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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration (Germanna Community College)
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Program description

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design and analyze machines of all types including automobiles, airplanes, rockets, submarines, power generation systems, biomedical instrumentation, robots, manufacturing systems, household appliances and many, many more. In addition to well-known areas such as nuclear energy, nuclear propulsion and nuclear medicine, nuclear engineers are involved in many other applications of nuclear science and technology in fields as diverse as agriculture, industry, homeland security, forensics, environmental protection and even art.  Current areas of research within the department include but are not limited to energy conversion systems, smart materials, corrosion, medical devices, aerosol science, sensors, radiation detection and measurement, nuclear reactor design, robotics, fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, and biomechanics.

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Engineers in this discipline work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also work on power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material-handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. Some mechanical engineers design tools that other engineers need for their work.The key characteristics of the profession are its breadth, flexibility, and individuality. The career paths of mechanical engineers are largely determined by individual choices, a decided advantage in a changing world.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Automation Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Lead Research Scientist
  • Project Lead Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Simulation & Modeling Engineer
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of EngineeringAdmission Agreement
Completion of associate degree (A.S. in Engineering or A.S. in Science)
Minimum GPA of 3.0
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all your math, science and engineering classes

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Germanna Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100 or 101.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Visit the VCU College of Engineering website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100 or 101.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Get involved with a professional or student organization.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Visit the VCU College of Engineering website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Germanna Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering, Mechanical Concentration)

Germanna Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 or 101College Success Skills or Orientation to Engineering and TechnologiesUNIV 1011Elective
CHM 111General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
EGR 121Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 103 + EGMN 1902Major
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
MTH 263Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2004Major
HumanitiesHumanities/Fine Arts (select 1): ART 101, ART 102, HUM 100, REL 231VCU equivalent3General education
EGR 110 + EGR 126Engineering Graphics and Computer Programming for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2156Major
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
PHY 241University Physics I (earn minimum grade of "B")PHYS 2074Major
MTH 264Calculus II (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2014Major
EGR 140Engineering Mechanics-Statics (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 1023Major
MTH 265Calculus III (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 3074Major
Social ScienceECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2113Major
EGR 248Thermodynamics for Engineers (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2043Major
PHYS 242University Physics II (earn minimum grade of "B")PHYS 2084Major
EGR 245Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2013Major
EGR 246Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2023Major
MTH 267Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 3013Major
HumanitiesPHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013Major
Social ScienceECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201-202 will fulfill the ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2103General education
Germanna credits transferred to VCU66
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
MGMT 310Managing People in Organizations3Major
STAT 441Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3Major
EGMN 203Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Practicum II1Major
EGMN 300Mechanical Systems Design3Major
EGMN 301Fluid Mechanics3Major
EGMN 302Heat Transfer3Major
EGMN 303Thermal Systems Design3Major
EGMN 309Material Science for Engineers3Major
EGMN 311Solid Mechanics Lab1.5Major
EGMN 312Thermal Science Lab1.5Major
EGMN 315Process and Systems Dynamics3Major
EGMN 321Numerical Methods3Major
EGMN 402Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time)2Major
EGMN 403Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time)2Major
EGMN 416Mechatronics3Major
EGMN 420CAE Design3Major
EGMN 421CAE Analytics3Major
EGRE 206Electric Circuits3Major
ENGR 395Professional Development1Major
ENGR 402Senior Design Studio (seminar)1Major
ENGR 403Senior Design Studio (seminar)1Major
Approved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 296, ENGR 396, ENGR 398 0Major
Review of approved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 496, ENGR 498 0Major
Approved engineering electives (see VCU advisor)6Major
Approved engineering or professional electives (see VCU advisor)6Major
Credits completed at VCU62
Bachelor's degree total130
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