Courses


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ENGR 101 , ENGR 102 , ENGR 103 , ENGR 110 , ENGR 121 , ENGR 241 , ENGR 294 , ENGR 296 , ENGR 298 , ENGR 299 , ENGR 311 , ENGR 351 , ENGR 421 , ENGR 465 , ENGR 494 , ENGR 496 , ENGR 499

ENGR 101 | INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the field of engineering. Students work in small teams to solve open-ended interdisciplinary design problems, including concept generation, analysis, computer aided design (CAD) modeling, construction, testing, development, and documentation. The project work is enhanced with lectures, activities, and reading on design, manufacturing, and engineering tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-laboratory weekly.

ENGR 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DESIGN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (ENGR 121 or COMP 110 or COMP 150) and PHYS 270 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the use of sensors, actuators, controllers, and computer interfaces for the use with electro-mechanical systems. Application of the engineering design process culminating in a team-based design project.

ENGR 103 | USER-CENTERED DESIGN

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1

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

Introduction to strategies for developing designs that emphasize how users will interact with the final product. Iterative design methods to elicit user requirements, generate alternative designs, develop low-fidelity prototypes, and evaluate designs from the user’s perspective. Individual and collaborative strategies for design thinking, concept development, and functional evaluation.

ENGR 110 | THE DESIGN OF COFFEE

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area, Lab

This course serves as an introduction to how engineers approach and solve problems, demonstrated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee. Students will be introduced to basic principles of engineering analysis and design, and guided through a series of laboratory experiments testing the effect of design choices on the sensory quality of coffee. Both qualitative and quantitative concepts will be included in the course, along with discussion on the implications of coffee production and harvesting on land use, agriculture industry, labor force, economies, and societies. This course fulfills a Scientific and Technological Inquiry core curriculum requirement for non-majors. Concurrent registration in MATH 115 or higher recommended.

ENGR 121 | ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Fundamentals of computer usage and programming in a structured, high-level language as commonly used in engineering systems development and applications; modular programming principles; use of the operating system and language constructs for program input/output; object-oriented programming. Three hours lecture weekly.

ENGR 241 | ACOUSTICS OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

An exploration of the acoustical properties of musical instruments that combines the concepts of musical acoustics with the design and construction of musical instruments. Analysis of musical tones using instrumentation. Analysis of vibrating structures using SolidWorks. The course will culminate in student innovative design projects. Not intended for engineering majors.

ENGR 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics in various areas of engineering theory and practice. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 296 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem selected after consultation with faculty. Written report required. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required.

ENGR 298 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed lower division internship or co-operative experience in an engineering or related activity. Usually involves a three-month summer work assignment with industrial firms or government agencies. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum engineering program graduation requirements. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 311 | ENGINEERING MATERIALS SCIENCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L) and MATH 151 and PHYS 271

Basic concepts of material structure and its relation to properties; atomic structure; mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties; engineering applications; introduction to semiconductor physics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ENGR 351 | COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2

Prerequisites: ENGR 103

Interdisciplinary apprenticeship course to support engineers’ ability to work with community groups around socio-technical problems. Explorations of the historical and contemporary contexts and impacts of designs, systems, processes and products surrounding and involving engineering and engineers will be applied to a community context. Collaborations with communities to share knowledge and understanding and to co-create project briefs related to engineering in support of social justice.

ENGR 421 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE

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. Every Spring.

ENGR 465 | FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course deals with the interaction between the engineering and legal communities. Through case studies, students will learn about the legalities associated with being an engineer. The analysis stage of the engineering design process will be dissected and viewed as it is interpreted by the courts. Standard of care and legal standards for review of engineering design will be discussed. Duties of the engineer, the manufacturer, and the end user will be compared and contrasted. Students will perform forensic analyses of product failure cases. Legal concepts will be conveyed via case studies and Law Review articles.

