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College of Engineering and Computer Science

ECS buildings with mountains in background

Raman Unnikrishnan

Dorota Huizinga


Tonia Teresh

Computer Science 502
(714) 278-3362


“Our mission is simple. We want to educate engineers and computer scientists who will graduate with state-of-the art knowledge in their chosen field and are ready to embark on careers in industry and government or proceed to acquire advanced degrees in their own or related fields. More and more of our graduates are also interested in being entrepreneurs, thanks to the success of so many young people on the west coast who have become successful in creating wealth via technology.”

Dean Raman Menon Unnikrishnan
College of Engineering and Computer Science

The curricula of the College of Engineering and Computer Science are designed to prepare students for careers in engineering and computer science, and for further study and specialization in graduate work. The faculty of the college is actively involved not only in instruction and scholarship but also in the advisement of students on topics relating to the planning of career and program goals. Cooperative education and internship programs are available.

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Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Computer Science, Bachelor of Science

Computer Science, Minor

Computer Science, Master of Science

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science
  Emphasis in Architectural Engineering

Civil Engineering, Master of Science
  Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Electrical Engineering, Master of Science
  Option in Systems Engineering

Engineering, Bachelor of Science

Engineering, Master of Science
  Option in Engineering Science

Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science
  Emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science

Software Engineering, Master of Science

Engineering is the application of scientific principles to the solution of practical problems. Engineers are professionals who employ the empirical art and techniques of engineering to the benefit of the society. Throughout the ages, human progress has been able to flourish due to the brilliant minds of engineers. Historical works, such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Roman aqueducts, and the Greek and Persian monuments, are examples of engineering ingenuity. In the contemporary world, the technological breakthroughs, such as computers, lasers, and robots, have become reality due to the creativity and imagination of engineers.

People-made wonders, such as the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River, are examples of engineering ingenuity. Great inventors like Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, James Watt, and Thomas Edison had exceptional engineering minds.

Engineers need a firm knowledge of the sciences and mathematics and must be able to analyze complex situations involving people, money, machines and information in order to create workable and economical designs. Engineers often work with others in a team to develop systems and products. The increasing technological complexity of modern society offers both opportunities as well as challenges to the engineering graduates of the future.

Engineers are employed in practically every field of human endeavor. This includes manufacturing, construction, education, government, health care, and business. As society becomes increasingly more technological, an engineering education provides a background for careers which will extend well into the 21st century. There is a real need for more engineering professionals, and so there are tremendous opportunities for everyone, including women and underrepresented minorities, in this field.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science has developed a reputation for excellence in its undergraduate and graduate engineering and computer science programs. The college is committed to providing the student with a solid preparation in the fundamental principles of engineering as an applied science, as well as the practical experience to use these principles in the solution of engineering problems. The bachelor’s degrees in civil, electrical, or mechanical ngineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The new Computer Engineering degree program also has been designed to meet all ABET criteria for accreditation. Each engineering degree program incorporates the following three curricular areas: Mathematics and basic science courses such as physics and chemistry; Engineering topics courses such as thermodynamics, materials science, and electrical circuits, which provide a bridge between basic math/science and engineering practice and engineering design courses in which a system, component, process or structure is devised to meet a specific need; General education courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each undergraduate program prepares students for entry into the engineering profession or for further study and specialization in graduate study.

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Computer lab

Computer Science deals with all phases of information including its representation, storage, structure, display and the processes by which it is transformed and used. Computer science professionals create new systems such as an inventory control system for a large manufacturer, or a navigational system for a new space vehicle, or a decision support system for the management of a bank. These people use their technical skills to convert specific needs into specialized programs, procedures, and systems that will actually do the job.

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree at Cal State Fullerton are prepared for careers in a variety of fields in business, government and industry. The curriculum, which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, emphasizes fundamental concepts exemplified by various types of programming languages, computer architectures, operating systems and data structures.

The computer science program focuses on several curricular objectives that are designed to provide the student with the foundations of the discipline and the opportunity for specialization. The department faculty are highly versed in the discipline through education and work experience.

The Computer Science Building houses five large computer science laboratories with an extensive range of computers and related equipment for student use. The building provides ample space for a full range of state-of-the-art systems and equipment.

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Undergraduate students should call the department office of their major to arrange for advising and approval of their study plans. The College of Engineering and Computer Science has a policy of mandatory advising. Each undergraduate student must see an advisor at least once per year.

Students interested in programs in the college, but without a declared major should contact either the Dean's Office, for an interest in engineering, or the Computer Science Department Office for advisement.

Graduate students should consult the graduate adviser in their major department before registering for the first semester. No more than nine units may be completed before an approved study plan is filed.

Because of high unit requirements for the Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering, these programs have modified requirements for general education. Students should consult the department for requirements. Majors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science should take mathematics and other courses in related fields early. General education courses normally should be scheduled throughout the student’s program of study.

CASECS is an academic support program designed to recruit, retain and graduate students. CASECS serves educationally disadvantaged students, to the extent possible by law, and emphasizes participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates for four-year colleges.

The goal of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program is to create opportunities for educationally disadvantaged students, especially those from groups with low college acceptance rates, to prepare for and enter colleges and universities in majors such as engineering, computer science and other mathematics-based scientific fields.

There are 15 active student organizations in the college. These are student branches of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Computer Science Honor Society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), California Chi Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Instruments Society of America (ISA), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). These 15 societies form the college’s Interclub Council.

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