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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Reynolds 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 Engineering Admission 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

Reynolds 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
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Engineering-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Attend Reynolds orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Engineering-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • 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.
  • 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

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to STEM DisciplinesUNIV 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
CHM 111General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
MTH 263Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2004Major
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness ElectiveVCU equivalent1Elective
EGR 124Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Methods (when taken with EGR 110) (earn minimum grade of ""B"")EGMN 103 + EGMN 1903Major
EGR 110Engineering Graphics (when taken with EGR 124) (earn minimum grade of ""B"")EGMN 2153Major
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003Major
EGR 140Engineering Mechanics-Statics (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 1023Major
MTH 264Calculus II (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 2014Major
Humanities/Fine Arts ElectivePHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013General education
PHY 241University Physics I (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2074Major
MTH 265Calculus III (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 3074Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201 and ECO 202 will fulfill the VCU ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2113General education
Engineering electiveEGR 248 Thermodynamics (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2043Major
Engineering electiveEGR 245 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 2013Major
PHYS 242University Physics II (earn minimum grade of “B”)PHYS 2084Major
MTH 267Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of “B”)MATH 3013Major
Engineering electiveEGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of “B”)EGMN 2023Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (students who complete both ECO 201 and ECO 202 will fulfill the VCU ECON 205 requirement)ECON 2103General education
Humanities/Fine Arts ElectiveHumanities electiveVCU equivalent3General education
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU65
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 3980Major
Review 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
Open elective3Elective
Credits completed at VCU65
Bachelor's degree total130
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