Product Design Program

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Product Design focuses on the experience of product conception and design for the benefit of society. It encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression, while serving larger goals of common good. Students studying Product Design generally follow the Mechanical Engineering curriculum and focus on a process that resolves constraints arising from technical, human, aesthetic and business concerns. The course work provides the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes.

Students who also complete the requirements for Mechanical Engineering will receive the ME degree and a transcript that says “Has completed all the requirements of Product Design.”



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


22 units minimum; at least 15 units must be from 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 7 units of Behavioral Science:

1. PSYCH 1 (required) 5 units
2. PSYCH Elective (courses numbered 20-95) 2-5 units

Technology in Society

  • ME 120 History and Philosophy of Design (required), 4 units

Engineering Fundamentals

  • ENGR 40. Introductory Electronics (required), 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, or 62 (may not use CS 106B or X, or ENGR 40N or 40P)


ENGR 14. Intro to Solid Mechanics, 4 units
ENGR 102M. Tech/Prof Writing (fulfills WIM; must be taken concurrently with ME 103D and 203), 1 unit
ME 80. Mechanics of Materials, 4 units
ME 101. Visual Thinking, 4 units
ME 103D. Engineering Drawing, 1 unit
ME 110. Design Sketching, 1 unit
ME 112. Mechanical Engineering Design, 4 units
ME 115A. Introduction to Design Methods* 3 units
ME 115B. Human Values in Design* 3 units
ME 115C. Design and Business Factors*, 3 units
ME 116
ME 203 4
ME 216A
ME 216B
Additional Studio Art course

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