Sep 23, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

General Engineering, BS


The Bachelor of Science General Engineering, offered by the Department of General Engineering (Interdisciplinary) , is an interdisciplinary, broadly focused, and customizable program. The program is intended for students interested in understanding engineering practices as 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. Two technical elective courses (6 units) can be chosen from other engineering programs or for supplementing the chosen depth courses. The academic breadth or minor requirement (12 units) allows students to take approved courses based on their career interests or pursue a minor degree, such as: Business, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Green Engineering or Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Scientists.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 18
Major Preparation 30
Major Core Requirements 16
Interdisciplinary Courses 26
Technical Focus 18
Academic Breadth or Minor 12
Total 120

University Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is 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). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions  area in the General Education (GE)  section to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

The following courses in Preparation for the Major must be completed with a “C- or better”: ENGL 1B .

General Education/American Institution Requirements

Courses that meet General Education/American Institution requirements are noted with area designation for required area. For legend please see General Education Course Attributes .

University Requirements (18 units)


Core Lower Division General Education (6 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 33 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Upper Division General Education


Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions (12 units)


The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B , HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Physical Education


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Preparation (30 units)


Major Requirements (60 units)


Mechanics (3 units)


Complete one course:

Technical Focus (18 units)


Must be approved by the advisor.

Engineering Depth of Four Course Sequence (12 units)


Technical Electives (6 units)


Academic Breadth or Minor (12 units)


Must be approved be approved by the advisor.

Total Units Required (120 units)