University Catalog 2015-2016 “Final Quarter Catalog” [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Engineering and Technology A236
Phone: (323) 343-4500
Fax: (323) 343-4555
College Office Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/ecst/
College Office E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSOCIATE DEAN’S OFFICE
Engineering and Technology A236
Phone: (323) 343-4510
Dean: Emily L. Allen
Associate Dean: Benjamin Lee (Acting)
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology contribute in many ways to the technological progress, personal welfare and business success of the world. In fact, these fields are responsible for many of the advances in our modern civilization. Through their specialties, engineers, computer scientists, and technologists design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, rapid transit systems, and water supplies, and involve areas of solid-state electronics, computers, electrical equipment, communications, controls, and power distribution systems. They also enter the fields of e-commerce, computer programming, mechanics, thermal science, machinery design, instrumentation, and the development and transmission of power.
Engineers and technologists are creative individuals who use math and basic science to create and improve machines, structures and devices such as alternative fuel vehicles, earthquake-proof buildings, cellular phones and spacecraft. They are vital to the practical interpretation and application of some of today’s greatest achievements in business, industry and government. Through a hands-on approach, these professionals continue to produce innovative products and procedures that make a major impact upon improving life and safety. Their problem-solving skills are integral to our society’s success in the new millennium. Computer scientists play a major role in the smooth operation of almost all of our modern conveniences, business transactions, transportation and medical needs. From automated banking systems to state-of-the-art satellites, computer scientists have led the revolutionary changes in contemporary society. Advances in computer science have even benefited the entertainment industry through the ongoing development of video games, digital film and the Internet.
The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering or with a Special Option; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, with options in Aviation Administration, Printing Management, and Production Technology; Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Administration and Technology; and Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts.
Bachelor of Science Degrees in Engineering
The Bachelor of Science degree may be earned in Civil Engineering , Electrical Engineering , Mechanical Engineering , or in Engineering with Special Options . Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Special Option, are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; Telephone (410) 347-7700. All accredited programs are required to provide the following minimum level of instruction: one year of mathematics and basic sciences; one and one-half years of engineering science and design (engineering topics); and one-half year of humanities and social sciences.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Special Option allows students to prepare for innovative careers in engineering through interdisciplinary combinations of course work in areas such as manufacturing engineering.
The total number of units for the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with Special Options is 200, of which 152 units are in the major. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.
Requirements for the Major
The total number of units required for each Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering differs slightly with the degree chosen, as shown below. All students complete a required basic program of lower division courses, followed by specific requirements and technical electives appropriate to their selected degree and individual professional objectives.
Students consult a faculty adviser before registering for classes in their first quarter. They are then required to see their adviser before registering for each subsequent quarter to check for completion of prerequisites and granting of approval to register. Students are expected to develop working relationships with their advisers, and are expected to design elective programs with adviser consultation. They must complete all required lower division course work and obtain upper division advisement before registering for elective courses.
The degree and major require a minimum of 194 units including 146 in the major: 77 in lower division required courses, 52 in upper division required courses, and 17 in upper division electives.
The degree and major require a minimum of 198 units including 150 in the major: 63 in lower division required courses, 48 in upper division required courses, 22 in upper division EE electives (20 lecture, 2 lab), 4 in upper division MATH electives, and 13 in an upper division specialization.
This degree and major require a minimum of 194 units including 146 in the major: 68 in lower division required courses, 51 in upper division required courses, and 27 in upper division electives.
Engineering with Special Options
The degree and major with this option require a minimum of 200 units including 152 in the major: 68 in lower division required courses, 27 in upper division required courses, and 57 units in upper division electives. In addition, all degrees require the completion of the general education program for engineering majors. Students should consult their major department to obtain a copy of these requirements.
The Engineering program is designed for students who transfer from a California community college as well as those who begin their work at Cal State L.A. Students at other colleges who are considering transferring to Cal State L.A. are urged to consult a department adviser for complete details and for program counseling.
In evaluating transfer courses, the engineering departments allow no subject credit for upper division work taken at another institution in which the grade of D or its equivalent was earned. Lower division courses are not subject to this restriction.
The Department of Computer Science offers an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. This program is designed to provide an excellent foundation in all core areas of computer science with the opportunity to choose electives in a variety of specialized fields. A total of 189 units are required for the degree, including 119 units in the major.
