Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics

Program Details

Our undergraduate mechanics program offers a comprehensive curriculum in structural mechanics, mechanics of materials, and dynamics. It is distinct from the mechanical engineering degrees in its focus on mechanics and orientation toward fundamental, rigorous approaches to problem solving. Graduates of the undergraduate program either go on to graduate school or seek employment with companies such as Boeing or Ford. We have strong graduate programs in mechanics of materials, nanomechanics, structural dynamics, and vibrations.

Astronautics option

BS in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics

As part of our undergraduate mechanics program, we offer an option in astronautics, which is the study of navigation outside of Earth’s atmosphere. This program includes the fundamental courses in mechanics, but supplements those fundamentals with courses such as satellite dynamics, astrodynamics, aerodynamics, and controls systems. Graduates typically work for institutions such as Boeing, NASA or their contractors.

Find out about admission requirements, career opportunities, friendly advice, and suggested course sequences in the undergraduate handbook.


Our programs in engineering mechanics and nuclear engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Department of Engineering Physics has not sought ABET accreditation for the engineering physics undergraduate degree because it is intended for those who plan to go on to graduate studies and/or a research-related career. Although the lack of ABET accreditation does not preclude one from obtaining professional licensing, the process is somewhat longer in most states that license professional engineers.

You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting:

1. Program Area: Select “Engineering Mechanics” or “Nuclear Engineering.”

2. State: Select “Wisconsin.”

3. Click the “Search” button.

EMA educational objectives for undergraduate education


The EMA faculty recognize that our graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals and we encourage this diversity of paths. Initially, we expect graduates will begin their careers in fields that utilize their knowledge, education and training in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics as it applies to aeronautics/astronautics and mechanics in design and manufacturing.


Whatever path our graduates choose to pursue, our educational objectives for the nuclear engineering and engineering mechanics programs are to allow them to:


1. Exhibit strong performance and continuous development in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork,
and communication, initially applied to nuclear engineering or engineering mechanics*, and
demonstrating an unwavering commitment to excellence.
2. Demonstrate continuing commitment to, and interest in, his or her training and education**, as well as those of others.
3. Transition seamlessly into a professional environment and make continuing, well-informed career choices**.
4. Contribute to their communities.


Educational outcomes


Engineering Mechanics Program students are expected to have…:


1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. This includes:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science and engineering.
b. an ability to use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to analyze,
model, and design physical systems consisting of solid and fluid components
under steady state and transient conditions.
c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
d. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
4. knowledge of professional and ethical standards.
5. an ability to communicate effectively.
6. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
7. a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
8. a knowledge of contemporary issues.



Academic Year Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012 Sept. 2013 Sept. 2014 Sept. 2015 Sept. 2016
Number of Graduate Students
EM 27 28 22 28 31 26 26
NEEP 88 92 102 92 104 105 100
Number of Undergraduate Students
EM 102 90 83 106 121 184 222
EP 13 20 24 19 15 19 29
NE 70 91 86 87 77 129 124


Degrees Granted


Academic Year 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Engineering Mechanics
B.S. 32 33 36 22 25 21 24
M.S. 1 11 10 6 9 6 6
Ph.D. 0 2 1 1 3 2 2
Engineering Physics
B.S. 8 6 3 7 3 9 9
Nuclear Engineering
B.S. 17 21 20 22 20 32 33
Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics
M.S. 12 27 28 30 19 33 23
Ph.D. 9 9 3 6 9 11 9