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Graduate Core

The Graduate Core is a set of requirements that is common to all departments in the School of Engineering. The Core promotes an educational philosophy that goes far beyond narrow specialization and emphasizes a global and societal orientation. It also reflects the fact that we live in an increasingly complex world, in which engineers must continually deepen their understanding of the interdisciplinary environment in which they operate.

Students will be required to take a course in each of the following three areas of the Core (for a minimum of 6 units):

  1. Emerging Topics in Engineering
  2. Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship
  3. Engineering and Society

The following courses are currently approved for this purpose (students are encouraged to periodically check the graduate engineering Web site for updates regarding new courses in these areas).

Emerging Topics in Engineering

  • AMTH 308 Theory of Wavelets
  • AMTH 367 Mathematical Finance
  • AMTH 387 Cryptology
  • BIOE 256/ENGR 256 Introduction to Nanobioengineering
  • CENG 219 Designing for Sustainable Construction
  • COEN 331 Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • COEN 389 Energy Efficient Computing
  • ELEN 280/MECH 287 Introduction to Alternative Energy Systems
  • ENGR 260 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • ENGR 262 Nanomaterials
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics
  • ENGR 337 Sustainable and Green Information Technology
    ENGR 371 Space Systems Design and Engineering I
  • ENGR 372 Space Systems Design and Engineering II
  • MECH 234 Combustion Technology
  • MECH 268 Computational Fluid Dynamics I
  • MECH 295 Fire Dynamics

Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship

  • AMTH 367 Mathematical Finance
  • COEN 287 Software Development Process Management
  • ENGR 302 Managing in the Multicultural Environment
  • ENGR 304 Building Global Teams
  • ENGR 336 Engineering for the Developing World
  • ENGR 338 Mobile Applications for Emerging Markets

This requirement can also be satisfied by taking any 2-unit course in engineering management.

Engineering and Society

  • BIOE 210 Ethical Issues in Bioengineering
  • CENG 280 Engineering and the Law
  • COEN 250 Information Security Management
  • COEN 288 Software Ethics
  • ELEN 217 Chaos Theory, Metamathematics, and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion
  • ENGR 261 Nanotechnology and Society
  • ENGR 272 Energy Public Policy
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics
  • ENGR 302 Managing in the Multicultural Environment
  • ENGR 303 Gender and Engineering
  • ENGR 304 Building Global Teams
  • ENGR 310 Engineering Ethics
  • ENGR 330 Law, Technology, and Intellectual Property
  • ENGR 332 Emergent Human Systems
  • ENGR 333 Forms of Nature
  • ENGR 334 Energy, Climate Change, and Social Justice
  • ENGR 336 Engineering for the Developing World
  • ENGR 340 Clean Energy for the Developing World
  • ENGR 341 Innovation, Design and Spirituality
  • ENGR 342 3D Print Technology and Society
  • ENGR 343 Science, Religion and the Limits of Knowledge
  • ENGR 349 Topics in Frugal Engineering

Please Note: Although certain courses (such as ENGR 302, ENGR 304, ENGR 336, and AMTH 367 for example) may appear in multiple categories, they cannot be used to satisfy more than one Core requirement.