Mechanical Engineering | LSU Majors

Mechanical Engineering

You enjoy building things from the ground up, and making them function is what you live for.

About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. It applies principles of engineering, mathematics, physics, and materials science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical and flow/thermal systems.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.

Year 1
General Chemistry
General Chemistry Laboratory
Engineering Graphics for Mechanical Engineering
Analytic Geometry and Calculus
Particle Mechanics
General Education Course: Life Science
General Education Course: Arts
Year 2
Multidimensional Calculus
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
Materials of Engineering for Mechanical Engineers
Materials of Engineering Laboratory
Fields: Gravity, Electricity and Magnetism
Mechanics of Materials
Comprehensive Electrical Engineering
Simulation Methods for Mechanical Engineers
Mathematical Methods in Engineering
Year 3
Manufacturing Processes & Methods
System Dynamics and Modeling
Fluid Mechanics
Machine Design I: Kinematics of Machinery
Instrumentation and Measurement
Material Selection for Mechanical Engineers
Machine Design II: Strength Considerations and Component Design
Heat Transfer
Thermal System Laboratory
Economic Principles
Year 4
Theory and Design of Mechanical Control Systems
Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design
Thermal Science Laboratory
Approved Technical Electives
General Education Course: Social Science
General Education Course: Humanities

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.M.E., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Medium Intensity
  • Science:  Medium Intensity
  • Technology:  Medium Intensity
  • Communication:  Low Intensity
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