Engineering Degree – Mechanical

Skilled engineers are always in high demand in every major industry around the world. Earning your engineering degree from Hardin-Simmons University will prepare you to enter this ever-growing field with the skills, imagination, and knowledge to shape the future.

Our student-centered engineering degrees combine theory with hands-on learning to provide a well-balanced educational experience to ensure that you’ll stand out in job interviews and in the workplace. HSU’s engineering majors are highly sought after in Central Texas and beyond for their adaptability, creativity, and wealth of experience.

Whether you’re just starting your college career or are a high school senior looking for dual credits, earn your bachelor’s degree in engineering from Hardin-Simmons University and start designing and creating the next engineering marvels.

An Engineering Major Designed for You

Mechanical engineering is a very diverse, dynamic, and exciting field that is at the forefront of developing new technologies for several industries, including healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and robotics. The Mechanical Engineering Program at HSU will offer a superb engineering education within an environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

The Mechanical Engineering Program intends to have an optional biomedical specialization and partner with the school’s already existing Department of Physical Therapy and health services programs. Completion of the biomedical-focused degree ensures that students meet the requirements for admission to medical or dental school, while at the same time satisfying the requirements for a degree in mechanical engineering.

Program Contact

Matt Jackson

Dr. Matt Jackson

Dean, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Professor of Engineering

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Why Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering at Hardin-Simmons?

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Practical Experience

As an engineering major at Hardin-Simmons University, you’ll graduate with extensive experience working with state-of-the-art equipment and software you’ll use throughout your career. You’ll also have many opportunities for advanced internships and a capstone project in which you’ll design and build a real product on campus, giving you real-world experience and meaningful stories to tell during job interviews.

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Individual Attention and Support

Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll get to work closely with our highly skilled engineering program faculty, who will advise you from your first day to graduation and beyond. Our faculty have years of experience teaching in the classroom and working as professionals, so they’ll help you connect the knowledge you gain in the classroom to the real-world.

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Thriving Engineering Program Community

We believe in building a welcoming community of likeminded engineering majors who can help one another and succeed as a team. We host an Engineering Club to help you make personal and professional connections that will last a lifetime.

What Can You Do With an Engineering Degree?

Engineers work in a wide variety of settings, including private and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and research facilities, to name only a few. With a mechanical engineering degree from HSU, you’ll be given the tools you need to pursue careers in some of the most important fields for the future, such as robotics, clean energy, and autonomous vehicles. Our graduates are also uniquely prepared to continue their education in graduate programs to hone their unique skills.

The Texas Workforce Commission predicts that by 2026, in-state demand for mechanical engineers will grow by more than 3,000 positions, an increase of more than 18%! As we continue to rely on increasingly complex technology, engineers wills be needed more than ever.

Fields for Mechanical Engineers

  • Project management
  • Structural design
  • Automotive engineering
  • Aerospace design
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Petroleum engineering

Salary for Engineering Majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in engineering is $90,000, significantly higher than the national average for other occupations.

Program Details

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is constructed to fulfill all requirements specified by ABET.  In addition to the required engineering, math, and science courses, students will be engaged in the robust liberal arts education that is distinctive to HSU.  In total, the program is 127 hours and is designed to be a traditional 4-year bachelor’s degree.

Course Schedule Example for Mechanical Engineering Degree

Program Curriculum

Non-engineering courses already in catalog Semester hours
Bachelor of Science core 52
Departmental Requirements
  MATH 1420 Calculus I* 4
  MATH 1421 Calculus II* 4
  MATH 2320 Calculus III 3
  MATH 2321 Differential Equations 3
  MATH 3312 Statistical Methods 3
  MATH upper-level elective 3
  PHYS 1320 & 1120 Physics for Scientists &Engineers I with lab* 4
  PHYS 1321 & 1121 Physics for Scientists &Engineers II with lab* 4
  CHEM 1410 General Chemistry I with lab* 4
  CSCI 1370 Applied Programming in Python 3
Departmental Requirements above B.S. Core 18

*Also satisfies requirements of B.S. Core

Engineering & Mechanical Engineering Courses Semester hours
ENGR 1301 Intro to Engineering 3
ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics 3
ENGR 2132 Mechanical Computational Analysis 1
ENGR 2301 Statics 3
ENGR 2302 Dynamics 3
ENGR 2305 General Electrical Engineering 3
ENGR 2308 Engineering Economics 3
ENGR 2310 Material Science 3
ENGR 2332 Solid Mechanics 3
MENG 3310 Instrumentation & Controls 3
MENG 3320 Thermodynamics 3
MENG 3330 Fluid Mechanics 3
MENG 3450 Advanced Mechanics and Design 4
MENG 4310 Vibrations & Kinematics 3
MENG 4381 ME Design I 3
MENG 4382 ME Design II 3
MENG 4420 Heat Transfer 4
MENG electives (2) 6
Total Engineering Hours 57
Total Degree Hours 127


You’ve chosen to dedicate your education and career to building a better future, and nothing should stop you from achieving that goal, especially the cost of your education. Fortunately, the engineering program has been blessed with many charitable donors who make it possible for us to offer scholarships exclusively to engineering majors. You may also be eligible for general financial aid. Learn more about scholarships at Hardin-Simmons University.

If you’re considering earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering, you may also be interested in learning more about similar programs at Hardin-Simmons University, including:

Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Biology (B.A., B.S.)

Computer Science (B.A., B.B.S., B.S.)