Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Micro- and Nanoengineering

The undergraduate curriculum in mechanical engineering (ME) is very broad and flexible. The curriculum comprises a ME core of fundamental concepts, plus a design/professional-practice stem, plus 15 credit hours of free electives. The program prepares students to be problem solvers and to contribute to a wide range of industries and businesses, or to go on for further study in graduate school. There is a strong emphasis in the ME program on design, creativity, and hands-on learning. Due to the wide range of career choices open to MEs, the program incorporates courses in electronics, materials science, computer programming, and manufacturing. The large number of free elective hours allows students to pursue minors and certificates throughout the Institute, or to specialize in areas within ME. The flexibility also helps students to pursue a variety of special programs including co-op, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Woodruff School strives to continuously improve our undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering. The educational objectives reflect the needs, and have been reviewed by, among others, the Advisory Board of the Woodruff School, the faculty, and the students.

  • Our graduates will be recognized leaders in ME-related fields or other career paths, including industry, academe, government, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Our graduates will be global collaborators, leading and participating in culturally diverse teams, who fearlessly discover and apply new knowledge and engineering practices that have a world-wide impact.
  • Our graduates will be adaptive learners who continue to grow professionally by obtaining professional registration or certification, or by earning post-graduate degrees.
  • Our graduates will be entrepreneurially minded innovators who have a positive economic and social impact on their communities, the nation, and society as a whole.
APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 24
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Intro Physics I 24
PHYS 2212Intro Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 22
MATH 1553Intro to Linear Algebra 22
or MATH 1554 Linear Algebra
or MATH 1564 LinAlg w Abstract Vec Sp
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following:3
Economics and Policy
The Global Economy
Prin of Macroeconomics
Prin of Microeconomics
Any SS6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1310General Chemistry 64
ME 1770Intro to Engr Graphics 3
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus 24
MATH 2552Differential Equations 24
MSE 2001Prin&Appl-Engr Materials3
Ethics Requirement 1
Major Requirements
COE 2001Statics 22
ME 2016Computing Techniques3
ME 2110Creative Decisions& Dsgn3
ME 2202Dynamics of Rigid Bodies3
ME 3017System Dynamics3
ME 3057Experimental Methodology3
ME 3322Thermodynamics3
ME 3340Fluid Mechanics3
ME 3345Heat Transfer3
COE 3001Deformable Bodies3
ME 3210Design and Manufacture3
ME 4056ME Systems Laboratory3
ME 4182Capstone Design3
Other Engineering Requirements
ECE 3710Circuits & Electronics2
ECE 3741Instrum & Electronic Lab1
ISYE 3025Engineering Economy1
MATH 3670Statistics and Applns3
Micro- and Nanoengineering Concentration
ME 4315Energy Systems Analy&Dgn 3
Select four of the following: 312
Chem Eng-Nanoscale Sys
Microelec Fabrication
Physical Chemistry II
Undergraduate Research (In MEMs or Nano)
Nanoscale Devices
Multiscale Thermal Engineering
Nanoengineered Energy Technologies
Thin Film Materials Sci
Fund Nanomats&Nanostrucs
Soft Nano Bio Materials
Solid State Physics
Free Electives
Free Electives 3,4,56
Total Credit Hours129

No pass-fail courses allowed.

Student must earn a 2.0 GPA within Major Requirements and the following:

MSE 2001Prin&Appl-Engr Materials3
ECE 3710Circuits & Electronics2
ECE 3741Instrum & Electronic Lab1
ISYE 3025Engineering Economy1

If a course is repeated, only the latest grade is included in the calculation of the Major Requirements GPA.


Students must complete one Ethics course during their program.


Minimum grade of C required.


At least 3 credit hours in either the Concentration Electives or Free Electives must be a 3000-level or higher ME course. ME 3141, ME 3700, ME 3720, ME 3743, ME 3744, ME 4699, ME 4741, ME 4742, ME 4753, and ME 4903 are not allowed.


