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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Engineering (Tidewater 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

Tidewater 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 New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence (preferably Calculus) and pass ENG 111-112 during your first year.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • 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 VCU Career Services’ Website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor at the beginning of each semester to review your academic progress.
  • 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.
  • Consider learning a 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 Mechanical Engineering department-related events.
  • 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.
  • Plan to complete ENGR 395 Professional Development your first semester at VCU.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your TCC career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Learn 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 New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence (preferably Calculus) and pass ENG 111-112 during your first year.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
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
  • Browse careers related to mechanical engineering through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
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 VCU Career Services’ Website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor at the beginning of each semester to review your academic progress.
  • 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.
  • Consider learning a 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 Mechanical Engineering department-related events.
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.
  • Plan to complete ENGR 395 Professional Development your first semester at VCU.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your TCC career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Learn 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

Tidewater Community College (Associate of Science: Engineering)

Tidewater Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to Engineering and TechnologiesUNIV 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
MTH 263Calculus I (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 2004General education
CHM 111General Chemistry I (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1014Major
EGR 120Introduction to Engineering (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 190 + EGMN 1032Major
Humanities electivePHI 220 EthicsPHIL 2013Major
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
CHM 112General Chemistry II (earn minimum grade of "B")CHEM/Z 1024Elective
EGR 110 + EGR 125Engineering Graphics (3 credits) + Introduction to Engineering Methods (4 credits) - earn minimum grade of "B"EGMN 2157Major
MTH 267Differential Equations (earn minimum grade of "B")MATh 3013Major
PHY 241University Physics I (earn minimum grade of "B")PHYS 2074Major
Engineering electiveEGR 140 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 1023Major
History electiveSelect 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
Social Science electiveSelect 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, 241VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 265Calculus III (earn minimum grade of "B")MATH 3074Major
PHY 242University Physics II (earn minimum grade of "B")PHYS 2084Major
Engineering electiveEGR 245 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2013Major
Engineering electiveEGR 246 Mechanics of Materials (earn minimum grade of "B")EGMN 2023Major
Humanities electiveSelect 1: ENG 200-level literature; PHI 101, 111; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 151; REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
Tidewater credits transferred to VCU68
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
MGMT 310Managing People in Organizations3Major
STAT 441Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists3Major
ECON 205The Economics of Product Development and Marketing3Major
EGMN 203Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Practicum II1Major
EGMN 204Thermodynamics Note: consider taking this class or the community college equivalent - EGR 248 - in the summer before enrolling at VCU3Major
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 Lab15 to 1.5Major
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 Analysis3Major
EGRE 206Electric Circuits4Major
ENGR 395Professional Development1Major
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
ENGRApproved 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 total137
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