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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Engineering Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introduction to the profession of Civil Engineering and the various sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering. Overview of the professional engineer licensing process. Overview of the CSU, Chico Civil Engineering curriculum and the disciplinary patterns in the curriculum. Discussion of the importance and purpose of both professional societies and graduate education. 3 hours laboratory. Credit/no credit grading. (021141)
Prerequisites: High school trigonometry and algebra.
This course introduces the fundamentals of creating and reading civil engineering drawings by referencing architectural plans, subdivision maps and site plans, in addition to utilizing computer-aided drafting software to produce basic plans. Applications of the computer software include drawing accuracy, layer managing standards, dimensioning standards, sheet layouts, data extraction and drawing management. Topics are reinforced by a drawing project that requires sketching and measuring of existing features to create a set of as-built drawings. Additional course topics related to descriptive geometry include orthographic projections, auxiliary views, perspective drawings, and graphical solutions to vector analysis. 4 hours activity. (020120)
Prerequisites: MATH 120 (may be taken concurrently).
Theory and practice in measurement and computation of distances, angles, and areas on the earth's surface. Error of combined measurements analysis. Use of scientific calculator required. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001484)
Corequisites: CIVL 130.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 130. 3 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (020155)
Prerequisite: CIVL 130.
This course introduces civil engineering design standards, concepts, and procedures related to transportation engineering and construction management. Topics include the standards and design of horizontal curves, vertical curves, and earthwork related to transportation projects in addition to survey staking, state plane coordinates, geographic information systems, and global positioning systems related to project surveying. The laboratory portion of this course includes the application of 3-dimensional graphic modeling software requiring creativity in design, development of construction plans, and operation of modern surveying equipment, such as total stations and GPS systems. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (021126)
Corequisites: CIVL 140.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 140. 3 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (020156)
Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.
Introduction to biological processes used in environmental engineering analysis and design with emphasis on sustainability. Ecosystem structure and function, population dynamics, biochemical reactions, photosynthesis, microbial ecology, growth and kinetics. Engineering applications in control of communicable disease, aerobic and anaerobic degradation of organic waste, water quality management, drinking water treatment, wastewater and solid waste treatment, biomass energy, phytotechnology, and bioremediation. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (021145)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. 3 hours lecture. (001490)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020902)
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).
Use of the computer in a variety of applications from the fields of engineering. Topics include computer hardware, operating systems, the Internet, technical word processing, electronic spreadsheets, computer charting and drawing, computer programming, and ethics. 4 hours activity. (001488)
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A.
Force systems, moments, equilibrium, centroids, and moments of inertia. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001489)
Corequisites: CIVL 211.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 211. 3 hours independent study. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020157)
Prerequisites: MATH 121, junior standing.
Analysis of alternatives by basic engineering economic methods and applications of statistics including probability, sampling theory and data analysis, and tests of hypotheses. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001495)
Corequisites: CIVL 302.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 302. 3 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (020340)
Prerequisites: CIVL 211 with a grade of C- or higher; MATH 260 and MECH 210 (may be taken concurrently).
Strength and elastic properties of materials of construction; tension, compression, shear, and torsion stresses; deflection and deformation; stress analysis of beams and columns. 4 hours discussion. (001491)
Corequisites: CIVL 311.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 311. 3 hours independent study. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020158)
Prerequisites: CIVL 205; CIVL 311 with a grade of C- or higher.
Methods and instruments used in the determination of the strength and elastic properties of materials of engineering. Experiments verifying the theoretical principles of CIVL 311. 3 hours laboratory. (001492)
Prerequisites: CIVL 205 (may be taken concurrently); CIVL 311 with a grade of C- or higher.
Fundamentals of structural analysis for beams, trusses, and frames. Topics include loading (including seismic), influence lines, approximate analysis methods, deflection analysis, and statically indeterminate structures. Methods applicable to computer analysis are introduced. 4 hours discussion. (001499)
Prerequisites: CIVL 211 with a grade of C- or higher. Recommended: MATH 260, MECH 320 (may be taken concurrently).
Hydrostatics, principles of continuity, work-energy and momentum, viscous effects, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow in closed conduits, drag on objects. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001496)
Corequisites: CIVL 321.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from CIVL 321. 3 hours independent study. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020159)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member prior to off-campus assignment.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. This program is designed for students who wish to gain practical work experience with participating civil engineering firms/organizations. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001504)
Prerequisite: Approval of supervising faculty member prior to off-campus assignment.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0 - 3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. This program is designed for students who wish to gain practical work experience with participating civil engineering firms/organizations. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (021287)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (001505)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001506)
Prerequisite: Membership in a civil engineering student professional organization.
