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Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (Madrid)

Launch your global engineering career by earning your U.S.-accredited Bachelor of Science at Saint Louis University's campus in Madrid.

SLU's mechanical engineering program provides in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experiences. You will be prepared to find solutions to real-world problems by working with mechanical systems, structural designs, and computer-aided models. In addition, you will complete SLU's rich liberal arts core curriculum, which provides critical thinking and communication skills essential to finding meaning in your future career and life. 

Mechanical Engineering (Madrid)

Major in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering degree first provides a solid foundation in the fundamental engineering sciences. It then permits you to take specialized courses focused on specific areas of engineering: areas of structures, thermal fluids and design engineering. During senior year, you integrate the skills and knowledge from all coursework through two capstone design courses, where you learn the impact of design decisions on product design and society.

Through its coursework and internship opportunities, the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering prepares you for your first job upon graduation — in product development and manufacturing, for example. This degree program also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies. 

SLU-Madrid's mechanical engineering program is offered through SLU's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the School of Science and Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri. It is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

For information about the assessment of student learning in this program, please see the University-wide website

Bachelor of Science Curriculum Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires 122 credit hours of coursework, as follows:

Basic Engineering  

  • CSCI 1060 Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming (three credit hours)

  • ECE 1100 Electrical Engineering 101 (two credit hours)

  • ECE 1200 Computer Engineering 101 (two credit hours)

  • ESCI 1700 and ESCI 1701 Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Fundamentals Studio (three credit hours)

General Engineering Courses 

  • MENG 1011 Prototyping (one credit hour)

  • MENG 2100X Statics (three credit hours)

  • MENG 2150 Dynamics (three credit hours)

  • MENG 2310 Thermodynamics (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3105 Mechanics of Solids (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3110 Linear Vibrations (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3111 Mechanics Laboratory (one credit hour)

  • MENG 3200 Fluid Dynamics (three credit hours)

Mechanical Engineering Courses

  • MENG 1000 Design Thinking (three credit hours)

  • MENG 2400 Mechatronics Systems Design (three credit hours)

  • MENG 2450 Engineering Experimentation (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3001 Mechanical Engineering Lab (one credit hour)

  • MENG 3010 Machine Design (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3510 Material Science (three credit hours)

  • MENG 3600 Manufacturing Process (three credit hours)

  • MENG 4024 Mechanical Systems Design (four credit hours)

  • MENG 4300 Heat Transfer (three credit hours)

  • MENG 4304 Thermal Systems Design (three credit hours)

  • MENG 4450 Principles of Mechatronics (three credit hours)

Technical Electives

  • Select 12 credits (four courses) from an approved ME list¹ (twelve credit hours)

Basic Science & Mathematics

  • CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1115 General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (four credit hours)

  • PHYS 1610 and PHYS 1620 University Physics I and University Physics I Laboratory (four credit hours)

  • PHYS 1630 and PHYS 1640 University Physics II and University Physics II Laboratory (four credit hours)

  • MATH 1510 Calculus I (four credit hours)

  • MATH 1520 Calculus II (four credit hours)

  • MATH 2530 Calculus III (four credit hours)

  • MATH 3550 Differential Equations (three credit hours)

Math/Science Electives

  • Select one 3-credit course from the AE/ME Department approved list (three credit hours)

Total Credits: 122 credits

¹Technical electives expand the horizon of each student's program major or in areas related to the program major. Students are encouraged to take courses at 4000-level in the area of program major or a 3000-level or above in allied disciplines. Allied disciplines include courses in engineering other than the student's major, Mathematics – MATH, Computer Science – CSCI, Management – MGT, Pre-Law – PLS, Physics – PHYS, Chemistry – CHEM and Biology – BIOL. The student may also do a project or research independent study with a faculty member, which is considered equivalent to a technical elective. The courses or independent study in these areas should be beyond the required courses within the curriculum.

Minor in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering minor is an excellent additional credential if you are majoring in mathematics, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, biomedical engineering or civil engineering.

To earn the minor, you complete at least 18 credits of coursework. These courses include one foundational course in engineering design and at least five additional courses in mechanical engineering (subject code: MENG) or Engineering Sciences (subject code: ESCI) at the 2000 level or above beyond the requirements of the student's declared major.

Internships and Careers

As an engineering student, your internship — during the academic year or in the summer — gives you hands-on experience.

A mechanical engineering degree declares to future employers your mastery of skills such as structural analysis and design, material performance and selection, thermodynamics and power cycle principles, computer-aided design, and engineering project management. 

Specific employment sectors for graduates holding a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering include automotive industries, aerospace companies, airline manufacturers, biomedical manufacturing and design labs, naval industries, energy industry, research labs, government, and consultancy firms. Future employers — including those in industries not directly related to engineering — like hiring students who hold engineering degrees because they possess exceptional analytical skills and can work collaboratively to complete complex tasks. 

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing a quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40% lower than at comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

Admission to the Major

To be admitted to the major, you must have at least a 2.00 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a departmental advisor.

Graduation Requirements

To be certified for graduation, you are required to:

  • Have at least a 2.00 cumulative average, a 2.00 average in the major and a 2.00 average in the minor or related elective hours.
  • Complete 30 of your final 36 credits at Saint Louis University (either the Madrid or St. Louis campus).
  • Submit the online application for degree before the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

The mechanical engineering undergraduate curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Small Class Sizes

Engineering: Your Global Future  

Conduct research and tackle design challenges side-by-side with SLU-Madrid's distinguished engineering faculty in state-of-the-art facilities and labs. Our small class-size ensures your engagement in how and what you learn. Your engineering training is also based in the U.S. tradition of the liberal arts that — along with your discipline specific knowledge and skills — positions you for success in the global job market of the future.