Additional Academic Opportunities at the University of Utah


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers many academic opportunities to expand your undergraduate studies outside of your major coursework.

Students may elect to complete one of twelve optional emphases within Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Control, Ergonomics and Safety, Fluid Mechanics, Mechatronics, Micro/Nanoscale Engineering, Modeling, Robotics and Control, Solid Mechanics, Thermal Science and Energy Engineering. An emphasis, indicated on the student’s transcript, will indicate high academic achievement in the area of specialization.

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Any student in the College of Engineering (or related sciences) can earn a certificate in Mechatronics by passing the required classes and 14 semester hours of courses from the list of approved electives, and by completing an approved Mechatronics project. The certificate will be awarded with the bachelor’s degree or at the graduate level.

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For undergraduate students interested in vigorous pursuit of research, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined degree program intended to foster undergraduate research and to accelerate progress toward the M.S. degree.

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Mechanical Engineering majors can strengthen their Bachelor’s degrees if they choose to complete a minor. There are several minors that complement the mechanical engineering curriculum nicely:

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Students in the College of Engineering wishing to pursue and Honors Degree MUST be admitted to the University Honors College:
https://honors.utah.edu/admissions/admission-process/

Honors in Engineering is a path to achieve an Honors Degree that aligns with degree programs in the student’s major. There is no separate application process for Honors in Engineering. Students will be advised for their Honors courses in the College of Engineering and will be assigned a faculty mentor to work with them as they prepare their Honors Thesis.

For more information about the Honors in Engineering path contact Dianne Leonard at dleonard@coe.utah.edu or (801) 585-7769.

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD) recognizes a student’s commitment to their development as a researcher during their undergraduate career. The URSD appears in the awards section of the transcripts of graduating students. URSD awardees receive a white research cord from the Office of Undergraduate Research to wear at convocation and commencement.

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Lassonde+X is an introductory academic program for all undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors (the X) to explore and practice entrepreneurship. It is provided by the David Eccles School of Business and Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah, which have an entrepreneur program ranked among the best in the nation. Lassonde+X students learn the entrepreneurial mindset to help them become innovators, problem-solvers and change-makers in applying their major in whatever careers they choose. All students benefit from learning entrepreneurial skills including: working on interdisciplinary teams, identifying opportunities, starting a company, developing a product, adding and creating value, marketing and more. Students are inspired to see their major through a lens of creating impact and value. Start by registering for ENTP 1010 (or BCOR 2040 for business majors).

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In partnership with the David Eccles School of Business, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate offers engineering students the opportunity for hands-on innovation experience as well as a strong foundation in the business aspects of technology. The program is intended for students who want to start their own company as well as for those interested in the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live. Our aim is to provide the educational background to thrive in small and large business environments, convey technical information in business terms and understand business viability of engineering solutions. All engineering students interested in understanding the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live are invited to apply.

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