Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Roadmap

128 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in Major: 95

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering (Major Core) 2 3
ENGR 101 Engineering Graphics (Major Core) 1
MATH 226 Calculus I (Major Core, B4) 3 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) 2,4 3
GE Area C 3
Second Semester
Select One (Major Core): 3-4
General Chemistry I
Chemistry for Energy and the Environment (B1, B3, ES)
ENGR 103 Introduction to Computers (Major Core) 1
MATH 227 Calculus II (Major Core) 4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (Major Core, B1, B3)
GE Area D 3
Third Semester
ENGR 102 Statics (Major Core) 3
ENGR 200 Materials of Engineering (Major Core) 3
MATH 228 Calculus III (Major Core) 4
PHYS 230
PHYS 232
General Physics with Calculus II
and General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory (Major Core)
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
Fourth Semester
ENGR 201 Dynamics (Major Core) 2 3
ENGR 205
ENGR 206
Electric Circuits
and Circuits and Instrumentation Laboratory (Major Core) 2
MATH 245 Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (Major Core) 3
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory (Major Core)
Modular Elective - Take Three 5 3
Fifth Semester
ENGR 300 Engineering Experimentation (Major Core) 2 3
ENGR 303 Engineering Thermodynamics (Major Core) 3
ENGR 307 Systems Dynamics and Mechanical Vibrations (Major Core) 3
ENGR 309 Mechanics of Solids (Major Core) 3
GE Area F ± 3
Sixth Semester
ENGR 302 Experimental Analysis (Major Core) 2 1
ENGR 304 Mechanics of Fluids (Major Core) 3
ENGR 364 Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Major Core) 3
Major Upper-Division Elective - Take One 6 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Seventh Semester
Select One Set of Courses (Major Controls Elective): 4
Process Instrumentation and Control
and Instrumentation and Process Control Laboratory
Control Systems
and Control Systems Laboratory
ENGR 464 Mechanical Design (Major Core) 3
ENGR 467 Heat Transfer (Major Core) 3
ENGR 696 Engineering Design Project I (Major Core) 1
GE Area C 3
Eighth Semester
ENGR 463 Thermal Power Systems (Major Core) 3
ENGR 697GW Engineering Design Project II - GWAR (Major Core ) 2
Major Upper-Division Electives – Take Two 6 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 7 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 7 3
 Total Units128-129

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


Met in Major

  • Area A3 (Critical Thinking) is satisfied upon completion of ENGR 205 and either ENGR 201 or ENGR 213.
  • Area E (Lifelong Learning and Self-Development) is satisfied upon completing ENGR 100.
  • Upper-Division General Education, Physical and Life Sciences (UD-B) is satisfied upon completion of ENGR 300 and either ENGR 301 or ENGR 302.

To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


Lower-Division Modular Electives (3 units)
ENGR 271 Introduction to MATLAB (1 units)
ENGR 272 Engineering Project Management (1 units)
ENGR 291 Introduction to Creo Parametric (1 units)
ENGR 292 Introduction to Solid Works - Level I (1 units)
ENGR 294 Introduction to Microcontrollers (1 units)
ENGR 295 Design Methodology (1 units)


Upper-Division Major Electives (9 units)

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 advisor and the program coordinator prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program.

A total of 9 units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group. Courses selected for the controls (emphasis) elective may not be double-counted as upper-division electives.

ENGR 306 Electromechanical Systems (3 units)

ENGR 410 Process Instrumentation and Control (3 units) (Hidden Prerequisite for ENGR 411)
ENGR 411 Instrumentation and Process Control Laboratory (1 units)
ENGR 415 Mechatronics (4 units)
ENGR 441 Fundamentals of Composite Materials (3 units)
ENGR 446 Control Systems Laboratory (1 units) (Hidden Prerequisite for ENGR 447)
ENGR 447 Control Systems (3 units)
ENGR 462 Failure Mechanics and Prevention (3 units)
ENGR 465 Principles of HVAC (3 units)
ENGR 466 Gas Dynamics and Boundary Layer Flow (3 units)
ENGR 469 Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems (3 units)

ENGR 470 Biomechanics (3 units)
ENGR 610 Engineering Cost Analysis (3 units)
ENGR 699 Independent Study (1-3 units)
ENGR 820 Energy Resources and Sustainability (3 units)
ENGR 860 Applied Engineering Analysis (3 units)
ENGR 863 Advanced Thermal-Fluids (3 units)
ENGR 864 Transport Phenomena (3 units)
ENGR 865 Energy-Efficient Buildings (3 units)
ENGR 866 Air Quality Engineering (3 units)
ENGR 867 Energy Auditing and Measurement and Verification (3 units)
ENGR 868 Advanced Control Systems (3 units)
ENGR 869 Robotics (3 units)
ENGR 870 Robot Control (3 units)
ENGR 871 Advanced Electrical Power Systems (3 units)


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet U.S. and California Government (USG/CSLG) within Upper-Division GE.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.