Mechanical engineers use energy principles and mechanics to design a wide variety of devices, machines, and systems, including complex human-machine systems, for energy conversion, biofuel production, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling, and other purposes. They may develop robots for space exploration, use a computer to simulate the freezing of human cells, or improve devices for use of alternative energy sources.
Engineering student organizations, fraternities, sororities, and national honorary societies offer opportunities to develop your leadership abilities.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Apply early for scholarships. The college offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarship opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. Visit the College of Engineering Scholarships to learn more.
All BSE students complete the BSE core requirements as well as the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, the general education component, and an elective focus area. Students may work with their adviser to customize an area that aligns with their interests and career objectives.
To learn about required course work and graduating with honors, review Mechanical Engineering in the UI General Catalog.
BSE/MS Fast-Track Degree Program
The BSE/MS fast-track degree program is for eligible students who seek to complete both the BSE and MS degrees in mechanical engineering at Iowa. Students interested in this program apply in the second semester of their junior year and, if admitted, enter that program in the first semester of their senior year. The fast-track program allows 12 hours to be counted toward both their BSE and MS degrees.