Duke Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science | Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Study

Become a creative engineer, inspired and equipped to make an impact

What does tomorrow’s engineer need to know? At Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, we’ve thought hard about this question.

Highly Ranked

  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential—Payscale.com
  • Top 10 national university—U.S.News & World Report
  • Top 25 U.S. undergraduate mechanical engineering program—U.S.News & World Report

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From your very first semester at Duke, our signature educational experience will immerse you in:

  • Hands-on design
  • Data science
  • Computing
  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship

At Duke MEMS, we are preparing creative engineers who are inspired and equipped to solve complex societal problems.

Customize Your Degree

We offer an accredited BSE degree with a major in mechanical engineering, and undergraduate certificates in Aerospace Engineering, and Energy & the Environment.

Our undergraduate program provides firm preparation in the essential engineering topics while allowing wide flexibility for you to pursue your own specialized interests—including independent study, dual majors, the sciences and liberal arts, and study abroad.


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Program Educational Objectives

Our goal is to graduate mechanical engineers who embody excellence in a broad sense. We expect our graduates to advance within industry positions or in graduate study, or to carry the attributes of an engineering education into other disciplnes.

The mechanical engineering program of study must include mathematics and basic sciences, fundamentals and applications in several engineering sciences, and team-based experience in the process of design, where theory is applied in the context of real needs and limitations, and where judgment must be exercised. 

Our mechanical engineering graduates should be able to think critically when solving problems and managing tasks and communicate effectively in multi-disciplinary professional environments. 

To be a responsible member of the engineering profession, each graduate must be aware of social, ethical, environmental and economic factors and constraints on engineering activity, and must understand the importance of these matters in a global context. We aspire to have our graduates exhibit intellectual depth and creativity, uphold high ethical standards, and show a commitment to the betterment of society through service and professional work.

To this end, the specific Program Educational Objectives that we look for in our graduates are that they:

  • Advance professionally in their chosen field
  • Contribute to their professional community and to society
  • Engage in life long learning in professional and personal endeavors

Student Learning Outcomes

Our students will have the following capabilities upon completion of their degrees:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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