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Minor: Mechanical Engineering

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Offered by: Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Contact: MAE Undergraduate Coordinator: 108 Upson Hall, 255.3573,


All undergraduates except those majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Students intending to earn this minor should seek advice and pre-approval from the Associate Director for Undergraduate Affairs in Mechanical Engineering. Contact, 108 Upson Hall before taking courses toward the minor.

Educational Objectives

The primary educational objective of this minor is to give students from outside MAE the necessary skills and tools to interact technically with mechanical engineers on various multidisciplinary fronts. This minor has the appearance of being very broad since it encompasses nearly all of the MAE upper-division courses. However, the prerequisites of the upper-division courses may dictate that a student concentrate in a subarea of mechanical engineering. A recommended strategy for designing a minor is to select a few upper-level courses of interest and work backward from them to determine what courses will be needed as prerequisites or prerequisites of prerequisites. (Note: Instructors may waive certain prerequisites in some circumstances.) The prerequisite structure dictates that most curricula will focus either on fluids/thermal systems or mechanical systems/design courses.


At least six (6) courses (=18 credits) from among the following: 

  • MAE courses at the 2000+ level;
  • ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solids; and
  • ENGRD 2030: Dynamics.

Rules for Selecting Courses

The selection of courses must satisfy the following three requirements.

  • At least two courses must be numbered above 3000.
  • At least one course must be either (i) numbered above 5000 or (ii) numbered above 3260 and have as its prerequisite ENGRD 2020, ENGRD 2030, or an MAE course.
  • Each course must be worth at least 3 credits.

All courses used to satisfy the ME minor must be MAE courses, ENGRD 2020, or ENGRD 2030. No substitutions will be accepted from other departments at Cornell or elsewhere. Transfer credit cannot be used to satisfy the ME minor. MAE 1110: Naval Ship Systems, or MAE 4980: Teaching Experience in Mechanical Engineering, may not be used to satisfy the ME minor. Applications for the ME minor may be obtained in 108 Upson Hall. Credits from MAE 4900 or 4291 may be used for at most one course in the minor.

Academic Standards

At least C– in each course in the minor.