Departments & Majors

Cal Poly Engineering offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs as diverse as Aerospace and Environmental Engineering. See below for details.

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Undergraduate Departments & Programs

Aerospace Engineering

Aeronautics focuses on systems that operate in the Earth's atmosphe re and Astronautics on those operating in space. Within each division, your choice of a career path can take you on a journey through widely varying disciplines as you advance through the ranks of an organization

Biomedical & General Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering is designed to allow students the latitude in course selection required to educate themselves either in the classical study of engineering or in new and evolving interdisciplinary technologies such as bioengineering and mechatronics

Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering emphasizes the study of engineering principles and the application of scientific knowledge and technology for the betterment of humankind. The program stresses the team design concept and systems approach to problem solving and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Computer Engineering

The Computer Engineering major is an interdisciplinary program resting on the foundations of two departments: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and is fully accredited by Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology

Computer Science & Software Engineering

The Computer Science Department educates students in the disciplines of computer science and software engineering, and teaches them to apply their education to solve practical problems in a socially responsible way. Pursuant to the department's educational mission, faculty engage in research and professional development that allows them to remain current in their fields and to provide technological leadership to the university community

Electrical Engineering

The Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Department serves many undergraduate and graduate students. With its large number of laboratory classes and high degree of instructor-student interaction, the Department is able to achieve the Cal Poly motto: 'Learn by doing'

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Industrial Engineering students design, install, and improve systems that integrate people, technology, materials, and information

Materials Engineering

Materials engineers deal with materials spanning the spectrum from steels for large bridges, buildings, pipelines, and similar structures to ultra-light, high-strength materials used in modern aerospace applications. Materials engineers are heavily involved in the advances being made with high-temperature, superconducting ceramics, and with biomedical device applications.

Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering concerns itself primarily with the design, construction, and use of a wide variety of equipment ranging from manufacturing machinery and power generation equipment to consumer goods. Of primary concern to the mechanical engineer is the proper application of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics in the design, manufacturing, and use of this equipment

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

The LAES program is a hybrid study of engineering and technology components enriched with the appropriate features of culture, arts and the humanities that includes specializations in the study of sound and music, theater, public policy, interactive design, intercultural communication, and a wide range of other innovative technical careers.


Graduate Degree Programs

M.S. Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science program in Aerospace Engineering prepares the student for entry into a well-established field of aerospace engineering. Two versions of the master’s program are available.: MS Aerospace Engineering with Specialization in Research or MS Aerospace Engineering with Specialization in Space Systems Engineering. A blended BS+MS degree is also available.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program as well as a blended B.S. + M.S. program. Links to these programs are provided below. In addition, the Department offers M.S. degree programs with specializations in Transportation Planning and Water Engineering. These specialized degree programs are offered in cooperation with the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, respectively.

Computer Science

The MS program in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in several areas of emphasis, including software engineering, computer architecture, programming languages, theory of computing, operating systems, database systems, distributed computing, computer networks, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. A blended BS+MS (4+1) degree is also offered

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering graduates will find opportunities for research and development, design, construction and manufacturing, sales and applications, field engineering, and management in a variety of disciplines.

Fire Protection Engineering

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Fire Protection Engineering is only the third graduate program in Fire Protection Engineering in the United States and the first one to be located on the West Coast.  Fire protection engineers use science and technology to protect people, property and businesses from destructive fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affects people, buildings and property.  Fire protection engineers work with architects and other engineers, state and local building officials and local fire departments to build and maintain fire safe communities. They make recommendations for cost effective fire protection solutions to ensure that the structure, and the property and occupants contained within are adequately protected.

Industrial Engineering

The IME Department offers three graduate programs and a five-year BS+MS blended program:

  • MS-IE - a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.
  • ITM - a Master of Science in Engineering with specialization in Integrated Technology Management (ITM).
  • EMP - a joint MBA/MS in Engineering with specialization in Engineering Management (offered with the College of Business).
  • 4+1/Blended - A five-year program that allows students to work toward a BS and a Master of Science (MS) at the same time.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering department offers both a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) as well as a blended 4+1 program leading to MSME degree. The only difference between the two programs is that up to 8 units of undergraduate technical electives may be double-counted towards the masters requirements. Other differences between the two programs are only internal and relate to the process of application and financial aid. In 4+1 program the undergraduate degree is not awarded until requirements for both BSc and MSC are satisfied.

M.S. Engineering w/Specialization

Specializations are available in:

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Integrated Technology Management
  • Materials Engineering
  • Water Engineering

MBA/MS Engineering, Engineering Management Specialization

Offered in partnership with the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Busniess. This dual-degree program bridges the academic disciplines of Engineering and Business and allows students to combine an MBA with a related engineering graduate degree.

MCRP/MS Engineering, Transportation Planning Specialization

The Transportation Planning Specialization is a joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Engineering and the City and Regional Planning Department of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Participation in the program requires enrollment in both Colleges. Participants successfully completing the program are awarded both the MCRP and the MS in Engineering, each with a Specialization in Transportation Planning.

Systems Integration Engineering

The Systems Integration Engineering (SIE) Graduate Certificate is intended for working engineers aspiring to take on additional technical responsibility and move into leadership roles in their organizations. Students obtaining the Graduate Certificate in SIE will have a holistic view of systems development and integration from a multidisciplinary perspective. Approaching systems, products and services from the top down is often a different perspective for engineers working in domain-specific disciplines (e.g., mechanical, aero, electrical, structural, test, software, etc.).