Undergraduate Plan of Study

The Motorsports program at UNC Charlotte is a concentration offered in the Mechanical Engineering department. This means students go through all the regular Mechanical Engineering classes, but choose their technical electives from a selection of Motorsports approved classes. Once a student graduates, they will receive a Mechanical Engineering degree from UNC Charlotte (an ABET accredited school) with a concentration in Motorsports.


Students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Motorsports teams from Freshman year on. After the first semester of their Sophomore year, students who have a GPA of 2.5 or greater can apply to the Motorsports Concentration, and become more heavily involved in the teams.


The Motorsports Concentration plan of study is identical to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate plan of study with the exception of a 1 credit hour introductory course and of the four technical electives required, all must be chosen from an approved list or petition for a special exception.

MEGR 3210: Automotive Power Plants MEGR 3241: Motorsports Instrumentation
MEGR 3211: Road Vehicle Dynamics MEGR 3242: Applied Vehicle Aerodynamics
MEGR 3225: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis MEGR 3244: Tire Mechanics
MEGR 3231: Advanced CAD/CAM MEGR 3245: Advanced Experimental Methods
MEGR 3237: Introduction to Control Systems MEGR 3282: Statistical Process Control and Metrology
MEGR 3240: Advanced Automotive Power Plants MEGR 3092 - Special Topics in Motorsports Engineering

MEGR 2299: Intro to Motorsports Engineering focuses on an introduction to motorsports and its related topics. MEGR 3355: Senior Design I and MEGR 3356 comprise the two-semester design sequence. All senior design projects must be approved by the motorsports faculty committee, and are usually done on one of the race cars.

See the Information for Prospective Students page for information regarding applying to the UNC Charlotte College of Engineering, admission requirements, and scholarships.

Experiential Activities:

In addition to the plan of study above, students in the motorsports concentration are encouraged to meet the following criteria in order to attain a sufficient exposure to motorsports tools and procedures. 

  • Participate on a Motorsports team for 3 full years.  Internship with industry race teams may substitute pending approval.  Criterion may be relaxed based on experience and as judged by the motorsports faculty and staff. 
  • Attend at least 75% of the motorsports seminars bringing in external speakers unless granted an excused absence.

For further information on the program, plan of study, or questions, please Contact Us.