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Offered by: The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
108 Upson Hall, 255.3573,

Program Objectives

Cornell University is a learning community that seeks to serve society by educating the leaders of tomorrow and extending the frontiers of knowledge. The faculty and staff of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as members of this community, affirm these objectives. Specifically, the Sibley School is committed to excellence and seeks to graduate mechanical engineers who, collectively:

  • assume leadership positions in technology-based industries;
  • conceive, design, and realize useful products, systems, and services, properly respecting economic, environmental, cultural, life-safety, and ethical standards or constraints;
  • discover and apply new knowledge and develop new tools for the practice of engineering;
  • complete programs of graduate and/or professional studies and continue to learn throughout their lives;
  • are valued in their careers, whether for mastery of the disciplines central to mechanical engineering or for the broader analytical or creative abilities fostered by their engineering education; and
  • engage with their communities, profession, and the world.

These Program Educational Objectives describe long-term accomplishments for which we seek to prepare our graduates. Progress toward these objectives is expected to be measurable within three to five years of graduation.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2020: Statics and Mechanics of Solids (required)b

Required Major Courses

  • ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamicsb
  • MAE 2030: Dynamics
  • MAE 2120: Mechanical Properties and Selection of Engineering Materials
  • MAE 2250: Mechanical Synthesis
  • MAE 3230: Introductory Fluid Mechanics
  • MAE 3240: Heat Transfer
  • MAE 3250: Analysis of Mechanical and Aerospace Structures
  • MAE 3260: System Dynamics
  • MAE 3272: Mechanical Property and Performance Laboratory
  • MAE 3780: Mechatronics (recommended) or
    ENGRD 2100: Introduction to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers or
    PHYS 3360: Electronic Circuits
  • MAE 4272: Fluids/Heat Transfer Laboratoryc,f
  • MAE 4300: Professional Practice in Mechanical Engineeringf

Major-approved Electives

  • MAE 4xx1: Supervised Senior Design Experiencef,g
  • Mathematics Elective: MAE 3100: Introduction to Applied Mathematics I; or ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics; or CEE 3040: Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering; or ENGRD 3200: Engineering Computationa,h
  • Technical Electivei,a
  • Major-approved electives (two courses)e

The upper-level common curriculum (approved electives) and the Major-approved electives can be used to build a program with particular emphasis for individual students, appropriate for a wide range of career objectives, including supervised engineering practice, advanced professional engineering education, and other professional education (business, medicine, law).a

For a complete list of designated senior design courses and guidelines for electives, consult:

ME Flow Chart

ME Checklist


  • a. May be taken any time in junior or senior year.
  • b. Introduction to Engineering (ENGRI 1XXX), ENGRD 2020, and ENGRD 2210, satisfy the Common Curriculum distribution requirement. ENGRD 2020 satisfies the major entry requirement. ENGRD 2210 satisfies the Common Curriculum distribution requirement and also fulfills the required Major requirement.
  • c. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course. MAE 4272 satisfies this requirement.
  • d. Introduction to Computing using MATLAB (CS 1112, CS 1114, or CS 1115) is recommended.
  • e. A list of approved Major-approved electives is available online at
  • f. To be taken in fourth year.
  • g. Can be satisfied by independent research, project team, or by designated senior design element in a formal MAE class.
  • h. Must be an upper-level mathematics course, which includes statistics, taken after Math 2940. A list of approved math electives is available online at
  • i. A Technical Elective may include many courses at an appropriate level, chosen from engineering (2000+), mathematics (2940+), science (Physics 2214+), chemistry (2090+), or biological sciences. Most 2000+ technical level courses in engineering will be accepted. (Note: Engineering economic, business, management, financial, or organization courses will not be accepted, with the exception of MAE 4610.) One thousand (1000+) level courses in biological science will fulfill the technical elective requirement.

This engineering check list is formatted to conform to the general specifications of the College of Engineering. We strongly recommend you consult for complete and updated Mechanical Engineering academic program information or visit 108 Upson Hall for additional information.

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