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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering

The following areas of concentration are available for Mechanical Engineering students:

Ferrous Physical Metallurgy Concentration  

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

In the first two years, the mechanical engineering curriculum concentrates on the fundamentals of sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The last two years provide increased depth in the engineering sciences, including fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and systems analysis and also provide exposure to engineering applications, such as mechanical measurements, manufacturing, mechanical design, and thermal systems. Sufficient technical electives are allowed to permit each student to explore areas of special interest.

Course work in the social sciences and humanities is included for the enhancement of the student’s awareness of the importance of social, political, and economic problems in the practice of engineering. Where appropriate, the upper-level courses introduce consideration of human values, social benefits, and constraints to prepare future practicing engineers to be responsive to such concerns.

The major objectives of the program are to:

  • Demonstrate successful application of materials science and engineering knowledge and skills for societal benefit through industry, public sector, or private practice.
  • Pursue life-long learning through advanced professional degrees, graduate studies in mechanical engineering, professional training, or engineering certification.
  • Demonstrate continuous professional and intellectual growth as leaders in their engineering profession and/or community.
  • ​Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in an intra-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary manner to identify issues and opportunities, and create solutions likely exceeding individual capabilities alone.

The 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.

Credits: 16

Credits: 18

Credits: 15

Credits: 15

Seventh Term

Credits: 15

Eighth Term

Credits: 15

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