Engineering

College of Science and Engineering
Dean: James C. Kelley

School of Engineering
SCI 163
415-338-1228
Director: Zorica Pantic-Tanner

Graduate Coordinator: S. C. Hu

Faculty

Professors--Aalami, Abo-El-Ata, D'Orazio, Franco, Ganji, Holton, Hu, Krishnan, Owen, Pantic-Tanner, Pfaelzer, Shahnasser, Sinha, Stadler, Tarakji, Wheeler

Associate Professors--Cushey, Liou

Programs

B.S. in Civil Engineering

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Minor in Engineering

M.S. in Engineering

Program Scope

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 college-level 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 real-world 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.

Career Outlook

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.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN ENGINEERING

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 notbe 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. For a typical student, this requirement will be satisfied by proper course selection within the General Education requirements of the university. 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 415/338-1174 or by writing: School of Engineering, San Francisco State University, Science Building, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.

Courses for these program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

The curriculum provides a broad-based common core of engineering science and the essential civil engineering subjects. The students conclude with fourteen units of electives where primary emphasis is placed on design, practical applications, and computer solutions in selected areas of civil engineering.

The number of units required for graduation and the General Education requirements are described elsewhere.

Units

Sample Sequence of Courses

First Semester

CHEM 111	General Chemistry I		5
MATH 226	Calculus I		4
ENGR 101	Graphics and Design		2
ENG 114	First Year Written Composition		3

United States History or Government course		3
Total		17

Second Semester

MATH 227	Calculus II			4
PHYS 220/222	General Physics with Calcu-
lus I and 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 Calcu-
lus II and 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 Calcu-
lus III and Laboratory (3/1) 4
ENGR 201	Dynamics		3
ENGR 205	Electronic Networks		3
ENGR 206	Electronic Circuits and Instru-
mentation 1

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 308	Computer Methods in Engineering		3
ENGR 323	Structural Analysis		3
ENGR 430	Soil Mechanics		3

G.E. Elective		3
Total		16

Seventh Semester

ENGR 305	Systems Analysis or
Approved engineering/technical elective		3
ENGR 434	Sanitary and Environmental 
Engineering 3
ENGR 696	Engineering Design Project		1
Engineering Electives		6

G.E. Elective		3
Total		16

Eighth Semester

ENGR 697	Engineering Design Project		2
Engineering Electives		5
Technical Elective		3

G.E. Electives		6
Total		16

Upper Division Electives

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.

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 461	Mechanical and Structural Vibrations
ENGR 468	Applied Fluid Mechanics and 
Hydraulics
ENGR 698	Engineering Seminar (1-3)
ENGR 699	Special Study in Engineering (1-3)
Selected graduate course upon approval

Technical Electives (3 units)

GEOL 430	Structural Geology (4)
GEOL 474	Engineering Geology and Hydrology
GEOL 476	Soils Geology
GEOL 485	Geophysics
MATH 340	Introduction to Probability
CHEM 380	Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution
BA 601	Applications of Operations Research

Core Elective

The Core Elective must be chosen from one of the following courses.

CHEM 113	General Chemistry II
MATH 250	Probability and Statistics
CSC 210	Introduction to Computer Programming
GEOL 110	Physical Geology
BIOL 210	General Microbiology and Public Health

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

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, robotics, or power systems engineering.

Units

Sample Sequence of Courses

First Semester

CHEM 111	General Chemistry I		5
MATH 226	Calculus I		4
ENGR 101	Graphics and Design		2
ENG 114	First Year Written Composition		3

United States History or Government course		3
Total		17

Second Semester

MATH 227	Calculus II			4
PHYS 220/222	General Physics with Calcu-
lus I and 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 Calcu-
lus II and 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 Calcu-
lus III and Laboratory (3/1) 4
ENGR 205	Electronic Networks		3
ENGR 206	Electronic Circuits and Instru-
mentation 1

G.E. Elective		6
Total		17

Fifth Semester

ENGR 300	Engineering Experimentation		3
ENGR 303	Engineering Thermodynamics or
ENGR 201	Dynamics		3
ENGR 305	Systems Analysis		3
ENGR 350	Engineering Electromagnetics		3
ENGR 356	Computer Architecture		3

Core Elective		3
Total		18

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 696	Engineering Design Project I		1
Engineering Electives		9

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

Upper Division Electives

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 for Electrical Engineering prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program and must include at least two senior level laboratories. At least fifteen of the 400 level engineering elective units must be completed at SFSU. Upper division courses must have been taken within five years of graduation.

