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Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

B.S. in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is a broad-based profession that works with devices, systems and processes through analysis and design. Mechanical engineers’ knowledge of design helps advance the world through innovative solutions to complex challenges.

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Hands-on learning is a hallmark of instruction for students in all engineering programs.

The K-State difference

Students may choose an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering with a nuclear option. Or, students may enroll in a dual degree program, typically completed with only one additional year of study.

The mechanical engineering program offers a formal option in nuclear engineering. Students who choose this option take technical electives including:

  • Principles of Radiation Detection
  • Radiation Protection and Shielding
  • Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • Nuclear Reactor Lab

K-State’s facilities are an important part of the student experience, including laboratories featuring a subsonic wind tunnel, internal combustion engines, composite materials, and, of course, the 1,250-kilowatt TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor.

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Did you know?

The university’s Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Car Team won the championship at the Regional Sports Car Club of America in 2012.

What classes will I take in mechanical engineering?

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes engineering science, engineering application and laboratory courses. The laboratory and application courses provide opportunity for development of student creativity, use of design methodology and other aspects of engineering design.

The entire curriculum serves as preparation for the industrial design project where teams of students are assigned to work on realistic engineering problems supplied by industrial sponsors. This brief internship gives new mechanical engineering graduates the experience and confidence to move quickly into productive and satisfying careers.

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How can I continue my education?

Nuclear Engineering (Minor)
Concurrent B.S. in Mechanical Engineering/ Master of Business Administration (B.S./M.B.A.) 
Complex Fluid Flows Graduate Certificate
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)/Nuclear Engineering (M.S.)
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)/Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D.)

What can I do with a degree in mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineers are often referred to as the general practitioners of the engineering profession. Mechanical engineers work in nearly every area of science and technology: from aerospace and automotive to nuclear and nanotechnology.

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