Sep 26, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

Office: Engineering Building 493

Telephone: (408) 924-3800




Sheryl Ehrman, Dean
Jinny Rhee, Associate Dean
Raymond Yee, Associate Dean of Extended Studies
Xiao Su, Chair and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research


The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer and Software Engineering; Electrical Engineering; General Engineering; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Industrial Technology, and Aviation. Each department offers a variety of major and minor programs which are identified in their respective parts of this catalog. General Engineering also offers interdisciplinary degrees in Engineering.

Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)

Office: Engineering Building 116

Telephone: 408-924-3990



The goal of the Engineering Student Success Center is to mentor students from admission through graduation. The Center provides academic advising, support services, and opportunities for professional development and practice.

The MESA Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program work to increase the number of graduates entering the engineering profession from traditionally under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups. MEP actively recruits students, provides support services until graduation and acts as liaison with companies offering employment experiences. MEP assists students with admissions, academic and personal counseling, financial aid and scholarships, housing and registration. MEP maintains a study center for tutoring, workshops, individual and group study and social functions. A summer job placement program assists students in obtaining jobs in industry.

The Community for Engineering Learning and Living (CELL) is a themed living community offered by the University Housing Services for first year engineering students. CELL’s objectives are to provide a cooperative learning environment, to encourage and build the engineering community and to foster a sense of belonging and responsibility to the community. Through facilitated study groups, CELL students will experience the academic support and cooperation of a community committed to academic success. CELL students will have regular access to faculty, advisors and industry professionals through workshops and programs. CELL is about shared experiences and creating a vibrant and caring engineering community.

Preparation for Engineering Programs

To prepare for engineering, the high school student should take as much advanced math and science as possible, as well as high school engineering and technology courses that may be available at their school. Students with scores of 4 or above on the AP Calculus exams may be able to accelerate their degree program; students who are not calculus-ready on entrance may take a longer time to graduate. Students transferring from California community colleges will be given junior level standing in the Major if they have successfully completed the following course work:

  • 12 semester units of calculus and differential equations
  • 5-10 semester units of chemistry
  • 8-13 semester units of physics which require calculus as a prerequisite
  • 10-14 units of lower division engineering appropriate to their engineering major

Transfer students should use or this SJSU online catalog to determine the specific lower division requirements of their major. Graduation following two academic years of study is possible if the student completes all lower division units before transfer, satisfactorily completes the required upper division coursework and remains in good standing in the Major.

Preparation for Technology and Aviation Programs

To prepare for technology and aviation majors, the high school student should take industrial technology classes such as electronics, drafting, and manufacturing, or any engineering classes offered at their school, and should complete courses in physics, chemistry, and pre-calculus or calculus. Community college students are urged to complete as many of the lower division requirements as possible in chemistry, physics, mathematics and technology or aviation at the community college.

Progress to Degree Requirements

All College of Engineering undergraduates are required to stay in good standing in their major by maintaining a Major GPA of 2.0 or above. The Major GPA includes all courses required for the major, including both lower and upper division math, science, engineering, technology, aviation or business courses required by their major. Some departments have additional grade requirements for individual courses, groups of courses or all courses taken in their department. See departmental sections for these requirements. Additional university GPA requirements are specified elsewhere in this catalog.

Incoming Engineering frosh, or other students seeking to change major into Engineering, must complete MATH 30  (or 30X ), MATH 31  (or 31X ) and PHYS 50  within their first 60 units at SJSU. The Probation Engineering Major Policy (defines progress towards degree) can be found on the College advising website.

General Education Requirements

Of the 51 units required by the university up to 27 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Engineering majors may satisfy the remaining units by taking AMS 1A -AMS 1B  (12 units), ENGL 1A -ENGL 1B  (6 units), Oral Communication (3 units) and ENGR 100W  (3 units). Transfer students may satisfy core GE through the IGETC or CSU breadth requirements. Consult advisors in the Engineering Student Success Center for details.

Undergraduate Programs Offered

The College of Engineering offers BS degrees in:

Please see the Majors and Programs  or Colleges and Departments  listings in this catalog for information about each undergraduate major.

Graduate Programs Offered

The College of Engineering offers graduate work leading to Master of Science degrees in:

Graduate work offered by the College of Engineering reflects and supports the advanced scientific and technological endeavor which is typical of California industry, government and business.

Departmental curricula provide full- and part-time students the opportunity either to obtain master’s degrees or to take specialized courses to improve job capabilities.

The Master of Science in Engineering offered by the Department of General Engineering (Interdisciplinary)  has unique, interdisciplinary characteristics which may be particularly appealing to persons with a bachelor’s degree in engineering who are currently working in a technical management area and wish to extend their education.

The College of Engineering requires that all students whose native language is not English achieve a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL examination. Students who meet this and the requirements for admission to the Graduate Division as outlined in this catalog should see individual department listings for requirements for admission to classified standing, conditionally classified standing and admission to candidacy for the specific degree in engineering.

In addition to departmental requirements, the University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled “Competency in Written English” for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Studies and Research website at In addition, all graduates must complete an acceptable thesis, project or comprehensive examination.

Engineering Extended Studies (EES)

Engineering Extended Studies (EES) Department at San Jose State University is the agile arm of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. The department supports continuous learning in a climate of constant disruption.