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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.

Please consult PSU's web site on transfer admission.  Students transfering from local community colleges can see a list of common equivilancies here

Admission Criteria

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.

Lower Division Course 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

Application

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 admissions@me.pdx.edu before their application can be evaluated.  If you need assistance, you can also send email to admissions@me.pdx.edu.  

Application deadlines for admission to the BSME degree program

For Fall Term: April 15

For Winter Term: November 15