School of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering emerged as a separate discipline during the Industrial Revolutions (1760-1830) with the development of machines powered by water, wind, and especially steam. Today, Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design of a great variety of machines from computer disc drives to jet aircraft.

The Mechanical Engineering program at San Francisco State offers a strong foundation in the fundamentals of this discipline. The student may also select optional courses to specialize in one of three areas. The Thermal/Fluids Area covers the production and transmission of energy. The Mechanics and Materials Area encompasses force and motion analysis and the design of mechanical devices. Finally, the Robotics and Controls Area deals with automated manufacturing techniques and the Control of motion or processes. All of these areas contain the problem solving skills needed for mechanical engineering design and the transformation of ideas into mechanical devices and systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program at San Francisco State has an emphasis on the design process, the integration of design activities that lead to a successful result. Most of the faculty engage in professional activities beside instruction and emphasize real world applications in the courses they teach. In the junior and senior years, most courses include special design projects in which design methodologies are applied to realistic engineering problems. During the senior year, each student completes a design project of significant scope, with topics frequently suggested by local engineering companies.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a 129-unit degree. Major requirements including Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics prerequisites are 93 units, and the remaining 36 units are in general education. The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology(ABET).

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Graduates with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering may immediately engage in the design, analysis, testing, production and maintenance of machines and mechanical systems. Most industries, including aerospace, electrical equipment manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive, chemical, power generation, agriculture, food processing, textile and mining employ mechanical engineers.

The BS degree also prepares the student for a continuation of studies in a variety of fields. The student may continue studies at another institution to obtain a MS or Ph.D. degree in some area of specialization in mechanical engineering or he/she may decide to obtain a Master's in Business Administration.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year
Enrollment
Degrees Conferred
2004-05
165
28
2005-06
159
19
2006-07
167
43
2007-08
159
22
2008-09
156
19
2009-10
168
23
2010-11
205
32
2011-12
241
25
2012-13
307
53
2013-14
301
45
2014-15
357
55
2015-16
427
37

Admission

Freshman applicants should complete four years of mathematics and two years of chemistry and physics in high school. Students are also encouraged to include one year of mechanical drawing.

Community college transfers should complete the sequence of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses listed under freshman and sophomore years (click here to view) if available at the community college.

All applicants must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the University. Admission requirements as well as other official requirements are published in the University Bulletin, as well as the University web site.

How to Apply

All students must submit the regular California State University application for admission. To assure optimal consideration for admission, applications should be submitted within the open filling period of the University. For a Fall semester, this would be November 1 to 30, and for a Spring semester, August 1 to 31.

Send applications to:
Office of Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Office of Admissions: (415)338-1113
Web Site: http://www.sfsu.edu/prospect

School of Engineering: (415)338-1228
Web Site: http://engineering.sfsu.edu




Last Update: 11/06/2016

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