Mechanical Engineering, BS

School of Engineering

Program Description:

Mechanical engineers design and develop many of the products, systems and technologies that move everyday life. Mechanical engineers apply mathematics, physics, chemistry, and other sciences, together with computers, instrumentation, and other tools to create a wide range of hardware, software, and systems.

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program at the University of New Mexico provides graduates with the necessary skills to compete in this rapidly changing discipline. In addition, the BSME provides a solid, scientific foundation for other degrees such as the MBA, MD, DDS, etc. UNM ME students have the opportunity to work on energy and transportation projects ranging from racecars to high altitude balloon launches and from building efficiency to alternative energy systems.

Even our Mechanical Engineering building is an energy conservation lab designed by UNM faculty and students. The building offers hands-on lessons in the mechanics of thermal storage, energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and more.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.


Admission Requirements:

      Students must be admitted for study at the University of New Mexico and must have completed approximately one year of the freshman year subjects before applications are processed for admission to the Baccalaureate Program in Mechanical Engineering. Approval from the ME Department is required. Applicants must consult the appropriate undergraduate departmental advisor for evaluation of academic work before admission can be completed.

At least 18 semester hours of freshman year technical subjects (Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics and Chemistry) are required by the School of Engineering for admission into degree programs. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in those technical courses is required for admission to undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering. A total of 26 semester hours (technical plus non-technical courses) applicable to the B.S.M.E. degree is also required for admission with a grade point average of at least 2.20. All applicants must have completed English 101 or its equivalent before admission. All courses required in the B.S.M.E. program must have grades of C- or better for satisfying both admission and graduation requirements, except a C (or better) in Core Curriculum courses is required.

Students transferring from other units or the School of Engineering must have a grade point average of at least 2.50 on all required technical course work applied towards the B.S.M.E. degree before being admitted to Mechanical Engineering.

Transfer students from other universities or from other colleges at the University of New Mexico must complete at least 18 semester hours of required technical (Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Chemistry and Physics) courses applicable towards the B.S.M.E. degree at the University of New Mexico with a grade point average of at least 2.75 before being admitted to Mechanical Engineering.

For all transfer students, a grade point average of 2.20 is required for all (technical plus non-technical) courses taken at the University of New Mexico that are applicable towards the B.S.M.E. degree before being admitted to Mechanical Engineering.


Career Opportunities:

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM, students are ready to:

  • Work in robotics, manufacturing, aerospace, biotech, and more
  • Develop alternative energy resources
  • Design aircraft and automotive vehicles
  • Conduct atmospheric research


Contact Information:

Anna Mae Apodaca: Coordinator, Program Advisement
(505) 277-2762
aapodaca@unm.edu