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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration (Germanna Community College)
Germanna Community College
Germanna Community College
Program description

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types including automobiles, airplanes, rockets, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more. In addition to well-known areas such as nuclear energy, nuclear propulsion and nuclear medicine, nuclear engineers are involved in many other applications of nuclear science and technology in fields as diverse as agriculture, industry, homeland security, forensics, environmental protection and even art.  Current areas of research within the department include but are not limited to energy conversion systems, smart materials, corrosion, medical devices, aerosol science, sensors, radiation detection and measurement, nuclear reactor design, robotics, fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, and biomechanics.

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Engineers in this discipline work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also work on power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material-handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. Some mechanical engineers design tools that other engineers need for their work.The key characteristics of the profession are its breadth, flexibility, and individuality. The career paths of mechanical engineers are largely determined by individual choices, a decided advantage in a changing world.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Lead Research Scientist
  • Project Lead Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Simulation & Modeling Engineer
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of EngineeringAdmission Agreement
Completion of associate degree (A.S. in Engineering or A.S. in Science)
Minimum GPA of 3.0
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all your math, science and engineering classes

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Germanna Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100 or 101.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
Experience Year 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100 or 101.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Germanna Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration)

Germanna Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 or 101 College Success Skills or Orientation to Engineering and Technologies UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
CHM 111 General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B") CHEM/Z 101 4 Major
MTH 263 Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 200 4 Major
EGR 121 Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 190 2 Major
Humanities Humanities/Fine Arts (select 1): ART 101, ART 102, HUM 100, REL 231 VCU equivalent 3 General education
EGR 110 + EGR 126 Engineering Graphics and Computer Programming for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 215 6 Major
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
PHY 241 University Physics I (earn minimum grade of "B") PHYS 207 4 Major
MTH 264 Calculus II (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 201 4 Major
EGR 140 Engineering Mechanics-Statics (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 102 3 Major
MTH 265 Calculus III (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 307 4 Major
Social Science Social-behavioral science (select 1): ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 210, PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 211 VCU equivalent 3 General education
EGR 245 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 201 3 Major
PHYS 242 University Physics II (earn minimum grade of "B") PHYS 208 4 Major
MTH 267 Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 301 3 Major
EGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 202 3 Major
EGR 248 Thermodynamics for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 204 3 Major
Humanities PHI 220 Ethics PHIL 201 3 Major
Social Science Social/Behavioral Science (select 1): ECO 201, 202, GEO 210, PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211 VCU equivalent 3 General education
HLD/PED Health/Physical Education VCU equivalent 2 Elective
Germanna credits transferred to VCU 68
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ECON 205 The Economics of Product Development and Markets 3 Major
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major
STAT 441 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 3 Major
EGMN 103 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Practicum I 1 Major
EGMN 203 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Practicum II 1 Major
EGMN 300 Mechanical Systems Design 3 Major
EGMN 301 Fluid Mechanics 3 Major
EGMN 302 Heat Transfer 3 Major
EGMN 303 Thermal Systems Design 3 Major
EGMN 309 Material Science for Engineers 3 Major
EGMN 311 Solid Mechanics Lab 1.5 Major
EGMN 312 Thermal Science Lab 1.5 Major
EGMN 315 Process and Systems Dynamics 3 Major
EGMN 321 Numerical Methods 3 Major
EGMN 402 Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time) 2 Major
EGMN 403 Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time) 2 Major
EGMN 416 Mechatronics 3 Major
EGMN 420 CAE Design 3 Major
EGMN 421 CAE Analytics 3 Major
EGRE 206 Electric Circuits 3 Major
ENGR 395 Professional Development 1 Major
ENGR 402 Senior Design Studio (seminar) 1 Major
ENGR 403 Senior Design Studio (seminar) 1 Major
Approved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 296, ENGR 396, ENGR 398 0 Major
Review of approved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 496, ENGR 498 0 Major
Approved engineering electives (see VCU advisor) 6 Major
Approved engineering or professional electives (see VCU advisor) 6 Major
Credits completed at VCU 66
Bachelor's degree total 134