College of Engineering
College of Engineering
Interim Dean: Sandra J. Cynar
Assistant to Dean: Vickie Messina (562) 985-5123
Phone Directory: (562) 985-5121
FAX: (562) 985-7561
Associate Dean for Research and Development:
Executive Director for Assessment: Anastasios Chassiakos
Special Assistant to the Dean for Instruction: Vacant
Assistant to the Associate Deans:
Kim Truesdelle (562) 985-8032
Development: Lisa Van Ingen Pope, Director (562) 985-5840
Dorisula "Dee Dee" Green, Manager (562) 985-1586
Recruitment and Retention Center:
Lily Gossage, Director (562) 985-1800
Facilities and Equipment: Mike Berg (562) 985-8746
Safety Officer: Hamid Kavianian (562) 985-2260
Chemical Engineering: Larry K. Jang, Chair (562) 985-7533
Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management
Chan-Feng (Steve) Tsai, Chair (562) 985-5118
Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Wayne Dick, Chair (562) 985-4285
Electrical Engineering: Rajendra Kumar, Chair (562) 985-5102
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hamid Hefazi, Chair (562) 985-1502
The Mission of the College of Engineering is to serve the State of California, the nation, and society at large, by graduating well-prepared professionals, who are provided with excellent education and training in the fundamentals of their discipline through a combination of theory and laboratory practice, and who are provided with the ability and skills to expand knowledge and transform complex ideas into working systems.
The College of Engineering offers four-year curricula
leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in the
disciplines of engineering, computer science, and
engineering technology as well as master's and Ph.D. degree programs. The B.S. programs provide broad education and training for entry to the professions and for continuing academic work toward advanced degrees. Master of Science degrees are offered in aerospace, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, and in computer science. The Master of Science in Engineering is also offered in interdisciplinary areas. The Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics is offered jointly with The Claremont Graduate University. Undergraduate programs provide opportunities to specialize in the areas of aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial- management, manufacturing, materials and mechanical. The Bachelor’s programs in engineering, computer science and engineering technology are accredited by the appropriate accreditation commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 – telephone: 410/ 347-7700; website: http://www.abet.org. The aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. The computer, electronics and manufacturing technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET. (See detailed listing of the accredited programs on the next page). Several certificate programs are also offered. Evening sections of most of the regular courses are offered to help the working students.
The engineering and engineering technology buildings house the College of Engineering in a complex of several adjacent buildings, including a modern six-story Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building, providing modern laboratories and offices for faculty. The buildings feature advanced and comprehensive engineering, computer science, and technology facilities, totalling over 130,000 square feet of laboratory space.
Engineering Advisory and Development Councils
The College of Engineering has Advisory and Development Councils, one for the entire college, one for each of the five departments, and one for the MESA program. These councils consist of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government in Southern California. Their function is to form a liaison between the University and industry and to keep the administration and faculty informed of modern engineering practices. This helps to ensure that the curricula are kept up-to-date. They also advise on placement opportunities before and after graduation.
Programs at a Glance
The Bachelor of Science degrees followed by an asterisk (*) are accredited by EAC, CSAC or TAC of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as appropriate.
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering*
B.S. in Chemical Engineering *
B.S. in Civil Engineering *
B.S. in Computer Engineering*
B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology*
B.S. in Computer Science*
B.S. in Construction Engineering Management
B.S. in Electrical Engineering *
B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology
B.S. in Engineering
Option in Audio Engineering
Option in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
Option in Industrial-Management Engineering
Option in Materials Engineering
B.S. in Engineering Technology
Option in Environmental Technology
Option in Technology and Engineering Education
B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology *
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering *
Minor in Computer Science
Minor in Computer Science Applications
Minor in Environmental Engineering
Minor in Web and Technology Literacy
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
M.S. in Computer Science
Option in Computer Engineering
Option in Computer Science
M.S. in Electrical Engineering
M.S. in Engineering (Interdisciplinary)
M.S. in Engineering Management (on-line) Jointly with CSUDH
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineer (professional degree)
Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (jointly with The Claremont Graduate University)
For detailed descriptions, see listings for Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology Programs, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Students should submit applications early in August for the following Spring Semester and November for the following Fall semester.
