Credits required
181-182 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 181-182 quarter credits are equal to 120.67-121.33 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$428 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Online

This is a new program, and all courses may not be available immediately.


Oregon State’s mechanical engineering focal areas and faculty expertise include design, manufacturing, materials, mechanics, robotics and control, and  thermal-fluid sciences. In addition to taking traditional mechanical engineering courses, you’ll learn important computational engineering skills including topics like data structures, computer-aided design, simulation, algorithms and programming.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits — at least 60 of which must be upper-division credits — are required to graduate with your mechanical engineering degree, including:

Computational engineering option

Enhance your engineering education with specialized training in computational engineering. This in-demand knowledge will equip you to employ computational methods to optimize designs, predict performance and explore innovative mechanical engineering solutions — valuable skills that will help you stand out in an increasingly technology-driven and data-centric career. 

This required option in computational engineering will fulfill 24 of the 60 upper-division credits necessary to complete this degree.

Sample course topics

  • Design engineering and problem-solving
  • Engineering computation
  • Engineering graphics and 3D modeling
  • Mechanical component design
  • Materials science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Instrumentation and measurement systems
  • Fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Systems dynamics and control
  • Engineering economy

Additional program features


At the end of this program, you’ll participate in a capstone project that utilizes engineering methodologies to develop real-world solutions to an engineering problem. This project will further develop your skills in project planning, product design, selection of major tools and processes, selection and training of personnel, and long-run policies and strategy.

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU’s Transfer Credit Central.

Gain additional skills to stand out as an engineer

As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you can add a minor or certificate to your undergraduate studies. The College of Engineering offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Mechatronics for Manufacturing Engineering that will provide you with advanced training in automation and mechatronics technology.

You can also pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering in order to gain skills related to sustainability, social impact and environmental policy.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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