Co-curricular activity associated with one or more student professional organizations. Examples include collegiate competitions, such as the concrete canoe and the steel bridge contests, and sevice projects. Substantial participation is required (approximately 30 hours minimum). 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 10.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020694)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, junior standing.
Introduction to law as it relates to the practice of civil engineering. Operation of a successful civil engineering business. Writing various technical reports and specifications. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (001494)
Prerequisites: CIVL 321 (may be taken concurrently); ENGL 130 or equivalent.
Soil properties, tests, and classification. Analysis of soil stresses, consolidation, shear strength, lateral pressures, and ground water movement. Related design consideration involving spread footings, piles, retaining walls, and slopes. Use of programmable scientific calculator required. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001511)
Prerequisites: CIVL 313. Recommended: CIVL 411.
The analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures and elements by the strength design method. Laboratory includes experiments on concrete, concrete structural elements, and a design project. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001514)
Prerequisites: BIOL 151, CIVL 175 or NSCI 102; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; MATH 109 or MATH 120; junior standing.
Introduction to water quality, water supply, distribution, and drinking water treatment; wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal. Disease transmission; water quality parameters; physical, chemical, and biological processes in the treatment of water, wastewater, and biosolids. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001529)
Prerequisites: CIVL 140; CIVL 302 (may be taken concurrently).
Transportation systems and facility planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Pavement design and traffic engineering fundamentals. Laboratory includes field studies, design exercises, and modeling/forecasting tasks. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (001520)
Prerequisites: CIVL 205; CIVL 321 with a grade of C- or higher.
Water resources engineering covers principles of hydraulics and hydrology relevant to civil engineering applications. Topics include open channel hydraulics, rainfall-runoff predictions, ground-water infiltration, water budget modeling, storm water routing, and urban storm water management. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021142)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130I or equivalent; senior standing.
History of engineering, professional registration, codes of ethics, management issues, diversity, outsourcing, intellectual property, international development and technology transfer, sustainable design. A substantial written project with oral presentation is required. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (003716)
Prerequisites: To be established when courses are formulated.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (001537)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (001539)
Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division C E courses, faculty permission.
This course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite to the second semester is a B or higher in the first semester. Open by invitation to C E majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of C E students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an "Honors in the Major" course; a grade of B or higher in 6 units of 499H certifies the designation of "Honors in the Major" to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001540)
Prerequisites: CIVL 411, CIVL 415 (may be taken concurrently.
The application of soil mechanics principles to the design of foundations for buildings and earth structures. Integration of structural design and soil response. 3 hours discussion. (001513)
Prerequisites: CIVL 313.
Theory, analysis, and design of steel structural elements and systems using the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) method. 3 hours discussion. (001500)
Prerequisites: CIVL 313.
Theory and design procedures for timber structures and their connections to resist gravity and lateral loads. Basic element design by the Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and/or Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methods are detailed. Also covered is design of floor and roof systems and shear walls. One or two 3-hour field trips required. 3 hours discussion. (001516)
Prerequisites: CIVL 313.
Theory and design procedures for timber structures and their connections to resist gravity and lateral loads. Basic element design by the Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and/or Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methods are detailed. Also covered is design of floor and roof systems and shear walls. One or two 3-hour field trips required. 3 hours discussion. (020404)
Prerequisites: CIVL 415, CIVL 554, or CIVL 556.
Earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. Topics include engineering seismology, wind environment and climatology, structural dynamics, structural loading, and design methodologies. Use of computer software for the static and dynamic analysis of three-dimensional building systems. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001518)
Prerequisites: CIVL 415, CIVL 554, or CIVL 556.
Corequisite: CIVL 595.
Earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. Topics include engineering seismology, wind environment and climatology, structural dynamics, structural loading, and design methodologies. Use of computer software for the static and dynamic analysis of three-dimensional building systems. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021175)
Prerequisites: CIVL 313, MATH 260. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CIVL 415, CIVL 554, CIVL 556.
Earthquake and wind hazard related to the structural design of buildings. Topics include engineering seismology, wind environment and climatology, structural dynamics, structural loading, and design methodologies. Use of computer software for the static and dynamic analysis of three-dimensional building systems. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (020405)
Prerequisites: CIVL 461.
