Professors—AboElAta, D'Orazio, Franco, Ganji, Holton, Hu, Krishnan, Liou, Owen, PanticTanner, Pfaelzer, Shahnasser, Sinha, Stadler, Tarakji, Wheeler
Associate Professors—Enssani, Rha
Assistant Professor—Pong
B.S. in Civil Engineering
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Engineering
M.S. in Engineering
The mission of the School of Engineering is to educate students, from a diverse and multicultural population, to become productive members of the engineering profession and society at large. The following four educational objectives stem from this mission: (1) graduates from the engineering programs will have the analytical and technical abilities necessary to work in the profession of engineering; (2) graduates from the engineering programs will be prepared for their field of specialty and will be informed of recent technical advances in their field; (3) graduates from the engineering programs will be cognizant of societal issues and their role as future professional engineers working for the general benefit of society; (4) the School of Engineering will provide a culture that supports students in their academic and professional development, and will continue development of existing and new programs.
The School of Engineering offers three Bachelor of Science programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. A Minor in Engineering is also available. Descriptions of the three major programs and minor program follow this general introduction.
Civil engineering is concerned with the building of civil and environmental facilities, which are essential for the commerce of our society. Civil engineers design and construct bridges, wastewater treatment plants, water supply facilities, hazardous waste facilities, and transportation systems. The program at San Francisco State University provides a broad and practical education which prepares students for civil engineering employment and (for those who qualify) for graduate studies.
Electrical engineering is the profession that deals with the processing of information and energy in electrical and magnetic forms. It is the branch of engineering that covers the many diverse electrical, electronic, and magnetic devices and systems from conceptual design through manufacturing to applications in the field. Graduates with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering have a number of options available to them. They may engage in the analysis, modelling, simulation, design, testing, manufacturing, or field services of electrical, electronic, or magnetic equipment. Persons interested in research, development, or collegelevel teaching may return to universities for advanced degrees in a specified area of electrical engineering.
Mechanical engineering is the field responsible for the design of machines and devices used throughout society. Industries involved in the generation of electricity; in petroleum production; and in the design and manufacture of aircraft, automobiles, consumer and industrial products typically employ large numbers of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers are also employed by companies involved in automated manufacturing as well as robotics and control. The program at San Francisco State University prepares the student to enter into professional employment directly after graduation in addition to providing the needed foundation for graduate study.
Recognizing the value to certain students majoring in science for broadening their education to include applications of their backgrounds in science to realworld physical systems, the Minor in Engineering is offered. This minor is not intended for the general student but does not specifically exclude such persons if they have the necessary prerequisites.
The master's program includes three primary curricular areas of specialization in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering from which the student may choose his/her program of study upon advisement. The objectives of the program are to provide students with advanced engineering education necessary for solving complex problems in engineering practice and to provide opportunities for updating and upgrading the skills of practicing engineers. These objectives are accomplished by a flexible program to meet individual student needs.
Graduates with a B.S. in Civil Engineering may engage in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, roads, dams, water supply facilities, and environmental facilities for treating wastewater and hazardous wastes. Civil engineers find employment with industrial firms, government agencies, utilities, and public works departments, as well as engineering firms which consult for these enterprises. After gaining practical experience, some civil engineers form their own consulting firms.
Graduates with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering may engage in the analysis, modelling, simulation, design, testing, manufacturing, or field services of electrical, electronic, or magnetic equipment. They may also engage in the operation and maintenance of facilities for electrical power generation or telecommunication. High technology companies, in the fields of electronic and computer manufacturing as well as utilities in power generation and communications employ electrical engineers.
Graduates with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering may immediately engage in the design, analysis, testing, production, and maintenance of machines and mechanical systems. Most industries such as aerospace, automotive, chemical, power generation, agriculture, food processing, textile, and mining employ mechanical engineers.
Engineers interested in research, development, or college level teaching return to college for an M.S. or Ph.D. in their specified field. Engineers interested in management and business aspects may return to college for a Master of Business Administration.
Freshman applicants should complete four years of mathematics, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics in high school. Students are also encouraged to include courses in mechanical drawing and computer programming.
