Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog - SCCC & Day Students 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog - SCCC & Day Students

Mechanical Engineering Major

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S. M.E.) is awarded to those who successfully complete the program of studies outlined in the courses offerings section of this catalog.

Four general education electives, one Mechanical Engineering elective, one technical elective, and two mechanical engineering Options are required. The mechanical engineering Options allow the students to specialize in a technical area of mechanical engineering by completing a focus area at the senior level that integrates principles and practices of earlier courses into the application of the engineering system. Students who are on academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in upper level courses offered by the mechanical engineering program (i.e. junior and senior level classes).

All undergraduate courses taken at The Citadel with a subject prefix of MECH will count towards the major GPA.


Major Academic Map

Click here to view the Academic Map for this major, which shows the courses and sequence.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Junior Spring

Senior Year

Senior Fall

Senior Spring

  • Strand Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Strand Course Credit Hours: 3
  • MECH - Mechanical Elective Credit Hours: 3 ***
  • MECH - ME Option II Credit Hours: 3 *
  • Credit Hours: 3 (Capstone)
  • 2nd Year Advanced ROTC


* Select CIVL, ELEC, Or MECH 300- or 400-level courses.
** Select two courses from one of five option areas to fulfill ME Option I and II.
*** Select one Strand English, History, or Social Science (not to exceed one of each)

+ROTC hours (credit, lecture, and/or lab) may vary each semester by military department;
however, the total hours which may be applied toward graduation requirements may not
exceed 16 semester hours.

ROTC Course Requirements:

ROTC course requirements apply to members of the SCCC only:

  • Cadets contracted or pursuing a contract should take 8 semesters of ROTC.
  • Cadets not contracted or pursuing a contract should take 4 semesters of ROTC Basic and 4 semesters of ROTC fulfilment courses. Available ROTC fulfillment courses are published online annually by the department of Leadership Studies.
  • ROTC courses typically carry 1 to 3 hours of credit, depending on the level. ROTC fulfillment courses typically carry 3 hours of credit. See the course descriptions for specific information.

Required for Graduation:

Required hours for graduation are 133 plus the credit hours from successful completion of all required ROTC courses.