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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 Writing and Rhetoric I3
      FW ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II3
      FC Foundations of Oral Communication3
      FM MATH 170 Calculus I4
      FN CHEM 111, 111L General Chemistry I & Lab4
      FN PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus & Lab5
      FA Foundations of Arts course3
      FH STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Secondary Education Emphasis) or
      FH Foundations of 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 Foundations of Social Sciences course in a second field
      CS 117 C++ for Engineers3
      ENGR 180 Communication in Design Thinking3
      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
      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
      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.