Community college transfers should complete the sequence of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses listed in freshman and sophomore years under the "sample sequence of courses," if available at the community college.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering requires 132 semester units. Major requirements including mathematics, chemistry, and physics prerequisites are 99 units, 51 of these units are at the lower division and 48 units at the upper division. The remaining 33 units satisfy the balance of the university requirements including communication skills and general education in humanities and social sciences. Students are advised that all courses which are to be counted toward completion of an engineering degree must be taken for a letter grade; the CR/NC option may not be used in this context.
Recognizing the need of the professional engineer to participate in facets of problem solving that extend beyond technical and economic considerations, the General Education requirement for engineering students includes 33 units in courses other than mathematics, natural sciences, and business. Students have the option of following either the university General Education program or the School of Engineering General Education program. The School of Engineering G.E. program permits a student to use courses required for the engineering majors to satisfy some of the G.E. requirements, so that the total number of units outside of major requirements is reduced. Students should inquire at the School of Engineering office about the approved General Education requirements for engineering majors.
Courses are scheduled during the day as well as in the late afternoon and evening. Other information and assistance in selecting courses can be obtained from a major adviser in the School of Engineering or by calling 415/3381174 or by writing: School of Engineering, San Francisco State University, Science Building, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.
Online course descriptions are available.
The curriculum provides a broadbased common core of engineering science and the essential civil engineering subjects. The students conclude with eleven units of electives where primary emphasis is placed on design, practical applications, and computer solutions in selected areas of civil engineering.
At least fifteen units of 400level courses and engineering electives must be completed at SFSU, except with prior approval from an adviser and the head of the civil engineering program. Upperdivision courses in the major must be completed within ten years of graduation.
The number of units required for graduation and the General Education requirements are described elsewhere.
Sample Sequence of Courses  Units  
First Semester  
CHEM 115  General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry  5 
MATH 226  Calculus I  4 
ENGR 101  Graphics and Design  2 
ENG 114  First Year Written Composition  3 
U.S. History or Government course  3  
Total  17  
Second Semester  
MATH 227  Calculus II  4 
PHYS 220/222  General Physics with Calculus I/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 103  Introduction to Computers  1 
G.E. Elective  3  
Oral Communication  3  
Total  15  
Third Semester  
MATH 228  Calculus III  4 
PHYS 230/232  General Physics with Calculus II/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 102  Statics  3 
ENGR 200  Materials of Engineering  3 
ENG 214  Second Year Written Composition  3 
Total  17  
Fourth Semester  
MATH 245  Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  3 
PHYS 240/242  General Physics with Calculus III/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 201  Dynamics  3 
ENGR 205  Electronic Networks  3 
ENGR 206  Electronic Circuits and Instrumentation  1 
Lower Division Core Elective  3  
Total  17  
Fifth Semester  
ENGR 300  Engineering Experimentation  3 
ENGR 303  Engineering Thermodynamics  3 
ENGR 309  Mechanics of Solids  3 
ENGR 335  Surveying and Highway Design  3 
G.E. Electives  6  
Total  18  
Sixth Semester  
ENGR 302  Experimental Analysis  1 
ENGR 304  Mechanics of Fluids  3 
ENGR 323  Structural Analysis  3 
Units selected from the following required courses:  6  
ENGR 429  Topics in Construction Management  
ENGR 430  Soil Mechanics  
ENGR 434  Sanitary and Environmental Engineering  
G.E. Elective  3  
Total  16  
Seventh Semester  
ENGR 308  Computer Methods in Engineering  3 
ENGR 696  Engineering Design Project  1 
Engineering Electives  6  
Technical Elective  3  
G.E. Elective  3  
Total  16  
Eighth Semester  
Units selected from the following required courses:  3  
ENGR 429  Topics in Construction Management  
ENGR 430  Soil Mechanics  
ENGR 434  Principles of Environmental Engineering  
ENGR 697  Engineering Design Project  2 
Engineering Electives  5  
G.E. Electives  6  
Total  16 
Choice of upper division electives must present a clearly identifiable educational objective and ensure that the program requirements in engineering science and design are met by all students. Distribution of credit units among engineering science and design is given in the Advising Guide . A study plan of intended upper division electives must be approved by the student's adviser and the program coordinator of Civil Engineering prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program.
A total of fourteen units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group. Courses numbered 800 and above are available to qualified undergraduates.
