Minor in Mechanical Engineering

The purpose of the Minor in Mechanical Engineering is to give students from science and other branches of engineering the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, to broaden their understanding of science and engineering, and to prepare them for new technological developments such as material science and nanotechnology. Additional knowledge in control and robotics, mechanical design, or thermal-fluids may be acquired through electives. Students interested in the Minor in Mechanical Engineering must meet with the program coordinator and complete the Mechanical Engineering Minor Program Approval Form. Revision of the form requires the approval of the program coordinator.

Admissions Requirements

The minor is intended for students who have satisfied the following prerequisite requirements:

Select One:3-5
General Chemistry I
Chemistry for Energy and the Environment
MATH 226Calculus I4
MATH 227Calculus II4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
PHYS 240
PHYS 242
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

Mechanical Engineering, Minor — 21 units

  • Students must complete at least 12 of the required 21 core and elective units at SF State.
  • All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade (CR/NC is not acceptable).
  • A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.
  • All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Core Requirements (15 units)

ENGR 102Statics3
ENGR 200Materials of Engineering3
ENGR 201Dynamics3
ENGR 303Engineering Thermodynamics3
ENGR 309Mechanics of Solids3

Electives (6 units)

Upper-division Mechanical Engineering courses, which must be selected and pre-approved through consultation with the Mechanical Engineering program head. Courses used for this elective requirement may not be double-counted and used to satisfy graduation requirements for another undergraduate major or minor program.