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About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is a versatile and interdisciplinary field that includes everything from design at the molecular level to system integration of large-scale manufacturing machinery. As a student, you can find more information below that pertains directly to your major.

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

Course Substitutions

As curriculum changes between different catalog years, you may question what courses automatically transfer between catalogs. The following changes below apply to ME majors only and a petition will not be required.

All ME Students:

Your catalog You may use: To substitute for:
2019-20 through 2020-21 IME 143 (2 units) IME 145 (1 unit) + IME 146 (1 unit)
2013-15 through 2017-19 ME 263 (1 unit) + ME 264 (1 unit)

ME 229 (2 units)

2013-15 through 2017-19 IME 145 (1 unit) + IME 146 (1 unit) IME 143 (2 units)
2013-15 through 2017-19

ME 409

Technical Elective in General Concentration
2015-17 through 2017-19 ME 506 OR ME 507 ME 423 in Mechatronics Concentration
2011-13 through 2015-17

ME 428 (2 units) + ME 429 (2 units) + ME 430 (2 units)

OR ME 428 (3 units) + ME 429 ( 2 units) + ME 471 "Senior Project Design III" (1 unit)

ME 428 (3 units) + ME 429 (2 units) + ME 430 (1 unit) in General, Mechatronics, and Manufacturing Concentrations
2013-15 through 2017-19 ENGR 459 + ENGR 460 + ENGR 461 ME 428 + ME 429 + ME 430 in General, Mechatronics, and Manufacturing Concentrations
2005-07 through 2017-19 BIO 111 BIO 213 + ENGR/BMED 213

Students Who Have Changed Their Major Into ME:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2013-15 through 2017-19
  • AERO 121
  • BMED 101 + BMED 102
  • EE 111 + EE 151
  • ENGR 110
  • MATE 110 + MATE 120
ME 229
2013-15 through 2015-17 CPE 101 (or transfer equivalent) CSC 231/234

ME Transfer Students:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2001-03 through 2017-19

3.5 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course +

0.5 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course

CHEM 125
2013-15 through 2015-17 CPE 101 (or transfer equivalent) CSC 231/234

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

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