Engineering Electives (11 units)  
ENGR 425  Reinforced Concrete Structures 
ENGR 426  Steel Structures 
ENGR 428  Applied Stress Analysis 
ENGR 429  Topics in Construction Engineering 
ENGR 431  Foundation Engineering 
ENGR 432  Finite Element Methods 
ENGR 435  Environmental Engineering Design 
ENGR 439  Construction Engineering 
ENGR 461  Mechanical and Structural Vibrations 
ENGR 468  Applied Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 
ENGR 698  Engineering Seminar (13) 
ENGR 699  Special Study in Engineering (13) 
ENGR 830  Finite Element Methods in Structural Continuum Mechanics 
ENGR 833  Principles of Earthquake Engineering 
ENGR 834  Hazardous Waste Management 
ENGR 835  Advanced Steel Structures 
ENGR 836  Structural Design for Earthquakes 
ENGR 837  Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering 
ENGR 839  Water Pollution Control Engineering 
Selected graduate course upon approval  
Technical Electives (3 units)  
ENGR 610  Engineering Cost Analysis 
GEOL 430  Structural Geology (4) 
GEOL 456  Soils Geology 
GEOL 474  Engineering Geology and Hydrology 
GEOL 485  Geophysics 
MATH 340  Introduction to Probability 
CHEM 380  Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution 
BA 601  Applications of Operations Research 
Lower Division Core Elective  
The core elective must be chosen from one of the following courses.  
CHEM 215  General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts 
MATH 250  Probability and Statistics 
CSC 210  Introduction to Computer Programming 
GEOL 110  Physical Geology 
BIOL 210  General Microbiology and Public Health 
The required upper division courses provide a broad and basic understanding of the main fields in electrical engineering. Upon advisement, each student may choose an area of specialization in the senior year in communications, computers, electronics, control/robotics, or power engineering.
Sample Sequence of Courses  Units  
First Semester  
CHEM 115  General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry  5 
MATH 226  Calculus I  4 
ENGR 101  Graphics and Design  2 
ENG 114  First Year Written Composition  3 
U.S. History or Government course  3  
Total  17  
Second Semester  
MATH 227  Calculus II  4 
PHYS 220/222  General Physics with Calculus I/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
CSC 210  Introduction to Computer Programming  3 
G.E. Elective  3  
Oral Communication  3  
Total  17  
Third Semester  
MATH 228  Calculus III  4 
PHYS 230/232  General Physics with Calculus II/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 102  Statics  3 
ENGR 200  Materials of Engineering  3 
ENG 214  Second Year Written Composition  3 
Total  17  
Fourth Semester  
MATH 245  Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  3 
PHYS 240/242  General Physics with Calculus III/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 205  Electric Circuits  3 
ENGR 206  Circuits and Instrumentation  1 
G.E. Elective  6  
Total  17  
Fifth Semester  
ENGR 300  Engineering Experimentation  3 
ENGR 303  Engineering Thermodynamics or  3 
ENGR 201  Dynamics  
ENGR 305  Systems Analysis  3 
ENGR 350  Engineering Electromagnetics  3 
ENGR 356  Basic Computer Architecture  3 
ENGR 357  Basic Digital Laboratory  1 
Total  16  
Sixth Semester  
ENGR 301  Electrical Measurements  1 
ENGR 306  Electromechanical Systems  3 
ENGR 308  Computer Methods in Engineering  3 
ENGR 353  Electronics  3 
G.E. Electives  6  
Total  16  
Seventh Semester  
ENGR 449  Communication Systems  3 
ENGR 478  Design with Microprocessors  4 
ENGR 696  Engineering Design Project I  1 
Engineering Electives  5  
G.E. Elective  3  
Total  16  
Eighth Semester  
ENGR 697  Engineering Design Project II  2 
Engineering Electives  8  
Technical Elective  3  
G.E. Electives  3  
Total  16 
Choice of upper division electives must present a clearly identifiable educational objective and ensure that the program requirements in engineering science and design are met by all students. Distribution of credit units among engineering science and design is given in the Advising Guide . A study plan of intended upperdivision electives must be approved by the student's adviser and the program coordinator for Electrical Engineering prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program and must include at least two seniorlevel laboratories. At least fifteen of the 400level engineering units must be completed at SFSU. Upper division courses must have been taken within five years of graduation.
A total of sixteen units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group.
