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Introduction | Bachelor Degrees in Engineering
M.S. in Engineering (Option in Engineering Science)
General Engineering Courses
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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
   Emphasis in Architectural Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
   Emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
   Concentration in Environmental Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
   Option in Systems Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
   Option in Engineering Science
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Software Engineering

The College of ECS has Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering which offer programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in these disciplines; the three Bachelor of Science degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering are nationally accredited by ABET, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The college also offers a new program in Computer Engineering which has been designed to meet all ABET criteria for accreditation and a Master of Science in Software Engineering.

CSUF is located in an industrial and highly technological region of Southern California. Drawing upon its professional expertise in many areas of engineering, the Engineering programs serve as distinctive resources and catalysts for partnership with public and private organizations in our region. Our nationally accredited undergraduate engineering programs offer a broad education in basic sciences, mathematics, and fundamental principles and practice of engineering. These are coupled with studies in social sciences, arts, humanities, and behavioral sciences due to their importance for an engineer’s professional career.


Mission Statement
Consistent with the university’s mission, learning is the first priority in Engineering. To implement its mission, the engineering programs at CSUF provide the best qualities of teaching, scholarship and professional practice. The programs are committed to facilitate the education of both engineering undergraduate and graduate students for their entrance in, and significant contribution to the engineering profession. Our students are actively engaged and work in collaboration with faculty and staff to acquire and expand knowledge. The objectives for our mission are further elaborated under “Educational Objectives.”

Educational Objectives
The goals of the programs are as follows:

  1. To provide the best of current practice, theory, research and intellectual study in the humanities to prepare students for challenging careers in engineering, strengthen relationships to their communities and contribute ethically and productively to society;
  2. To educate students who, actively engaged with faculty and staff, work in collaboration to acquire and expand knowledge;
  3. To provide service to the profession, the state of California, the country and to the world-wide development of engineering.

A critical focus of the education, research, and service programs within Engineering is to afford undergraduates of varying backgrounds and abilities every opportunity for achieving success in the engineering professions.

To achieve these goals, the faculty and students in Engineering, with input from other constituents, have established the following program educational objectives:

  1. To prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning;
  2. To make students thoroughly proficient in methods of analysis, including the mathematical and computational skills appropriate for engineers to use when solving problems; and
  3. To develop the skills pertinent to the design process, including the students’ ability to formulate problems, to think creatively, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information, and to work collaboratively;
  4. To teach students to use current experimental and data analysis techniques for engineering application; and
  5. To instill in our students an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities.

Actual program educational objectives for various disciplines such as Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are decided by the respective programs to match their program outcomes.

2 + 2 Articulated Programs with Community Colleges
The programs in Engineering have developed 2+2 articulation agreements with community colleges to provide students seamless transfer to the CSUF engineering program of their choice. This allows the full-time students, taking the courses specified by the engineering department each semester, to graduate in two years following transfer to CSUF.

Professor and students pose with metal frame

The undergraduate engineering programs have a broad base of science, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and engineering topics (which include engineering science and engineering design courses). Students are thus prepared to enter directly into engineering practice or to continue further education at the graduate level.

High School Preparation
The entering high school student should have a preparation which includes two years of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and one year of physics or chemistry. Students deficient in mathematics or chemistry must take special preparatory courses, i.e., Mathematics 125 and Chemistry 115, which will not carry credit for the major. (See Mathematics Section for Entry Level Mathematics test and Math-Science Qualifying Examination requirements.)

Transfer Students
A transfer student shall complete a minimum of 30 units in residence of which at least 15 units shall be taken in upper-division engineering courses. Work taken at another college or university on which a grade below "C minus" (1.7) was earned may not be substituted for upper-division courses.

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The College offers Bachellor of Science degrees in Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

At the time that the catalog went to press, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, including the emphasis in Pharmaceutical Engineering and the option in Engineering Science, is under review and is closed for admissions.

The undergraduate program requirements in engineering are comprised of three major segments.

The first segment consists of foundation courses in mathematics and the physical sciences (33 units for Electrical Engineering, 32 units for Civil Engineering, and 30 units for Mechanical Engineering). The second segment contains 33 units of general education courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences and other related areas.

The third segment contains a sequence of courses in one of the four programs which includes a combination of required courses and adviser-approved technical elective courses. The number of units in this segment is not the same for each of the four engineering programs but varies from 45 to 50 units. Students must meet with their academic adviser to prepare an approved study plan of technical elective courses prior to taking such courses. Undergraduate 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.

All courses taken in fulfillment of the requirements for the bachelor’s degrees in Engineering 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) grade 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 head.

Mathematics and Science Courses
Mathematics 150A Calculus (4)
Mathematics 150B Calculus (4)
Mathematics 250A Multivariate Calculus (4)
Mathematics 250B Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4)
Chemistry 120A General Chemistry (5)
Physics 225, 225L Fundamental Physics: Mechanics and Lab (4)
Physics 226, 226L Fundamental Physics: Electricity and Magnetism and Lab (4)
Physics 227, 227L Fundamental Physics: Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics and Lab (4) (required    in Electrical, and Engineering Science)
   OR either Chemistry 125 (3) or Geological Sciences 376 (3)  required in Civil Engineering)
   OR Physics 227 (1) (Required in Mechanical Engineering)
   OR Biology  101 (3) and Chemistry 301A (3) (Pharmaceutical Engineering)

Internships for Engineering provide practical work experiences which integrate with and supplement the student’s academic studies. Internship jobs are coordinated through the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education. In order to participate in this program, a student must register for EGGN 495 Professional Practice (1) for each semester of internship participation.

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The degree consists of 30 units of adviser-approved 400- and 500-level courses. At least half the units required for the degree must be graduate (500-level) courses. A segment of the 30 units must include a math-oriented course as well as EGGN 403 Computer Methods in Numerical Analysis (3).

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Courses are designated as EGGN in the class schedule.

EGGN 205    Digital Computation

Description: (Same as EGME 205)
Units: (3)

EGGN 308    Engineering Analysis

Description: Prerequisites: Physics 226, Math 250B or equivalent. Fundamentals and engineering applications of Fourier series, Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms, complex analysis, vector analysis; engineering applications. (Same as EGCE 308, EGEE 308 and EGME 308)
Units: (3)

EGGN 314    Engineering Economy

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in engineering. Development, evaluation and presentation of alternatives for engineering systems and projects using principles of engineering economy and cost benefit analysis. (Same as EGME 314)
Units: (2)

EGGN 403    Computer Methods in Numerical Analysis

Description: Prerequisites: Math 250B and EGGN 205 or equivalent. The use of numerical methods and digital computers in the solution of algebraic, transcendental, simultaneous, ordinary and partial differential equations.
Units: (3)

EGGN 495    Professional Practice

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in engineering. Professional engineering work in industry or government. Written report required. May be repeated for credit. Applicable towards bachelor’s degree programs. Not for credit in the graduate program.
Units: (1)

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