Bachelor of science degree

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Harness the wind to power your automobile, make a lighter aircraft by exploiting the strength of nanofibers thinner than a hair, or determine the optimal route of a cargo ship through wind and current-laden seas. Mechanical engineering is a broad, versatile, and creative discipline concerned with the conversion of energy to useful work, the design and production of machines, and the interaction of solids, liquids, and gases.

Graduates will be able to apply basic engineering principles to identify and solve problems and to design, specify the manufacturing of, and evaluate the performance of mechanical systems and processes. The overall goal of the degree program is to prepare students for success in their immediate and long-term professional careers as engineering practitioners as well as for pursuing graduate and professional studies and lifelong learning.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The objectives of the Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering at American International University are to provide the education and training that will enable our graduates to perform the following:

  • Successfully pursue intermediate-level engineering positions or advanced-level degrees.
  • Demonstrate technical competency in applying broad, fundamental-based knowledge and up-to-date skills to perform professional work in mechanical engineering-related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate competency in applying comprehensive design methodology pertaining to mechanical engineering, incorporating the use of the economic, environmental sustainability, and social impact of design.
  • Engage in professional societies and consistently apply best practices in professional ethics.
  • Committed to lifelong learning activities through self-reliance, creativity, and leadership.


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Career Opportunities

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • CAD Technician 
  • Nuclear Engineer

Degree Requirements


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  • Mechanical Systems and Design
  • Control and Robotics Engineering
  • Renewable Energy 

School of Engineering and Computing Requirements
Students in the Bachelor of Science in the Mechanical Engineering program must complete a minimum of 132 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

Engineering and Computing Requirements

Minimum General Education Requirements 36 credits
School Core Requirements 34 credits
Major Requirements 60 credits
Total Credits Required for Degree 132 credits

General Education  Requirements
American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

With the understanding that our students will specialize in a variety of academic majors, the General Education Program requirements are designed to ensure that all students will acquire experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations as part of their AIU experience. 

Mechanical Engineering Courses
All mechanical engineering students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

  • Materials Science for Engineering Apps
  • Materials Science Laboratory
  • Electrical Circuits I
  • Statics
  • Elementary Mechanics of Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Numerical Methods Using MATLAB
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics: Theory & Laboratory
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing Process: Theory & Lab
  • Mechanical Engineering Seminar
  • Thermal Fluid Systems Design
  • Thermal Science Laboratory
  • Vibrations: Theory & Laboratory
  • Dynamic Modeling & Control of Systems
  • Students must choose one of the following specializations (3 courses):
    • Mechanical Systems and Design
    • Control and Robotic Engineering
    • Sustainable Energy

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