VSU To Launch New Undergraduate Degree In Mechanical Engineering

The new program will prepare students for one of the most sought-after engineering careers in the country.

Virginia State University is proud to announce that its College of Engineering and Technology has been approved to offer a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). The University is extremely excited to expand its academic offerings with this new bachelor’s degree program that will be effective for Fall 2024.

According to U.S. News and World Report, a Mechanical Engineer was ranked first in best engineering jobs, with a mean salary exceeding $96,000.

Students majoring in Mechanical Engineering will learn to design and plan a variety of production-wide products such as transmissions, aircraft engines, prosthetic devices, gas and wind turbines, robots, space shuttle vehicles, and more. The program will prepare graduates to work in the engineering services, research and development, and manufacturing industries. They will be able to design, develop, build, and test various mechanical devices, tools, engines, and machines, from initial design and development to installation, testing, and maintenance.

"The approval of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is a testament to VSU's dedication to academic excellence and preparing our students for success in STEM fields," said Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at VSU, Dr. Tia A. Minnis. "This program will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the dynamic field of mechanical engineering."

Mechanical Engineering will join Computer Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering as the third baccalaureate degree in VSU’s Department of Engineering. Students interested in pursuing the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program will be required to complete a total of 120 credit hours, covering a comprehensive curriculum designed to impart essential skills and knowledge in the field. The program has been approved exclusively for the traditional face-to-face format, ensuring students benefit from an extensive and engaging learning experience facilitated by the University’s faculty.

Prospective students, as well as those interested in learning more about the program, are encouraged to check back at https://www.vsu.edu/cet/departments/engineering/ when more information becomes available.