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)


51 units minimum; 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 (part of WIM req't) 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 (part of WIM req't), 4 units
  • 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

Instructions for Declaring Major Iin 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.
8. Email Brittany Voelker ( to let her know that you have declared your major so that she may approve it.

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