Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering | Degrees & Programs – Nevada Today

Mechanical engineers work with materials from the nanoscale to airplanes and rockets. They are involved in creating and improving mechanical systems such as self-driving cars, aerial drones, the largest power plants and the smallest micro-devices. 
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This 126 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.
Open to all undergraduate students. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.
The bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is broadly designed to accommodate a variety of career goals. Students take a core of required courses in engineering, the humanities, mathematics and science, as well as supplementary elective courses. These courses introduce basic engineering science and design concepts and provide students with the opportunity to develop specific career interests in sub-fields of mechanical engineering such as renewable energy, nanotechnology or biomedical engineering.
Our program gives you the chance to work closely with distinguished faculty and get hands-on experience as you move from building Lego cars as a freshman to designing a functional prototype of your own choosing as a senior. You can take advantage of two teaching labs as well as a full-service machine and welding shop used for student projects and research equipment.
Successful engineering students arrive at the University with a strong background in math and science. We recommend students have taken physics and chemistry courses in high school and are prepared to take calculus as freshmen.
In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day, In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.
If it moves, a mechanical engineer probably had something to do with it.From automobiles, airplanes and space shuttles to robots, artificial limbs and biochips – all moving and transforming our future.
Students may also pursue a minor in mechanical engineering.
The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.
The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.
Mechanical engineering students can continue their studies by pursuing an M.S. or a Ph.D. in environmental engineering.
Our students and faculty collaborate on new research to make a world of difference.
Senior capstone projects — Graduate with a prototype in hand
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"Everything we do on a daily basis involves engineering."
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"Conducting innovative research helps me compete on a global level" — students get hands-on experiences
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Median starting salaries of $67,744
Mechanical engineers may play a role in the design or construction of anything that moves, from tiny motorized devices to airplanes and rocket ships. Because mechanical engineering is such a broad field, graduates can look forward to diverse employment prospects and strong demand for their skills.
Mechanical engineers can also specialize in sub-disciplines ranging from biomedical to fluid/thermal sciences to materials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, new technologies such as alternative energy sources and nanotechnology may drive much of the growth for mechanical engineers in coming years.
Additionally, many mechanical engineering careers offer highly competitive salaries, even to bachelor’s degree holders.  According to a 2022 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, mechanical engineering majors had a median starting salary of $67,744.
76% of students receive financial aid
Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.
54% of all students graduate with no debt
That’s right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.
At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.


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