School of Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Students watch as a professor writes calculations on glass.


Students in Mechanical Engineering learn the principles and skills necessary to understand how heat and mechanical power can be used in the design and operation of machines and other tools.

Graduates of our program develop skills that can be transferred to other areas such as Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

As of Aug. 2018, Anderson University’s bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

What classes will I take?

Among the 83-hour major, students take courses in math, science, and engineering in order to learn how to solve the complex technological problems that face society. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a broad background in the different areas of the discipline such as heat transfer, machine design, control systems, and manufacturing finance. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to discover the various specialty areas of the major through different elective courses including fracture mechanics, machinery dynamics, and applications to the aerospace industry.

Full list of courses required for the Mechanical Engineering Major

What experiences will I have?

Graduates of this program will be given a solid background in the theoretical and applied study of Mechanical Engineering, having been exposed to various techniques and instrumentation. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their creative abilities through design courses that challenge them to engineer products with cost and resources in mind. Whether the product is to be deployed in rural Africa, or is being developed by a small start-up firm, materials and cost are becoming increasingly important. The ability of engineers to "be creative with less" is more essential than ever.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anderson University, students will be well prepared for productive careers in industry, government, education, or for graduate study.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.