When to Apply
BSME Admission Overview
Students in the BSME program must be registered students of Portland State University, and must maintain good standing in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. PSU maintains a web site with information on admission to the University. Students who have taken relevant courses at other institutions should consult the on-line information about transfer admission.
Students may declare Mechanical Engineering as their major at any time after enrolling at Portland State University. However, Mechanical Engineering majors must be formally admitted before they will (1) be allowed to enroll in restricted upper-division courses and (2) be graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program.
Mechanical engineering students are eligible for several scholarships. Refer to the Scholarship Handbook (available in the Dean's Office) for a detailed list of scholarship opportunities. Application forms for scholarships are available online.
Students from Other Institutions
Students transferring from other institutions who want to be formally admitted to the mechanical engineering program must:
- Meet all eligibility requirements.
- Apply for admission to PSU.
- Apply for program admission to the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
- Have one official copy of their transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.
To be eligible for admission to the mechanical engineering degree program, each student must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Complete, with a minimum grade of C and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses:
- ME 120, 121, 122*
- Ch 221, CH 227
- EAS 211, 212, 215
- ECE 241
- Mth 251, 252, 261, 254, 256
- Ph 221, 222, 223, 214, 215, 216
- Freshman Inquiry or WR 121 and Comm 100**
The preceding list (59 credits total) is a subset of the complete list of course requirements for admission, which is given below.
*As of Fall 2010 the Freshman sequence ME 120, ME 121 and ME 122 is equivalent to the combination of EAS 101 and EAS 115. EAS 101 and EAS 115 will be accepted during the transition to the new curriculum. Starting Fall term 2014 all freshman engineering credits must be taken as a block and completed at PSU or transferred in to PSU. We are no longer accepting a combination of PSU and transfer credits to fulfill the freshman engineering requirement.
**Transfer students enterring PSU with 30 or more credits can complete Wr 121 and either Comm 100 or Comm 220 instead of Freshman Inquiry. Those students must still meet the 39 credit requirement for Arts and Letters or Social Science classes.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.33 in all engineering and computer science coursework. For transfer students, this includes engineering classes taken at other institutions.
- Complete a minimum of 90 credits.
Students may submit their application for the academic term in which they have completed the preceding list of course requirements. For example, if you are taking EAS 215, Physics 223/216, and ME 241 during the Spring quarter, and you have otherwise met all application requirements, you can (and should) apply for the following Fall quarter. Applications will be rejected from students who either have not met the minimum admission requirements by the term of admission, or who are, at the time of application, not in the process of completing those admission requirements.
Majors in mechanical engineering must complete the following lower division University and Departmental degree requirements. Any deviation from the required courses, including engineering and mathematics course substitutions, must be approved in writing by the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Freshman Year: 50 credits
|ME 120||Introduction to Engineering||3 credits|
|ME 121||Introduction to Systems and Controls||3 credits|
|ME 122||Introduction to Design||3 credits|
|Ch 221, 222||General Chemistry||8 credits|
|Ch 227, 228||Chemistry Laboratory||2 credits|
|Mth 251, 252, 261||Calculus I, II; Linear Algebra||12 credits|
|FRINQ||Freshman Inquiry**||15 credits|
*As of Fall 2010 the Freshman sequence ME 120, ME 121 and ME 122 is equivalent to the combination of EAS 101 and EAS 115. EAS 101 and EAS 115 will be accepted during the transition to the new curriculum.
** Transfer students enterring PSU with 30 or more credits can complete Wr 121 and either Comm 100 or Comm 220 instead of Freshman Inquiry. Those students must still meet the 39 credit requirement for Arts and Letters or Social Science classes.
Sophomore Year: 57 credits
|EAS 211||Statics||4 credits|
|EAS 212||Strenth of Materials||4 credits|
|ME 213||Properties of Materials||4 credits|
|EAS 215||Dynamics||4 credits|
|ME 241||Manufacturing Processes||4 credits|
|ECE 241||Electrical Circuits||4 credits|
|ECE 241L||Electrical Circuits Laboratory||1 credit|
|Mth 254||Calculus IV||4 credits|
|Mth 256||Applied Differential Equations||4 credits|
|Ph 214, 215, 216||Physics Laboratory||3 credits|
|Ph 221, 222, 223*||General Physics||9 credits|
|SINQ||Sophomore Inquiry||12 credits|
*Students may substitute PH 211, 212, 213
Complete our online application. Applicants will who are transfering any portion of the above requirement to PSU need to send unofficial transcripts for all college/universities attended to firstname.lastname@example.org before their application can be evaluated. If you need assistance, you can also send email to email@example.com.
Application deadlines for admission to the BSME degree program
For Fall Term: April 15
For Winter Term: November 15