A total of twenty units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group.

Engineering Electives (17 units)

ENGR 378	Digital Systems Design
ENGR 410	Instrumentation and Process Control
ENGR 411	Instrumentation and Process Control 
Laboratory (1)
ENGR 415	Robotics
ENGR 416	Robotics Laboratory (1)
ENGR 442	Network Design
ENGR 445	Analog Integrated Circuit Design (4)
ENGR 446	Digital Control Systems
ENGR 447	Control Theory
ENGR 448	Power Flow in Electric 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	Electric Power Protective System 
Design
ENGR 459	Electrical Power System Measure-
ments (1)
ENGR 476	Computer Communication and 
Networks
ENGR 478	Microprocessors and Control (4)
ENGR 698	Engineering Seminar (1-3)
ENGR 699	Special Study in Engineering (1-3)

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

Core Elective

The Core Elective must be chosen from one of the following courses.

CHEM 113	General Chemistry II
CSC 210	Introduction to Computer Programming
MATH 250	Probability and Statistics

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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, Thermal-Fluids Systems, and Robotics and Control.

Units

Sample Sequence of Courses

First Semester

CHEM 111	General Chemistry I		5
MATH 226	Calculus I		4
ENGR 101	Graphics and Design		2
ENG 114	First Year Written Composition		3

United States History or Government course		3
Total		17

Second Semester

MATH 227	Calculus II			4
PHYS 220/222	General Physics with Calcu-
lus I and 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 Calcu-
lus II and 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 Calcu-
lus III and Laboratory (3/1) 4
ENGR 201	Dynamics		3
ENGR 205	Electronic Networks		3
ENGR 206	Electronic Circuits and Instrumenta-
tion 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
ENGR 447	Control Theory		3
[ENGR 410 and 411 may be sub-
stituted for ENGR 447]
G.E. Elective		3

Engineering Electives		2
Total		15

Eighth Semester

ENGR 463	Thermal Power Systems		3
ENGR 697	Engineering Design Project II		2
Engineering Elective		3
Technical Elective		3

G.E. Electives		6
Total		17

Upper Division Electives

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 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 Vibrations
ENGR 466	Gas Dynamics and Boundary Layer 
Flow
ENGR 468	Applied Fluid Mechanics and 
Hydraulics
ENGR 698	Engineering Seminar (1-3)
ENGR 699	Special Study in Engineering (1-3)

Technical Electives (3 units)

MATH 341	Probability Theory
MATH 342	Mathematical Statistics
ENGR 610	Engineering Cost Analysis
BA 601	Applications of Operations Research

Core Elective

The Core Elective may be CHEM 113, General Chemistry II, or any lower division, non-engineering course(s) totaling three units.

MINOR IN ENGINEERING

Students intending to qualify for this minor must meet with a designated minor adviser in Engineering to plan a projected program and complete the Engineering Minor Approval form. When this form is completed and approved by the Director for Engineering, 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 for Engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge requires completion of MATH 223, CHEM 113, 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.

Units

Core Courses

Units chosen on advisement		12-15
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 400 level series of 

Engineering courses		6-9
Total		21

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING

Admission to the Program

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.

Advancement to Candidacy

The applicant is advanced to candidacy when the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) has been signed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Written English Proficiency Requirements
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).

Curriculum

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, a minimum of three but no more than nine units are to be taken from areas other than engineering. However, 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

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 		3
[thesis work may not be started until
completion of at least twelve units
of graduate work]

Engineering Electives

Units selected on advisement from the 
following 6-12
ENGR 830	Finite Element Methods in Structural 
and Continuum Mechanics
ENGR 833	Principles of Earthquake 
Engineering
ENGR 834	Engineering Aspects of Environ-
mental 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 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 Com-
munications 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

Non-Engineering Electives

Courses, either graduate or upper division, 
selected primarily from science, mathe-
matics, social science, or business, upon
approval of the graduate coordinator. 3-9
Minimum total		30
NOTE:Engineering electives are number-coded as follows: 820-839 are reserved for civil, 840-859 are reserved for electrical, and 860-879 are reserved for mechanical engineering.



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