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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 multidisciplinary 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, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CE 204Mechanics of Materials I3
CSC/CPE 101Fundamentals of Computer Science 14
EE 201
EE 251
Electric Circuit Theory
and Electric Circuits Laboratory
ENGR 110Introduction to Engineering2
IME 144Introduction to Design and Manufacturing4
IME 314Engineering Economics3
MATE 210
MATE 215
Materials Engineering
and Materials Laboratory I
ME 211Engineering Statics3
ME 212Engineering Dynamics3
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
Select from the following:4
Heat Transfer
Transport Phenomena I
Transport Phenomena II
Transport Phenomena III
And 1 additional unit of an upper-division Technical Elective
Select from the following:6
Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project I
Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project II
Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project III
Senior Project in appropriate engineering discipline
General Curriculum in General Engineering or Individualized Course of Study 240
BIO 213Life Science for Engineers2
BMED/BRAE 213Bioengineering Fundamentals (B2) 32
Select from the following:8
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I
and General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II (B3/B4) 3
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I
and General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II (B3/B4) 3
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 34
MATH 141
MATH 142
Calculus I
and Calculus II (B1) 3
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 34
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
Select from the following:4
Linear Analysis II
Statistical Methods for Engineers
Probability and Random Processes for Engineers (B6) 3
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Add'l Area B)4
PHYS 132
PHYS 133
General Physics II
and General Physics III
Physical Science Electives
Select from the following: 48
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Introduction to Geology
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Seismology
Introduction to Meteorology
Modern Physics I
Modern Physics II
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
(See GE program requirements below.)40
Free Electives0
Total units186

Students with an approved individualized course of study may substitute CSC 231, a 2-unit course, with 2 units of other advisor approved coursework.


The individualized course of study consists of 40 units of technical electives with a minimum of 33 units at the 300-400 level.


Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Students in the general curriculum in General Engineering should choose a minimum of 3 units of 300-400 level physical science electives in order to meet 60 units of upper division required for the degree.

General Curriculum in BS General Engineering or Individualized Course of Study (Select one)

General Curriculum in General Engineering

Individualized Course of Study

Available to students who have completed their Sophomore year in any engineering major. This program is for directed, highly motivated students.  Permits students to pursue a course of study which meets their individual needs and interests. The individualized course of study consists of 40 units of technical electives with a minimum of 33 units at the 300-400 level. Courses are selected by the student with the advice and approval of the student’s academic advisor and department chair.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 32 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) 10
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 major)0
Area CArts and Humanities
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
Total units40

Required in Support; also satisfies GE