Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BS ME) from The Ohio State University consists of courses required by the University, the College of Engineering, and by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Mechanical Engineering program is designed not only to teach the background theory of engineering, but also the application of these principles. Once admitted to the Mechanical Engineering major, students will study engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, machine element design, kinematics, measurements and controls, and design.
College of Engineering General Education Course List
Ohio State’s General Education (Gen Ed) is an integral part of a student's academic experience in the College of Engineering. This curriculum is designed to provide students with a better understanding of society’s traditions and past, accomplishments and aspirations, relation and responsibility to the natural world, diversity and plurality, and problems and needs. The goal is for students to develop skills, competencies, and a breadth of knowledge as an educated, productive citizen.
Students in the College of Engineering will fulfill the General Education Curriculum through the following categories:
Writing and Related Skills (6 hr)
The goal of this category is to develop skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression.
Social Sciences (6 hr)
The goals of this category is to help you understand human behavior and cognition, and the structures of human societies, cultures, and institutions.
Historical Study (3 hr)
The goal of this category is to develop your knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help you understand how humans view themselves.
Arts & Humanities (6 hr)
The goal of this category is to allow you to evaluate significant writing and works of art. Such studies develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing, and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience.
Breadth: Cultures & Ideas or Second Historical Study (3 hr)
Select one course from Historical Study or Cultures & Ideas.
Professional Ethics (0-3 hr)
The goal of courses in this category is to develop a nuanced understanding of the applied ethical issues involved within a professional career.
Diversity (0-3 hr)
The goal of courses in this category is to foster an understanding of the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture. Students can choose a diversity focus of either Social Diversity in the U.S. or Global Diversity
Students admitted to Ohio State for the Autumn 2022 and after will follow the New General Education (GEN) program. Information about the structure of the GEN and requirements for students can be found through the Office of Undergraduate Education.
GEN Requirements for Mechanical Engineering students:
- General Education Launch Seminar (1 hr)
- Foundations: Writing and Information Literacy (3 hr)
- Foundations: Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning/Data Analysis (0-5 hr)
* Fulfilled by MATH 1151 Degree Requirement
- Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts (3 hr)
- Foundations: Historical & Cultural Studies (3 hr)
- Foundations: Natural Science (0-5 hr)
* Fulfilled by PHYSICS 1250 Degree Requirement
- Foundations: Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 hr)
- Foundations: Race, Ethnic and Gender Diversity (3 hr)
- Theme: Citizenship for a Diverse & Just World ^^ (4-6 hr)
- Theme: Student Choice ^^ ** (4-6 hr)
- General Education Reflection 0 hr
* Embedded into Major Capstone Degree Requirement
^^ Theme Credit Hours
Themes may completed by (one) 4 credit hour course or (two) 3 credit hour courses. We recommend one 4 credit hour course for degree planning purposes.
** Theme: Student Choice
Student Choice options will be updated on an ongoing basis. For the most up-to-date listing of Theme options, please see the Undergraduate Education website on the New General Education requirements: https://ugeducation.osu.edu/general-education-information-students.
Approved general education courses for each category can be found in the following places:
(filter by Term, Campus, Class Attribute “General Education – New”, and Class Attribute Value “GEN Foundation” or “GEN Theme”)