Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program at the University of South Alabama

Alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program should demonstrate the following traits or accomplishments within five years of graduation:

Graduates will achieve professional advancements or promotions with progressively higher levels of responsibility, competency, professional and ethical judgment and analysis. They will apply creative and innovative techniques to solve significant problems. They will apply team assimilation skills to successfully manage cross-disciplinary, collaborative projects that require global and multicultural perspectives.


Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in presenting, documenting and conveying their work via traditional and new media formats.  They will use these skills in creating and supporting new or improved designs, inventions, and intellectual property, thereby contributing to the social, economic and environmental well-being of local and global communities.


Graduates will demonstrate commitments to lifelong learning and continuous professional development through activities such as mentoring, participating in professional societies, completing advanced degrees and achieving professional registration or other certifications.


Mechanical Engineering BS graduates will accomplish these objectives in the course of professional employment, entrepreneurship, military or public service, and postgraduate education.

BSME Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of South Alabama will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.