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COVID-19-Related Degree Requirement Changes


The Product Design Program counts all courses taken in academic year 2020-21 with a grade of 'CR' (credit) or 'S' (satisfactory) towards satisfaction of undergraduate degree requirements that normally require a letter grade.

 Other Undergraduate Policies

The Product Design Program encourages students to take courses for letter grades when possible in order to have complete records for use when seeking future opportunities, including employment in industry and students seeking to apply for graduate studies.  Per University policy, students can change grading basis through the end of Week 8 in Autumn, Winter, and Spring, and Week 6 in Summer. Students are encouraged to reach out directly to Product Design Program Director, William Burnett <>, for questions about petitions, especially in situations related to COVID-19 policies and grading basis.

Product Design (PD)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Product Design leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan Product Design appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Product Design

The mission of the undergraduate program in Product Design is to graduate designers who can synthesize technology, human factors, and business factors in the service of human need. The program teaches a design process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship, aesthetics, and personal expression, and emphasizes brainstorming and need finding. The course work provides students with the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes. Students studying product design follow the basic Mechanical Engineering curriculum and are expected to meet the University requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for graduate study.


Mathematics and Science36 units minimum
Mathematics 1,220 units minimum
Recommended: one course in Statistics 1
Science 2,317 units minimum
17 units minimum : Minimum of 9 units of SoE approved science and 8 units of Behavioral Science 2,3
PHYSICS 41Mechanics4
PSYCH 1Introduction to Psychology5
PSYCH or HUMBIO elective 33-5
Technology in Society3-5 units
One course required; must be on the SoE approved TiS courses list at <> the year it is taken..
Engineering Fundamentals8 units minimum
CS 106AProgramming Methodology (or CS 106B)5
ENGR 40MAn Intro to Making: What is EE (or ENGR 40A )3-5
or ENGR 40A Introductory Electronics
Product Design Engineering Depth 54 units minimum
ME 125 and ME 216M OR two Art Studio or Computer Science courses, 100 series or higher 6
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ME 80Mechanics of Materials3
ME 101Visual Thinking4
ME 102Foundations of Product Realization3
ME 103Product Realization: Design and Making4
ME 104Mechanical Systems Design4
ME 110Design Sketching2
ME 115AIntroduction to Human Values in Design3
ME 115BProduct Design Methods4
ME 120History and Ethics of Design3
ME 115CDesigning Your Business3
ME 125Visual Frontiers (or ARTSTUDI or CS course)3
ME 216AAdvanced Product Design: Needfinding 74
ME 216BAdvanced Product Design: Implementation 1 64
ME 216CAdvanced Product Design: Implementation 2 64
ME 216MIntroduction to the Design of Smart Products (or ARTSTUDI or CS course)3-4

 A course may only be counted towards one requirement; it may not be double-counted. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade if that option is offered by the instructor. Minimum Combined GPA for all courses in Engineering Topics (Engineering Fundamentals and Depth courses) is 2.0.

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).