Undergraduate Programs

Our departments have a vast array of respected programs and coursework to satisfy any engineering student interests. From strong majors to interdisciplinary minors, the College offers prospective students the education and research experience needed to start their careers on the right path.

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Departments and ProgramsKeywordsJobs/Careers
School of Biomedical EngineeringBioelectrics, Biosensors, MRI, (Molecular) Optoelectrics, Bioinstrumentation, Biomedical optics, Imaging, Signal Processing, Microscopy, Biomaterials, Orthopedic Bioengineering, Mechanobiology, Cardiovascular, Biomechanics, Toxicology, Microfluidics, Polymers, Pharmaceutical , Electrochemistry, Biofuels, Bioenergy, DNA design, Molecular dynamics, prosthetic devicesMedical Device/Instrumentation Bioengineer, Pharmaceutical Engineer, Quality Engineer, Research & Development/Innovation Engineer, Clinical Biomedical Engineer, Consultant, Researcher
Department of Chemical and Biological EngineeringPre-med, Cosmetics, Food Engineering/processing, Fermentation, Polymers, Gene Sequencing, DNA manufacturing, ElectrochemistryProcess Development Engineer, Equipment/Material Design Engineer, Pollution Control Engineer, Biochemical/Biomedical Engineer, Food Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineer
Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringLand Development, Site Design, Stormwater Management, Sedimentation, Erosion, Road Design, Utilities, EIT, Hydraulics, Drainage, Septic Systems, Geotechnical, Construction, mine, mine tailings, waste water, dam, structure, Bridges, Roads, Infrastructure, Transportation, Buildings, Environmental, Water quality, Water pollution, Hazardous substances, Climate, Water treatment, Pollution control, Site remediationTransportation Engineer, Hydraulic Engineer, Water Resources Engineer, Structural Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Wind Engineer, Infrastructure Engineer, Construction Engineer, Building Construction Inspector, Industrial Designer/Engineer, Mining Engineer, _x000D_
Geoenvironmental Engineer, Reclamation Engineer, Stormwater Engineer, Floodplain Manager, Hydrologist, Water Infrastructure Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Educator
Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringElectronics, Computers, Wifi, Electromagnetics, Lasers, Communications, Signals, Optics, Robotics, Communication Networks, Energy, Controls, VLSI , Chip Design, Power Systems, Quantum Electronics, Semiconductor, Remote Sensing, Radar, Antennas, Microwave, Photonics, Stochastic Processes, Imaging, Signal Processing, Automobile, Computer, Electronics, Computers , Wifi, Embedded Systems, Computer Architecture, Internet of Things, IoT, High performance computing, Robotics, FPGA, Machine Learning, Controls, VLSI, Chip DesignComputer Hardware Engineer, Data Engineer, Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Designer, Computer Architect, Cybersecurity Engineer, Startup IT Administrator or Designer, Information Security Manager, Avionics Technician, Design Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Electrical Programmer, Robotics and Automation Engineer, Private Sector or Government Contract Electronic Engineer, Embedded Software Engineer, Optical Engineer
Department of Mechanical EngineeringCars, Rockets, Robotics, Controls, Materials, Composite , Manufacturing, Energy, Aerospace, Engines, Combustion, Emissions, Photovoltaics, Lasers, Automobile, PropulsionAeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Field Service Engineer, Production Engineer, Quality Control Manager, Aerospace Engineer

Overview of engineering majors

Student ambassador Camille Milo provides a brief overview of the undergraduate majors offered within the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.

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Academics

Engineering Open Option

Engineering Open Option is a unique opportunity at CSU where incoming, first year students can use their first semester to explore different majors and make an informed decision as to which is best for them.

First step: Engineering 101

Engineering Open Option students take Engineering 101: Grand Challenges in Engineering to learn a base foundation of engineering concepts and explore disciplines.

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Take part in the Engineering Majors Fair to ask intentional questions of faculty, staff, and students in each engineering major.

