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Undergraduate Program - Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at SDSU requires 130 semester credits. The links in the navigation menu provide a detailed description of the program and the requirements to earn the degree.

Overall winners of the Human Powered Vehicle contest in Pomona, California, March 15-17, pose with Quack Jack, the pedal-powered vehicle they designed, built and raced.  The South Dakota State University engineering students are, back row, from left, adviser Gregory Michna, Sara Broad, Evan Fick, Nicholas LaFave, Alexander Gray, Ray Munsterman, Evan Tebay, Anna Fasen and Cole Brown. In front, Lane Prather, left, and Joshua Goehring.

The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) program at South Dakota State University are that graduates will have

  1. an ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Educational Objectives for the Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) program at South Dakota State University

The Mechanical Engineering program provides a learning environment that prepares graduates to achieve the following career and professional accomplishments:

  • Achieve positions of increasing responsibility or leadership with employers, professional organizations, or civic organizations in recognition of professional competence and the ability to function in team environments.
  • Complete licensure, certification, short courses, workshops or advanced degrees in technical or professional subject areas as they adapt to contemporary engineering practice and the global business environment.