Excludes CEE 2040, PHYS 2802, PHYS 2XXX (AP Credit) and MGT 2250.


Students can use a maximum of 6 credit hours of VIP courses (ECE 2811, ECE 38X1, ECE 48X1) or a maximum of 6 credit hours of undergraduate research and special problems courses (2699, 4699, 4903 from any department) not to exceed 9 credit hours from both course groups towards the degree requirements for the BSME degree.


 CHEM 1211K can substitute for CHEM 1310. CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K are recommended for pre-health students. 

Cooperative Plan

Since 1912, Georgia Tech has offered a five-year Undergraduate Cooperative Program to those students who wish to combine career-related work experience with classroom studies. The program is the fourth oldest of its kind in the world.

Students typically alternate between industrial assignments and classroom studies until they complete at least three terms of work (two of which must be fall or spring). Co-op students complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by non-co-op students. Most co-op students begin the program as freshman or sophomores and are can be classified as full-time students regardless whether they are attending classes on campus or are full-time at an employer's location.

Participants have the opportunity to develop career interests, gain hands-on work experience, develop human relation skills and earn a paycheck. Graduates of the program receive a bachelor's degree with the Cooperative Plan Designation.

Students can also complete work assignments in a foreign country as part of the International Cooperative Program. This program is a great opportunity to utilize foreign language skills, gain a global perspective, and experience a diverse culture. Proficiency in a foreign language is necessary to earn the International Cooperative Plan degree designation. For more information on the Cooperative Program, visit:


The Undergraduate Professional Internship Program is for students who do not participate in the Cooperative Program, but want some career-related work experience before graduation. Students generally work for one semester, usually in the summer, with an option for more work. Students must have completed at least thirty hours of coursework at Georgia Tech before they can participate in the program. For more details, visit:

In addition, there is a Work Abroad Program (, which complements a student's formal education with paid international work experience directly related to Materials Science and Engineering. Participating students typically include juniors and seniors. The international work assignments are designed to include practical training, cross-cultural exposure and learning, and the acquisition of professional skills.

For more information about all of the programs in the Center for Career Discovery and Development, visit

Research Option

The Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program offers a Research Option that allows students to participate in undergraduate research in faculty laboratories. The words "Research Option in Materials Science and Engineering" will appear on the transcript of each student completing the requirements to indicate that the student has had a substantial, in-depth, research experience.

The requirements for the "Research Option" in Materials Science and Engineering are:

  1. Selection of a faculty advisor and research topic in conjunction with the faculty advisor. The topic and expected scope of the project must be approved in advance by the MSE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. A key criterion will be whether the research may lead to a publishable paper.
  2. Completion of nine units (see item 3 below) of supervised research, over a period of at least two, but preferably three, terms. Research may be either for pay or credit. At least six credit hours must involve work on a single research project.
  3. Registration in nine hours of undergraduate research courses MSE 2698 and MSE 4698 (for pay), or MSE 2699 and MSE 4699 (for credit). MSE 2699 or MSE 4699 can be used to satisfy the free elective requirements of the BS degree in MSE.
  4. Completion of LMC 4701 Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (one hr. credit typically taken during the first or second semester of research). The student should write a Research Proposal while taking this class.
  5. Obtain approval of the Research Proposal from the MSE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. This is required before taking LMC 4702.
  6. Completion of LMC 4702 (one hr. credit). This course is taken during the term in which the thesis is written.
  7. Have research thesis approved by the faculty advisor and one other MSE faculty member approved by the MSE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The thesis will be evaluated on the basis of publishability, originality, creativity, and clarity. The MSE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee must approve each "Research Option" awarded under the BS MSE program.

BS/MS Option

The School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) offers a BS/MS program for outstanding students who want to obtain a graduate degree in addition to their BS degree. The advanced degree provides the additional knowledge and specialization needed to further facilitate a technical career. As a participant in this program, students have an opportunity to work with individual faculty members on projects in one of the traditional or innovative research areas in MSE. See for more details.