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What will I learn?

Freshman applicants have completed four years of high school mathematics, one year of high school chemistry, and one year of high school physics. Students are also encouraged to include courses in mechanical drawing and computer programming.

Community college transfers should complete the sequence of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses listed in freshman and sophomore years under the “sample sequence of courses,” if available at the community college.

The Bachelors of Science in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering require – 127, 128, 129, and 129-semester units, respectively. A minimum of 30 units must be earned in residence at SF State. Of these units, 24 must be upper division courses, and 12 of these upper division units must be in the major. Major requirements, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics prerequisites, comprise – 93 units for civil engineering, 94 for computer engineering, 95 for electrical engineering, and 95 units for mechanical engineering. For civil engineering, 50 of the required units are lower division and 43 units are upper division. For mechanical engineering, 51 of the required units are lower division and 44 units are upper division. For electrical engineering, 50 of the required units are lower division and 45 units are upper division. For computer engineering, 49 of the required units are lower division and 45 units are upper division. The remaining 33 units satisfy the balance of the university requirements including communication skills and general education in humanities and social sciences. Students are advised that, except for some general education (G.E.) courses, all courses which are to be counted toward completion of an engineering degree must be taken for a letter grade; the CR/NC option may not be used in this context.

Mechanical Engineering

The required courses provide a thorough grounding in the essentials of mechanical engineering. Elective courses taken as part of one of the areas of emphasis allow for specialization. The areas of emphasis currently offered are mechanical design, thermal-fluid systems, and robotics and controls. Graduates of the mechanical engineering program are expected to have, within a few years of graduation:

  • Established themselves as practicing professionals or engaged in graduate study in mechanical engineering or a related area.
  • Demonstrated an ability to be productive and responsible professionals.
  • Acted as representatives of their profession in their communities.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$16,944.00 (12,57,880) per year
Application deadline

30 September 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 24 January 2022


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school/ secondary school and have a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale or B- average, and that you have, or will have, the equivalent of US high school completion.

For international students

Complete a secondary/high school curriculum that totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, be qualified to enter a university in your home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school. Have a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale or B- average in academic courses completed after 9th grade.

TOEFL score of at least 61, IELTS score of at least 6.0 or PTE score of at least 45 is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.