Engineering Mechanics


What is Engineering Mechanics?

This major provides the building blocks of statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and fluid dynamics, and is the discipline devoted to the solution of mechanics problems through the integrated application of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles. As an Engineering Mechanics student, you’ll learn the basis of all mechanical sciences: civil engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Your studies will also place a special emphasis on the physical principles underlying modern engineering design. It may be the major for you if you’re interested in a program that emphasizes analytical skills, breadth, and research preparedness.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive work
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Manufacturing
  • Software

Post-Graduation Success1

78% employed or continuing education

61% employed after graduation

17% attending graduate school

$65,648 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Ford Motor Company, Earthsafe Systems, Cognizant

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, The University of Miami

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 33 ACT Score

1400 - 1490 SAT Score

3.47 - 3.89 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394


  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876


  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094