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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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(120 UNITS)

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides a foundation for professional engineering careers in private industry and government, such as manufacturing, transportation, energy, food, biomedical and others. The program provides opportunities for students to be involved with the design, research, development, manufacture, testing, distribution, support, maintenance and recycling of devices and products. Automobiles, airplanes, home appliances, robots, rockets, space capsules, printers and computer hardware are some of the various products that have been customarily designed and developed by mechanical engineers. The program’s curriculum prepares students to firmly understand the science, mathematics and engineering needed to carry out these complex tasks, which are so important to a modern technological society.

In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  section in this catalog for complete information.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to meet with their academic adviser every semester during the first year and at least once a year thereafter. They 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.

General Education

All students at Cal State Fullerton are expected to complete prescribed units of General Education that are made up of courses outside of their chosen disciplines. Students seeking a degree in Engineering have been provided exceptions from some of the General Education requirements. For this reason, it is important that students take the approved G.E. courses for Engineering majors that are found in their Titan Degree Audit (TDA). Additionally, they should confirm the G.E. courses that are required within their specific programs with their respective advisers.


* Upper-division writing requirements. Written work for these courses must meet professional standards and requires a “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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