|school of engineering and computer science|
Phone: (209) 946-2151
Location: John T. Chambers Technology Center
Ravi Jain, Dean
Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science in Engineering Science
Networking and Computer Security
Games and Simulation
Computing and Applied Economics
Project Management (for non-engineering majors)
Technology (for non-engineering majors)
The mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is to provide a superior, student-centered learning environment which emphasizes close faculty-student interaction, experiential education, and distinctive research opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to excel as professionals, pursue advanced degrees, and possess the technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, creativity, and ethical values needed to lead the development and application of technology for bettering society and sustaining the world environment.
No single definition of engineering is adequate; however, engineering is well described as the application link between science and society. Engineers must have the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations. They are agents through whom science influences our society.
At the School of Engineering and Computer Science, engineers must develop dual competencies - technical and social. They must understand the principles of science as well as the nature of human needs and behavior and the impact of technology on society. The modern engineer deals with socially relevant matters including pollution, energy resources, sustainability, health care and public transportation systems. Engineers are experts in manufacturing processes, communications systems, medical electronics, the space program and numerous other endeavors that provide citizens of the world with a safer, more enjoyable life.
The Engineering Program at University of the Pacific consists of three well-integrated parts:
1. Mathematics, natural sciences and a broad range of courses in the humanities and social sciences;
2. Engineering courses, which provide the specialized training for professional competence in engineering;
3. On-the-job experience in the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program described below. Through this threefold program, theory and practice are brought together; human problems and engineering come into sharp focus; and students find increased meaning in their studies.
By studying at a private university with a strong liberal arts heritage, Pacific engineering students interact with students whose objectives, attitudes and approaches to human problems are different from their own. They experience meaningful associations with students from a variety of social, political and cultural backgrounds.
The Computer Science Department provides an education in computer science which features current and emerging technologies and experiential learning. The major offers a strong background in the theory and practice of computer science. Students select a concentration based on their post-graduation plans. Selection of an area of concentration guides students in the selection of elective courses. Students trained in computer science will be among the change agents responsible for forging new computing breakthroughs and new interactions with other disciplines.
The computer science program includes a general education component, a math and science component, a computer science core component and electives selected according to the student’s chosen area of concentration.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers eight undergraduate degree programs: Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering. The curricula are divided into lower-division and upper-division segments.
The lower-division engineering curriculum stresses fundamentals in science, mathematics and engineering. The first two years are essentially the same for all engineering majors. The upper-division combines courses in the major area with work experience through the Co-op Program.
The Computer Science Department offers a BS degree with a major in Computer Science. A minor program is also available. The curriculum for the Computer Science major includes a core of courses that give students a solid understanding of fundamental computing knowledge and skills. The major has a variety of concentrations that offer a course of study around a theme. The concentrations offer a flexible range of courses that promote a student’s specific interests and post-graduate plans. They also guide the selection of elective courses. The available concentrations are Networking and Computer Security, Games and Simulation, Software Engineering, Computational Modeling, Information Systems, and Theoretical Foundations.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers a Master of Science in Engineering Science (MSES) degree with concentrations in 1) Civil Engineering, 2) Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and 3) Mechanical Engineering. The MSES is designed to strengthen students’ technical, analytical, and professional breadth and depth. Students are introduced to techniques and best practices of professional research and learn the foundations for assessing the merits of published technical findings.
The accelerated Blended Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to begin their graduate work while completing their undergraduate degree requirements. Students can pursue the accelerated Blended Program which allows them to complete their bachelors and masters degree in as little as five years. This five year period will include some summer sessions, depending upon if advanced placement units were earned prior to starting at Pacific.
Students would begin by enrolling in an undergraduate program in the Pacific SOECS. Following acceptance into the Blended Program, students may begin taking graduate level courses at any time after they reach senior status, allowing the bachelors and masters degrees to blend together. The two degrees are awarded on the same date.
Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.
The Computer Science program leading to a BS degree with a major in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.
The Engineering Industry Fellowship Program (EIF) is a dual-purpose partnership between industry and the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science. It provides student fellows with a quality education, optimal training for success in the workplace, and relevant work experience with a major industry. It also provides industry with a means of establishing a four or five-year mentoring/employment relationship with a top-notch student, the opportunity to groom a possible long-term future employee, and increased visibility on campus.
EIF’s are based on good-faith agreements between industry, the University, and student fellows while they pursue their degrees at Pacific. Student fellows receive paid summer internships, one or two paid co-op assignments, $2,000 per year in additional scholarship funding, and an industry mentor from their sponsoring company. The student fellow agrees to maintain high academic achievement and to perform satisfactorily on the job.
Most of the Engineering curricula at Pacific include a mandatory 32-unit Cooperative Education component. During the first two years of the program, the student’s fee structure is identical to the University’s. Overall tuition costs as shown elsewhere in this General Catalog apply, plus any additional costs of summer school tuition. The Engineering program at Pacific is classified as a five year program. Students can therefore qualify for most financial aid for a five year period.