ENGR 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics course in areas of special interest to engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 0.5-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in engineering. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: (MATH 130 or MATH 150)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

MENG 210 , MENG 260 , MENG 294 , MENG 299 , MENG 300 , MENG 311 , MENG 350 , MENG 350L , MENG 351 , MENG 352 , MENG 360 , MENG 360L , MENG 370 , MENG 370L , MENG 375 , MENG 380 , MENG 400 , MENG 400L , MENG 410 , MENG 420 , MENG 430 , MENG 445 , MENG 460 , MENG 460L , MENG 462 , MENG 465 , MENG 470 , MENG 491 , MENG 491W , MENG 492 , MENG 494 , MENG 496 , MENG 498 , MENG 499

MENG 210 | STATICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PHYS 270 and MATH 150

Equilibrium analysis of particles and rigid bodies using vector analysis of forces and moments in two and three dimensions; free body diagrams; friction; analysis of trusses; distributed forces; basics of shear and moment diagrams; centroids; and moments of inertia. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

MENG 260 | INTRODUCTION TO THERMAL SCIENCES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and PHYS 270

Introduction to basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Applications to engineering systems. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

MENG 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to mechanical engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

MENG 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 300 | APPLIED THERMODYNAMICS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: MENG 260

Further developments of concepts from classical thermodynamics. Application of laws of thermodynamics to gas and vapor power cycles, mixtures of gases and vapors, and refrigeration cycles. Moist air analysis and chemically reacting systems. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 311 | MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L and MATH 151

Basic concepts of material structure and its relation to properties; atomic structure; mechanical properties; engineering applications; introduction to semiconductor materials.

MENG 350 | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MENG 210 and (MENG 311 or ENGR 311)

Description, classification and analysis of manufacturing processes used in the transformation of different raw materials (e.g. metal, polymers, and ceramics) into consumer or capital goods. Topics include analysis of variables that affect process operations, performance, quality, cost, sustainability and the design of process plans.

MENG 350L | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES LABORATORY

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

A laboratory course to compliment the lecture material presented in ISYE 350. One three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring Semester.

MENG 351 | MACHINE SHOP PRACTICES

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Introduction to metal and wood working machines and practices, with emphasis on development of basic competence and safety. Three-hour laboratory weekly.Sophomore standing in Mechanical engineering. Fall semester.

MENG 352 | CAD PRACTICES

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Introduction to 3D computer-aided design of components and assemblies using modern solid modeling tools. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Sophomore standing in Mechanical engineering. Fall semester.

MENG 360 | FLUID MECHANICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MENG 260 or MATH 250 or MATH 310

Basic laws of fluid mechanics with applications to engineering problems, including dimensional analysis and similitude, boundary layer analysis, internal and external flows, and turbomachinery analysis. Three hours lecture. Spring semester.

MENG 360L | FLUID MECHANICS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Prerequisites: MENG 260 and MATH 310

Corequisites: MENG 360

Laboratory for MENG 360. Three hours laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 370 | MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: MENG 210

Corequisites: MENG 370L

Analytical methods for determining stress and strain, torsion, bending of beams, shearing stress in beams, combined stresses, principal stresses, and deflection in beams. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 370L | MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: MENG 370

Laboratory for MENG 370. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 375 | DYNAMICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MENG 210

Analysis of dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using vector methods in two and three dimensions. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of translational and rotational motion, energy and momentum methods. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 380 | KINEMATICS AND DESIGN OF MACHINERY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

Kinematics and dynamic analysis of machinery; mechanism synthesis techniques for function, motion, path generators; and design applications with linkages, cams, and gears. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 400 | HEAT TRANSFER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Corequisites: MENG 400L

Heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and combinations thereof. Introduction to heat exchanger analysis and design, along with other applications. Three hours lecture and three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 400L | HEAT TRANSFER LABORATORY

Core Attributes: Lab

Corequisites: MENG 400

Laboratory for MENG 400. Three laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 410 | ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTYEMS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MENG 300

Thermodynamics of traditional fossil fuels and bio fuel combustion. Analysis of solar, wind, wave, and tidal power systems. Introduction to fuel cells and advanced battery technology. Discussion of the current technological limitation of each topic listed above. Three hours of lecture weekly.

