ME Prospective Students

BYU - Idaho offers a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. The faculty is dedicated to helping students prepare for rewarding professional careers. Learn more about the faculty, the types of courses mechanical engineering students take, and opportunities after graduation below.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

The primary, full-time mechanical engineering faculty at BYU-Idaho are licensed professional engineers with notable professional work experience in mechanical engineering fields. They are dedicating to advising students and helping them prepare for rewarding careers in the mechanical engineering profession. More information about them can be found in student resources.

Student Resources

Student Laptop Requirements

Students are expected to have their own laptops for use in several courses. The following page describes the hardware requirements students should consider when purchasing a laptop for an engineering education.

Student Laptops

Mechanical Engineering Coursework

During their freshman and sophomore years, BYU-Idaho mechanical engineering students take courses in math and science which provide a strong technical foundation for the mechanical engineering-specific courses that they will take as juniors and seniors. Foundation courses provide a well-rounded education and prepare students for the rigors of an engineering education. The core mechanical engineering courses and elective emphasis areas are listed below.

See the current academic catalog for additional information including elective course options.

View Catalog

Core Mechanical Engineering Courses

In addition to foundational physics, chemistry and math courses, mechanical engineering students take courses in engineering mechanics (statics, dynamics and strength of materials), computer aided design (CAD), computational methods, material science, and manufacturing processes.  Core junior- and senior-level mechanical engineering coursework includes:

  • ME 305 – Mechatronics and Measurement Systems I
  • ME 310 – Mechatronics and Measurement Systems II
  • ME 322 – Thermodynamics I
  • ME 342 – Engineering Computation II
  • ME 360 – Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 370 – Machine Design
  • ME 380 – ME Design II: Product Design
  • ME 423 – Heat Transfer
  • ME 480 – ME Design III: Capstone Design

Emphasis Areas

In addition to the core courses discussed above, mechanical engineering students take at least 6 credits of general mechanical engineering elective courses, or 12 credits of elective courses in one of the following emphasis areas:

  • Agricultural Technology
  • Automotive
  • Bio-Medical
  • Engineering Management
  • Manufacturing Supply Chain
  • Material Science
  • Pre-Medical
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Programming
  • Welding

See the current academic catalog for a comprehensive listing of elective courses available.

View Catalog

Engineering Versus Technology Degrees

If you are not sure that a degree in engineering is right for you, consider one of the technology degrees available at BYU-Idaho. The following video explains the difference between engineering and technology degrees.

View Video

See the current course catalog to learn more about the technology degrees available in the automotive, manufacturing, and welding fields.

View Catalog

Or visit the Department of Engineering Technology.

Engineering Technology

Job Outlook and Salary Statistics

What is the job market like for mechanical engineers? What is the average salary for mechanical engineers? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on the mechanical engineering profession including education requirements, average salary, job growth outlook and other information.

View Report


Students that have graduated with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from BYU-Idaho have gone to work at companies across the United States and internationally. Many students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at universities across the U.S. including Brigham Young University (Utah), Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University (Indiana), University of Michigan, University of Utah, and several others.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

1. Demonstrate and maintain faith in God and exhibit high standards of personal integrity and professional ethics through lifelong service to family, church, profession, and community. [Service
2. Provide leadership in their chosen field of endeavor through the application of effective interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills. [Leadership]
3. Apply fundamental principles of design and analysis to develop innovative solutions in an industrial and societal context. [Design]
4. Maintain currency in their field through continued learning and education. [Lifelong Learning]
1. Apply knowledge of fundamental math, science, and engineering principles. [Fundamentals]
2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze the resulting data. [Experiments]
3. Design components, systems, or processes necessary to meet product specifications and design constraints. [Engineering Design]
4. Function well within a multidisciplinary team. [Team Work]
5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. [Model and Solve]
6. Maintain high ethical, moral, and professional standards. [Ethics]
7. Communicate effectively in both oral and written format. [Communication]
8. Understand the impact engineering has on the world.[Global Impact]
9. Recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning. [Continued Learning]
10. Understand contemporary issues. [Contemporary Issues]
11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. [Engineering Tools]