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. Learn more.

Can I be contacted by a current student to learn more about the program?

Yes! Just email 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, Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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

Yes. In fact, it is encouraged! MEAM students entering in fall 2020 and after can declare an optional concentration, delving into a specialized area in-depth. Learn more.

How many credits do I need to graduate in MEAM?

Students entering in the fall of 2020 (class of 2024) and after need 37 credits (or Course Units/CUs) 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 areas 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. Learn more.  Students entering in fall 2018 and later have the option to pursue the accelerated master’s degree.