Undergraduate Study in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering

Academic Brochure


The Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering represents a broad-based discipline that prepares students for careers in a variety of industry, governmental, and educational positions. We produce engineers who are knowledgeable in the latest advances in fields of energy, computer-aided/intelligent manufacturing/design, computational mechanics, thermofluids, and biomechanics. The School of Engineering’s Career Center provides outstanding facilities for placement of all engineering graduates.

Undergraduate degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (fully ABET accredited; see mission statement)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with biomechanical or premedical concentration
  • Combined 5-year dual B.S. degree program in Mechanical Engineering and Business

Download a graduation plan (pdf) for mechanical engineering.


Faculty members teach 90 percent of undergraduate engineering classes. These faculty are recognized for their outstanding teaching skills, and they bring their own cutting-edge research into the classrooms, providing current real-life applications of the material they teach. They also lead prestigious national engineering research centers headquartered at KU.

Admission to KU

Admission to the major

Admission to Mechanical Engineering and the other degree programs of the School of Engineering is competitive. For complete details, see the websites of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering

The KU School of Engineering pioneers new technologies and develops solutions to the problems facing the world. KU engineering and computer science faculty, students, and staff are committed to answering the call for solid interdisciplinary research and engineering education.

The school offers 10 accredited undergraduate degree programs and graduate degrees in 15 disciplines that help students acquire the technical and critical thinking skills they need to succeed. With a National Science Foundation research center, led by engineering faculty and based at KU, and several other labs and research centers, the school is a great place for students to develop their talents and excel.


Engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, 410-347-7700). The computer science undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The recently approved undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary computing is not yet eligible for accreditation review.

The university

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

The university has 58 nationally ranked programs and earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four-star ratings in all categories ? academics, quality of living, and social life.

KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. KU is the only Kansas Board of Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.



Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 3138
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
Ronald L. Dougherty, Chair