Engineering Electives (13 units)  
ENGR 378  Digital Systems Design 
ENGR 410  Instrumentation and Process Control 
ENGR 411  Instrumentation and Process Control Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 415  Mechatronics 
ENGR 416  Mechatronics Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 442  Operational Amplifier Network Design 
ENGR 445  Analog Integrated Circuit Design (4) 
ENGR 446  Digital Control Systems 
ENGR 447  Control Theory 
ENGR 448  Electrical Power Systems 
ENGR 450  Electromagnetic Waves 
ENGR 451  Digital Signal Processing 
ENGR 452  Communications Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 453  Digital Integrated Circuit Design (4) 
ENGR 455  Power Electronics (4) 
ENGR 456  Computer Systems 
ENGR 458  Industrial and Commercial Power Systems 
ENGR 459  Power Engineering Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 476  Computer Communication and Networks 
ENGR 698  Engineering Seminar (13) 
ENGR 699  Special Study in Engineering (13) 
Technical Electives (3 units)  
CSC 410  Data Structures 
CSC 415  Operating System Principles 
CSC 610  Sorting and Searching 
CSC 630  Computer Graphics Systems Design 
MATH 341  Probability Theory 
MATH 342  Mathematical Statistics 
PHYS 450  Introduction to Solid State Physics 
ENGR 610  Engineering Cost Analysis 
BA 601  Applications of Operations Research 
The required courses provide a thorough grounding in the essentials of mechanical engineering. Elective courses taken as part of one of the areas of emphasis allow for specialization. The areas of emphasis currently offered are mechanical design, thermalfluids systems, and robotics and control.
Thirty (30) units must be earned in residence at SFSU. Twentyfour (24) of these units must be upper division courses and twelve (12) of these upper division units must be in the major.
Sample Sequence of Courses  Units  
First Semester  
CHEM 115  General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry  5 
MATH 226  Calculus I  4 
ENGR 101  Graphics and Design  2 
ENG 114  First Year Written Composition  3 
U.S. History or Government course  3  
Total  17  
Second Semester  
MATH 227  Calculus II  4 
PHYS 220/222  General Physics with Calculus I/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 103  Introduction to Computers  1 
G.E. Elective  3  
Oral Communication  3  
Total  15  
Third Semester  
MATH 228  Calculus III  4 
PHYS 230/232  General Physics with Calculus II/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 102  Statics  3 
ENGR 200  Materials of Engineering  3 
ENG 214  Second Year Written Composition  3 
Total  17  
Fourth Semester  
MATH 245  Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra  3 
PHYS 240/242  General Physics with Calculus III/Laboratory (3/1)  4 
ENGR 201  Dynamics  3 
ENGR 205  Electronic Networks  3 
ENGR 206  Electronic Circuits and Instrumentation  1 
Core Elective  3  
Total  17  
Fifth Semester  
ENGR 300  Engineering Experimentation  3 
ENGR 303  Engineering Thermodynamics  3 
ENGR 305  Systems Analysis  3 
ENGR 309  Mechanics of Solids  3 
G.E. Electives  6  
Total  18  
Sixth Semester  
ENGR 302  Experimental Analysis  1 
ENGR 304  Mechanics of Fluids  3 
ENGR 308  Computer Methods in Engineering  3 
ENGR 364  Materials and Manufacturing Processes  3 
Engineering Elective  3  
G.E. Elective  3  
Total  16  
Seventh Semester  
ENGR 464  Mechanical Design  3 
ENGR 467  Heat Transfer  3 
ENGR 696  Engineering Design Project I  1 
Units selected from the following, depending on area of emphasis:  3  
ENGR 447  Automatic Control Systems  
ENGR 410  Process Instrumentation and Control  
Free Elective  3  
Engineering Electives  2  
Total  15  
Eighth Semester  
ENGR 463  Thermal Power Systems  3 
ENGR 697  Engineering Design Project II  2 
Engineering Elective  2  
Technical Elective  3  
G.E. Electives  6  
Total  16 
Choice of upper division electives must present a clearly identifiable educational objective and ensure that the program requirements in engineering science and design are met by all students. Distribution of credit units among engineering science and design is given in the Advising Guide. A study plan of intended upper division electives must be approved by the student's adviser and the program head for mechanical engineering prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program.
A total of eleven units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group.
