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2021-2022

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia 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

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of Engineering Admission 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

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+ cumulative GPA, 2.0+ major GPA

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Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

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.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Explore the nuclear engineering concentration of the BS degree.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Explore the nuclear engineering concentration of the BS degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101) College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
CST Elective CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication SPCH 121 3 Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR PHI 111 Logic I OR PHI 220 Ethics OR REL 100 Introduction to the Study of Religion OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent 3 General education
MTH 263 Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B") MATH 200 4 Major (Ancillary)
Social/Behavioral Science Elective ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement) ECON 211 3 Major (Ancillary)
EGR 121 Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B") EGMN 190 + EGMN 103 2 Major
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 264 Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 201 4 Major (Ancillary)
PHY 231 University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 207 5 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 1 CHM 111 General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B") CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 2 EGR 122 Engineering Design (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: EGR 121 + EGR 122 = EGMN 215 + EGMN 190 EGMN 215 3 Major
Technical Elective 3 EGR 240 Solid Mechanics-Statics (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGMN 102 3 Major
MTH 265 Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 307 4 Major (Ancillary)
PHYS 232 University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”) PHYS 208 5 Major (Ancillary)
Social/Behavioral Science Elective ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement) ECON 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities/Fine Arts (Select 1): CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
MTH 267 Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”) MATH 301 3 Major (Ancillary)
Technical Elective 4 EGR 245 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGMN 201 3 Major
Technical Elective 5 EGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGMN 202 3 Major
Technical Elective 6 EGR 248 Thermodynamics for Engineering (earn minimum grade of “B”) EGMN 204 3 Major
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 68
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
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 4 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 advisor) 6 Major
Approved engineering or professional electives (see advisor) 6 Major
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Ancillary)
STAT 441 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 3 Major (Ancillary)
Credits Completed at VCU 63
Bachelor's degree total 131