Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering emerged as a separate discipline during the Industrial Revolutions (1760-1830) with the development of machines powered by water, wind, and especially steam. Today, Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design of a great variety of machines from computer disc drives to jet aircraft.

The Mechanical Engineering program at SF State offers a strong foundation in the fundamentals of this discipline. The student may also select optional courses to specialize in one of three areas. The Thermal/Fluids Area covers the production and transmission of energy. The Mechanics and Materials Area encompasses force and motion analysis and the design of mechanical devices. Finally, the Robotics and Controls Area deals with automated manufacturing techniques and the Control of motion or processes. All of these areas contain the problem-solving skills needed for mechanical engineering design and the transformation of ideas into mechanical devices and systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program at SF State has an emphasis on the design process, and the integration of design activities that lead to a successful result. Most of the faculty engage in professional activities besides instruction and emphasize real-world applications in the courses they teach. In the junior and senior years, most courses include special design projects in which design methodologies are applied to realistic engineering problems. During the senior year, each student completes a design project of significant scope, with topics frequently suggested by local engineering companies.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering is a 129-unit degree. Major requirements including Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics prerequisites are 93 units, and the remaining 36 units are in general education. The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Program Criteria.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Graduates with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering may immediately engage in the design, analysis, testing, production and maintenance of machines and mechanical systems. Most industries, including aerospace, electrical equipment manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive, chemical, power generation, agriculture, food processing, textile, and mining employ mechanical engineers.

The B.S. degree also prepares the student for a continuation of studies in a variety of fields. The student may continue studies at another institution to obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in some area of specialization in mechanical engineering or he/she may decide to obtain a Master's in Business Administration.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the Mechanical Engineering Program, as of Fall 2023, is sourced from SFSU's Institutional Research.


College Year (CY)

(e.g., CY 2011-12 = Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012)


Data displayed for Fall semesters only

Degrees Awarded
2011-12 239 25
2012-13 307 54
2013-14 301 45
2014-15 352 55
2015-16 428 37
2016-17 484 69
2017-18 501 91
2018-19 528 82
2019-20 529 97
2020-21 498 102
2021-22 446 75
2022-23 424 70
2023-24 422 N/A