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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

College of Engineering

College Information

Dean: Forouzan Golshani

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

College Office:

Phone Directory: (562) 985-5121

FAX: (562) 985-7561


InterimAssociate Dean for Research: Hamid Rahai

Associate Dean for Academic Programs: Dhushy Sathianathan

Graduate Programs Coordinator: Burkhard Englert

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

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, Chair (562) 985-5118
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Science: Kenneth James, Chair (562) 985-4285
  • Electrical Engineering: James Ary, 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. The B.S. programs provide broad education and training for entry to the professions and for continuing academic work toward advanced degrees. The graduate programs in the college include Master of Science degrees 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. These programs provide opportunities to specialize in the areas of Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Construction Management.


The Bachelor of Science programs in Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Programs at a Glance

The following is a list of degree programs offered by the college. Details about each program is described in the respective sections of the catalog.

Bachelor of Arts:

Bachelor of Science:


Single Subject Teaching Credential:

Master of Science:

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


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.

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.

The Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)

  • Interim Coordinator of Academic Advising
    • Jason Deutschman (562) 985-2729
  • Director of Leadership and Diversity
    • Emmitt Clark (562) 985-1719
  • Director of Outreach and Recruitment
    • Saba Yohannes-Reda (562) 985-1463
  • Engineering Education Research Associate
    • Lily Gossage (562) 985-2498

The Engineering Student Success Center provides key services to students in an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration, community building and academic success skills. The center provides outreach and recruitment activities, first-year experience programs for freshmen and incoming transfer students, mandatory academic advising by professional and peer advisors, tutoring resources, professional development and practice services, and career and graduate school guidance. As a one-stop shop, the center encourages students to visit for help from professional advising staff. The center focuses its full efforts on informing, engaging and encouraging students to be self-directed in their educational planning process and overall academic success.

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