a basis for admission to the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program:

    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
    • ENGR 210 Engineering Statics
    • ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics
    • MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications
    • MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications
    • ME 105 Mechanical Engineering Graphics
    • ME 302 Thermodynamics I
    • PHYS 211 Physics I with Calculus

    To be considered for admission, students must:

    1. Complete the designated CORE courses with a minimum GPA of 2.4.
    2. Complete the designated CORE courses with no more than 2 repeated courses.
    3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior. All documented breaches of the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the MBE department and could result in ineligibility for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.

    Preference will be given to students who have completed at least 20 of the 27 CORE course credits at Boise State University.

    Mechanical Engineering BS
    Course Number and TitleCredits
    UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
    UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
    FW ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
    FW ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
    FM MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications4
    FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I & Lab4
    FN PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab5
    FA Arts course3
    FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis) or
    FH Humanities course
    FS ENGL 202 Technical Communication or
    FS STEM-ED 210 Knowing and Learning in Mathematics & Science (Secondary Education Emphasis)
    FS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (Secondary Education Emphasis) or
    FS Social Sciences course in a second field
    CS 117 C++ for Engineers3
    ENGR 120 Introduction to Engineering or
    ENGR 130 Introduction to Engineering Applications
    ENGR 210 Engineering Statics3
    ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics3
    ENGR 240 Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
    MATH 175 Calculus II: Concepts and Applications4
    MATH 275 Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
    MATH 333 Differential Equations with Matrix Theory4
    MATH 360 Engineering Statistics or 
MATH 361 Probability and Statistics I3
    ME 105 Mechanical Engineering Graphics3
    ME 271 Introduction to Computation for Engineers1
    ME 302 Thermodynamics I3
    FC ME 310 Experimental Methods Lab2
    ME 320 Heat Transfer3
    ME 330, 331 Fluid Mechanics and Lab4
    ME 350 Engineering Mechanics of Materials3
    ME 352 Machine Design I3
    ME 380 Kinematics and Machine Dynamics3
    ME 424 Thermal and Fluids Systems Design3
    ME 462 Machine Design II3
    FF ME 481 Senior Design Project I3
    ME 483 Senior Design Project II3
    MSE 245, 245L Intro to Materials Science & Engineering & Lab4
    PHYS 212, 212L Physics II with Calculus & Lab5
    Mechanical engineering electives* (must be upper-division ME courses)6
    Technical electives* (must be upper-division course) or
    STEM-ED 350* Research Methods (Secondary Education Emphasis)
    In addition, complete the courses listed under the Secondary Education Emphasis below to graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Secondary Education.

    Secondary Education Emphasis

    Secondary Education Emphasis
    Course Number and TitleCredits
    STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
    STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design1
    STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions3
    STEM-ED 410 Project-Based Instruction3
    STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching6
    Note: The emphasis requires that ED-CIFS 201, STEM-ED 210, STEM-ED 220, STEM-ED 350 must also be completed, as indicated above.

    *All technical electives must be approved by the student’s advisor.