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Admission to the Mechanical Engineering Program is granted by the department, and is necessary before enrolling in 300- and 400-level courses. Near the end of the sophomore year, students must submit an application for admission to the mechanical engineering program. Applications to the program may be obtained from the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department Office or downloaded in PDF format.
Before being admitted to upper division mechanical engineering courses, a student must complete a minimum of 25 credits, for grade, including the following courses applicable to the degree: General Physics (calculus based) 4 credits; Mathematics (Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations) 12 credits; Engineering Mechanics (Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials) 9 credits.
To be admitted to the mechanical engineering program, a student must earn a grade of “C” (2.00) or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the courses listed above. All transfer courses will be counted in this GPA calculation at the equivalent credit value awarded by Minnesota State University Mankato. Students who meet the above requirements but have transferred any of the Engineering Mechanics courses (Statics, Dynamics, or Mechanics) from another institution will be granted Provisional Admission.
All admitted students are required to take a department-administered diagnostic test early in their junior year.
Transfer Students. The department makes a special effort to accommodate transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to contact the department as soon as possible to facilitate a smooth transition. Generally, no transfer credits are allowed for upper division mechanical engineering courses.
Satisfactory Progress. Once admitted to the mechanical engineering program, a student must demonstrate satisfactory progress by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30 in all upper-division mechanical engineering courses as calculated by the Registrar.
P/N Grading Policy. P/N credit is not allowed for any course used to meet mechanical engineering degree requirements.
Probation Policy. An admitted student who does not maintain satisfactory progress as defined above will be placed on program probationary status for a maximum of one semester. During the probationary period, the student must complete at least 8 credits, approved by the department, of upper division engineering courses for grade from the prescribed Mechanical Engineering curriculum. Students may not receive a degree without first conforming to the satisfactory progress criteria. A student who fails to meet satisfactory progress for a second semester (consecutive or non-consecutive) will not be allowed to continue in the program.
Readmission to Program. A student who has failed to meet their Provisional or Probation requirements and who has been removed from the program may reapply to the program. A maximum of two admissions are allowed.
Appeals. A student may appeal any departmental decision in writing. The department will consider such appeals individually.