Undergraduate Programs in

Mechanical Engineering

A career in mechanical engineering lets you create the devices and systems that keep our word humming – everything from the design and building of engines, HVAC systems and industrial equipment and machinery, to building and testing aircraft, weapons, robotics, and more.


With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, you’ll learn to apply principles of engineering, physics, mathematics, and materials science toward a general career in mechanical engineering or concentrate on aerospace engineering. The program is ABET-accredited.

Challenging Coursework

You'll first build a foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics, and the physical sciences before moving on to more complex courses such as:

  • Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Mechanical Analysis and Design
  • Design of Multidisciplinary Engineering Systems
  • Thermal and Fluid Systems Design
  • Incompressible and Compressible Fluid Flow
  • Mechatronic System Design

Aerospace Option

Students who choose a focus on aerospace engineering will study: 

  • Propulsion
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Aircraft Design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Stability

Learn from Experts

Engage in lively, challenging discussions and learn from faculty mentors who are scholars in fields such as mechatronic system design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and aerodynamics, among others.

An advisory board of working professionals also share their expertise and guidance with students, while the Executive Speaker Series features top industry leaders discussing a broad range of timely engineering topics.

The Student Experience

Explore potential career paths, get real-world insights, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, research opportunities, student organizations, and full-time professional work experiences. 

Students have interned at:

  • NASA Bohler Engineering
  • Disney
  • Estée Lauder
  • Globecomm Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Toyota

Earn while you learn:

  • The DeMatteis Co-op Program offers a full-time, six-to-eight month paid position with one of more than 200 companies, providing valuable professional experience before you graduate.  
  • The Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) lets you work on a research project, with a stipend, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. More than two dozen undergraduates have had their work published in scholarly journals in the last few years. 

The Outlook

Mechanical Engineering students at Hofstra are well-prepared to compete both for high-paying jobs and admission to prestigious advanced degree programs. Based on recent alumni surveys and labor market data: 


Expected job growth in this major by 2026



Average annual salary for BS grads in NY region 


Alums who are working, in grad school, or both

Alumni Success

DeMatteis School engineering graduates enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they obtain positions at prestigious companies or pursue advanced study at top graduate schools. 

Recent alumni work at companies such as:

  • Boeing Co.
  • Con Edison
  • Lizardos Engineering
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division

Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University

State-of-the-Art Learning Spaces

Take advantage of an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities, including the Materials Analysis Lab, Thermodynamics Lab, Aerodynamics and Transport Phenomena Lab, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Lab, and a dozen other engineering and computer science laboratories.

Top Ranked

The engineering program at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks #33 among 220 non-PhD granting schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Questions about our program?

Contact Us

Richard Puerzer

Chair, Department of Engineering