MENG 420 | COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 310 and MENG 370 and MENG 352 and (ENGR 121 or COMP 150)

Mechanical design and analysis using commercially available solid modeling, kinematics, and FEA computer software. Numerical methods and their applications using root solving, optimization, regression analysis, numerical differentiation and integration will be covered. An introduction to finite difference and finite element methods will also be presented. Two hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 430 | DESIGN OF MACHINE ELEMENTS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: MENG 370

Analysis and design of mechanical components against failures under steady and fatigue loads. Design applications of various machine elements, such as shafts, bearings, gears, springs, and fasteners. These are integrated into mini-design projects required of all students. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 445 | INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

This course covers introductory materials related to the subject of robotics. The course is designed to encompass theories as well as practices, intended for both the user and the designer of a robotic system. Topics include modeling and analyses of the mechanics of robots, actuators, sensors, and vision systems.

MENG 460 | SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 375

Analysis and design of dynamic systems in various engineering domains; modeling of mechanical and electrical systems, free and forced responses, time and frequency domain analysis, applications in isolation and control of mechanical vibrations, and vibration measuring instruments. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 460L | SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Prerequisites: MENG 460 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Laboratory for MENG 460. Three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

MENG 462 | TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Additional topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence. Three hours lecture weekly.

MENG 465 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MENG 360

Topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence.

MENG 470 | FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 310 and MENG 351 and MENG 370

Finite element based solutions to engineering problems with an emphasis on elastostatic problems in structural mechanics. The power and pitfalls associated with the finite element method highlighted through practical modeling assignments. Modeling and practical applications using commercial finite element codes. Three hours lecture weekly.

MENG 491 | SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (MENG 311 or ENGR 311) and ENGL 304 and MENG 351 and MENG 352 (Can be taken Concurrently) and MENG 400 (Can be taken Concurrently) and MENG 400L (Can be taken Concurrently) and MENG 430 (Can be taken Concurrently) and COMM 203 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Mechanical engineering capstone design experience in a simulated industrial environment. Students work in teams, in collaboration with an engineering faculty and/or an engineering professional from industry, on an open-ended design project. This involves designing, construction, testing, and evaluation as well as consideration of issues related to ethics, economics, safety and professional practice. Two-hour lecture and four-hour laboratory weekly.

MENG 491W | SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I

Core Attributes: Writing-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: COMM 203 and ENGR 311 and MENG 351 and MENG 352 and MENG 400 (Can be taken Concurrently) and MENG 430 (Can be taken Concurrently)

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, as well written and oral presentation skills. Three-hour lecture recitation and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

MENG 492 | SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II

Core Attributes: Advanced Integration

Prerequisites: MENG 491W or MENG 491

Mechanical engineering capstone design experience in a simulated industrial environment that applies and integrates engineering and nonengineering topics.. Students work in teams, in collaboration with an engineering faculty and/or an engineering professional from industry, on an open-ended design project. This involves designing, construction, testing and evaluation as well as consideration of issues related to ethics, economics, safety and professional practice. The course also includes documentation of design project including written reports and oral presentations to multiple audiences.

MENG 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in Mechanical Engineering. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 0.5-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in mechanical engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in the EE major. Prior approval by the department chair is required. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Directed upper division level internship/co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

MENG 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual design or research project under the general supervision of participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ENGR 101 , ENGR 102 , ENGR 103 , ENGR 110 , ENGR 121 , ENGR 241 , ENGR 294 , ENGR 296 , ENGR 298 , ENGR 299 , ENGR 311 , ENGR 351 , ENGR 421 , ENGR 465 , ENGR 494 , ENGR 496 , ENGR 499

ENGR 101 | INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the field of engineering. Students work in small teams to solve open-ended interdisciplinary design problems, including concept generation, analysis, computer aided design (CAD) modeling, construction, testing, development, and documentation. The project work is enhanced with lectures, activities, and reading on design, manufacturing, and engineering tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-laboratory weekly.

