Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in MEAM

The Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, and is a broad based education that will allow you to adapt to changes in technology in our rapidly changing society.  At the same time, the curriculum offers the flexibility for you to specialize in one or more areas in mechanical engineering (for example, energy engineering, mechanical design, fluid mechanics, or structure mechanics) or even such cross disciplinary areas such as robotics, biomechanics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), or mechanics of materials.

BSE in MEAM

Students follow a program which contains basic groundwork in all aspects of mechanical engineering, with the following core objectives:

  • Educate students in the fundamental principles of mathematics science, and engineering and train them in modern problem-solving tools used by mechanical engineers
  • Train students to apply their basic knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and techniques to analyze, synthesize and design engineering systems
  • Offer students a flexible broad-based curriculum and a skill set that allows them to think critically and contribute to areas beyond the traditional boundaries of mechanical engineering
  • Prepare students to be engineering professionals by training them to communicate and function effectively as members/ leaders of multi-disciplinary teams and by making them aware of social, ethical, and environmental issues that may be relevant to their work
  • Support and prepare students who wish to pursue advanced degrees by providing opportunities for them to participate in research and mentoring interactions with faculty and graduates.

For more information, explore the options for this degree in the different areas of concentration, or find out about submatriculation into a graduate program.

Dual Degree Options

You may combine your engineering degree with a second degree in one of Penn’s other undergraduate schools. Penn’s specialized dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to pursue an integrated curriculum jointly offered by two schools within the university and incorporating interdisciplinary course work. Students receive two degrees upon completion of the specialized curricula. Of special interest to MEAM students is the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T).

From the M&T Website:
"Bridge the management and technical disciplines in this pace-setting program. Receive a BSE or BAS from Penn Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School. This combination enables students not only to understand engineering and business concepts, but also to understand the integration of the two and how this intersection distinctively shapes our world." (Learn more...)

For more information on the Dual Degree programs, visit the Penn Engineering website.

Minor in MEAM

A minor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) requires the completion of at least six (6) approved course units with a grade of C or better. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis do not count toward the MEAM minor. The approved courses include all courses with the prefix MEAM and ENM 427, except MEAM 445 and 446 (Senior Design). At most two (2) course units may be at the 100 level (i.e., MEAM 1XX). Note: PHYS 150 does not count towards the MEAM minor.

Up to two (2) cognate courses (see below) can be substituted for MEAM courses.

BE Cognate Courses:

  • BE200 Intro to Biomechanics
  • BE/MEAM455 Continuum Biomechanics
  • BE510 Biomechanics and Biotransport

CBE Cognate Courses:

  • CBE 430/MSE 530 Intro to Polymer Science
  • CBE 535 Interfacial Phenomena

MSE Cognate Courses:

  • MSE/BE 330 Soft Materials: Colloids, Polymers, Gels and Crystals
  • MSE 393 Materials Selection
  • MSE/MEAM 405/505 Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials

In addition to the MEAM minor, there are several minors available to all engineering students. (Learn more...)