Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook

Table of Contents

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) handbook has been written with an emphasis on requirements and policies and is not a comprehensive listing of ME student opportunities. This handbook should be used in conjunction with our website and the University’s online Student Records System. Periodic consultations with your Academic Advisor and undergraduate office staff will also be very important to your academic success.

We are eager to assist if you have additional questions. Feel free to email, call, or visit the undergraduate office.

Undergraduate Programs
139-140 Reber Building
University Park, PA
(814) 863-1503

Academic Guidance

  • Academic Advisors
  • Student Curriculum Coordinator
  • Degree Requirements
  • Academic Plans
  • Flow Charts
  • Courses Requiring a C or Better to Graduate

Career, Degree Planning Resources

  • Co-Ops and Internships
  • Minors
  • Concurrent Majors
  • Sequential Degrees
  • Petitions and Course Substitutions





With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519