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About General Engineering

The General Engineering program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a course of study whose scope reaches beyond the established curriculum of any single department. The flexibility of the General Engineering curriculum allows students the latitude in course selection needed to educate themselves either in the classical study of engineering or in a self-selected interdisciplinary emphasis area that requires a strong engineering foundation. Examples of some of the emphasis areas pursued by General Engineering majors include chemical engineering, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship, product design, and audio engineering.

Faculty Advisors

For additional information on Department Resources please see the General Engineering Academic Advising Resources Page.

Individualized Course of Study

Students pursuing an Individualized Course of Study will need to complete the Individual Course of Study/Concentration form.

Individualized Course of Study is for self-directed, highly motivated students, allowing them to pursue a customized course of study that meets their individual needs and interests. Courses are selected by the student with the advice and approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Catalog Changes

These catalog changes apply to GENE students only.

  • Students following the 2005-07 through 2017-19 catalogs can substitute BIO 111 (4 units) for BIO 213 (2 units) + ENGR/BMED 213 (2 units).  A petition is not required.
  • Transfer students following the 2001-03 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute 3 1/2 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course + 1/2 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course for CHEM 125 (4). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2015-17 catalog may use ME 343 (4) -or- MATE 325 (1) + MATE 326 (1) + MATE 327 (1) + one additional unit of upper-division technical elective (1) for ME 350 (4).  A petition is not required.


Department flowcharts provide an example of an academic plan. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes.  

Curriculum Sheets

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree.

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