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. The Minor in Computer Engineering does not require an extensive mathematics background and is open to majors ranging from communications to the sciences to liberal arts. It gives students the opportunity to apply computing hardware and software technology in their own discipline.
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.
FE (EIT) Examination
Senior engineering students are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (Engineer-In-Training) exam which is the first of two exams required to become a licensed professional engineer by the California State Board of Registration.
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 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. As no national society exists for mechatronic engineers, Chico has formed a local club, the American Institute of Mechatronic Engineers.
MESA Engineering Programs (MEP)
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 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 demand by industry and government. This demand is predicted to continue as electronic equipment and embedded systems become 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 many new consumer products.