Undergraduate Program


Mechanical Engineering at UNH has two major emphases. The first is the general area of mechanical design which involves all types of mechanical motion and the forces and energy that drive it. Examples range from the motion in small, complex, high-speed machines, such as printers, to the motion of the flaps and other control surfaces of large airplane wings. The other emphasis deals with energy generation and conversion and is grounded in the principles of the thermal and fluid sciences. This area includes diverse applications from gas turbine and rocket engines to environmental control of building interiors. Other subject areas, which support both emphases and are frequently part of designs and products, are the materials sciences and control systems. Both of these areas are included in the education and training of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineering requires significant study in mathematics, computer sciences, and basic sciences such as chemistry and physics, as well as basic engineering courses, before reaching the more specialized courses. The subject areas taught by the M.E. faculty consist of: mechanics, the thermal/fluid sciences, design and manufacturing, systems and control, and materials science.

The curriculum prepares prospective graduates either for more advanced studies or for beginning professional engineering careers. It provides a foundation of knowledge in the basic physical sciences, mechanics of solids and fluids, dynamic systems, thermal sciences, materials science, and design. Students develop abilities in analysis, experimentation, and design. Elective courses allow students to gain additional competence in any of these specific areas. Other elective courses in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences are included to provide a liberal education.

Students with their advisor's assistance, should plan a program based on the distribution of courses shown on the Mechanical Engineering Course Outline that totals not less than 128 credits. The outline is to be considered as being typical only in format. Within the constraints of satisfying all of the requirements and having all the necessary prerequisites, schedules may vary because of scheduling needs or student preference. Some mechanical engineering elective courses may not be offered every year. A progress sheet is maintained by the M.E. Department and kept in the students' records in the M.E. Office. It is recommended that all students review this progress sheet for accuracy before pre-registration each semester, and for graduation requirements which can be quickly seen by referring to this sheet. Questions should be referred to Tracey Harvey, M.E. Admin. Assistant.


Our engineering program starts with a basic foundation of math, physics, chemistry and computer science before moving to more advanced engineering topics. The ME program is designed to give students the flexibility to specialize in areas of interest, or even minor in another discipline such as civil or electrical engineering. A relatively large number of elective courses (5) can help you to specialize in a technical area of interest or to pursue a minor. Also, as one of the nation's few land, space, and sea grant institutions, we design our senior projects to address problems of global significance.