The Mechanical Engineering Department in UAA's College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Graduates of the program have a solid foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry as well as engineering mechanics, materials science, thermodynamics and heat transfer. That foundation serves as the basis for interdisciplinary design, teamwork, and for lifelong learning. Upper-level students have the opportunity to select from advanced electives in fatigue and fracture; vibrations; renewable energy systems; composite materials; heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R); and others. Graduates are in a position to take advantage of a wide variety of professional opportunities, including those that serve the infrastructure and energy needs of Alaskan communities, and are well prepared for an engineering career in a technologically changing world and for graduate programs in mechanical engineering and related areas. The Mechanical Engineering Department also offers a minor in General Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. The minor in General Engineering is designed for students who are majoring in non-engineering baccalaureate degree.