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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

(120 UNITS)

The requirements for the degree comprise three major segments: foundation courses in mathematics and physical sciences (32 units); general education courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences and other related areas (24 units of undergraduate coursework); and a sequence of required (53 units) and technical courses (11 units) to fulfill the requirements of the Mechanical Engineering degree or the emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering.

Students are required to meet with their academic adviser every semester during the first year and at least once a year thereafter. Students are strongly encouraged to see their academic advisers frequently to obtain guidance in pursuit of their careers. All courses taken in fulfillment of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be taken for a letter grade, i.e., under grade Option 1. All mathematics and physical science courses required for the degree must be completed with at least a “C” (2.0) to count as prerequisite courses to engineering courses or as credit towards the degree. Graduate courses are not open to undergraduate students without approval of the department chair or graduate program adviser.


* If CHEM 123 is taken in lieu of CHEM 120A, an additional 2 elective units are needed to meet the 120-unit requirement

General Education Courses

Area A: Core Competencies (6 Units)

A.2. Written Communications (3 units)

A.3. Critical Thinking

  • Not applicable for engineering majors

Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (8 Units)

B.1. Physical Science (3 units)

B.3. Life Science

  • Not applicable for engineering majors
B.3. Laboratory Experience (1 unit)

B.4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units)

B.5. Implications and Explorations in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Not applicable for engineering majors

Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)

C.2. Introduction to the Humanities (3 units)

  • Any lower division course in this category listed in the current class schedule
C.3. Explorations in the Arts and Humanities (3 units)

  • Any upper-division course in this category listed in the current class schedule

Area D: Social Sciences (9 Units)

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self Development

  • Not applicable for engineering majors

Area Z: Cultural (3 Units)

  • Take at least one asterisk (*) course in Section C.3

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

The following courses are required by all mechanical engineering majors: EGME 306A , EGME 306B , EGME 476A  and EGME 476B . Written work for these courses must meet professional standards and requires completion with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. Laboratory reports are graded in English composition, as well as content.

Technical Electives (11 units)

Select electives from the focus areas below, based on adviser recommendations. Students may count EGME 497  and EGME 499  as electives, but must submit an application form to the adviser and department chair for approval.

With adviser approval, technical electives may include up to 3 units of 300- or 400-level coursework from non-engineering departments.

Total (120 units)

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