The College of Engineering offers progressive, project-oriented undergraduate degree programs in 7 areas of study plus a minor. Modern laboratory facilities and research-active faculty assure that students are well-prepared to compete in the modern engineering workplace. All Bachelor's Degree Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering is both the most specialized and the most diversified of fields. Aerospace professionals apply their knowledge to design better aircraft, send a spacecraft to Mars, or design a satellite to predict the weather. The same aerospace professionals may also apply their knowledge to study wind stress on new buildings; to eliminate energy waste in skyscrapers; to design automobiles, high-speed trains and ships; or to aid in artificial heart research.
Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to federal levels, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.
Construction Engineering is the planning and management of the construction of structures such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, and reservoirs. Construction of such projects requires knowledge of engineering and management principles and business procedures, economics, and human behavior. Construction engineers engage in the design of temporary structures, quality assurance and quality control, building and site layout surveys, on site material testing, concrete mix design, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, safety engineering, materials procurement, and cost engineering and budgeting.
Environmental Engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to remediate polluted sites. Environmental engineering involves water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues as well as a knowledge of environmental engineering law. It also includes studies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Computer engineers are involved in the design, development, manufacture, installation, and operation of general purpose and embedded computers of all sorts. They are concerned with both hardware (i.e., the electronic circuits and devices that actually store and process information) and software (i.e., the programs that control the operation of the hardware).
Electrical engineers solve problems through the skillful application of mathematics and science. They design useful products such as cellular telephones, high definition TVs that show lifelike pictures, and imaging systems that allow physicians to look inside the human body without performing surgery. Electrical engineers also design systems for the generation and distribution of power that lights our homes, operates our factories, and runs our household appliances. Working in teams, electrical engineers fabricate complex, tiny components that are used in computers, sensors, stereo systems, weather satellites, automobiles, modern appliances, and automated factories.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering covers the design and analysis of all kinds of systems and technologies with mechanical components, with applications in energy production, robotics, environmental systems, materials, composites, transportation, manufacturing, machine design, and many more areas. The SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering provides a broad based education that has been developed to prepare the student for a wide range of careers and new technologies. One important fact, that surprises many people, is that students get engineering degrees not only to practice careers in engineering, but also as preliminary training for many other fields or graduate work in engineering, law, medicine, and business. ME graduates can work in all of these areas.
Engineering Minor is designed for students studying in degrees outside the College of Engineering. The program consists of 15 units in engineering from any mixture of departments and fields of study. For more information, please review the Engineering Minor section of the current SDSU General Catalog. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Theresa Garcia at [email protected].