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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (120 units)

The opportunity to explore a particular area of interest is provided by additional elective courses in the senior year. Several industry and professional society sponsored scholarships and internships are available to upper division mechanical engineering students. Further information is available in the department office.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Mechanical Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Mechanical Engineering at the Long Beach campus must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Mechanical Engineering major at the Long Beach campus, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses:

Core Lower Division Major Requirements (grade of "C" or better required):

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking

To be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering Extension Program offered at Lancaster University Center, all prospective students must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on all transferable course work attempted, and complete course work equivalent to the following:

Core Lower Division Major Requirements – 34 units (grade of C or better required):

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), MATH 224 (Calculus III), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat), PHYS 152 (Electricity & Magnetism), CHEM 111A (General Chemistry), MAE 205 (Computer Methods), MAE 172 (Engineering Design Graphics), and CE 205 (Statics)

General Education Courses: - 30 units:

  • Category A – 9 units (Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking)
  • Category C – 9 units (Humanities, Arts)
  • Category D – 9 units (US history, Constitution & American Ideals, Social Science)
  • Category E – 3 units (Self-Integration)

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.

Requirements

Minimum of 120 units including University General Education requirements. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all prerequisites for all required courses listed below.

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 all with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 101B Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (1)
    Prerequisite: Freshman standing or consent of instructor and MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics I (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • MAE 205 Computer Methods in MAE (2)
    Prerequisites: MATH 122 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 272 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (2)
    Prerequisite: MAE 172 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

Take one of the following choices:

  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

or both of the following:

  • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisites: MATH 123, EE 210L.
  • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)
    Corequisite: EE 210.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224 and C E 205 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 336 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: C E 335.
  • CE 406 Project Cost-Benefit Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.
  • MAE 300 Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement (2)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151, PHYS 152 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 305 Numerical Methods in MAE (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 205 and MATH 370A all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 322 Engineering Materials and Materials Processes (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A, MATH 123, MAE 172 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151 or equivalent, and CHEM 111A all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 336 Power Plant Design (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 330 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 337 Thermal Engineering Laboratory (2)
    Prerequisite: MAE 336 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 361 Materials and Properties Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1), MAE 300, MAE 322, MAE 373 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics Dynamics (3)
    Prerequisites: CE 205, MAE 205 or CE 206 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 205 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 375 Kinematics & Dynamics of Mechanisms (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 272, MAE 371 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 376 Modeling & Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 371; MATH 370A all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 409 Modern Computational Aspects in Mechanical Engineering (3)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.
  • MAE 431 Heat Transfer Systems Design (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 305, MAE 330; CE 335 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 459 Professional Practice Seminar (1)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 471 Design and Analysis of Mechanical Engineering Systems I (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 373 and MAE 375 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 472 Design and Analysis of Mechanical Engineering Systems II (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 330, MAE 471 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 476 Mechanical Control Systems I (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 376 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 490 Special Topics (3)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.

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