Engineering Mechanics

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Engineering Mechanics?

This major focuses on solving mechanics problems through mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles. You will learn the building blocks of statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and fluid dynamics. As an Engineering Mechanics student, you’ll learn the basis of all mechanical sciences:

  • Civil engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Your studies will also place an emphasis on the physical principles necessary to modern engineering design. This may be the major for you if you’re interested in a program that emphasizes analysis and research preparedness.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive work
  • Computer software & electronics
  • Defense & security
  • Environment
  • Health & biological work
  • Manufacturing, energy, & transportation
  • Research & development

Post-Graduation Success1

80% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$66,952 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Caterpillar, Intel View All

Sample grad school destinations: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358