General Engineering Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Engineering Major

All general engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.  The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematical reasoning, scientific and technological inquiry, quantitative reasoning, advanced writing, and levels 1 and 2 diversity, inclusion, and social justice (DISJ).

Preparation for the Major

Mathematics and Science Requirements
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III 14
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Add'l Math or Science 23
Total Math and Science Units32-33
Engineering Core Requirements
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or  COMP 150 Computer Programming I
Total Engineering Core Units12
Total Units45

Major Requirements

Students selecting the BS/BA in Engineering fulfill the requirement for the major by completing a set of common engineering breadth courses required by all students in the major, and by either 1) completing the requirements in a concentration or 2) working with an advisor to develop a plan of study that includes classes from several disciplines to meet individual professional goals. 

Required Engineering Breadth Courses for all General Engineering Options

ELEC 201
201L
Electrical Circuits
and Electrical Circuits Lab
4
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems (or any upper division engineering course)3.5
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
GENG 221Software Foundations3
GENG 350Engineering and Social Justice3
GENG 360Experimental Engineering3
GENG 491Engineering Senior Design I4
GENG 492Engineering Senior Design II3
Total Units35.5

Option 1: Individual Plan of Study (IPS) 

Students may work with a faculty adviser to define a curriculum plan that meets their specific educational and professional goals.  In addition to the BS/BA in Engineering required classes, students must develop a plan that includes at least 24 units of coursework including at least 18 upper division units with at least 6 units of upper division engineering.

Approved Engineering classes6
Approved IPS electives18
Total Units24

Option 2: Embedded Software Concentration (ESW)

Embedded software engineering focuses on software development to control or monitor devices that are typically part of a larger system. For example, ESW graduates might develop software to control autonomous vehicles, monitor power systems, or control communication networks.  

COMP 300Principles of Digital Hardware3.5
COMP 310Operating Systems3.5
COMP 365Principles of Information Security3
COMP 375Networking3.5
GENG 421Embedded Systems Performance3
GENG 422Advanced Embedded Software Development3
Approved Concentration Electives6
Total Units25.5

Option 3: Sustainability 

The Brundtland Report describes sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  This Sustainability Concentration will help you develop the skills needed to apply a sustainability mindset in any field you choose to work in. In addition to the BS/BA in Engineering required classes, students must develop a plan that includes at least 24 units of coursework including at least 18 upper division units.  See a General Engineering faculty member for a list of approved courses in Groups A, B, and C.

Group A Choose 3 courses9
Group A or B Choose 3 courses9
Group A, B, or C Choose 2 courses6
Total Units24

Option 4: Engineering and the Law

Interested in working as a patent agent or attorney?  In this concentration, courses taught by engineers, lawyers, political scientists, and others will prepare students for a range of careers at the intersection of engineering and law. Students will have the opportunity to take courses at USD’s School of Law.  In addition to the BS/BA in Engineering required classes, students must develop a plan that includes at least 24 units of coursework related to Engineering and the Law including at least 18 upper division units.  See a General Engineering faculty member for a list of approved courses in the law related groups.  Note that classes in USD's School of Law are not on the same academic calendar as USD undergraduate courses.

Upper Division Engineering Courses Choose 412
Law related Courses Choose 4. 12
At least 2 from same group, at least 1 outside of that group.
Total Units24

Recommended Program of Study, Individual Plan of Study

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
or ENGR 102
103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
or ENGR 103
102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
GENG 221Software Foundations3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
MATH 250Calculus III4
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
GENG 350Engineering and Social Justice3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems (or any upper-division engineering course)3.5
IPS Elective3
Semester IIHours
GENG 360Experimental Engineering3
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
IPS Elective (upper division engineering)3
IPS Elective (upper division)3
CC Elective3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
GENG 491Engineering Senior Design I4
IPS Elective (upper division)3
IPS Elective (upper division engineering)3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
GENG 492Engineering Senior Design II3
IPS Electives (upper division)6
CC Electives6
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
IPS Elective3
Math/Sci Elective3
CC Elective3
Free Electives9

Recommended Program of Study, Embedded Software Concentration 

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
or ENGR 102
103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
or ENGR 103
102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
GENG 221Software Foundations3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
GENG 350Engineering and Social Justice3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
CC Elective3
Semester IIHours
GENG 360Experimental Engineering3
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
COMP 310Operating Systems3.5
GENG 421Embedded Systems Performance3
CC Elective3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
GENG 491Engineering Senior Design I4
GENG 422Advanced Embedded Software Development3
COMP 300Principles of Digital Hardware3.5
CC Elective3
Concentration Elective3
Semester IIHours
GENG 492Engineering Senior Design II3
COMP 365Principles of Information Security3
COMP 375Networking3.5
CC Electives6
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
Concentration Elective3
Math/Sci Elective3
CC Elective3
Free Electives9

Recommended Program of Study, Sustainability Concentration 

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
or ENGR 102
103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
or ENGR 103
102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
GENG 221Software Foundations3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
MATH 250Calculus III4
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
GENG 350Engineering and Social Justice3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems (or any upper-division engineering course)3.5
Concentration-Group A3
Semester IIHours
GENG 360Experimental Engineering3
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
Concentration-Group A3
Concentration-Group A or B3
CC Elective3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
GENG 491Engineering Senior Design I4
Concentration-Group A or B6
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
GENG 492Engineering Senior Design II3
Concentration-Group A3
Concentration-Group A, B, or C3
CC Electives6
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
Concentration-Group A, B, or C3
Math/Sci Elective3
CC Elective3
Free Electives9

Recommended Program of Study, Engineering and the Law Concentration

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
or ENGR 102
103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
or ENGR 121
COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
or ENGR 103
102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
GENG 221Software Foundations3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
MATH 222Discrete Mathematics3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
GENG 350Engineering and Social Justice3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
COMP 280Introduction to Computer Systems3.5
ENGR 465Forensic Engineering3
Semester IIHours
GENG 360Experimental Engineering3
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
Concentration3
Concentration-Upper Division Enginering3
CC Elective3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
GENG 491Engineering Senior Design I4
Concentration-Law for Engineers3
Concentration-Upper Division Engineering3
CC Elective6
Semester IIHours
GENG 492Engineering Senior Design II3
Concentration6
CC Electives6
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
Concentration Elective3
Math/Sci Elective3
CC Elective3
Free Electives9