Degree Program & Requirements

Department Overview

Mechanical engineers serve society by solving problems in transportation, energy, the environment, and human health. The activity of mechanical engineers extends from investigation of physical phenomena governing the behavior of our surroundings to the manufacture and evaluation of products. The technical domain of the mechanical engineering profession encompasses topic areas, including acoustics, automatic control, bioengineering, combustion, cryogenics, design, dynamics, energy conversion, engines, environment, heat transfer, lubrication, mass transfer, manufacturing and sustainability, materials processing, mechanics of solids and fluids, mechanisms, petroleum, plasma dynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, vibration, and wave propagation.


Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at U.C. Berkeley seeks to provide students with a broad education emphasizing an excellent foundation in scientific and engineering fundamentals. The program prepares undergraduate students for employment or advanced studies with four primary constituencies: industry, the national laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academia (graduate research programs). The capstone of the program is the senior design experience, which assists in developing a deep understanding of the process.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Joint Major Programs

The department offers two joint major programs with either the Department of Nuclear Engineering or the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.