During the last two years of the program, the students are required to complete a seven-month summer-fall or spring-summer cooperative education assignment. Many students opt for an additional semester of co-op, adding up to a total of 12 months of co-op experience. Students receive fourteen units of credit for the summer term, and eighteen units for the fall and/or spring term. The tuition rate for fall or spring semesters of co-op is one half the normal rate. There is no tuition charge for the summer of co-op. Further, for each fall and spring semester that students are on co-op, they are entitled to a summer of courses free of tuition up to a maximum of 20 units. Any units over 20 will be charged at the prevailing summer rate. (See Cooperative Education Schedule). Students should complete the application for summer tuition remission at the earliest possible date. Applications are available in the Co-op Office.
Computer Science at Pacific is a four-year program with a mandatory senior project component. A cooperative education component is strongly encouraged and is available in any term including the summer. Students electing to take a Cooperative Education component during a Fall or Spring term should work with their adviser to ensure that progress in their academic program is not impacted. The student’s fee structure follows University guidelines.
Cooperative Education is an integral part of the engineering curriculum at University of the Pacific. Engineering students alternate between terms in the classroom and periods of full-time, paid professional practice. The co-op program is coordinated through the School of Engineering and Computer Science Office of Cooperative Education. Faculty coordinators keep in close contact with students and their employers during the work periods.
Cooperative Education employment enhances an engineering degree program by relating theory to practice. During Co-op, the students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a working situation. This process of “learning by doing’’ increases student motivation.
The Cooperative Education Program is required for students graduating with a BS in Engineering. There are three exceptions to this requirement. 1) Because their study abroad experience qualifies as a significant “experiential learning” component of their education, non-citizens of the U.S. are not required to participate in Co-op, although they are encouraged to do so. Students who are non-citizens of the U.S. that elect not to participate in the Co-op must complete a Petition for Co-op Waiver for Non-U.S. Citizens and submit it to the Co-op Office in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 2) Students who have prior work experience in engineering may file a petition for equivalent Co-op credit prior to the end of their second semester on campus. Approval of the petition rests with the Co-op Director, the student’s faculty adviser, and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. 3) Bioengineers following the Biomedical Career Pathway. For more information, contact the Co-op Office at (209) 946-2151.
Students should be in residence at Pacific for one semester immediately prior to their first Co-op experience. Students on academic probation are generally not eligible to participate in the Co-op Program until they eliminate their academic deficiency. Successful Co-op placements depend on many factors. Students are expected to be willing to accept Co-op employment in a wide range of geographical locations and to work aggressively with the Co-op Coordinators in preparing resumes, developing interviewing skills and seeking appropriate placement. Given this level of cooperation by the student, the School of Engineering and Computer Science guarantees all such students Co-op placements.
All lower-division courses, as well as Fundamental Skills requirements should be completed before a student goes out on their Co-op Program. All students must complete their Co-op requirement prior to the final semester of courses. A minimum of seven units (undergraduate or graduate) must be completed after the final Co-op experience. At least three of the seven units must be from their major area.
If a student receives financial aid, income from Cooperative Education employment may affect the amount of financial assistance a student receives during each employment period.
Experiential learning is an integral part of the computer science curriculum at University of the Pacific. All computer science students are required to complete a senior project, which is a primary experiential learning experience. Computer Science students are strongly encouraged to also elect a co-op experience or undergraduate research, to further enhance their experiential learning. Cooperative Education employment enhances a computer science degree program by relating theory to practice. During Co-op, the students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a working situation. This process of “learning by doing’’ increases student motivation, and improves student’s understanding of their future career prospects.
Computer science students who elect a co-op experience spend at least one term in their placement(s). The co-op program is coordinated through the School of Engineering and Computer Science Office of Cooperative Education. Faculty coordinators keep in close contact with students and their employers during the work periods.
Students should be in residence at Pacific for one semester immediately prior to their first Co-op experience. Students on academic probation are generally not eligible to participate in the Co-op Program until they eliminate their academic deficiency. Successful Co-op placements depend on many factors. Students are expected to work aggressively with the Co-op Coordinators in preparing resumes, developing interviewing skills and seeking appropriate placement.
All lower-division core courses, as well as Fundamental Skills requirements should be completed before a student is eligible for the Co-op Program. All students must complete their Co-op requirement prior to the final semester of courses. A minimum of seven units must be completed after the final Co-op experience. At least three of the seven units must be from their major area.
If a student receives financial aid, income from Cooperative Education employment may affect the amount of financial assistance a student receives during each employment period.
All students are encouraged to actively participate in a professional society appropriate to their major.
National Honor Societies
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society - all engineering majors)
Eta Kappa Nu (Honor Society for Electrical, Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics majors)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Campus Clubs and Organizations
Associated Engineering Students (AES)
Associated Students of Engineering Management (ASEM)
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Engineers Without Borders
Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Fraternity)
The Pacific Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Center is the home of two programs: The MESA Schools Program (MSP) and the MESA Engineering Program (MEP).
