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Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

A Bachelor of Science Degree (BSME) in Mechanical Engineering is an accredited four-year program of study, which requires 128 credit hours. Our program prepares students for professional careers in all areas of engineering. It also prepares students for graduate study in mechanical engineering or related fields.

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)


What is Mechanical Engineering at ODU like?

A Bachelor of Science Degree (BSME) in Mechanical Engineering is an accredited four-year program of study, which requires 128 credit hours. Our program prepares students for professional careers in all areas of engineering. It also prepares students for graduate study in mechanical engineering or related fields.

Program Highlights

What makes Mechanical Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Modern and well-equipped laboratories

  • Nationally-recognized faculty

  • Special opportunities to work on projects sponsored by industry

  • Part of competitions sponsored by national engineering organizations

  • Opportunity to work on funded research projects with faculty

  • Integrated or Linked five year BS/MS or BS/PhD program


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Mechanical Engineers



Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary



Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


What are some courses offered in Mechanical Engineering at ODU?

MAE 332:
Mechanical Engineering Design I

Introduction to machine design including review of stress and deflection analysis. Statistical considerations in design, strength of mechanical elements with emphasis on theories of failure and fatigue design. Prerequisites: MAE 201, a grade of C or better in MAE 205, a grade of C or better in MAE 220, and MET 120. Pre- or corequisite: MAE 225.

MAE 434W:
Project Design and Management I

This course prepares students to complete their design projects in MAE 435. Lecture topics include engineering economics; project planning; costing and risk analysis; and product realization techniques. Course involves written and oral presentations for students to improve communication and teamwork skills. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAE 332, ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C. Pre- or corequisite: MAE 433.

MAE 435:
Project Design and Management II

Conceptual design ideas are expanded into detailed design ideas. Product realization is applied to complete hardware. Course covers Gantt charts, preliminary design, evaluation and trading matrices, detailed design and analysis, oral and technical reporting including cost analysis. Ethics and patent issues are also included. Prerequisites: MAE 433 and MAE 434W.


What are the requirements to apply for Mechanical Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program in Mechanical Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs

Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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