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Product Design (PD)

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.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Product Design

The mission of the undergraduate program in Product Design is to graduate designers who can synthesize technology and aesthetics in the service of human need. The program teaches a design process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression, and emphasizes brainstorming and need finding. 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 emphasis is placed on conceptual thinking, creativity, risk taking, and aesthetics. Students are taught to use design processes to resolve constraints arising from technical, human, aesthetic, and business concerns. The course work provides students with the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for graduate study.


Mathematics (20 units minimum)

Recommended: one course in Statistics

Science (22 units minimum):15 units must be from School of Engineering approved list1

One year of PHYSICS 40 series (required)

Behavioral Science1 (8 units minimum):

PSYCH 1. Introduction to Psychology (required)


PSYCH elective from courses numbered 20-95


Mathematics and Science (maximum combined total of 45 units)

Technology in Society (one course):

ME 120. History of Philosophy of Design (required)


Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum):


ENGR 40 (required), 70A (required), plus one course from

ENGR 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 50M, 60, 62

Product Design Engineering Depth (48 units minimum):

ARTSTUDI 60. Design I: Fundamental Visual Language


ARTSTUDI 160. Design II: The Bridge


One additional Art Studio course (ARTSTUDI 70 recommended)


ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics


ENGR 102M*. Technical/Professional Writing for ME Majors3


ME 80. Mechanics of Materials


ME 101. Visual Thinking


ME 103D*. Engineering Drawing


ME 110A. Design Sketching


ME 112. Mechanical Systems


ME 115A. Human Values in Design2


ME 115B. Introduction to Design Methods2


ME 115C. Design and Business Factors2


ME 116. Advanced Product Design: Formgiving


ME 203*. Manufacturing and Design3


ME 216A. Advanced Product Design: Needfinding


ME 216B. Advanced Product Design: Implementation


*These three courses (ENGR 102M, ME 103D, ME 203) must be taken concurrently in order to fulfill the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement.

These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 School of Engineering approved science list available at

2 One quarter abroad may substitute for one of the ME 115-series classes.

3 Must be taken concurrently to fulfill the Writing in the Major requirement.

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