Both MSP and MEP programs serve educationally disadvantaged students who have traditionally not considered entering into math or science based professions. MSP goals are to great an academic community that will increase the number of students who graduate from high school and attend college, majoring in math-based fields. MSP provides hands-on math and science activities as well as academic enrichment to 1,100 students in the 6-12th grades. By providing a rigorous, all-sided learning environment that includes academic advising, peer group learning, career exploration, parent involvement, and other services, students’ confidence, expectations, and successes have soared. Specific MEP goals are to increase matriculation, retention, and graduation rates of the students enrolled in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. MEP seeks to fulfill the above goals through collaborations and partnerships with an Industrial Advisory Board, three student chapters of related professional organizations, the National Consortium for Minority Engineering Students Pursuing a Graduate Degree (GEM), the National Association for Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA), and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).
Pacific MESA Center activities and support features include: pre-college outreach, financial aid (scholarships), career fairs, awards banquets, hands-on math and science workshops, enhanced advising and counseling, tutoring, motivational seminars, Saturday and summer programs, and a student study center.
The general education requirements for engineering and computer science students are as follows: all entering freshmen must take Pacific Seminar 1-What is a Good Society?, and Pacific Seminar 2 - Topical Seminars on a Good Society. As seniors they must take Pacific Seminar 3 – Ethics of Family, Work, Citizenship. All students must take ENGR 030, Engineering Ethics and Society which is in Category IIB of the general education program. In addition, they must take a total of three courses: two from Category I-The Individual and Society and one from Category II-Human Heritage. Only one class can come from each subdivision (A, B or C) within each category. These courses must be selected to allow the student to gain the broad education necessary to understand the societal impact of engineering and technology. The student’s adviser will assist in the selection of courses.
Pacific accepts a 4 or higher for Advance Placement and a 5 or higher for Higher Level International Baccalaureate and that a maximum of 28 units total from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate DANTES and/or CLEP test results may be applied toward a Pacific degree including General Education and major requirements.
SOECS transfer students are normally required to have six General Education courses in Categories I and II, one course in each of the six category/area combinations. (i.e., IA, IB, IC, IIA, IIB, IIC). All SOECS students are required to take ENGR 030, which satisfies the IIB area. The School will, under certain circumstances, allow one substitution of a course taken prior to transferring to Pacific to meet requirements in a different area within the same category. All transfer students MUST take courses in at least five different areas.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science will accept the transfer general education program (IGETC - the transfer core curriculum which fulfills the lower division general education requirements) from any community college.
All students must take Pacific Seminar 3 during their senior year.
Engineering and Computer Science Prerequisite Requirement
All engineering and computer science course prerequisites must be passed with a C- or higher grade.
Courses Taken Pass/No Credit
A student may request to register for one (1) general education course per semester on a Pass/No Credit basis in either Category I or II of the general education program by filing the completed Pass/No Credit form in the Office of the Registrar before the deadline established by the Office of the Registrar (approximately the end of the second week of classes). This petition must include the approval of the professor teaching the course and the student’s adviser. A maximum of 16 Pass/No Credit units may be applied to meet the GE degree requirements. All other classes, including Technical Writing, Independent Studies and the basic science or mathematics elective classes, must be taken for a letter grade.
Students who have an interest in a subject not offered as a regular course and who, by their overall performance at Pacific, have proven their ability to do independent work, may consider enrolling in an independent study. The qualified student should initiate discussions with his/her adviser and with a professor who is knowledgeable in the subject. If both parties are in agreement, the student must complete the Independent Study Form and submit it to the instructor before the end of the third week of classes. If the independent study is to be used to meet a general education requirement, it must also have the approval of the Department’s General Education Coordinator. Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in independent study courses in any department of the University. The following School of Engineering and Computer Science policies apply:
1. The course(s) may not be substituted for a regularly scheduled course unless approved by the department.
2. If the course is to be used as an elective, approval by the student’s adviser and the department chairperson is required.
3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade; the pass/no credit option is not allowed for independent study courses.
4. Only one independent study course may be taken per term.
5. Each course may be taken for one (1), two (2), three (3), or four (4) units. The unit value for the course will be established between the student and the professor responsible for the course. The student’s adviser should be informed of this decision.
6. A maximum of eight (8) units of independent study may be used to satisfy graduation requirements.
The substitution of course(s) from the printed major program is discouraged. When extenuating circumstances warrant consideration, the student should meet with his/her adviser, and the final decision must have the approval of the department chair. Consideration should be given to the source of the problem (school, student, etc.), severity of the hardship case, and what the department considers best for the individual.
If a course substitution is allowed, ABET guidelines must be followed.
Students entering an engineering or computer science program with 28 or more units are exempt from ENGR 010.
The maximum number of classes, excluding physical activity courses, that an engineering or computer science student may be registered for during any period of the summer program is three (3). The total academic units accumulated through any combination of the three summer sessions shall not exceed 20 units.
Students are required to satisfy all the University Fundamental Skills Requirements (i.e., Writing, Mathematics, and Reading) prior to enrolling in any upper-division engineering or computer science courses.