Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics (+ Aerospace Engineering option)

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.

Aerospace Engineering option

BS in Engineering Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering

As part of our undergraduate mechanics program, we offer an option in Aerospace Engineering, 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 or 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.