Mechanical Engineering BS

Students working on a robot during engineers week.

Mechanical engineers are involved in research and development, design, manufacturing, and technical sales of the widest variety of products.

What do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical engineers use principles of energy, mechanics, and materials to design and manufacture machines and devices of all types.

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Power-producing machines
  • Automotive vehicles and systems of transportation
  • Industrial production equipment
  • Material handling systems
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Biomedical devices
  • Control and sensor devices

Mechanical Engineers’ Broad Reach Enhances Quality of Life

Mechanical engineering graduates have a broad background enabling them to work in research and development for many industries that use mechanics, energy and heat, mathematics, design, and manufacturing. Mechanical engineers work to solve contemporary problems such as: How can we design the next generation of sustainable and autonomous vehicles? How can we design and develop novel sustainable energy systems? Can we develop new revolutionary materials to reduce cost and increase product performance? How can digital design and analysis technologies increase the efficiency of complex product and system development?

Did you Know?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. A student who completes a mechanical engineering degree can successfully compete in design, development, manufacturing, and testing in a variety of industries. Our graduates have also been successful in continuing their studies at graduate programs at UB and in other highly competitive engineering programs across the country.


Undergraduate Catalog

All academic requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, including course and elective listings. Note: The edition of the catalog that contains students’ university and major requirements is determined by their academic year of entry or reentry and academic year of acceptance to the major.


These interactive guides provide a semester-by-semester outline of the courses within a curriculum in a "flowsheet" format. The flowsheets enable students and advisors to visualize the pre-, co-, and post-requisites associated with a course. This tool provides a means for students to understand how courses within a curriculum are linked and provides guidance regarding course scheduling.


  • MAE Technical Electives

Mechanical Engineering students take 3 MAE Technical Electives. This is any 300/400 level 3-credit MAE course that is not a required ME course. Current semester technical electives can be found here.

  • Professional Practice/Science and Math Track Electives

Students will elect to take 2 courses from either the Professional Practice track or the Science and Mathematics track; mixing of tracks is not permitted. For a list of courses, visit the Catalog.

  • The Professional Practice track has a series of courses drawn from different departments across the university and stresses disciplines such as professional communication, economics and business, the environment, and similar.
  • The Science and Mathematics track increases the exposure of the student to these areas over and above the usual requirements for the BSME degree, and may be useful for students who are considering Graduate Studies (MS, PhD).
  • Applied Math Elective

Students choose one course from the Applied Math Elective list. For a list of courses, visit the Catalog.

UB Curriculum/Gen Ed

All UB students must take a specified number of general education courses. Several sets of requirements are potentially applicable depending on when (year) and how (transfer or freshman) a student entered UB. For more information contact the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education.