B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are sought-after in a wide range of industries. Our bachelor's degree program will give you a strong foundation in science and engineering, leading to career flexibility. You'll explore concepts such as solid and fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, dynamics and controls, thermodynamics, energy conversion, and manufacturing. With many opportunities to build your skills in our laboratories, you'll be well-prepared for the workplace. You can focus your studies on your interests by choosing an emphasis.

We also offer mechanical engineering courses at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.


The following emphases are available, however, you are not required to choose an emphasis.

Advanced Computing and Simulation

Virtual reality isn't just for video games. You'll learn how to generate interactive 3D realities using visual and auditory stimuli. Using computer simulation games and other advanced resources, you'll work to understand the construction and role of mathematical models in creating virtual realities.

Robotics and Controls

Dive into the growing field of robotics where you will learn how to design, build, program and operate robots. You'll gain an understanding of the systems needed to control robots, provide sensory feedback and process information.

Sustainable Energy

If you have a passion for energy conservation and environmental sustainability, this emphasis will help you gain an understanding of both energy sources and utilization. Depending on your interests, you can take classes in alternative and renewable energy, propulsion, refrigeration or air conditioning.

Program Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • 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;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • 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;
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.