Joint UNC Asheville - NC State University Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree - Mechatronics Concentration (JEM)

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics engineering is a concentration of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. Mechatronics engineering focuses on the precision control of mechanical and machine systems. Control is achieved in today's modern engineering systems electronically through the use of sensors, actuators and microprocessors. The marriage of modern control systems with mechanical devices is key to the design and development of high-performance engineering systems. Just a few examples of computer-controlled mechanical systems are robots, engine-fuel systems, hybrid automobiles, autonomous aerospace vehicles, stair-climbing wheelchairs, garage door openers and alternative power generation systems. Through modern Mechatronics engineering, new avenues of thinking and design can greatly enhance the utility, performance and efficiency of modern machinery.

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The joint mechatronics engineering curriculum (JEM) combines the best that two nationally recognized universities have to offer. From North Carolina State University comes the engineering component comprising course work from the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechatronics. Hands-on laboratories are integral to the engineering course work. From the University of North Carolina at Asheville comes an engineering-themed Humanities and Social Science component with a rich liberal arts foundation.

The mechatronics curriculum is fully accredited by ABET.

Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Prospective students should apply to UNC Asheville and express an interest in engineering. Upon completion of the freshman-year curriculum with a 3.0 GPA or better, students will be admitted to the Joint Engineering Mechatronics (JEM) Degree program. Transfer credits from other universities, majors and community colleges are accepted.

Fast Facts

  • The JEM degree is a four-year program administered entirely on the campus of UNC Asheville.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a Mechatronics Concentration.
  • The JEM degree is a joint degree whereby students take NC State University course work and UNC Asheville course work, all on the UNC Asheville campus.
  • Some NC State University course work is taught by NC State University faculty residing on the UNC Asheville campus, while other NC State University course work is delivered to UNC Asheville via live distance education technology.
  • Students who complete the program receive a diploma that reflects both UNC Asheville and NC State University as granting institutions.
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