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College of Engineering Information

College of Engineering

CSULB Students and 49er Mascot in front of CSULB fountain

Dean: Forouzan Golshani

Assistant to Dean: Vickie Messina (562) 985-5123

College Office:
Phone Directory: (562) 985-5121
FAX: (562) 985-7561

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies: Mahyar Amouzegar

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs: Chan-Feng (Steve) Tsai

Special Assistant to the Dean for Outreach: Sandra J. Cynar

Assistant to the Associate Deans: Kim Truesdelle (562) 985-8032

Development Director: Eugenia "Jennie" Stewart

Administrative Services: Dorisula "Dee Dee" Green, Manager (562) 985-1586

Recruitment and Retention Center: Lily Gossage, Director (562) 985-1800

Facilities and Equipment: Mike Berg (562) 985-8746

Safety Officer: Mike Berg (562) 985-8746


Chemical Engineering: Larry K. Jang, Chair (562) 985-7533

Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management: Emelinda Parentela, Acting Chair (562) 985-5118

Computer Engineering and Computer Science: Kenneth James, Chair (562) 985-4285

Electrical Engineering: Bahram Shahian, Chair (562) 985-5102

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Hamid Hefazi, Chair (562) 985-1502


The Mission of the College of Engineering is to serve the State of California, the nation, and society at large, by graduating well-prepared professionals, who are provided with excellent education and training in the fundamentals of their discipline through a combination of theory and laboratory practice, and who are provided with the ability and skills to expand knowledge and transform complex ideas into working systems.

The College of Engineering offers four-year curricula leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in the disciplines of Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology, as well as, Master of Science degrees and Ph.D. The B.S. programs provide broad education and training for entry to the professions and for continuing academic work toward advanced degrees. Master of Science degrees are offered in Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and in Computer Science. The Master of Science in Engineering is also offered in interdisciplinary areas. The Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics is offered jointly with The Claremont Graduate University. Undergraduate programs provide opportunities to specialize in the areas of Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial Management, Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical. The Bachelor's programs in Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering Technology are accredited by the appropriate accreditation commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 - telephone: (410) 347-7700; website: The Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. The Computer, Electronics and Manufacturing Technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET. (See detailed listing of the accredited programs on the next page). Several certificate programs are also offered. Evening sections of most of the regular courses are offered to help the working students.

Engineering Facilities

The College of Engineering is housed in a complex of several adjacent buildings, including a modern six-story Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building, providing state of the art laboratories and offices for faculty. The buildings feature advanced and comprehensive engineering, computer science, and technology facilities, totaling over 130,000 square feet of laboratory space.

Engineering Advisory and Development Councils

The College of Engineering has several Advisory and Development Councils (ADCs) serving the college, each of the departments, and the research and educational centers. These councils consist of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government in Southern California. Their function is to form a liaison between the university and industry and to keep the administration and faculty informed of modern engineering developments, tools and practices. This close relationship helps to ensure that the curricula are kept up-to-date. Furthermore, the ADCs advise on job placement opportunities before and after graduation.

Programs at a Glance

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degrees followed by an asterisk (*) are accredited by EAC, CSAC or TAC of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as appropriate.

Baccalaureate Degrees

  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering*
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering*
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering*
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering*
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology*
  • B.S. in Computer Science*
  • B.S. in Construction Engineering Management
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering*
  • B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology*
  • B.S. in Engineering
    • Option in Audio Engineering
    • Option in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
    • Option in Industrial-Management Engineering
    • Option in Materials Engineering
  • B.S. in Engineering Technology
    • Option in Environmental Technology
    • Option in Technology and Engineering Education
  • B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology *
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering *


  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Computer Science Applications
  • Minor in Environmental Engineering
  • Minor in Web and Technology Literacy

Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering
  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • Option in Computer Engineering
  • Option in Computer Science
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. in Engineering (Interdisciplinary)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (jointly with The Claremont Graduate University)

For detailed descriptions, see listings for Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology Programs, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Students should submit applications early in August for the following Spring Semester and November for the following Fall semester.

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Engineering (MAE)
  • Certificate in Waste Engineering and Management (CECEM)
  • Certificate in Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering (MAE and EE)
  • Certificate for Industrial Plastics Processing and Design (MAE and ChE)
  • Certificate in Facilities Operations (CECEM)
  • Certificate in Safety Operations (ChE)
  • Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing (MAE)
  • Certificate in Systems Engineering (COE)
  • Certificate in Web and Technology Literacy (CECS)
  • Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA) Center

The MESA Center is a program that serves low income and educationally disadvantaged students at the pre-college and college levels. The program is funded by the State of California and also receives program donations from private industry. The MESA Center is comprised of two distinct programs with operations based in the College of Engineering, the MESA Schools Program (MSP) and the MESA Engineering Program (MEP). The MESA Schools Program (MSP) partners with middle and high schools in the Los Angeles basin area to prepare students to attend college. MSP provides academic support services to over eighteen hundred pre-college students with the primary objective of increasing future enrollment at the university level in the disciplines of mathematics, engineering and science. The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) provides non-remedial academic support services to matriculated college students. The major objectives of MEP are to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of a select campus student population. The MESA Engineering Advisory and Development Council (MEADC) includes a membership of industry representatives from local area businesses with an interest in promoting the educational experience of low income and underrepresented students.

Academic Standards

Preparation for Admission to the College of Engineering

The high school student planning to enter engineering, engineering technology, or computer science is advised to pursue a program with courses in biology, physics, chemistry, advanced algebra, and trigonometry. In addition, the general requirements for admission to the University must be satisfied. Deficiencies in one or more of the above areas may result in an extension of the time required to complete the program. Full-time students can complete any baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science in four years.

The curricula are also designed to accommodate students transferring from other colleges or universities such as the community colleges. Full-time students who complete two years at a community college can complete the B.S. degrees in two additional years. Transfer students should note and follow, where possible, the appropriate curriculum as outlined in later sections. None of the COE programs are impacted, thus only general admission requirements of the University apply and must be met.

General Academic Requirements

In addition to technical knowledge, skills and training, the College of Engineering values good communication skills. These skills are achieved through the General Education (GE) courses and are measured by the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Students are advised that while specific course requirements vary depending on the nature of the subject, most College of Engineering courses require not only detailed analysis, and competent design, but also clear and concise written and oral reports and presentations. In many classes these requirements constitute a portion of the student's grade.
ENGL 100 or equivalent is a prerequisite to upper division laboratory courses.

Admission to any one of the graduate degree programs in the College of Engineering normally requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units taken.

A student must fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) before qualifying for any degree.

Letter Grade Policy

A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in prerequisites for courses required of Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology majors.

Required Foundation courses must be taken for a Letter Grade, not Credit/No Credit.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College

Students who wish to take coursework in a community college or another college or university to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Engineering must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy is for either concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with. (See "Concurrent Enrollment" and "Transfer of Undergraduate Credit" in this catalog.) Courses not receiving prior approval may not be accepted for credit by the department.

Dual Degree Program

Students wishing to combine an engineering degree with one in business, education, fine arts, humanities or the sciences may enter the Dual Degree Program. The College of Engineering at CSULB has agreements with other Colleges within the University and with other institutions which allow students to do this. After three years at the first institution, students transfer to CSULB as juniors to complete the two final years of engineering study. At the end of the first year at CSULB, students who have completed all of the requirements for their first degree are awarded those degrees by the appropriate College or institution. At the end of their fifth year, students who have completed all engineering requirements receive their engineering degrees. As an option, students may choose to complete both degrees simultaneously.

Course Availability

Full-time students without deficiencies in the College of Engineering programs can comfortably complete their degree requirements in four years, or in two years after completing two years at a community college. Most of the required courses are offered in multiple sections every semester. In addition, many required courses are also offered during Summer Sessions.

Requirements for the ABET Accredited Degree Programs

Students working for an ABET accredited degree will meet with an academic advisor in their department as early as possible to make themselves fully aware of the ABET requirements, which not only includes the General Education, as outlined above, but also in other areas, such as mathematics and science requirements. These requirements are subject to change, but current requirements for all programs are posted at