Program: Manufacturing Systems Engineering, B.S.

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).

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

Graduates of the B.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering program are expected to attain the following PEOs within a few years of graduation:

  1. Have an engineering job that applies hands-on skills to integrate technology, people, and processes effectively and economically.
  2. Solve complex challenges and innovate solutions for continuous improvement with a principal emphasis on safety, quality, productivity and cost.
  3. Collaborate and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams both as a leader and a member, and value diversity.
  4. Lean into additional responsibilities through pursuing ongoing professional development and growth.

Program Requirements

The Manufacturing Systems Engineering 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.

CSUN provides the opportunity for students who have not had a complete background of pre-engineering work in high school to take courses to prepare for the major. These additional courses will not count toward the major and may increase the time to graduate. CSUN provides testing as outlined below to ensure that students start their engineering coursework at an appropriate level.

Placement Exam Requirement

The Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is required with a minimum score of 40 prior to enrolling in CHEM 107. Students who have had high school chemistry and expect to enroll in CHEM 107 must take this test regardless of their score on the AP Chemistry exam. Students who do not achieve this CPT score must complete CHEM 100 with a grade of “C” or better before taking CHEM 107.

Special Grade Requirements

  1. All students must complete the lower division writing requirement before enrolling in 300-level engineering courses.
  2. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses in the major. A grade of “C” or better is required in all undergraduate transfer courses.
  3. Senior-level courses cannot be taken unless the student previously completed or is concurrently completing all freshman-, sophomore- and junior-level core requirements.
  4. A grade of “C” or higher is necessary in MATH 150B to meet the prerequisite requirements for the next-level math courses.

1. Lower Division Required Courses (45 units)

Freshman Year

BIOL 101EN Introduction to Biological Principles for Engineering (2)
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineers (3)
MATH 150A Calculus I (5)
MATH 150B Calculus II (5)
MSE 101/L Introduction to Engineering and Lab (1/1)
PHYS 220A Mechanics (3)
PHYS 220AL Mechanics Lab (1)

Sophomore Year

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

2. Upper Division Required Courses (37 units)

Junior Year
Senior Year

MSE 403 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 488B 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, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

21 units are satisfied by coursework in the major. Completion of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering major satisfies A3 Critical Thinking. PHYS 220A satisfies B1 Physical Science; BIOL 101EN satisfies B2 Life Science; PHYS 220AL satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 150A satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; MSE 362 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; MSE 304 satisfies 3 units of upper division D1 Social Sciences; and MSE 248/L satisfies E Lifelong Learning.

Total Units in the Major: 94

General Education Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 121


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair: Shereazad Jimmy Gandhi
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.