Principles and applications of modern hydrology, precipitation, surface-water runoff, and open channel hydraulics. Includes topics in urban hydrology, stormwater controls and pollution controls. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001526)
Prerequisite: CIVL 461.
Corequisite: CIVL 595.
Principles and application of modern hydrology, precipitation, surface-water runoff, and open channel hydraulics. Includes topics in urban hydrology, stormwater controls, and pollution controls. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021246)
Prerequisites: CIVL 461.
An introduction to modern groundwater hydrology emphasizing quantitative analysis of subsurface flow. Topics include well hydraulics, stream/aquifer interactions, and contaminant transport. Use of modeling tools and techniques is emphasized. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001498)
Prerequisite: CIVL 461.
Corequisite: CIVL 595.
An introduction to modern groundwater hydrology emphasizing quantitative analysis of subsurface flow. Topics include well hydraulics, stream/aquifer interactions, and contaminant transport. Use of modeling tools and techniques is emphasized. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (021177)
Prerequisites: CIVL 205; CIVL 302; CIVL 321 with a grade of C- or higher.
Quantitative analysis of pressurized pipelines, pipe networks. The course includes analysis of transients in pipeline systems caused by valve movement, pump power failure, etc; design of transient control devices. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (001528)
Prerequisites: CIVL 431 or faculty permission.
Natural systems for the treatment of wastewater; transmission of excreta-related infections; treatment systems for removal of pathogens; wastewater and biosolids reuse in agriculture and aquaculture. Special emphasis on the problems of developing countries. 3 hours discussion. (001533)
Prerequisite: CIVL 431.
Corequisite: CIVL 595
Natural systems for the treatment of wastewater; transmission of excreta-related infections; treatment systems for removal of pathogens; wastewater and biosolids reuse in agriculture and aquaculture. Special emphasis on the problems of developing countries. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021241)
Prerequisites: CIVL 431 or faculty permission.
An introduction to the handling and management of solid and hazardous wastes. Emphasis on state-of-the-art engineering techniques and contemporary management issues based on social, economic, and legal considerations; risk assessment; case studies. Special emphasis on problems of developing countries. 3 hours discussion. (001536)
Prerequisites: CIVL 431 or faculty permission.
Corequisite: CIVL 595.
An introduction to the handling and management of solid and hazardous wastes. Emphasis on state-of-the-art engineering techniques and contemporary management issues based on social, economic, and legal considerations; risk assessment; case studies. Special emphasis on problems of developing countries. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (021326)
Prerequisites: CIVL 441 or faculty permission.
Characteristics and manufacture of bituminous materials; engineering properties, design, and production of bituminous mixtures; analysis, design, and construction of flexible and rigid pavement cross-sections; stabilization of sub-grades; analysis of pavement distress; development and operation of pavement management systems; and application of computer software. 3 hours discussion. (001522)
Prerequisite: CIVL 441 or faculty permission.
Asphalt mix types and their use in flexible pavements. Properties of asphalt and aggregates that determine mix properties. Design of asphalt aggregate mix to meet the structural and environmental requirements. Construction of asphalt mixes, including equipment, procedures, influence on properties, constrains, specification, and quality control. Surface treatment of asphalt pavement. Recycling of previously used materials. Recent developments in asphalt mix technology. 3 hours lecture. (020712)
Prerequisites: CIVL 441 or faculty permission.
Traffic engineering fundamentals, traffic control signs, markings, and signals. Intersection and highway capacity. Highway safety and accident investigations. Design of streets and parking facilities. Assessment of the environmental impact of traffic. 3 hours discussion. (001525)
Prerequisite: CIVL 441.
This course presents selected topics in advanced transportation engineering techniques, design, and analysis. These topics cover the advanced technologies in the areas of transportation pavements, transportation materials, traffic engineering, and travel demand modeling. The course is also designed to equip students with practical design oriented experience with comprehensive knowledge learned through previous transportation related classes. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021248)
Prerequisite: CIVL 441.
Corequisite: CIVL 595.
This course presents selected topics in advanced transportation engineering techniques, design, and analysis. These topics cover the advanced technologies in the areas of transportation pavements, transportation materials, traffic engineering, and travel demand modeling. The course is also designed to equip students with practical design oriented experience with comprehensive knowledge learned through previous transportation related courses. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021261)
Prerequisite: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a C- or higher; junior standing.
