Product Design Program

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2013-14 Requirements

  • UG Program Director: William Burnett, Bldg 550, Room 137,
  • Student Services: Jennifer Fallin ( Bldg 530, Room 125

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 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 8 units of Behavioral Science:

1. PSYCH 1 (required) 5 units
2. PSYCH Elective (courses numbered 30-200) 3-5 units

Technology in Society

  • ME 120 History and Philosophy of Design will still be allowed to fulfill TiS for seniors taking the course spring 2014. However, this is a transition year for use of this course and non-seniors must petition to use the course for TiS and be prepared to complete additional coursework. Prof Burnett will explain the change in his fall meeting for PD majors. 3 units

Engineering Fundamentals

  • ENGR 40 or 40A. Introductory Electronics (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 40C or 40P)


51 units minimum; required courses:

  • 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 110A. Design Sketching, 1 unit
  • ME 112. Mechanical Engineering Design (satisfies WIM requirement), 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 203. Manufacturing Technology (take concurrently with ME 103D), 4 units
  • ME 216A. Advanced Product Design: Needfinding, 4 units
  • ME 216B. Advanced Product Design: Implementation I, 4 units
  • ME 216C. Advanced Product Design: Implementation II, 4 units
  • Three ARTSTUDI (Studio Art) courses numberd 100 or higher (12 units)
    * ME 115C only will be waived if student takes a quarter abroad. Students should plan their overseas quarter to take place in sophomore year, or spring quarter of Junior year only.

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.
8. Email Jennifer Fallin ( to let her know that you have declared your major so that she may approve it.

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