Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering endeavors to educate high-achieving professionals in mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering. A mix of practical theory and applied experience is at the heart of the department’s undergraduate education. Team-building, creativity and critical thinking skills are emphasized, giving students an advantage in the job market. Experiential learning, a distinguishing feature of the department, allows students to learn through doing. In addition to interactive laboratory and classroom experiences, culminating capstone projects take students from design to prototype testing.

Mechanical Engineering Program

Mechanical systems can vary greatly in complexity and magnitude, from the valve in an artificial heart to a car engine. Mechanical engineering addresses all aspects of the conversion of thermal energy into useful work and the machines that make it possible. 

Students enrolled in mechanical engineering may choose to take specialized courses throughout the curriculum or maintain a broader course of study. Specialized topics include: applied mechanics; automotive engineering; biomechanical systems design and manufacturing; dynamics, vibrations and controls; energy systems; and nuclear engineering.

Ohio State’s broad mechanical engineering curriculum exposes students to the technologies, facilities and instructor that help jumpstart their careers.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at

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