Certificate in Heating, Ventilating and Air-Condititioning Engineering (MAE)
Certificate in Waste Engineering and Management (CE)
Certificate in Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering (MAE and EE)
Certificate for Industrial Plastics Processing and Design (MAE. and ChE)
Certificate in Facilities Operations (Civil Engineering)
Certificate in Safety Operations (Chemical Engineering)
Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing (MAE)
Certificate in Systems Engineering (MAE)
Certificate in Web and Technology Literacy (CECS)
Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA) Center
The MESA Center is a program that serves low income and educationally disadvantaged students at the pre-college and college levels. The program is funded by the State of California and also receives program donations from private industry. The MESA Center is comprised of two distinct programs with operations based in the College of Engineering, the MESA Schools Program (MSP) and the MESA Engineering Program (MEP). The MESA Schools Program (MSP) partners with middle and high schools in the Los Angeles basin area to prepare students to attend college. MSP provides academic support services to over eighteen hundred pre-college students with the primary objective of increasing future enrollment at the university level in the disciplines of mathematics, engineering and science. The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) provides non-remedial academic support services to matriculated college students. The major objectives of MEP are to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of a select campus student population. The MESA Engineering Advisory and Development Council (MEADC) includes a membership of industry representatives from local area businesses with an interest in promoting the educational experience of low income and underrepresented students.
Preparation for Admission to the College of Engineering
The high school student planning to enter engineering, engineering technology, or computer science is advised to pursue a program with courses in biology, physics, chemistry, advanced algebra, and trigonometry. In addition, the general requirements for admission to the University must be satisfied. Deficiencies in some of the above areas may result in an extension of the time required to complete a program in engineering, technology, or computer science. Full-time students can complete any baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science in four years.
The curricula are also designed to accommodate students transferring from other colleges such as the community colleges and liberal arts colleges. Full-time students who complete two years at a community college can complete the B.S. degrees in two years. Transfer students should note and follow, where possible, the appropriate curriculum as outlined in later sections. None of the COE study programs are impacted. Only general admission requirements of the University apply and must be met.
General Academic Requirements
In addition to technical knowledge, skills and training, the College of Engineering values good communication skills. The University in its General Education courses provides the basic communication skills and measures them with the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. Students are advised that all College of Engineering courses and student course work require not only correct analysis, competent design and professional presentation but also clear and concise written and oral communication in English. While individual specific course requirements vary depending on the nature of the course, good communication skills, both in written and oral reports, are expected of all students and will normally constitute a portion of the student's grade.
A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in prerequisites for courses required of engineering majors. ENGL 100 or equivalent is a prerequisite to upper division laboratory courses.
Admission to any one of the graduate degree programs in the College of Engineering normally requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units taken.
A student must fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) before qualifying for any degree.
Letter Grade Policy
Letter grades (“C” or better) are required for prerequisites for required courses of Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology majors.
Required Foundation courses must be taken for a Letter Grade, not Credit/No Credit.
Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College
Students who wish to take coursework in a community college or another college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Engineering must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy is for either concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with. (See “Concurrent Enrollment” and “Transfer of Undergraduate Credit” in this catalog.) Courses not receiving prior approval may not be accepted for credit by the department.
Dual Degree Program
Students wishing to combine an engineering degree with one in business, education, fine arts, humanities or the sciences may enter the Dual Degree Program. The College of Engineering at CSULB has agreements with other Colleges within the University and with other institutions which allow students to do this. After three years at the first institution, students transfer to CSULB as juniors to complete the two final years of engineering study. At the end of the first year at CSULB, students who have completed all of the requirements for their first degree are awarded those degrees by the appropriate College or institution. At the end of their fifth year, students who have completed all engineering requirements receive their engineering degrees. As an option, students may choose to complete both degrees simultaneously.
Full-time students without deficiencies in the principal College of Engineering programs can comfortably complete their degree requirements in four years, or in two years after completing two years at a community college. Most of the required courses are offered in multiple sections every semester. In addition, many required courses are also offered during Summer Sessions.
Requirements for the ABET Accredited Degree Programs
Students working for an ABET accredited degree will meet with an academic advisor in their department as early as possible to make themselves fully aware of the ABET requirements, not only in General Education as outlined above, but also in other areas, such as math/science requirements. Requirements are subject to change and current requirements for all programs are posted at http://www.abet.org.