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University Catalog 2011-2012 (“PRINTED”) 
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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 184 units including a required Common Core of 76 units, required courses within the option of 60 units, and University and General Education requirements of 48 units.

Requirements for the Major (136 units)

Option I - Manufacturing Engineering Emphasis within Special Option

Required and elective courses (60 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 (60 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.

Option III - Rehabilitation Engineering Emphasis within Special Option

Required and elective courses (60 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.