Academic Policies

The responsibility for proper registration and for satisfying prerequisites for any course rests with the student, as does the responsibility for proper achievement in courses in which the student is enrolled.  It is strongly recommended that every Mechanical Engineering student satisfy the mathematics, chemistry and physics requirements as early as possible in their program.  To provide students with guidance throughout their undergraduate program, the Mechanical Engineering Department has established an academic advising process that matches each student with a faculty member who can provide advice on course selection and career opportunities.

To be eligible for a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must have an overall average of at least a “C” (2.0) and a grade of “C” or better in all engineering, mathematics and science courses. Responsibility for knowing and meeting all degree requirements for graduation rests with the student.

Mechanical Engineering Repeat Policy
At UMBC, students may not register for a course more than two times. They are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Students may petition through the Academic Success Center for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC or another institution.  However, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will not support petitions to repeat required 100 and 200-level (lower level) courses for the purpose of continuing in the major.

Mechanical Engineering Repeat Policy Implications
Any student who meets the appropriate gateway criteria (see below), but has attempted a lower-level required course twice and not earned a grade of C or better, cannot continue in the Mechanical Engineering program. This policy applies to courses which may be offered at a higher level (300-400) at another institution, but are considered equivalent to lower-level courses at UMBC.

Transfer students who have attempted a required lower-level course or its equivalent at another institution more than two times without earning a grade of “C” or better on the second attempt may be admitted to UMBC, but are not eligible for admittance to the Mechanical Engineering program.


Gateway Criteria – Effective Fall 2009
Applicants admitted in the Fall 2009 and later may designate Mechanical Engineering as their intended major. However, students are admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program only when they pass all four of the following Gateway courses: MATH152, ENES101 and ENME110 with a grade of “B” or better and CHEM101, with a grade of “C” or better. Students are permitted to retake two of the gateway courses one time to earn the required grade. Enrolling in a gateway course at UMBC or another institution is considered an attempt. Students are not allowed to take any 300-level or 400-level Mechanical Engineering courses until the gateway requirements are fulfilled.

Transfer Students
In addition to the four courses listed above, the Gateway also includes any Math, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering course that is being transferred. Courses from an engineering technology program (even an accredited one) may not be substituted for any engineering or basic science courses.