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DEGREE Engineering Mechanics (+Aerospace Engineering Option), BS

Major in engineering mechanics

As an engineering mechanics major, you will design, measure and analyze complex structures of everything from networks of human cells and novel nanoscale materials to roller coasters and spacecraft. Your education will prepare you for careers in a wide variety of fields, including health, clean energy, space exploration and many more, and you’ll be part of a community that supports your success during your degree and as you launch your career!

You also can add our aerospace engineering option, in which you’ll apply your education in structural analysis, materials science, advanced dynamics, and vibrations in courses on aerodynamics, flight dynamics, orbital mechanics and propulsion. A highlight of our aerospace engineering program is the aerodynamics laboratory, where you’ll conduct field experiments in our wind tunnel. Talk to your academic advisor about declaring this option—a formal “sub-major” that’s also reflected on your educational transcript.

At a glance

Mechanical engineering department

largest program on campus
Increase by 1400
undergraduate students
undergraduate ranking among public universities

Program and degree information

View the Undergraduate Guide for information on requirements, four-year plans and more.

Determine what kind of student you will be and learn more about what information you need to apply.

Freshman A freshman includes anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating from high school.
Transfer Student A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison.
Cross-campus Student Cross-campus transfer students are students who are currently enrolled in another school or college at UW-Madison who wish to transfer into the College of Engineering.
Reentry Student Students who previously attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an undergraduate and would like to complete their first undergraduate degree will need to apply for reentry admission. Reentry students are those who have not been enrolled in courses for a semester or more.

Tuition and segregated fee rates are always listed per semester (not for Fall and Spring combined).


The College of Engineering is committed to recognizing the potential and accomplishments of incoming and enrolled students by supporting their education through a variety of scholarships at the college and departmental level.


Educational Objectives

The 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. Regarding the Engineering Mechanics program, we initially expect graduates will begin their careers in fields that utilize their knowledge, education and training in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and dynamics/ vibration in a variety of jobs in mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing and other engineering fields.


Our educational objectives for the engineering mechanics program are to allow them to:
  1. Exhibit strong performance and continuous development in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, and communication, initially applied to engineering mechanics, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to excellence.
  2. Demonstrate continuing commitment to, and interest in, their 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


The B.S. in Engineering Mechanics is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Engineering Mechanics and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

View the UW-Madison Guide for information on all engineering mechanics +aerospace engineering courses.

Research opportunities

You’re an undergrad at a university known for its world-changing research. As an undergrad, you can be part of that—whether in a lab in our department, elsewhere in engineering, or even in other schools or colleges across UW-Madison! And if you discover a passion for research, want to further specialize in your field, or simply enjoy the process of learning in an academic setting, you can get any of those through our advanced master’s and PhD degree programs, too!

For those keen on diving deeper into research, consider the Faustin Prinz Fellowship. This fellowship empowers you to collaborate with our esteemed faculty on pioneering projects. Each semester, two deserving students get the chance to access state-of-the-art labs and receive mentorship from a faculty project advisor. If you’re eyeing a future in research, this could be your stepping stone.

Research experience

As an undergrad, you can help pioneer new knowledge or technologies on your own or as a researcher in a professor’s lab.  It’s a great opportunity to apply what you’re learning in class, explore a field or topic that interests you, and gain insight into what it’s like to be a graduate student.

Engineering Mechanics: Research, MS

As a master’s student in our traditional engineering mechanics major, you’ll gain additional understanding of several areas within the mechanics of materials and astronautics.

Mechanical Engineering: Research, MS

As a master’s student in mechanical engineering, you’ll develop your research capabilities under world-class faculty members.

Mechanical engineering undergraduate news

From classrooms to major research to recognition for a lifetime of service, our students and faculty are proud of their accomplishments and collaborations. These stories are just a few of the many achievements made by Badger mechanical engineers.

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