A Mechanical Engineering Degree Built to Serve
Learn to build low-cost robots and drones. Develop solar distillation and sterilization systems for water. Design apps and tools to track and monitor heart health. At Marymount University, our undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering teaches the foundations in engineering, mathematics, and science that can make a meaningful difference in industry, research, and government agencies around the globe.
Hands-on opportunities and broad-based goals
At Marymount, our Mechanical Engineering students access the same technology and resources used in real-world mechanical engineering. Our labs specialize in digital fabrication, electronics, and virtual reality design and testing. Other goals include:
- Identifying, formulating, and solving complex engineering problems.
- Gaining foundational knowledge in physical, health, and life sciences.
- Innovating tech solutions that address barriers to participation in society.
- Extending skills in industry, research, and government agencies.
Small classes, big outcomes
Marymount’s classes are small, focused, and taught by faculty who have made an impact in low-resource regions around the world. They’ll prepare you for conference presentations, publishing opportunities in leading journals, and a rewarding career in mechanical engineering. Outcomes include the training, skills, and capabilities to:
- Apply engineering design solutions for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Function effectively on a team providing leadership and an inclusive environment to establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- Develop experimentation, and analyze and interpret data.
- 120 credits
- $1,190 per credit hour
- In-person classes
- Fall and Spring intakes
- Accredited by SACSCOC
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
- Personal essay (optional, although highly encouraged)
- A résumé may be provided should an applicant have any gaps in enrollment
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
MENG 102: Intermediate Engineering Design — Mechanical Applications
Students will be introduced to a variety of mechanical engineering considerations. An emphasis will be placed on understanding how engineering informs design processes and the technical and theoretical basis of these processes. A variety of group design projects involving application of conceptual material into practical problem solving will be completed throughout the span of the semester culminating in a small-scale first-year capstone project.
ENGR 301: Thermodynamics
Fundamental energy relationships applied to both closed and open systems. Determination of thermodynamic properties, first and second laws of thermodynamic processes, and basic cycles.
MENG 413: Mechatronics Engineering
This course is designed for Engineering students to apply prior course knowledge to building basic analog and digital circuits, programming microcontrollers, using actuators (servo and stepper motors), and choosing sensors for building simple robots.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Whether you’re interested in jobs with a mechanical engineering degree in areas such as industry, research, or government, Marymount’s undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering will prepare you for success in the Metro D.C. area — which ranks No. 10 for the highest number of mechanical engineering jobs in the U.S. Here are some examples of positions:
- Aerospace engineer
- Construction engineer
- Management consultant
- Manufacturing engineer
- Mechanical engineer
Our Mechanical Engineering degree graduates have also gone on to advanced degrees in Computer Science, Data Science, and Health Care, as well as master’s programs at schools with Mechanical Engineering degrees.
Mechanical engineers in the region can anticipate 4% job growth from 2019-2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, mechanical engineers command competitive salaries in the area. The 2019 median pay for mechanical engineering was $117,570 annually, significantly higher than the total median across all occupations. Students with a mechanical engineering degree will have the foundational knowledge to pursue advanced degrees or employment in a diverse range of high-growth industries such as health care, computational modeling, data sciences, and computer/software engineering.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering in the College of Sciences and Humanities at Marymount University. Our School is committed to your education. We have plans and programs that provide a wide range of opportunities, both in the area and abroad. Opportunities for you to be involved in research and service alongside our faculty make us unique and provide lifechanging, hands-on experiences that can give you an edge as we help you achieve your goals. We have great plans for your future.
The School offers undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry (B.S.), Biology (B.S. and B.A.), Biomedical Engineering (B.S.), Mathematics (B.S.), and Mechanical Engineering (B.S.). We also have a very strong Education program which will prepare you to teach high school biology or mathematics.
In addition to these majors, we have a wide range of minors to ensure your education is focused and tailored to your needs. These minors include Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Ophthalmology, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine, as well as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Science.
Our faculty are passionate about helping students succeed now and in the future. They will spend many hours with you to build your path to success through the sciences and mathematics, which can take you many places. Along the way, there will be many ways to explore and develop your career through internships, seminars, speakers, presentations, and research. You will be able to sample and learn about the endless opportunities for your future. Our connections to industry and alumni experts will help you join like-minded individuals who can offer you advice through our mentor program.
Marymount’s proximity to Washington, D.C., provides students with many possibilities when fulfilling the program’s required internship for academic credit. Potential internship sites include renowned public and private research institutions, leading health care agencies and hospitals, and high-profile federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
I am honored to be the Founding Director of a School that is grounded in excellence for education, research, and service. Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, students, and staff, and our many initiatives that are shaping the future of science and mathematics worldwide.
Todd Rimkus, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Physical Sciences
Founding Director, School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering