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Program Learning Outcomes

In order to prepare our alumni for their career accomplishments expressed by the Program Educational Objectives, the students in the program will be proficient in the following skills upon graduation:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
    1. The student will be able to apply basic math and science principles and associated analysis techniques.
    2. The student will be able to evaluate components, systems, and processes and be able to develop appropriate models of engineering systems.
    3. The student will be able to analyze their models, interpret their results, and formulate appropriate action.

  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
    1. The student will be able to recognize a need, identify constraints, and develop appropriate design specifications.
    2. Using the above specifications, the student will be able to synthesize conceptual solutions for a component, system, or process.
    3. The student will be able to use analysis techniques to refine and select the design of a component, system, or process.
    4. The student will be able to build a functional prototype and assess if it meets design specifications.

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
    1. The student will be able to write an effective memorandum, letter, abstract, and project report for a wide range of audiences.
    2. The student will be able to give a coherent and effective oral presentation for a wide range of audiences.
    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.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
    1. The student will be able to interpret engineering professional codes of ethics and to identify situations with ethical concerns.
    2. The student will be able to identify and mitigate health and safety concerns associated with their design.
    3. The student will be able to assess the environmental, societal, and economic impact of their engineering solutions.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
    1. The student will be able to manage a team project by establishing goals, planning tasks, and meeting objectives.
    2. The student will be able to collaborate effectively on a team and contribute to an inclusive teamwork environment.
    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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
    1. The student will be able to select and operate appropriate 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 draw conclusions from the results.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
    1. The student will be able to recognize the limitations of their knowledge and to acquire new knowledge using appropriate learning strategies.
    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 learning.

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.

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 322Introduction to System Dynamics4
ME 328Design for Strength and Stiffness4
ME 329Mechanical Systems Design4
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
ME 343Heat Transfer4
ME 347Fluid Mechanics II4
ME 448Thermal System Design4
Concentration or General Curriculum in Mechanical Engineering
(See list of Concentrations and General Curriculum in Mechanical Engineering below)25-27
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I 23
CE 207Mechanics of Materials II 22
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1 & B3) 34
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
IME 142Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining2
Select from the following: 42
Subtractive Manufacturing Processes for Mechanical Designs I
and Subtractive Manufacturing Processes for Mechanical Designs II
Manufacturing Processes: Material Removal
MATE 210
MATE 215
Materials Engineering
and Materials Laboratory I
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 34
MATH 142Calculus II (B4) 34
MATH 143Calculus III (Area B Electives) 34
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
MATH 344Linear Analysis II (Upper-Division B) 34
PHYS 141General Physics I (Area B Electives) 34
PHYS 142General Physics II4
PHYS 143General Physics III4
Manufacturing Processes Elective
Select from the following:1-4
Manufacturing Processes: Net Shape
Packaging Polymers and Processing
Introduction to Composite Materials Manufacturing
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives0
Total units196-202

General Curriculum in Mechanical Engineering or Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (8 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area B Electives (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2.4
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
Area D Elective - Select either a lower-division D2 or upper-division D course.4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area FEthnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
Total units48