Corequisites: CIVL 558C, CIVL 561C, CIVL 562C, CIVL 571C, CIVL 575C, or CIVL 586C.
This course provides a broad-based capstone design experience in a coordinated semester long project. In support of the design project, emphasis is placed on fundamentals of technical writing, contracts, and specifications common to many fields of civil engineering. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (021174)
Prerequisites: To be established when courses are formulated.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (020084)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020171)
Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree or faculty permission.
An overview of terms related to pavement management systems and their use in identifying both functional and structural distresses in flexible and rigid pavement and their role in pavement preservation strategies. 3 hours lecture. (020773)
Prerequisites: CIVL 682 or faculty permission.
Flexible pavement distress causes and measurements; project selection for preservation methods; construction best practices for preservation, maintenance, and rehabilitation processes. 3 hours lecture. (020774)
Prerequisites: CIVL 682 or faculty permission.
Rigid pavement distress causes and measurements; project selection for preservation methods; construction best practices for preservation, maintenance, and rehabilitation processes. 3 hours lecture. (020775)
Prerequisites: CIVL 683 or CIVL 684 or faculty permission.
Development of pavement management databases; construction of performance models; forecasting of pavement performance; life cycle cost analyses for highway construction. 3 hours lecture. (020776)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001551)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (001550)
Prerequisites: See the department secretary.
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (001558)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is a master's study offered as either a Master's Thesis or as a Master's Project for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (001555)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is not intended for engineering majors. An introduction to electrical and electronic technology: DC circuitry analysis, AC circuitry analysis, basic electronic components and logic circuits. Instruments used in the study of basic electronics are discussed, demonstrated, and used; emphasis on interpretation of schematic diagrams, breadboarding, familiarization with electronic components. 3 hours discussion. (002612)
Recommended: MECH 100.
Definition and properties of switching algebra. Minimization of algebraic function. Use of Karnaugh maps for simplification. Design of combinational logic networks. Design of sequential logic devices including flip-flops, registers, and counters. Analysis and applications of digital devices. Analysis and design of synchronous and asynchronous sequential state machines, state table derivation and reduction. Use of such CAD tools for schematic capture and logic device simulations. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (002614)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours activity. (002094)
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204B.
DC and sinusoidal circuit analysis, including resistive, capacitive, and inductive circuit elements and independent sources. Ideal transformer. Thevenin and Norton circuit theorems and superposition. Phasors, impedance, resonance, and AC power. Three-phase AC Circuit analysis. 3 hours discussion. (002519)
Corequisites: EECE 211.
Experiments to reinforce the principles taught in EECE 211. 2 hours activity. (002520)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EECE 211.
Designed to supplement EECE 211 with additional applications and extended explanations of concepts encountered in the first circuits course. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in analyzing and designing circuits. 2 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading. (002616)
Prerequisite: CSCI 111.
This course presents the concepts and techniques associated with developing low level Embedded Systems Applications, using both Assembly Language and C. Topics include microprocessor architecture concepts, instruction set architectures, Assembly Language programming, data representations, interrupt handling and execution modes, low level C programming, and the use of on-chip and external peripherals. 3 hours lecture. (021437)
Prerequisites: EECE 211; MATH 260 (may be taken concurrently).
Circuit analysis techniques for networks with both independent and dependent sources. Network topology. Natural and forced responses for RLC circuits. Complex frequency, poles, and zeros. Magnetically coupled circuits and two-port networks. Introduction to linear algebra, circuit simulation using PSPICE, and mathematical analysis using MATLAB. 4 hours discussion. (002527)
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 211L; EECE 311 and MATH 260 (may be taken concurrently).
Ideal diodes. Zener diodes and regulation. Photodiodes and solar cells. Biasing and DC behavior of bipolar transistors. JFETs and MOSFETS. Small-signal AC equivalent circuits. Single-state transistor amplifiers. Low-frequency response. Discrete feedback amplifiers. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (002530)
Prerequisites: EECE 315.
Op Amp circuits, waveform generation and shaping, sinusoidal oscillators, high frequency amplifiers, active filters, power supply regulators, power electronics, advanced linear ICs. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002534)
Prerequisites: CSCI 217 or MATH 217, CSCI 221 or EECE 337.
Study of computing architecture and how the structure of various hardware and software modules affects the ultimate performance of the total system. Topics include qualitative and quantitative analysis of bandwidths, response times, error detection and recovery, interrupts, and system throughput; distributed systems and coprocessors; vector and parallel architectures. 3 hours discussion. (002104)
Prerequisites: EECE 144, EECE 315.