Declaring a major

During their first semester, students in Engineering Open Option declare their official major, as it is not possible to graduate from CSU as an Engineering Open Option student.

About you

You have always been drawn to design and chemical processes.

Chemical and biological engineering is a blend of basic sciences and the skills to describe, predict, and control all changes of matter. You’ll gain the foundation to create cutting-edge materials and products, to design new devices to improve health or the environment, and to design processes for the production of alternative energy sources and waste prevention.

The major offers a curriculum based in math, science, and engineering to provide a well-rounded education for the many different engineering opportunities available upon graduation.

  • Process Development Engineer
  • Equipment/Material Design Engineer
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Biochemical/Biomedical Engineer
  • Food Engineer
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer

Civil Engineering

About you

You're interested in what it takes to develop structures like the Golden Gate Bridge or Hoover Dam.

The Civil Engineering major provides a solid base in the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, and design and management concepts. In addition to courses in all subdisciplines of Civil Engineering, students will learn design practices, information technology, technical communications, project management, and engineering ethics.

The program culminates in a year-long senior capstone design experience, along with opportunities for internships and hands-on work.

  • Transportation Engineer
  • Hydraulic Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Wind Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Building Construction Inspector
  • Industrial Designer/Engineer
  • Mining Engineer

Environmental Engineering

About you

You want to use your creative problem-solving skills to help the environment.

Environmental engineers design solutions that prevent future pollution as well as correct existing pollution problems. In the major, you’ll gain a foundation in natural sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and engineering fundamentals, and progress to engineering applications in air, water, land pollution, and environmental toxicology.

Opportunities to focus in areas such as agricultural and environmental measurements, rate-controlled separations, basic hydrology, environmental law, and environmental ethics mean you’ll be even more prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.

  • Hydraulic Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Geoenvironmental Engineer
  • Reclamation Engineer
  • Stormwater Engineer
  • Floodplain Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Water Infrastructure Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Educator

Computer Engineering

About you

You want to develop emerging tech, like smartphones, computers, video chat, and beyond.

From autonomous vehicles to smart cities, we live in a hyper-connected world. Computer engineers hold the key to understanding, advancing, and protecting the security of next generation technologies. Computer engineering blends computer science and electrical engineering principles to further advancements in digital technology, computer networking, and computer systems.

In this major, you’ll focus on how computer systems work and how they integrate into and shape society. You’ll experience the benefits of a smaller department with top-tier faculty, while enjoying the perks of a large university.

Research areas can include biomedical engineering, communications & signal processing, controls & robotics, electromagnetics & remote sensing, and lasers & photonics.

  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Artificial Intelligence Designer
  • Computer Architect
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Startup IT Administrator or Designer
  • Information Security Manager

Electrical Engineering

About you

You imagine developing a new electronic gadget that changes the way we live, work, and communicate.

From advanced medical devices to self-driving cars to smart homes, electrical engineers have developed a wide array of new technologies essential to our everyday lives. As devices and systems become “smarter” and more connected, electrical engineers drive what’s next in our high-tech world. They design, test, and supervise the electrical systems and devices for a range of industries.

This major allows you to choose between two concentrations: one covers a broad range of electrical engineering subdisciplines and allows you to focus on an interest with electives. The other focuses on optics and waves, electronics, information processing, and communications.

  • Avionics Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Electrical Programmer
  • Robotics and Automation Engineer
  • Private Sector or Government Contract Electronic Engineer
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Optical Engineer

About you

You have an innate curiosity for the way things work and want to make a meaningful impact on the world.

Mechanical engineers are creative problem solvers who design, develop, and manufacture the machines that run energy, building, environmental, and transportation systems. From day one of your program, you will be immersed in an active learning environment with hands-on experiences designed to prepare you for your career.