Many students transfer into the Department of Computer Science after attending community college. With the impending implementation of the Lower Division Transfer Pattern, a California statewide pattern of general education and graduation coursework, transfer students will be able to immediately begin their 59 units of required upper division courses for Computer Science. Students are strongly advised to meet with an adviser prior to beginning their transfer program.
The Department of Technology offers undergraduate programs in several areas designed to prepare students for careers in industrial technology and technology education. Specific programs are in industrial technology, graphic communications, aviation administration, fire protection administration, and technology education. These programs allow students to develop expertise in specific technical areas including: aviation management, fire protection, automated manufacturing and robotics, computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), electronics, design/drafting, graphic communications/printing, manufacturing, and power, energy and transportation. Graduates of these programs are employed in a wide range of careers including managers, management representatives, administrators, production supervisors, trainers, technical support specialists, and technology educators. The department also offers several upper division certificate programs to provide further technical depth.
Each of the programs in the Department of Technology has an adviser that can assist students in developing their programs. Every new student must see an adviser before beginning to take classes. Transfer students are encouraged to begin advisement while still enrolled at the community college to ensure a smooth transition.
All advisement is on an appointment basis. Please call (323) 343-4550 for an appointment.
Many students transfer into the Department of Technology after attending community colleges. The advisers are prepared to explain the transfer process and create a degree program based on a combination of transfer and Cal State L.A. courses.
Some community college programs have structured 2+2 agreements with our programs. 2+2 programs provide for more efficient transfer but require that specific courses be taken at each institution. Please consult your college catalog, counseling office, or call our advisers at (323) 343-4550 for details.
Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs
The objective of the Master of Science degree programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering is to prepare students for employment in design, research, and development positions in industry, for positions as engineering teachers, and for further study toward doctoral degrees.
The Department of Technology offers a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Technical Studies. The purpose of this degree is to prepare students for technical management roles in industry, leadership in technology education or the public sector, and/or for further study toward a doctoral degree.
The college offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in the following four fields.
Admission to Engineering Programs
In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must possess the equivalent of the Bachelor of Science degree currently specified by Cal State L.A. for the field of engineering in which they wish to specialize and a 2.75 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units attempted in the undergraduate program. Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the department in which the proposed graduate degree is offered. Applicants who earned less than a 2.5 grade point average in the last 90 units attempted in undergraduate status will not be admitted to a master’s degree program in engineering without clear and compelling evidence of current capacity for satisfactory performance in such a program.
Consultation with a department graduate adviser is required before any courses are attempted to determine if deficiencies exist in undergraduate preparation. Students should provide transcripts of all undergraduate work, which will be retained by the adviser. MATH 402A, entitled Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists I, is required for all graduate programs in engineering if not previously completed.
Masters in Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science offers a Master of Science degree in Computer Science which prepares students to work at advanced levels in industry, business or government, further graduate work, or to teach at the community college. Students are able to tailor their program to fit career interests and goals.
Admission to the Computer Science Program
Applicants who hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution must apply to the University. Applicants who meet all the University requirements are admitted to postbaccalaureate unclassified standing. No more than 13-quarter units of acceptable course work completed before approval by the department’s graduate adviser and college graduate dean may be included on the master’s program.
Students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science who meet the conditions for classified standing may be advanced to classified standing immediately upon filling out a master’s degree program in consultation with the department’s graduate adviser.
Applicants who do not meet the above admission requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the department in which the proposed graduate degree is offered. Applicants who earned less than a 2.5 grade point average in the last 90 quarter units attempted in undergraduate status will not be admitted to the master’s degree program without clear and compelling evidence of current capacity for satisfactory performance in such a program.
Consultation with a department graduate adviser is required before any courses are attempted to determine if deficiencies exist in undergraduate preparation. Students should provide transcripts of all undergraduate work, which will be retained by the adviser.
Admission to the Industrial and Technical Studies Program
In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to technology. Applicants who do not possess a related degree may take a series of prerequisite courses to qualify for admission. Applicants who earned less than a 2.5 grade point average in their last 90 (quarter) units attempted may be admitted on probationary status. The program adviser can explain the procedures required for this exception to take place. All students must see the adviser before enrolling in any courses in the program.
Programs for this School/College:
• Engineering with Special Options, B.S.