Saint Louis University's mechanical engineering program prepares you for a broad variety
of career options that may include product development and manufacturing. Mechanical
engineering students at SLU have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories
and advanced software in which they’ll practice product design, modeling, simulation
Major in Mechanical Engineering
SLU's mechanical engineering program starts with a solid foundation in the fundamental
engineering sciences and progresses toward mechanical engineering courses. You'll
also have the chance to take technical electives in the broader areas of structures,
thermal and fluids, and design.
You'll be trained in computer-aided manufacturing using a number of rapid prototype
machines and a high-speed machining center. And SLU's fluid, thermal, material, mechatronics
and structural testing equipment provide you with an excellent opportunity to integrate
theory with real-world applications.
Two capstone design courses during your senior year provide greater depth in mechanical
engineering, as you learn about the importance of design decisions not only on products
but on society as a whole.
Mechanical engineering students at SLU have access to funded undergraduate and graduate
research opportunities with faculty members of the department. Funded research grants
from private industries and federal government research laboratories are also available
for qualified students.
Optional Double Major in Aerospace Engineering
Students enrolled in SLU’s mechanical engineering curriculum can obtain a second major
in aerospace engineering by completing 25 additional credit hours.
Students who graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering from Saint Louis University
are prepared to become professional mechanical engineers. Our graduates work at Boeing,
Nooter/Eriksen, General Electric, General Dynamics and NASA, among other employers.
Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world-class faculty to inspire
our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy
of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every
student is known to the faculty and staff by name.
A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshman applicants and 2.70
college GPA for transfer applicants.
We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24
in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or SAT
composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600.
Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English;
four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus;
three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical
science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social
sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.
Minor in Mechanical Engineering
SLU's minor in mechanical engineering is available for students enrolled in aviation
science, mathematics, computer science, physics and electrical, civil, aerospace,
computer and biomedical engineering undergraduate programs.
The requirements consist of at least 18 credits of coursework that includes “MENG 2000: Foundation to Engineering Design” and at least five mechanical engineering
and engineering sciences courses at 2000-level or above. The grades in all mechanical
engineering and engineering sciences courses must be C or better.
Mechanical engineering majors at SLU participate in national and international competitions
and activities organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, SAE International, NASA and RoboGames. You can also get involved with student chapters of ASME, SAE and the Society of Women Engineers. They also take part in an interdisciplinary Weekly Innovation Challenge each Wednesday
that offers cash prizes.