Product Design Program

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2016-17 Requirements

  • UG Program Director: William Burnett, Bldg 550, Room 137,
  • Student Services: Nick Carmona Bldg 530, Room 125,, and Michelle Rice,

The mission of the undergraduate program in Product Design is to graduate designers who can synthesize technology, human factors, and business factors in the service of human need. The program teaches a design process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression, aesthetics, and emphasizes brainstorming and need finding. The course work provides students with the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes. Students studying product design follow the basic mechanical engineering curriculum and are expected to meet the University requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for graduate study.

Completion of the undergraduate program in Product Design leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Product Design" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.



  • 20 units minimum (one course in statistics recommended, e.g. STATS 60)


23 units minimum; at least 12 units of calculus-based Physics and 3-5 units of an additional science class from the School of Engineering approved list

  • Required: One year of Physics 40 series (PHYSICS 41, 43, 45), 12 units
  • Additional course from the SoE Approved Science Course List
  • At least 8 units of Behavioral Science:

1. PSYCH 1 (required) 5 units
2. PSYCH Elective (courses numbered 30-200) 3-5 units OR HUMBIO Elective (82A and 160 are pre-approved)

Technology in Society

  • Choose one course from list of SoE-approved courses on Approved Courses; the course must be on the approved list the year it is taken.

Engineering Fundamentals

  • ENGR 40, 40A, or 40M. Introductory Electronics or Making Stuff; What is EE (required), 3-5 units
  • ENGR 70A same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology (required), 5 units
  • Fundamentals Elective -- Choose from ENGR 10, 15, 20, 25B, 25E, 30, 50, 50E, 50M, 60, 62, or 90 (may not use CS 106B or X, or ENGR 40P)


53-56 units:

  • ENGR 14. Intro to Solid Mechanics, 4 units
  • ME 80. Mechanics of Materials, 4 units
  • ME 101. Visual Thinking, 4 units
  • ME 103D. Engineering Drawing (take concurrently with ME 203) 1 unit
  • ME 110. Design Sketching, 2 units
  • ME 112. Mechanical Systems Design (satisfies WIM requirement), 4 units
  • ME 115A. Product Design Methods, 3 units
  • ME 115B. Human Values in Design, 3 units
  • ME 115C (see Note 5). Design and Manufacturing, 3 units
  • ME 203. Manufacturing Technology (take concurrently with ME 103D), 4 units
  • ME 216A. Advanced Product Design: Needfinding, 4 units
  • PD Capstone: Choose one of two combinations:

ME 216B. Advanced Product Design: Implementation I, 4 units + ME 216C. Advanced Product Design: Implementation II, 4 units

ME 114 + any other course in School of Engineering

  • Three ARTSTUDI (Studio Art) courses numberd 100 or higher (12 units)

1. The School of Engineering list of approved science courses can be found in Chapter 4, Figure 4-2 or on the Approved Courses page of the UGHB website.
2. Choose one more fundamental from: ENGR 10, 15, 20, 25B, 25E, 30, 50, 50E, 50M, 62, or 90; Note that CS 106B or X (same as ENGR 70B or X) are not allowed to fulfill the elective requirement.
3. ME 103D and ME 203 should be taken concurrently.
4. ME 112 meets the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement for Product Design.
5. ME 115C is the ONLY course requirement that can be waived if student takes a quarter overseas. Students should plan their overseas quarter to take place in Sophomore year, or spring quarter of Junior year only. If the student elects to go overseas Junior year, the total depth units will be reduced by 3; this is approved without petition.

Instructions for Declaring Major in Product Design (ENGR-BS: PD)

Detailed instructions can be obtained from the ME Student Services Office (Building 530, Room 125)

1. Print a copy of your transcript from Axess.
2. Download and complete the program sheet from Program Sheet page. If you need instructions on how to download, consult the School of Engineering Student Affairs Office in 135 Huang. Please note: When completing the sheet, include courses you plan to take as well as those you have already taken.
3. Pick up a Product Design major declaration form from the Student Services Office in Building 530.
4. Identify an undergraduate program advisor from the list on the back of the major declaration form. If you prefer, the Student Services Office will assign one for you.
5. Discuss the program with your advisor and have him/her approve the program sheet AND the declaration form.
6. Return completed documents to the ME Student Services Office
7. Login to Axess and formally declare your major. NOTE: Select “Engineering” as your major (NOT Mechanical Engineering), with a subplan in Product Design.

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