Mechanical Engineering | LSU Majors

Mechanical Engineering

You want to be a versatile, technical problem-solver who can harness the power of math, physics, materials science, and engineering to create “something” from nothing.

About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply principles of engineering, mathematics, physics, and materials science for the analysis, design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance of equipment and machinery. They also work on all forms of energy production, exchange, and conversion for a wide variety of applications. As an LSU Mechanical Engineer, you will learn to emphasize physical realization of prototypes, develop skills for communicating tech­nical content effectively, and engage your professional community through industry-sponsored projects. Mechanical engineers are versatile and work in industries such as automotive, air and space, and petrochemical, to name a few. Careers include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) engineer; automotive designer; manufacturing engineer; reliability and maintenance engineer; production supervisor; and more

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.

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Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Engineering Graphics for Mechanical ENGR Introduction to Mechanical ENGR Design Manufacturing Processes and Methods Senior Design I
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Thermodynamics System Dynamics and Modeling Senior Design II
General Chemistry I Materials of ENGR for Mechanical Engineers Fluid Mechanics Theory and Design of Mechanical Control
General Chemistry II Materials of ENGR Laboratory Machine Design I: Kinematics of Machinery Mechanical ENGR Design Lab
General Chemistry or Intro Physics Lab Dynamics Machine Design II: Strength Considerations and Component Design Thermal Science Lab
Calculus I Simulation Methods for Mechanical Engineers Material Selection for Mechanical Engineers Tech Elective
Calculus II Statics Instrumentation and Measurement Tech Elective
General Ed: English Comp I Mechanics of Materials Heat Transfer General Ed: Social Sciences
General Ed: Arts Comprehensive Electrical ENGR Thermal System Lab General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: Life Science Physics III: Fields: Gravity, Electricity, and Magnetism Electronics General Ed: Humanities
  Calculus III Economic Principles General Ed: Humanities
  Mathematical Methods in ENGR General Ed: English Comp II  


Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.M.E., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Medium Intensity
  • Science:  Medium Intensity
  • Technology:  Medium Intensity
  • Communication:  Low Intensity
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