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Concurrent Majors and Minors

Concurrent Majors

Students need 154 credits to complete concurrent major requirements. There are 23 additional credits beyond the mechanical engineering degree requirements to complete both majors—only five credits more than the 18 credits required to add a minor to any major program.

Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

To pursue concurrent mechanical and biomedical engineering majors, you must first be admitted into the BME program and then add ME as a second major. An application to pursue concurrent majors should be submitted to the department as early as possible. Find out more about declaring BME as your first major by contacting BME Undergraduate Staff Assistant or visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering website.


A minor consists of at least 18 credits that supplement a major. There are several engineering-related minors offered. Minors can also be obtained in programs in other Penn State academic colleges. Reference the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin or the College of Engineering's website for more information.

Minors (Senate Policy 59-00)

A minor consists of at least 18 credits that supplement a major. For the ME degree, required courses and technical electives can often be used to satisfy some requirements for a minor within Engineering. If carefully planned, some of these minors can be completed with only a few additional credits. See details at to see what required courses in the BSME or BSNE program can be used to fulfill requirements for a minor. Minors can be obtained in the following programs in Engineering:

Minors can also be obtained in other programs in other colleges. See the online Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin, in the section describing programs within colleges which gives the content, standards of admission and graduation, and other details about specific minors in specific departments.



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University Park, PA 16802-4400

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