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Program: B.S., Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Program Description

Manufacturing Systems Engineers turn ideas into reality. They play key roles in the creation of almost every single product that you see or use, from clothing to computers, from automobiles to space shuttles, from frozen foods to toys. The challenges of creating and using new materials to meet future needs, relieving human drudgery by automating dangerous and onerous production processes, and forming and leading teams of engineering experts are all examples of a few of the numerous opportunities for which the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program prepares its students.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering majors at CSUN receive a solid, broad-based education. The program is designed to ensure student intellectual growth in four primary proficiency areas:

  1. The design and manufacture of products
  2. The design of manufacturing systems
  3. Materials and manufacturing processes
  4. The management of production processes and resources

Individual and team assignments on projects and in laboratories provide students with numerous opportunities to develop their technical, design, leadership, communication, management and team skills. Students in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program have the opportunity to work on projects in nine laboratories:

  1. Advanced Corrosion Lab
  2. W. M. Keck Advanced Materials Lab
  3. Boeing Automation Engineering Lab
  4. CAE Design Lab
  5. Fracture Mechanics Lab
  6. MacDonald CAD Graphics Lab
  7. Manufacturing Processes Lab
  8. MSEM Design Projects Lab
  9. Pickett Engineering Materials Lab

In senior design, Manufacturing Systems Engineering students also use the real world as their basic lab by executing real projects in local industry. Projects have included design and production of a competition robot, and design and fabrication of such products as a folding pickup truck bed extender; a tool chest; a grape seed oil extractor; an automated storage unit; design and development of a CD-ROM counter; design of an improved packaging process for industrial adhesives and polymers; planning and design of a facility for electronics manufacturing; plant layout design for the production of a medical patient monitor; and development of an ISO-9000 quality assurance system.

Small classes are taught by a group of dedicated faculty who among them hold several outstanding teaching and faculty awards, are nationally and internationally recognized for their technical publications, work in engineering professional organizations and have engineering and management experience in industry to share with their students.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering students have opportunities to participate in student chapters of such professional societies as Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals International), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA), and American Society for Quality (ASQ), as well as interdisciplinary student organizations in the College, such as Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the VEX Robotics Club (The Matabots), the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).


The B.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), (410) 347-7700.

Program Requirements

Special Grade Requirements

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses in the major. The Mathematics department requires a “C” grade in its prerequisite courses. A grade of “C” or better is required in all undergraduate transfer courses.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

This program is based on an expectation of adequate high school preparation in science, mathematics and English. High school courses should include algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry and chemistry or physics (both desirable), and 4 years of English. Beginning engineering students must take the Entry Level Mathematics Test* and the Mathematics Placement Test, Chemistry Placement Test and English Placement Test* before registration in basic courses will be permitted.

*Effective Fall 2018, the ELM and EPT Exams have been replaced with Multiple Measures Assessment.

Students should refer to the Policies section of this Catalog for admission rules and regulations. Students who have not had an adequate background of pre-engineering work in high school may be required to take some additional work in their first year and may not be able to complete an engineering program in 8 semesters.

1. Lower Division Required Courses (45 units)

Freshman Year

CHEM 101/L General Chemistry I and Lab (4/1)
MATH 150A Calculus I (5)
MATH 150B Calculus II (5)
MSE 101/L Introduction to Engineering and Lab (1/1)
PHYS 220A/L Mechanics and Lab (3/1)

Sophomore Year

CE 240 Engineering Statics (3)
ECE 240/L Electrical Engineering Fundamentals and Lab (3/1)
MATH 250 Calculus III (3)
MATH 280 Applied Differential Equations (3)
MSE 227/L Engineering Materials and Lab (3/1)
MSE 248/L Engineering CAD and Graphics and Lab (2/1)
PHYS 220B/L Electricity and Magnetism and Lab (3/1)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (37 units)

Junior Year
Senior Year

MSE 403CS Facilities Planning and Design (3)
MSE 410/L Production Systems Modeling and Lab (2/1)
MSE 415 Product Design (3)
MSE 488A MSEM Senior Design I (2)
MSE 488BCS MSEM Senior Design II (2)

3. Upper Division Major Elective Courses (12 units)

Select four courses from among department 400-level and/or 500-level courses.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
In addition to the required major program courses, Manufacturing Systems Engineering majors must satisfactorily complete General Education Plan R requirements and take courses in Analytical Reading and Expository Writing (3 units); Oral Communication (3 units), Title 5—U.S. History and Local Government (6 units); Arts and Humanities (6 units); Social Sciences (3 units); and Comparative Cultural Studies (6 units). All other GE requirements are met through completion of courses in the major. Six of the General Education Plan R units must be at the upper division level.

Students are required to complete one upper division Subject Explorations or Title 5 course that satisfies the Information Competency requirement.

Students should carefully consult the degree planning guide of their major and confer with their faculty advisor when selecting their General Education Plan R courses.

Total Units in the Major: 94

General Education Units: 27

Total Units Required for the Degree: 121


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair: Behzad Bavarian
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design and manage effective systems, processes and environments for contemporary manufacturing enterprises.
  4. An ability to function productively on multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve manufacturing systems engineering problems.
  6. An ability to understand, practice and nurture professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively in both the written and spoken modes.
  8. The intellectual and educational breadth necessary for understanding the impact of manufacturing systems engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for professional currency, and an ability to engage in perpetual learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues in society, as well as those of the profession.
  11. An ability to use the contemporary techniques, skills and tools necessary for effective manufacturing systems engineering practice.
  12. An understanding of the behavior and properties of materials as they are altered and influenced by processing in manufacturing.
  13. An understanding of the design of products and the equipment, tooling and environment necessary for their manufacture.
  14. An understanding of the creation of competitive advantage through effective management of contemporary manufacturing enterprises.
  15. An ability to apply advanced methods to the analysis, synthesis and control of manufacturing systems.
  16. An ability to measure manufacturing process variables and draw credible technical inferences.