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About Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering concerns itself primarily with the design, construction, and use of a wide variety of equipment ranging from manufacturing machinery and power generation equipment to consumer goods. Of primary concern to the mechanical engineer is the proper application of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics in the design, manufacturing, and use of this equipment.

Faculty Advisors

For additional information on assigned Faculty Advisors please see the bottom of the ME Undergraduate Information Page.

Declaring Your Concentration

It is important to declare your concentration to ensure your Degree Progress Report and Academic Progress Level is up to date for registration. 

Please note: a change of concentration will appear on your transcript, so it is important you are confident with your decision.  

In order to declare your concentration, follow the procedure below:

  1. Email cpdots2@calpoly.edu from your Cal Poly email address
  2. Use the subject line: Student Last Name/Concentration Name  
  3. Include in the email body:
    • Student Name:
    • EMPL ID:
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Catalog Year: Please keep in mind that concentrations may or may not be available depending on your catalog year.
    • Concentration: General or Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigerating (HVAC) or Mechatronics or Manufacturing or Energy Resources

Catalog Changes

These catalog changes apply to ME majors only.

  • Students following the 2019-20 and 2020-21 catalogs may substitute IME 143 (2) for IME 145 (1) and IME 146 (1). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute ME 263 (1) + ME 264 (1) for ME 229 (2). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute IME 145 (1) + IME 146 (1) for IME 143 (2). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs, with a General Concentration, may use ME 409 (4) as a Technical Elective. A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs who have switched majors may substitute AERO 121 or BMED 101 + 102 or EE 111 + 151 or ENGR 110 or MATE 110 + 120  for ME 229.  A petition is not required.
  • Transfer students following the 2001-03 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute 3 1/2 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course + 1/2 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course for CHEM 125 (4). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2015-17 and 2017-19 catalogs, with a concentration in Mechatronics, can substitute ME 506 (4) or ME 507 (4) for ME 423 (4).  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs can substitute ME 428 (2) + ME 429 (2) + ME 430 (2) -or- ME 428 (3) + ME 429 (2) + ME 471 "Senior Projec Design III" (1) for ME 428 (3) + 429 (2) + 430 (1).  A petition is not required.  This applies to the General, Mechatronics, and Manufacturing concentrations.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs can substitute ENGR 459 + ENGR 460 + ENGR 461 (6 total units) for ME 428 + 429 + 430 (6 total units).  A petition is not required.  This applies to the General, Mechatronics, and Manufacturing concentrations.
  • Students following the 2005-07 through 2017-19 catalogs can substitute BIO 111 (4 units) for BIO 213 (2 units) + ENGR 213 (2 units).  A petition is not required.
  • Transfer students and change of major students following the 13-15 and 15-17 catalogs can substitute CPE 101 (or transfer equivalent) for CSC 231/234.  A petition is not required.

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Flowcharts

Department flowcharts provide an example of an academic plan. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes.  

Curriculum Sheets

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree.

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