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
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Software

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: Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar, Chamberlain Group View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, New York University View All

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

93% freshman retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,348
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $38,154


  • Tuition: $34,798
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $55,944


  • Tuition: $40,146
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $61,292