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This archived information is dated to the 2011-12 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduates seeking to major in Mechanical Engineering should see the curriculum outlined in the "Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering" section of this bulletin. The University's basic requirements for the bachelor's degree are discussed in the "Undergraduate Degrees" section of this bulletin. Courses taken for the departmental major (mathematics; science; science, technology, and society; engineering fundamentals; and engineering depth) must be taken for a letter grade if the instructor offers the option.

A Product Design program offered by the Design Group leads to the B.S. in Engineering (Product Design). A major in Biomechanical Engineering offered by the Biomechanical Engineering Group leads to the B.S. in Engineering (Biomechanical Engineering); this may be appropriate for students preparing for medical school or graduate bioengineering studies.

Grade Requirements—To be recommended by the department for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a student must achieve the minimum grade point average (GPA) set by the School of Engineering (2.0 in engineering fundamentals and mechanical engineering depth).

Students interested in the minor should see the "Minor in Mechanical Engineering" section of this bulletin.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program leading to a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors. This program offers a unique opportunity for qualified undergraduate engineering majors to conduct independent study and research at an advanced level with a faculty mentor.

Mechanical Engineering majors who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the major may apply for the honors program. Students who meet the eligibility requirement and wish to be considered for the honors program must submit a written application to the Mechanical Engineering student services office no later than the second week of Autumn Quarter in the senior year. The application to enter the program can be obtained from the ME student services office, and must contain a one-page statement describing the research topic and include an unofficial Stanford transcript. In addition, the application must be approved by a Mechanical Engineering faculty member who agrees to serve as the thesis adviser for the project. Thesis advisers must be members of Stanford's Academic Council.

In order to receive departmental honors, students admitted to the program must:

  1. maintain the 3.5 GPA required for admission to the honors program.
  2. submit a completed thesis draft to the adviser by April 25. Further revisions and final endorsement by the adviser are to be finished by May 15, when two bound copies are to be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering student services office.
  3. present the thesis at the Mechanical Engineering Poster Session held in mid-April.


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