ENGR 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DESIGN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (ENGR 121 or COMP 110 or COMP 150) and PHYS 270 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the use of sensors, actuators, controllers, and computer interfaces for the use with electro-mechanical systems. Application of the engineering design process culminating in a team-based design project.

ENGR 103 | USER-CENTERED DESIGN

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1

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

Introduction to strategies for developing designs that emphasize how users will interact with the final product. Iterative design methods to elicit user requirements, generate alternative designs, develop low-fidelity prototypes, and evaluate designs from the user’s perspective. Individual and collaborative strategies for design thinking, concept development, and functional evaluation.

ENGR 110 | THE DESIGN OF COFFEE

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area, Lab

This course serves as an introduction to how engineers approach and solve problems, demonstrated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee. Students will be introduced to basic principles of engineering analysis and design, and guided through a series of laboratory experiments testing the effect of design choices on the sensory quality of coffee. Both qualitative and quantitative concepts will be included in the course, along with discussion on the implications of coffee production and harvesting on land use, agriculture industry, labor force, economies, and societies. This course fulfills a Scientific and Technological Inquiry core curriculum requirement for non-majors. Concurrent registration in MATH 115 or higher recommended.

ENGR 121 | ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Fundamentals of computer usage and programming in a structured, high-level language as commonly used in engineering systems development and applications; modular programming principles; use of the operating system and language constructs for program input/output; object-oriented programming. Three hours lecture weekly.

ENGR 241 | ACOUSTICS OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

An exploration of the acoustical properties of musical instruments that combines the concepts of musical acoustics with the design and construction of musical instruments. Analysis of musical tones using instrumentation. Analysis of vibrating structures using SolidWorks. The course will culminate in student innovative design projects. Not intended for engineering majors.

ENGR 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics in various areas of engineering theory and practice. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 296 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem selected after consultation with faculty. Written report required. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required.

ENGR 298 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed lower division internship or co-operative experience in an engineering or related activity. Usually involves a three-month summer work assignment with industrial firms or government agencies. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum engineering program graduation requirements. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 311 | ENGINEERING MATERIALS SCIENCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L) and MATH 151 and PHYS 271

Basic concepts of material structure and its relation to properties; atomic structure; mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties; engineering applications; introduction to semiconductor physics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ENGR 351 | COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2

Prerequisites: ENGR 103

Interdisciplinary apprenticeship course to support engineers’ ability to work with community groups around socio-technical problems. Explorations of the historical and contemporary contexts and impacts of designs, systems, processes and products surrounding and involving engineering and engineers will be applied to a community context. Collaborations with communities to share knowledge and understanding and to co-create project briefs related to engineering in support of social justice.

ENGR 421 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE

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. Every Spring.

ENGR 465 | FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course deals with the interaction between the engineering and legal communities. Through case studies, students will learn about the legalities associated with being an engineer. The analysis stage of the engineering design process will be dissected and viewed as it is interpreted by the courts. Standard of care and legal standards for review of engineering design will be discussed. Duties of the engineer, the manufacturer, and the end user will be compared and contrasted. Students will perform forensic analyses of product failure cases. Legal concepts will be conveyed via case studies and Law Review articles.

