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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
CSC/CPE 101Fundamentals of Computer Science4
Select from the following:4
Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science
Data Structures
CSC/CPE 123Introduction to Computing 24
CSC/CPE 203Project-Based Object-Oriented Programming and Design4
CSC 225Introduction to Computer Organization4
CSC 300Professional Responsibilities4
CSC 305Individual Software Design and Development4
CSC 308Software Engineering I4
CSC 309Software Engineering II4
CSC 348Discrete Structures4
CSC 349Design and Analysis of Algorithms4
CSC/CPE 357Systems Programming4
CSC 402Software Requirements Engineering4
CSC 405Software Construction4
CSC 406Software Deployment4
CSC 430Programming Languages I4
CSC 484User-Centered Interface Design and Development4
CSC 491
CSC 492
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
4
Select Technical Electives based on guidelines below 3,420
SUPPORT COURSES
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 14
IME 314Engineering Economics3
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 14
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 14
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
PSY 201/202General Psychology (D4) 14
PSY 350Teamwork4
or PSY 351 Group Dynamics
or COMS 217 Small Group Communication
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 14
Life Science Support Electives:
Select from the following: 14-5
General Biology (B2 & B4)
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B4)
Life Science for Engineers
and Bioengineering Fundamentals (B2)
General Botany (B2 & B4)
Microbiology (B2 & B4)
General Microbiology I (B2 & B4)
Mathematics Support Electives:
Select from the following:4
Methods of Proof in Mathematics
Vector Analysis
Graph Theory
Combinatorial Math
Numerical Analysis I
Physical Science Support Electives
Select one of the following series: 112
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I
and General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II
and General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III
General Physics IA
and General Physics II
and General Physics III
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)36
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units187-188
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.

2

An additional 4 units of CPE/CSC technical electives may substitute, although new students are strongly encouraged to take CSC 123.

3

Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

4

An additional 4 units of CPE/CSC technical electives is needed if CSC 123 is not taken.

Technical Electives Guidelines

Courses used to satisfy any other Major, Support, or General Education requirement are not allowed to count toward Technical Elective requirement. Credit/No Credit grading is not allowed.

Contact the CSC Department for further information.

Select Technical Electives from the following: 1
Personal Software Process
Introduction to Computer Security
Cryptography Engineering
Introduction to Privacy: Policy and Technology
Music Programming
Introduction to Database Systems
Database Modeling, Design and Implementation
Introduction to Distributed Computing
Game Design
Interactive Entertainment Engineering
Special Problems
Current Topics in Software Engineering
Software Evaluation
Network and Web Security
Software Security
Current Topics in Computer Security
Programming Languages II
Introduction to Object Oriented Design Using Graphical User Interfaces
Mobile Application Development
Dynamic Web Development
Theory of Computation I
Bioinformatics Algorithms
Introduction to Operating Systems
Implementation of Operating Systems
Current Topics in Computer Systems
Knowledge Discovery from Data
Database Management Systems Implementation
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Advanced Rendering Techniques
Computer Animation
Real-Time 3D Computer Graphics Software
Scientific and Information Visualization
Current Topics in Computer Graphics
Artificial Intelligence
Knowledge Based Systems
Current Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Computer Interaction Theory and Design
Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence
Selected Advanced Topics
Software Engineering I
Software Engineering II
Computer Architecture
Computer Security
Languages and Translators
Theory of Computation II
Operating Systems
Database Systems
Computer Networks: Research Topics
Topics in Advanced Data Mining
Distributed Computing
Current Topics in Computer Science
Computer Graphics
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Support for Knowledge Management
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
Computer Architecture
Special Problems for Undergraduates
Autonomous Mobile Robotics
Applied Parallel Computing
Computer Vision
Introduction to Computer Networks
Advanced Computer Networks
Advanced Topics in Systems for Computer Engineering
Autonomous Robot Navigation
Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
Introduction to Data Science
The following restrictions must be satisfied
4 of these units must be satisfied by a course that has as a prerequisite either
1) An upper-division course required by the major (excluding CSC 357 and CSC 348) or
2) Another technical elective
Select from the following:
Introduction to Privacy: Policy and Technology
Database Modeling, Design and Implementation
Current Topics in Software Engineering
Software Evaluation
Network and Web Security
Software Security
Current Topics in Computer Security
Programming Languages II
Introduction to Object Oriented Design Using Graphical User Interfaces
Dynamic Web Development
Implementation of Operating Systems
Knowledge Discovery from Data
Database Management Systems Implementation
Advanced Rendering Techniques
Computer Animation
Real-Time 3D Computer Graphics Software
Scientific and Information Visualization
Current Topics in Computer Graphics
Knowledge Based Systems
Current Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Computer Interaction Theory and Design
Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence
Software Engineering I
Software Engineering II
Computer Architecture
Computer Security
Languages and Translators
Theory of Computation II
Operating Systems
Database Systems
Computer Networks: Research Topics
Topics in Advanced Data Mining
Computer Graphics
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Support for Knowledge Management
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
Autonomous Mobile Robotics
Advanced Computer Networks
Up to 4 units may be taken from CSC 400, CPE 400, or CSC 490.
Up to 4 units may be taken from approved external electives.
Select from the following:
Introduction to Aerospace Systems Engineering
Digital 3D Modeling and Design
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry III
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Econometrics
Electric Circuit Theory
and Electric Circuits Laboratory
Introduction to Communication Systems
Microprocessor System Design
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Sustainable Environmental Engineering
Operations Research I
Manufacturing Automation
Linear Algebra I
Differential Equations I
Methods of Proof in Mathematics
Vector Analysis
Theory of Numbers
Mathematical Software
Introduction to Analysis I
Engineering Statics
Engineering Dynamics
Mechatronics
Epistemology
Philosophy of Mind
Research Methods in Psychology
Quantitative Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
Group Dynamics
Memory and Cognition
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Applied Regression Analysis
Statistical Computing with SAS
Statistical Computing with R
Statistical Analysis of Time Series
Categorical Data Analysis
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Total units20
1

 A total of 20 technical elective units selected from upper-division and graduate CSC and CPE courses open to those in the major and not otherwise required by the major.

An additional 4 units of CPE/CSC technical electives may substitute for CSC 123 in major requirements.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 36 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 10
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support)0
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B6Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 10
Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Support) 10
Total units36
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.