You’ll take basic science and mathematics courses alongside major-specific courses while beginning your engineering studies. Your major culminates with a year-long senior design course which will give you a dynamic opportunity to engage in a project that applies the knowledge learned throughout your major. Participation in labs provides an active learning environment and further develops design, modeling, and analytical skills.

The mechanical engineering curriculum will enhance your ability to work in teams, communicate effectively, and engage with diversity, inclusion, and equity topics. This program will give you the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your career. Mechanical Engineering at CSU is dedicated to graduating ethical mechanical engineers who make an impact on society’s global engineering challenges.

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Aerospace Engineer

About you

You want to solve problems in human and animal health using math and engineering.

Biomedical engineering is a five-year dual-degree program combining engineering, biology, and medicine. In the first two years, you’ll take introductory biomedical engineering courses, as well as foundational math and science courses. The third and fourth years solidify expertise in traditional engineering while building strength in biomedical engineering and physical sciences courses.

Your fifth year culminates in a hands-on project with an interdisciplinary team of peers, and you’ll graduate the program having earned two engineering degrees.

  • Medical Device/Instrumentation Bioengineer
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research & Development/Innovation Engineer
  • Clinical Biomedical Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

Outcomes and requirements

Admission requirements

Competitive majors like engineering have additional admission requirements, such as a higher GPA or additional coursework. For more information, review the information below or visit the CSU Admissions Competitive Majors page.

First-year freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree will be admitted into any undergraduate WSCOE program if they achieved a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.5 GPA and have completed Calculus 1 (MATH 160 or equivalent) with a B- or better.

External Transfers from ABET-EAC Accredited Engineering Programs

Any students enrolled in an ABET-EAC accredited engineering program at another university will be admitted directly into any undergraduate engineering program within the WSCOE provided that the student has a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.5.

External Transfers from non-ABET-EAC Accredited Programs
  1. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from all courses at their most recent college/university.

AND

  1. Have completed Calculus 1 (MATH 160 or equivalent) or higher and earned a B- or better in their highest level math class taken.

AND

  1. Have completed one of the following required classes and earned a C or better:
    • For Computer Engineering
      • Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Comp. Sci. (CS 163 or 164 or Equivalent)
    • For All Other WSCOE Majors
      • Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Chemistry (CHEM 111 or Equivalent)
Internal CSU Transfers from non-WSCOE Programs Who Met WSCOE Controls at the Time of Admission

Students who met WSCOE controls at the time admission to CSU, can transfer into any undergraduate WSCOE Engineering program at any time prior to the last day of classes in their first semester at CSU.

Internal CSU Transfers from non-WSCOE Programs Who Did NOT Meet WSCOE Controls at the Time of Admission
  1. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75 from all courses at CSU.

AND

  1. Have completed Calculus 1 (MATH 160 or equivalent) or higher and earned a B- or better in their highest level math class taken.

AND

  1. Have completed the following required classes and earned a C or better:
    • For Computer Engineering
      • Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Comp. Sci. (CS 163 or 164 or Equivalent)
    • For All Other WSCOE Majors
      • Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Chemistry (CHEM 111 or Equivalent)

Students who were admitted to CSU as first-time, first-year students, must complete these requirements by the time that they have earned 45 credits at CSU.  Those admitted to CSU as transfer students must complete the above requirements by the time that they have earned 30 credits at CSU.

Internal Change of Majors within the WSCOE

Students who are enrolled in any undergraduate WSCOE program can freely change majors at any time prior to last day of classes in the second semester of their first year.

All primary 100-level WSCOE courses (ENGR 101, MECH 103, ECE 102, CBE 101, CIVE 102, BIOM 100) can be taken by any first-year engineering student.

For WSCOE students who wish to change majors after the last day of classes in the second semester of their first year, students must have an overall cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 and a math/science/engineering GPA ≥ 2.0.

General College Objectives and Outcomes

Objectives

Individual program outcomes and objectives are provided within the respective departments’ websites.

Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate engineering programs will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet demand needs within realistic constraints.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Graduates will also have:

  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.