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Engineering

Engineering offers programs of study leading to the bachelor’s degree in civil, computer, electrical/electronic, mechanical, and mechatronic engineering. The programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700 Note: The highlighted is different from what appears in the printed catalog. What is displayed is current and correct. , which accredits U.S. engineering programs. The engineering curricula are based on a thorough foundation in communication skills, humanities, mathematics, and natural and engineering sciences.

High School Preparation For an Engineering Degree

In addition to the mathematics, English, and science courses required for admission to the university, high school students should consider taking introductory courses in computing and pre-calculus. If these high school courses are not completed, additional time may be required to complete an engineering degree.

EIT/FE Examination

Senior engineering students are encouraged to take the Engineer-In-Training (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam which is the first of two exams required to become a licensed professional engineer by the California State Board of Registration.

Student Organizations

Several professional societies have student chapters on campus that help students by offering tutoring and peer advising. Student organizations conduct meetings with professional engineers, sponsor social events, and organize teams to compete at regional competitions with other universities. The American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Association for Computing Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Structural Engineers Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers have active chapters. The national honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu are also available to qualified students.

MESA Engineering Programs (MEP)

The Mathematics l Engineering l Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Programs, known collectively as MEP, are a comprehensive recruitment, retention, and graduation effort which assists underrepresented and disadvantaged students pursuing degrees in engineering and computer science. The program offers tutoring, advising, and counseling, and includes a study center and an MEP Theme House on campus. Please visit or call us.

Career Outlook

Opportunities for civil engineers will expand due to the need to maintain and enhance the nation’s infrastructure of transportation, water resources, structural, and environmental systems.

Computer engineers are some of the most highly recruited graduates on the campus. Recent surveys indicate that the demand for engineers with hardware and software design experience will continue to increase in both private and government sectors.

Electrical/electronics engineers are in high demand by industry and government. This demand is predicted to continue as electronic equipment and embedded systems becomes more vital to business, industry, and the home.

Mechanical engineers are employed throughout industry, in government laboratories, and in private practice. Opportunities exist in “smart” product design, energy conversion, transportation and manufacturing systems, to name a few.

Mechatronic engineers are expected to be in high demand as the number of “intelligent” products on the market increases. The need for graduates who can design products with “embedded” intelligence and control is growing rapidly as microprocessors are integral to virtually every new consumer product.

High School Preparation For an Engineering Degree

High school graduates planning to study Engineering should complete three years of high school mathematics, including geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. In addition, courses in biology, English, computers, physics, chemistry, and mechanical drawing should be taken to assist the student in moving smoothly into an Engineering program. If these high school courses are not completed, additional time may be required to complete the requirements for an Engineering degree.