General Engineering Courses

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

GENG 221, GENG 350, GENG 360, GENG 421, GENG 491, GENG 492


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and ENGR 121 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently) and PHYS 270 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to Object Oriented Programming in Python. Implementation and use of data structures including arrays, structures, classes, stacks, lists, and trees in C and Python.


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 102 and ENGR 103

This course aims to support students understanding of engineering in relation to social justice. It will help students develop critical thinking skills and to apply these to the context of engineering practices and systems. Students will consider the historical and contemporary contexts and impacts of the designs, systems, processes and products surrounding and involving engineering and engineers. The course will be taught in intensive mode, with interactive lectures, workshops and seminars, together with a team project, where students will apply their learning to research a local community need.


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 102 and ELEC 201 and MENG 210 and MENG 260 and ENGR 311

Engineers rely heavily on data when making decisions. This is a course about how engineers collect, analyze, and present data. In this course, students will be introduced to fundamental principles of measurement and instrumentation through a series of hands on experiments in several engineering contexts, including designing your own experiment. Technical communication skills are an integral part of sharing data, therefore both written and oral communication will be taught this class. Every Spring.


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 385

This course will focus on the application of all available processing power to implement system solutions. Parallel processing, core sequestration, processor affinity, CPU programming, DSP programming, and the integration of disparate processing elements via OpenCL will all be addressed in this course. The impact of coherent and non-coherent memory models will be addressed and the notion of data hazards in non-coherent systems will be detailed. We will also consider the application specific impacts of the relative power efficiency of alternative processing models.


Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (GENG 350 and GENG 360) or (ELEC 302 and ELEC 310 and ELEC 350) or (MENG 430 and MENG 435)

Proposal and design phase of a capstone project culminating in a documented and approved engineering design project to be implemented in ENGR 492. Computer-aided electrical, mechanical, software, math, science and other discipline design techniques are used to study design alternatives and support the final design selection: evaluation of ethical, cultural, economic, societal, and safety considerations in the design process. The development of individual and group written and oral communication skills. This course prepares students to approach an engineering design project in a small team. Topics include project selection, research methods on chosen project, a review of the design process, including concept generation, concept selection, construction, testing, and evaluation. Fall semester.


Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: GENG 491

Engineering capstone design experience in a realistic engineering environment that applies and integrates engineering and nonengineering topics. Students work in teams, in collaboration with engineering faculty and/or engineering professionals from industry, on an open-ended design project. This involves design, construction, testing and evaluation as well as consideration of issues related to culture, ethics, economics, social justice, safety and professional practice. Course also includes documentation of design project including written reports and oral presentations to multiple audiences. Spring semester.