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Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Full-time Faculty: X. Yu, F. Li, S. Lu, J. Ma, J. Scire, R. Tabi, D. Carka, M. Toma.

NYIT offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Long Island (Old Westbury) campus. This program was initially implemented at NYIT in 1982 and first accredited in 1986 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students have the option of selecting a concentration of courses in aerospace engineering in the mechanical engineering option.

The primary objectives of the mechanical engineering curriculum (as written in the college catalog and on the department’s website) are to produce versatile engineering graduates capable of growth within the industry or prepared to pursue advanced studies. The objectives listed below reflect NYIT’s overall mission: career-oriented education to prepare students for successful careers in an information-age society and applications-oriented research expanding the knowledge base of society and contributing to economic development of the region, state, and nation.

The important mission element to emphasize is the applied orientation of the college in general, and the engineering programs in particular. Emphasis is on the design/computer/applications components in the spectrum of mechanical engineering programs, and objectives are fulfilled by courses in the sciences, humanities, and mechanical engineering, with increasing emphasis on design. Established sequences for students provide them with a broad education and the flexibility to allow some degree of depth in an area of interest.

Providing the curriculum’s backbone are the sciences, mathematics, and the basic levels of mechanical engineering courses, which constitute the fundamental knowledge base needed by students for an array of advanced courses. NYIT’s liberal arts and humanities core curriculum is designed to provide students with additional knowledge and skills related to job and graduate school success. It is concerned with the student as a citizen and community leader; to that end, it provides a broad perspective of history, philosophy, and literature. One of the major features of the core curriculum is an emphasis on learning through written, oral, and electronic presentations. These communication skills carry over effectively into advanced mechanical engineering courses.

Design courses include a capstone course and two electives, the latter chosen depending on a student’s interests. Design projects encompass engineering components using the skills developed throughout the curriculum, economic issues appropriate to the effective practice of engineering, and written language and oral communication skills.

Within this general direction and the mission and vision of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, our program faculty, with input from stakeholders such as employers, alumni, and industrial advisory board members, have determined Program Educational Objectives to prepare versatile engineers who:

  • Are successfully employed in engineering or their chosen career path,
  • Pursue graduate studies and/or continued education in their field, and
  • Function as responsible members of society through engagement in community or professional organizations.

To support these objectives, the curriculum has been developed to provide student outcomes that describe what degree candidates are expected to know and be able to do by the time they graduate. Upon graduation, students are expected to acquire an ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand with broad education the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • Engage in and recognize the need for lifelong learning
  • Understand and know about contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Aerospace Engineering Concentration

The concentration in Aerospace Engineering is designed to give mechanical engineers the opportunity to focus on aircraft and space vehicle design. Material capabilities, production, and propulsion are emphasized to enable an engineer to meet the changing priorities of the aerospace industry.

Five-Year Combined Option: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering – BS with Accelerated MS Option

NYIT offers a five-year combined degree option leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Students with GPA above 3.2 can be accepted into the Accelerated M.S. Options program, and they are eligible to take two graduate-level courses in their senior year, which can be applied to their undergraduate degree requirements and master’s program within the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at no additional cost. For the details, please contact the chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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This program has specific admission requirements in addition to our general requirements

Admission Requirements

First Year

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1080 (critical reading and math only), including a minimum score of 550 in math
    • If you do not meet this requirement, you may be accepted as undeclared/pre-engineering students. You may transfer into this program from undeclared status or from another program within NYIT if you have:
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
      • Completed at least 12 credits of required math, physics, computer science, and engineering with a minimum GPA of 2.3 in these courses
  • Three years of math


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • Completed at least 12 credits of required math, physics, computer science, and engineering. Students may also satisfy these requirements by passing challenge examinations in these areas as provided for by NYIT policies.

Students who have not chosen a specific program in engineering as a major or who do not fully satisfy the entrance requirements for engineering may be classified with an undeclared status in the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences up to the end of their second year. Transfer students and students who have completed more than two years of coursework should check with both their academic and financial aid advisors regarding their status as majors.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your mid-year and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
    • NYIT SAT Code: 2561, NYIT ACT Code: 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 300–350 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Tell us about your career goals and why attending NYIT would further these goals.
    • Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and why.

International Students Special Requirements

Academic Standards

Students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering, B.S. program must earn a grade of C- or higher in all required math, physics, computer science, and engineering courses. Grades of D+ or below cannot be counted toward a student’s degree.

In the case of a transfer student who earned a transferable grade lower than a C- in any required math or physics course prior to attending NYIT, the grade is only acceptable if the student completed a more advanced course within the same discipline with a grade of C- or higher at the prior institution. Grades of D+ or lower are not transferable for any computer science or engineering courses.

Undeclared students who intend to pursue Mechanical Engineering must meet the conditions above in order to qualify for entrance into the program.

Repeating courses may impact eligibility for financial aid. Students should consult with a financial aid advisor before registering for a repeated course.