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College of Engineering Information

College of Engineering

CSULB students and faculty prepare for launch

Dean: Forouzan Golshani

Assistant to Dean: Elise Brown (562) 985-5123

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

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies: Mahyar Amouzegar

Associate Dean for Academic Programs: Dhushy Sathianathan

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

Development Director: Eugenia "Jennie" Stewart (562) 985-5840

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

Departments -

  • Chemical Engineering: Larry K. Jang, Chair (562) 985-7533
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management: Emelinda Parentela, 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.

Programs at a Glance

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

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

Bachelor of Science:

  • Aerospace Engineering*
  • Chemical Engineering*
  • Civil Engineering*
  • Computer Engineering*
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science*
  • Construction Engineering Management
  • Electrical Engineering*
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering *


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

Master of Science:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Option in Computer Engineering
  • Option in Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering (Interdisciplinary)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (jointly with The Claremont Graduate University)


  • Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning Engineering (MAE)
  • Waste Engineering and Management (CECEM)
  • Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering (MAE and EE)
  • Industrial Plastics Processing and Design (MAE and ChE)
  • Facilities Operations (CECEM)
  • Safety Operations (ChE)
  • Aerospace Manufacturing (MAE)
  • Systems Engineering (COE)
  • 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 Center has two programs: MESA Schools Program (MSP) and MESA Engineering Program (MEP). MSP partners with middle and high schools in the Los Angeles basin area to prepare students to attend college. Its primary objective is to increase enrollment in the mathematics, engineering and science. MEP provides non-remedial academic support to matriculated college students. Its major objectives 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

High school students planning to enter engineering, engineering technology, or computer science are advised to pursue a program with courses in biology, physics, chemistry, advanced algebra, and trigonometry. The general requirements for admission to the University must be satisfied. Deficiencies in any of these 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. 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.

Most required courses are offered in multiple sections every semester. In addition, many required courses are also offered during Summer Sessions.

General Academic Requirements

The College of Engineering values good communication skills which are achieved through the General Education courses and are measured by the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). A student must fulfill the GWAR before qualifying for any degree. 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. ENGL 100 or equivalent is a prerequisite to upper division laboratory courses.

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

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 only, 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.

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. Requirements are subject to change, but current requirements for all programs are posted at