Aug 10, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Interdisciplinary Engineering, BS (SJSU Online)

Fully Online Degree Completion Program

The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. This upper division degree completion program is offered through a special session that requires a separate application process. 

The Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Engineering (formerly General Engineering), offered by the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program , is an interdisciplinary, broadly focused, and customizable program. The program is intended for students interested in developing engineering skills and knowledge applied across different fields of study or emerging technologies. The first two years focus on courses in math, science and general education areas similar to that of other engineering curricula, but may include prerequisite courses required for upper division studies. The second two years include required engineering depth and breadth elective courses. Students can select one of the pre-approved engineering depth 4-course sequences (12 units) from an engineering program in the college or from a 4-course focussed STEM sequence. Two technical elective courses (6 units) can be chosen from other engineering programs or for supplementing the chosen depth courses or meeting the prerequisite courses for a minor. The academic breadth or minor requirement (12 units) allows students to take approved courses based on their career goal or pursue a minor degree, such as: Business, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Green Engineering or Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Scientists.

Program Delivery

The program is delivered completely online.  Classes will be delivered fully online both asynchronously (no designated days/times) and synchronously (designated days/times convenient for the working learner).  

Summary of Degree Units  
Transfer Units   60
Major Requirements   58
University Electives    3
Total 121

Program Roadmaps

The 2-Year Roadmaps are available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). 

Transfer Units (60 units)

  • All applicants are required to have completed at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better. 

  • Applicants must also have completed the Core Lower Division General Education Requirements (39 units).

  •  All four CSU-approved Basics Skills courses must be completed with a C- or better for admission:

(A1) Oral Communication/Speech
(A2) Written English Composition
(A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
​(B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education

The Core Lower Division General Education Requirements  (39 units) must be completed before transferring from a community college or any university.

Upper Division General Education

Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult your major advisor before selecting courses to satisfy the Upper Division General Education Requirements .

American Institutions

Recommend completion before transferring from a community college or any university. The American Institutions (AI) Requirement (US123)  is normally satisfied with the completion of General Education Area D. Consult your major advisor to confirm you have satisfied the requirement.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Requirement is waived for Interdisciplinary Engineering BS majors.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Major Requirements (58 units)

University Electives (3 unit)

Total Units Required (121 units)