ENGR 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics course in areas of special interest to engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 0.5-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in engineering. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: (MATH 130 or MATH 150)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

Professional Electives

Four courses required (12 credits)

The following courses are approved as major electives:

  • MATH 311 Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering
  • MGMT 304 Entrepreneurship and New Venture
  • ENGR 465 Forensic Engineering
  • ELEC: any 300 or 400 level course (prereqs apply), except ELEC 491W, 492.
  • ISYE: any 300 or 400 level course (prereqs apply), except ISyE 330, 350, 391W, 492.
  • MENG 380 Kinematics & Design of Machinery
  • MENG 410 Alternative Energy Systems
  • MENG 420 Computer Applications in ME*
  • MENG 445 Intro to Robotics
  • MENG 460 System Dynamics and Vibrations
  • MENG 462 Topics in Fluid Mechanics*
  • MENG 465 Computational Fluid Dynamics*
  • MENG 470 Finite Element Analysis*
  • MENG 494: These are special topics that change each semester.
    Past offerings have included:
    • Intro to Design Optimization*
    • Product Design Using Six Sigma
    • Intro to Electronic Packaging
    • Mechanics of Polymers
    • Intro to Biomechanics

*Other courses (including upper division science and math) may be approved.


Simulation Electives

One course required (3 credits)

The following courses are approved as simulation electives*:

  • MENG 420 Computer Applications in ME
  • MENG 462 Topics in Fluid Mechanics
  • MENG 470 Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • MENG 465 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • MENG 494 Intro to Design Optimization

*Other courses are subject to approval by the Mechanical Engineering program chair.

*All approved simulation electives are also approved as professional electives, but coursework does not double-count. For example, if a student takes MENG 410, MENG 470, and MENG 494 CFD, either of the latter two courses may count as the simulation elective. The other two would count as the professional electives.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Requirements for the Mechanical Engineering Major: 147 semester units

Preparation for the Major

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, scientific and technological inquiry, advanced writing, and the level 1 diversity, inclusion and social justice (DISJ) requirement.  

Mathematics and Science Requirements (33 units)
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 315 Applied Probability and Statistics
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
Additional Math or Science 13-4
Engineering Core Requirements (22 units)
MENG 210Statics3
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or COMP 110 Computational Problem Solving
or COMP 150 Computer Programming I
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
ELEC 201LElectrical Circuits Lab0
Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (12 units)
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ISYE 220 Engineering Economics
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
COMM 203Public Speaking 23
ENGL 304Advanced Composition3
Total Units67-68

Mechanical Engineering Requirements

These courses include units in mechanical engineering science, laboratory, and design. These classes are required by the major:

MENG 300Applied Thermodynamics3
MENG 311Materials Science and Engineering3
ISYE 350Manufacturing Processes3
MENG 351Machine Shop Practices1
MENG 352CAD Practices1
MENG 360Fluid Mechanics3
MENG 370
370L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
4
MENG 375Dynamics3
MENG 400
400L
Heat Transfer
and Heat Transfer Laboratory
4
MENG 430Design of Machine Elements3
MENG 491Senior Design Project I3
MENG 492Senior Design Project II3
Mechanical Engineering Simulation Elective 33
Mechanical Engineering Professional Elective 312

Additional Requirements 

All mechanical engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university and the Connect Career Readiness Program (https://www.sandiego.edu/engineering/resources/careers/connect).

Required Program of Study: Mechanical Engineering

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121, COMP 110,
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computational Problem Solving
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
ENGR 121, COMP 110,
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computational Problem Solving
Computer Programming I
3
or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
ECON 101, 102,
or ISYE 220
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Engineering Economics
3-4
CC Electives3
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201
201L
Electrical Circuits4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
COMM 2033Public Speaking3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
MENG 311Materials Science and Engineering3
MENG 300Applied Thermodynamics3
MENG 351Machine Shop Practices1
MENG 352CAD Practices1
MENG 375Dynamics3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
Math/Science Elective (MATH 311 or PHYS 272 or CHEM 152 or BIOL 240)3-4
Semester IIHours
ISYE 350Manufacturing Processes3
MENG 360Fluid Mechanics3
MENG 370
370L
Mechanics of Materials4
ENGL 304Advanced Composition3
MENG Elective3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
MENG 400
400L
Heat Transfer4
MENG 430Design of Machine Elements3
MENG 491Senior Design Project I3
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
MENG Elective3
Semester IIHours
MENG 492Senior Design Project II3
MENG electives6
CC electives6-7
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
MENG elective3
CC electives12