Undergraduate Programs

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department


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More than 90% of our students find jobs or enter grad school after graduation and 86% of Mechanical Engineers start their careers in Minnesota.

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Undergraduate Programs We Offer

Mechanical Engineering B.S.M.E. 

Industrial Engineering B.S.I.E.

For a complete listing of courses – visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter “Duluth” in the Institution and Campus fields; and enter "ME" or "IE" for Subject Area, then click “Search”.

Students may choose to pursue a minor in the following areas. They are all free-standing minors applicable to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students.

Energy Engineering Minor

Materials Science and Engineering Minor

Mathematics Minor

Other minors that are related, but would require a heavier course load are:

Environmental Engineering Minor

Biochemical Engineering Minor 

Our Strengths

We have so much to offer. Our main mission is to deliver a laboratory-intensive undergraduate education and to provide students with the tools and skills needed to excel in the engineering profession, as they pursue lifelong learning and make positive contributions to society. We also encourage students to pursue a learning experience that includes electives outside of mechanical and industrial engineering to develop an enhanced global perspective.

  • Strong commitment to undergraduate education

  • Class sizes are moderate (typically less than 50) and lab sections are small (typically less than 25)

  • Vast majority of lectures and lab sections are taught by our dedicated, award-winning faculty

  • Manufacturing emphasis - many courses and laboratories focus on the design, operation, and management of manufacturing systems, and most faculty members have manufacturing industry experience

  • Laboratory intensive - many courses have a hands-on laboratory component where students get practical experience with a wide variety of industry-grade equipment and software tools in our excellent facilities.

  • Accreditation - our Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Start Graduate School Early

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) Program

For BSME students at UMD, the program we also provides an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program.

This is a unique opportunity for top students to seamlessly integrate their BS and MS degrees. Students typically apply to the program in their junior year and develop an integrated plan of study to complete a BSME degree directly following by a thesis-based (Plan A) MS degree. Students admitted to the program are able to count up to 6 credits of their graduate coursework as technical electives at the undergraduate level. Students that are interested are encouraged to begin talking with their advisor, our Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Department Head about this opportunity early in their undergraduate program.

Students admitted to this program typically have a high GPA and are committed to completing a challenging thesis-based MS program.

Student Outcomes

Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering graduates will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice