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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Northern Virginia 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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Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Continue to use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, EGR, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Continue to 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
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 (or SDV 101)College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
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
CST ElectiveCST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
Humanities/Fine Arts ElectivePHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013Major
MTH 263Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2004Major
Social/Behavioral Science ElectiveSelect 1: PLS 135 American National Politics OR PLS 211 United States Government I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology OR SOC 211 Principles of Anthropology IVCU equivalent3Elective
EGR 121Foundations of Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 190 + EGMN 1032Major
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 264Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 2014Major
PHY 231University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2075Major
Technical Elective 1CHM 111 General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
Technical Elective 2EGR 122 Engineering Design (earn minimum grade of "B") Note: EGR 121 + EGR 122 = EGMN 215 + EGMN 190EGMN 2153Major
Technical Elective 3EGR 240 Solid Mechanics-Statics (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 1023Major
MTH 265Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 3074Major
PHYS 232University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2085Major
Social/Behavioral Science ElectiveSelect 1: ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics OR ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics OR GEO 210 People and the Land: An Intro to Cultural Geography OR HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR PLS 241 International Relations I OR PSY 200 Principles of Psychology OR PSY 230 Developmental Psychology OR SOC 200 Principles of Sociology VCU equivalent3General education
Humanities/Fine Arts(Select 1): CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature IIVCU equivalent3General education
MTH 267Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 3013Major
Technical Elective 4EGR 245 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 2013Major
Technical Elective 5EGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 2023Major
Technical Elective 6EGR 248 Thermodynamics for EngineeringEGMN 2043Major
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU68
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
ECON 205The Economics of Product Development and Markets 3Major
MGMT 310Managing People in Organizations3Major
STAT 441Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3Major
EGRE 206Electric Circuits4Major
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
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 advisor)6Major
Approved engineering or professional electives (see advisor)6Major
Credits Completed at VCU66
Bachelor's degree total134
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