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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. As a student, you can find more information below that pertains directly to your major.

Faculty Advisors

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

Individualized Course of Study

GENE Students will automatically be placed on the General Curriculum.  Students wanting to do 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.

Course Substitutions

As curriculum changes between different catalog years, you may question what courses automatically transfer between catalogs. The following changes below apply to GENE majors only and a petition will not be required.

All GENE Students:

Your catalog You may use: To substitute for:
2017-19 through 2021-22 Any GE B2 Course (4)  BIO 213 (2) + BMED 213 (2)
2021-22 Any GE A3 Course (4) ENGL 147 (4)
2017-19 through 2020-21 Any GE A3 (4) or ENGL 147 (4) ENGL 149 (4)
2021-22 through 2022-26 ENGL 149 (4) ENGL 147 (4)
2015-17 through 2020-21 ENGL 147 (4) ENGL 149 (4)
2013-15 through 2017-19 IME 315 (3) IME 314 (3)
2005-07 through 2022-26 BIO 111 BIO 213 + ENGR/BMED 213
2015-17 through 2020-21 ME 343 (4 units) ME 350 (4 units)
2015-17 through 2020-21 MATE 325 (1 unit) + MATE 326 (1 unit) + MATE 327 (1 unit) + 1 additional unit of upper-division Technical Elective ME 350 (4 units)

GENE Transfer Students:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2021-22 through 2022-26 Transfer coursework that articulates to GE B2 (4) BIO 213 + BMED 213 (4)
2021-22 through 2022-26 Transfer coursework that articulates to GE A3 (4) ENGL 147 (4)
2001-03 through 2022-26

3.5 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course +

0.5 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course

CHEM 125


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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