Engineering Electives (8 units)  
ENGR 306  Electromechanical Systems 
ENGR 410  Instrumentation and Process Control 
ENGR 411  Instrumentation and Process Control Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 415  Robotics 
ENGR 416  Robotics Laboratory (1) 
ENGR 428  Applied Stress Analysis 
ENGR 432  Finite Element Methods 
ENGR 446  Digital Control Systems 
ENGR 447  Control Theory 
ENGR 461  Mechanical and Structural Vibration 
ENGR 466  Gas Dynamics and Boundary Layer Flow 
ENGR 468  Applied Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 
ENGR 698  Engineering Seminar (13) 
ENGR 699  Special Study in Engineering (13) 
Technical Electives (3 units)  
MATH 341  Probability Theory 
MATH 342  Mathematical Statistics 
ENGR 610  Engineering Cost Analysis 
BA 601  Applications of Operations Research 
Students intending to qualify for this minor must meet with the director of the School of Engineering to plan a projected program and complete the Engineering Minor Approval form. When this form is completed and approved by the director, it will serve as an agreement between the student and the School of Engineering which assures qualification for the minor upon completion of the courses designated on the form. Revision of the form requires the approval of the director.
Prerequisite knowledge requires completion of MATH 223, CHEM 111, and PHYS 240/242 or acceptable equivalents prior to commencing this minor. The minor may be satisfied by a minimum of 21 units distributed as follows.
Core Courses  Units  
Units chosen on advisement  1215  
ENGR 102  Statics  
ENGR 201  Dynamics  
ENGR 205  Electronic Networks  
ENGR 304  Fluid Mechanics  
ENGR 305  Systems Analysis  
ENGR 306  Electromechanical Systems  
ENGR 308  Computer Methods in Engineering  
ENGR 309  Mechanics of Solids  
Electives Units chosen from the 400level series of engineering courses 
69 

Total  21 
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, or a closely related discipline, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in upper division major classes, in addition to meeting general university requirements for graduate standing. The School of Engineering also requires two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student's previous academic work or professional accomplishments.
The applicant is advanced to candidacy when the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) has been signed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division.
Level One: is satisfied by passing either the Graduate Essay Test (GET) which is administered by the university Testing Center or an approved English writing course. Level Two: is satisfied by the completion of a written thesis (ENGR 898).
The program is based on 30 semester units. It includes nine units of required courses, six units for individual research and thesis, and a minimum of fifteen units of electives. Among the electives, no more than six units are to be taken from areas other than engineering, and they must be consistent with the overall career objectives of the student as provided in the program of study. At least 21 units must be earned in graduate level courses.
Required Courses  Units  
ENGR 800  Engineering Communications  3 
ENGR 801  Engineering Management  3 
ENGR 803  Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers  3 
ENGR 897  Research  3 
ENGR 898  Thesis [thesis work may not be started until completion of at least 12 units of graduate work]  3 
Engineering Electives  
Units selected on advisement from the following:  915  
ENGR 830  Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics  
ENGR 833  Principles of Earthquake Engineering  
ENGR 834  Engineering Aspects of Environmental Pollution  
ENGR 835  Advanced Steel Structures  
ENGR 836  Structural Design for Earthquakes  
ENGR 837  Soil Properties and Advanced Foundation Design  
ENGR 839  Water Pollution Control Engineering  
ENGR 840  Power Systems Simulation and Control  
ENGR 841  Power Systems Transients and Stability  
ENGR 845  Motion Control Technology  
ENGR 846  Harmonic Issues in Power Electronic Systems  
ENGR 847  Switching Mode Power Supply Design  
ENGR 851  Advanced Microprocessor Architecture  
ENGR 852  Advanced Topics in Digital Design  
ENGR 853  Advanced Topics in Computer Communications and Networks  
ENGR 860  Advanced Engineering Design: The Human Interface  
ENGR 862  Deformation and Fracture of Materials  
ENGR 865  Mechanism Synthesis and Analysis  
ENGR 866  Combustion and Air Pollution  
ENGR 890  Graduate Seminar  
NonEngineering Electives Courses, either graduate or upper division, selected primarily from science, mathematics, social science, or business, upon approval of the graduate coordinator. 
06  
Minimum total  30 
NOTE: Engineering electives are numbercoded as follows: 820839 are civil, 840859 are electrical, and 860879 are mechanical engineering.
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