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Engineering with Special Options, B.S.


The Bachelor of Science degree with Special options is a program that allows students to prepare for innovative careers in engineering through interdisciplinary combinations of course work. Three special options in manufacturing engineering, environmental engineering, and rehabilitation engineering are offered. This program is not yet accredited by EAC/ABET.

The degree and the options require a minimum of 192 units including a required Common Core of 76 units, 48 units of University and General Education required courses, and 68 units for the option. Consult with an advisor in the department for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree, including GE and free electives.

Lower Division General Education Requirements (32 units)

Block A: Basic Subjects (16 units)

A1. ENGL 101
      ENGL 102
A2. COMM 150
A3. (Critical Thinking) — (Exempt)
A4. (Mathematics) — Fulfilled in Major

American Institutions (8 units)

HIST 202A (4 units) or
HIST 202B (4 units)
POLS 150 (4 units)

Block B: Natural Sciences (0 units)

B1. Biological (with lab) Exempt
B2. Physical (with lab) Fulfilled in Major
B3. Applied Natural (exempt)

Block C: Humanities (12 units)

Select 1 course from 3 different areas (C1,C2,C3, C4,C5) 

C1. Literature and Drama
ENGL 207,250 ,258, (D)260, (D)270, 280 SPAN 242
TA 152

C2. Arts
ART 101ABC, 150, 152, 155, 156, 157, 159, 209 TVF/DANC/TA 210
(D)CHS 112
(D)CHS/PAS 260
DANC 157
(D) LBS 234
MUS 150, 151, 152, 156, 157, 160

C3. Philosophy and Religious Studies
PHIL 151, 152
(D) PHIL 220

C4 Languages Other than English
COMD 150
CHIN 100ABC, 101ABC,
200ABC, 201ABC
FREN 100ABC, 130, 200AB
JAPN 100ABC, 130, 200ABC, 230
LATN 100ABC, 222 PAS 120
SPAN 100ABC, 105, 130, 200ABC, 205ABC, 230

C5. Integrated Humanities

Block D:

Fulfilled in major with ENGR 300

Block E: (4 units)

ANTH 265
(D) ART 240
BUS 200
(D) CHDV/SOC 120
HS 150
KIN 150
(D) PHIL 230
POLS 120
PSY 160
COMM 230
SOC 202
TECH 250

Upper Division Theme (12 units):

1. A biology course must be included as part of GE upper division theme.
2. Select two diversity courses from among all GE courses taken.
3. Must take the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) prior to completing 135 quarter units.

University Requirements (4 units)

ENGL 102 (4 units)
WPE Examination

Requirements for the Major (144 units)

Option I - Manufacturing Engineering Emphasis within Special Option

Required and elective courses (68 units) in this option will be taken from the following group of courses in Engineering, Technology and Management. Manufacturing engineers are concerned with the transformation of raw materials into industrial and consumer products. They are employed by a wide variety of manufacturing industries including aerospace, appliance, automotive, electronics, machine tools, and semiconductor.

Elective Manufacturing Courses (6 units)

Select at least 6 units from the following with attention to prerequisites.

Option II - Environmental Engineering Emphasis within Special Option

Required and elective courses (68 units) in this option will be taken from courses in environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, and other related programs. Environmental engineers use principles in science and engineering to identify and quantify threats to the natural environment (air, water and soil) and to design and implement technologies to improve it. They are employed by a wide variety of public and private institutions and are involved in all aspects of the discipline, ranging from policy to fundamental research to large-scale implementation of technologies.

Technical Electives (11 units)

Select at least 11 units from the following with attention to prerequisites.

Option III - Rehabilitation Engineering Emphasis within Special Option

Required and elective courses (67 units) will include courses in engineering design, biomechanics, kinesiology and physiology, and related sciences and engineering. The aim of this option is to enable both an analytical and hands-on understanding of biomechanics, disability, and multi-disciplinary, creative design to improve the independence, activities and quality of life of people with disabilities. Rehabilitation engineers research and develop a wide range of assistive devices for people with disabilities. Examples include all-terrain wheelchairs, improved artificial limbs, and improved recreation and therapeutic devices for adults and children with disabilities. Rehabilitation engineers may develop their own product development companies, work for biomedical devices companies, or work with rehabilitation facilities both public and private. Rehabilitation engineering is also a viable academic option in conjunction with premedical studies, or studies for allied health services field, such as occupational and physical therapy, and nursing. It also is an excellent introduction to the field of client focused product development, involving an intimate knowledge of human factors and the multidisciplinary nature of design.