Prospective Undergraduate FAQ

What is Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)?

MEAM is a discipline of engineering that encompasses principles from physics and materials science to design and analyze manufacturing machinery and industrial equipment, motor vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices and more. The field’s core concepts include mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials science, and energy.

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Can I be contacted by a current student to learn more about the program?
Yes! Just email meam@seas.upenn.edu to request that you be contacted by an undergraduate student, and we will get someone in touch with you.
Is the MEAM program accredited?

Yes. The Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Do I have to declare my major in MEAM when applying to Penn?

No. Students do not need to declare any major or concentration when applying to Penn as an undergraduate. Simply indicate that you are "undecided" when applying. Once you get to Penn, you can use the first part of your undergraduate experience to take engineering classes in different disciplines to see what is best for you.

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Can I choose to focus in on a specialized area of study in MEAM?

Yes. In fact, it is encouraged! You can focus in one specific discipline in MEAM, such as Mechatronics, by taking the classes suggested for each area.

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How many credits do I need to graduate in MEAM?
Students need 40 credits (or Course Units/Cu's) to complete the BSE in MEAM. Courses that are required can be found in the BSE Handbook or by looking at the departmental degree requirements page.
Are research opportunities available to MEAM undergraduates?
Yes. Many of our undergraduates choose to pursue research opportunities outside of classroom experiences. In order to look for a position, start by looking at our Research Areas and Faculty List to see what ares you may like and what faculty are affiliated. Then, contact the professor to inquire if any opportunities are available.
Can I minor in MEAM?
Yes, information on the MEAM minor and required credits can be found here.
What is submatriculation?

Submatriculation is the opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to enter into the MSE degree program and take graduate-level courses as electives during their junior and senior years.

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