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)

Depth -- Required Courses:

  • 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. Advanced Product Design: Formgiving, 4 units
  • ME 203. Manufacturing Technology*
  • ME 216A. Advanced Product Design: Needfinding, 4 units
  • ME 216B. Advanced Product Design: Implementation, 4 units
  • ARTSTUDI 160. Design I: Fundamental Visual Language
  • ARTSTUDI 260. Design II: The Bridge
  • Additional Studio Art course
    *One ME 115 class requiremnt waived if student takes a quarter abroad
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