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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Piedmont 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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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

Piedmont Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

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  • Research housing for next year.
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  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a second foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or College of Engineering-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • 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
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU College of Engineering and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a second foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or College of Engineering-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
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

Piedmont Virginia Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Piedmont Virginia Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success Skills UNIV 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
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
CHM 111College Chemistry I (minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
CSC 110Introduction to Computing INFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
EGR 121Foundations of Engineering (minimum grade of "B")EGMN 190 and 1032Major
EGR 122Engineering Graphics (in combination with EGR 121; minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2153Major
CSC 201Computer Science I (minimum grade of "B")CMSC 2553Elective
Engineering electiveEGR 240 Solid Mechanics-Statics (minimum grade of "B")EGMN 1023Major
Engineering electiveEGR 245 Engineering Mechanics Dynamics (minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2013Major
Engineering electiveEGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2023Major
Engineering electiveEGR 248 Thermodynamics for EngineersEGMN 2043Major
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or transfer elective if placed into MTH 263)MATH 1513 to 5General education
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004Major
MTH 264Calculus IIMATH 2014Major
MTH 265Calculus IIIMATH 3074Major
PHYS 241University Physics IPHYS 2074Major
PHYS 242University Physics IIPHYS 2084Major
HumanitiesSelect 1: ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 250; PHI 100, 200; REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
HumanitiesSelect 1: ENG 200-level literature; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 250; PHI 100, 200; REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (the combination of ECO 201-202 fulfills ECON 205 requirement for B.S. degree)ECON 2113Major
Social ScienceECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (the combination of ECO 201-202 fulfills ECON 205 requirement for B.S. degree)ECON 2103Major
PVCC credits transferred to VCU69 to 71
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
MATH 301Differential Equations3Major
MGMT 310Managing People in Organizations3Major
PHIL 201Introduction to Ethics3Major
STAT 441Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3Major
EGMN 203Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Practicum II1Major
EGMN 300Mechanical Systems Design3Major
EGMN 301Fluid Mechanics 3Major
EGMN 302Heat Transfer3Major
EGMN 303Thermal Systems Design3Major
EGMN 309Material Science for Engineers 3Major
EGMN 311Solid Mechanics Lab 1.5Major
EGMN 312Thermal Sciences Lab 1.5Major
EGMN 315Process and Systems Dynamics 3Major
EGMN 321Numerical Methods 3Major
EGMN 402Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time) 2Major
EGMN 403Senior Design Studio (Laboratory/Project Time) 2Major
EGMN 416Mechatronics 3Major
EGMN 420CAE Design 3Major
EGMN 421CAE Analysis 3Major
EGRE 206Electric Circuits 4Major
ENGR 395Professional Development 1Major
ENGR 402Senior Design Studio (Seminar)1Major
ENGR 403Senior Design Studio (Seminar)1Major
ENGRApproved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 296, ENGR 396, ENGR 3980Major
ENGRReview of approved internship or cooperative education experience (select 1): ENGR 496, ENGR 4980Major
Approved engineering electives (see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
Approved engineering or professional electives (see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
Credits completed at VCU69
Bachelor's degree total140
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