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Program Learning Outcomes

The general program outcomes listed below are from our accrediting body, ABET, http://www.ABET.org. The 3 or 4 skills listed under each outcome were defined by the faculty in the ME program. Students who demonstrate proficiency in these skills satisfy the program outcomes. 

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    1. The student will be able to evaluate basic geometrical quantities and mathematical expressions.
    2. The student will have knowledge of basic sciences and associated analysis techniques.
    3. The student will be proficient with basic analyses associated with other disciplines.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    1. The student will be proficient with the selection and basic operation of common instrumentation used in engineering measurement.
    2. The student will be able to design and conduct an experiment and compare the results to those predicted by an analytical model.
    3. The student will be able to interpret and discuss the results.
  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
    1. The student will be able to recognize a need and develop appropriate design specifications.
    2. The student will be able to develop component, system, or process concept solutions based on above specifications.
    3. The student will be able to use analysis to refine the design of a component, a system, or a process.
    4. The student will be able to build a functional prototype and assess if it meets performance specifications.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    1. The student will recognize the value of a broad skill set resulting from a multidisciplinary team.
    2. The student will be able to communicate effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.
    3. The student will be able to identify when problems occur due to poor interactions among team members and identify ways to improve team dynamics.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    1. The student will be able to identify faulty products or processes and develop an engineering solution.
    2. The student will be able to select appropriate models for analyzing a system.
    3. The student will be able to analyze their models and interpret their results.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    1. The student will have knowledge of ASME code of ethics.
    2. The student will be able to identify health and safety concerns associated with their design.
    3. The student will be able to identify situations with ethical concerns.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
    1. The student will be able to write an effective memorandum, letter, abstract, and project report.
    2. The student will be able to give a coherent and effective oral presentation.
    3. The student will be able to critique writing samples and oral presentations and identify both strong points and weak points in grammar, clarity, and organization.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    1. The student will be aware of society’s need for engineering solutions.
    2. The student will be aware of the environmental and economic impact of their engineering solutions.
    3. The student will be able to identify possible unintended negative global or societal consequences of proposed engineering solutions.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    1. The student will be able to understand the limitations of their knowledge.
    2. The student will be able to find and use appropriate technical resources.
    3. The student will be able to identify their need for additional education.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
    1. The student will be able to identify important contemporary regional, national, or global issues.
    2. The student will be able to discuss the historical roots of important contemporary regional, national, or local issues.
    3. The student will be able to discuss ways engineers are contributing or might contribute to the solution of regional, national, or global problems.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
    1. The student will be proficient with computer-based design simulation and analysis tools.
    2. The student will be able to perform parametric studies of proposed designs.
    3. The student will be able to develop a computer algorithm to solve a numerical problem.

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 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.

MAJOR COURSES
ME 128Introduction to Mechanical Engineering I 11
ME 129Introduction to Mechanical Engineering II 11
ME 130Introduction to Mechanical Engineering III 11
ME 163Freshmen Orientation to Mechanical Engineering 11
ME 211Engineering Statics3
ME 212Engineering Dynamics3
ME 234Philosophy of Design3
ME 236Measurement and Engineering Data Analysis3
ME 251Introduction to Detailed Design with Solid Modeling2
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 303Thermodynamics II3
ME 318Mechanical Vibrations4
ME 326Intermediate Dynamics4
ME 328Design for Strength and Stiffness4
ME 329Mechanical Systems Design4
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
ME 347Fluid Mechanics II4
ME 350Heat Transfer4
ME 420Thermal System Design4
ME 422Mechanical Control Systems4
Concentration21-23
SUPPORT COURSES
BIO 213
BMED 213
Life Science for Engineers
and Bioengineering Fundamentals (B2) 2
4
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I3
CE 207Mechanics of Materials II2
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3/B4) 24
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2-3
or CSC 234 C and Unix
EE 201Electric Circuit Theory3
EE 251Electric Circuits Laboratory1
EE 321Electronics3
EE 361Electronics Laboratory1
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 24
IME 142Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining2
IME 143Manufacturing Processes: Material Removal2
MATE 210
MATE 215
Materials Engineering
and Materials Laboratory I
4
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 24
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 24
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 24
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
MATH 344Linear Analysis II (B6) 24
PHYS 131General Physics I (Add'l Area B) 24
or PHYS 141 General Physics IA
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
Manufacturing Processes Elective
Select from the following:1-4
Manufacturing Processes: Net Shape
Packaging Polymers and Processing
GENERAL EDUCATION
(See GE program requirements below.)40
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units196-202
1

ME 228 and ME 229 are required in lieu of ME 128, ME 129, ME 130, and ME 163 for transfer students.

2

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

Concentrations (select one)

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 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
Total units40
1

Required in Support; also satisfies GE