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Program: B.S., Engineering Management

Program Description

More than two-thirds of all engineering professionals invest a significant portion of their career in managing and administering a wide range of technical engineering and research projects and budgets. As the engineering profession evolves, an increasing need has emerged for entry-level engineering professionals who have both a broad engineering background and the knowledge and ability to interface between the business and technical functions of organizations.

Undergraduate Engineering Management majors learn engineering fundamentals, together with the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities in technological environments. The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management equips entry-level engineers with knowledge of the business of engineering, making them valuable to their employers and ensuring future professional growth. For students who enjoy people and technology, the technical challenges of engineering and the opportunity to integrate higher-level organizational considerations into technological decision-making processes, engineering management is an ideal program of study.

The undergraduate Engineering Management degree program includes studies in basic mathematics and sciences, the engineering sciences, engineering management disciplinary studies and technical electives, as well as general education. The selection of technical electives can be tailored to particular areas of student interest. The team project experiences in many courses approximate the professional environment that graduates will encounter in their future careers. Program culminating experiences include community service learning course projects and capstone course design projects. Students also have access to well-equipped laboratories, including computing laboratories with discipline-specific software programs that are essential to achievement of program objectives.


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

Program Requirements

The Engineering Management program is based on an expectation of adequate high school preparation in science, mathematics and English. Science courses should include chemistry or physics, both of which are desirable. High school mathematics courses should include algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry. Four years of English are required.

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 Requirements

  1. The Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) is required prior to enrollment in MATH 150A. Students should take this exam before enrolling in their classes so they may be placed in the appropriate mathematics course. Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exams are exempt from the MPT.
  2. The Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is required with a minimum score of 40 prior to enrolling in CHEM 101. Students who have had high school chemistry and expect to enroll in CHEM 101 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 101.

Special Grade Requirements

  1. All students must complete the lower division writing requirement before enrolling in 300-level engineering courses.
  2. All students must attempt the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam before enrolling in 400-level engineering courses.
  3. 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.
  4. Senior-level courses cannot be taken unless the student previously completed or is concurrently completing all freshman-, sophomore- and junior-level core requirements.
  5. A grade of “C” or higher is necessary in MATH 150B to meet the prerequisite requirements for the next-level math courses.

Unit Requirements

The following unit requirements are necessary for the B.S. degree in Engineering Management:

1. Lower Division Required Courses (44 units)

Freshman Year

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
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

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)

With faculty advisor approval, the student selects 6 units from two departments from the courses below:

2. Upper Division Required Courses (37 units)

Junior Year

MSE 304 Engineering Economic Analysis (3)
MSE 362 Engineering Statistical Applications (3)
MSE 401 Introduction to Engineering and Technology Management (3)
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management (3)
MSE 406 Engineering Cost Analysis (3)
MSE 407 Production Systems (3)

Senior Year

MSE 403CS Facilities Planning and Design (3)
MSE 410/L Production Systems Modeling and Lab (2/1)
MSE 420 New Product Innovation and Technical Entrepreneurship for Engineers (3)
MSE 488A MSEM Senior Design I (2)
MSE 488BCS MSEM Senior Design II (2)

With faculty advisor approval, select two courses from:

AM 316 Engineering Dynamics (3)
CE 340 Strength of Materials (3)
ECE 320 Theory of Digital Systems (3)
ME 370 Thermodynamics (3)
ME 375 Heat Transfer I (3)

3. Upper Division Major Elective Courses (12 units)

With faculty advisor approval, 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.
21 units are satisfied by the coursework in the major. Completion of the Engineering Management major satisfies A3 Critical Thinking. 6 units of Physical Science may be used to satisfy sections B1-3. 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: 93

General Education Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


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

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management at CSUN will have an ability 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.