Circuit design techniques for interfacing computers and digital systems to analog systems. Topics include interfacing to sensors, transduction, pulse generation and shaping, level detection, triggering, A/D and D/A conversions, timers, pulse width modulation, VGA signal generation and mouse design. Interface-development methodologies, implementation tools, testing, and quality assessment, including VHDL and PSPICE. State machine design and analysis. 4 hours discussion. (002105)
Prerequisites: EECE 144, EECE 237; either EECE 110 or both EECE 211 and EECE 211L.
Extends the study of digital circuits to LSI and VLSI devices. Use of computer simulation in system analysis and design verification. 8-bit and 16-bit microprocessors, architecture, bus organization and address decoding. Design concepts for microprocessor systems, including system integration with programmable logic devices. Interfacing to A/D and P/A Converters. Design of input and output ports and interface to programmable ports. Serial communications; interrupt processing. Use of codes for storage and transmission of information: parity, ASCII, Hamming and other error detecting and correcting codes. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002102)
Prerequisites: EECE 311, MATH 260.
Modeling and analysis of Signals and Systems both continuous and discrete, in the time and frequency domains. Topics include theorey and application of Fourier series, Fourier transforms, Parseval's Theorem and the Convolution, Laplace Transform Sampling Theorem, Z transform, discrete Fourier Transform and FFT. 4 hours discussion. (002528)
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 211L, MATH 260.
Transmission lines. Frequency-domain techniques. Fields and field operators. Electrostatic fields and capacitance. Magneto-static fields and inductance. Time-varying fields and Maxwell equations. Skin effect. Plane electromagnetic waves. Reflection and refraction. Waveguides and optical fibers. Radiation and antennas. 3 hours lecture. (002529)
Corequisite: EECE 375.
Supplemental applications and explanations intended to facilitate student understanding of content from EECE 375. 2 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading. (020663)
This internship is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (002106)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (002541)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002542)
Prerequisites: EECE 315.
Characteristics of passive and active components at high frequencies, reflections and standing waves, matching networks, scattering parameters, high-frequency measurement equipment and techniques, sample high-frequency design and construction projects, Smith charts. 4 hours lecture. (002557)
Prerequisites: EECE 320.
The application, design, and performance aspects of parallel processor structures, arithmetic pipelining and vector processing units; architectural classification; memory structures, multiprocessor systems; interconnection networks, multiprocessing control and scheduling; parallel algorithms. 4 hours lecture. (002110)
Prerequisites: EECE 237.
This course presents the concepts and techniques associated with designing, developing, and testing real-time and embedded systems. Topics include the nature and uses of real-time systems, architecture and design of real-time systems, embedded development and debugging environments, embedded programming techniques, real-time operating systems and real-time scheduling and algorithms. Special attention is given to the study of real-time process scheduling and performance, including mathematical analysis of scheduling algorithms. 4 hours discussion. (002118)
Prerequisites: EECE 344.
Advanced microprocessor design concepts and techniques. Timing considerations and calculations for reliable high-speed processor operating frequencies. Interrupts for real-time processing; interfacing microprocessors to Dynamic Random Access Memories. Designing DRAM controllers using state machine design procedures. Direct Memory Access Controllers (DMAs) and multi-master systems. Programmable Parallel Ports and Timers. Special purpose processors for digital signal processing, communications and multimedia applications. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002120)
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.
This course is also offered as PHYS 450 .
Geometrical and physical optics, interference, diffraction, reflection, dispersion, resolution, polarization, fiber optics, laser optics, and holography. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002549)
Prerequisites: PHYS 204C. Recommended: EECE 450 or PHYS 450.
This course is also offered as PHYS 451 .
The theory and mechanism of laser action, various types of lasers and their applications and future use. Laboratory involves measurements with lasers, fiber optics, data transmission, and holography. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002550)
Prerequisites: EECE 365 or MATH 350.
Corequisite: CIVL 302
Introduction to the principles of functional communication systems, design and performance analysis. Analog and digital modulation techniques. Information measures. Application of probability theory to the analysis of communication systems performance. Transmission and encoding of information. Spread spectrum systems. 4 hours discussion. (002548)
Prerequisites: EECE 365.
Properties of continuous and discrete signals. Z-transform and Fast-Fourier Transform. Digital filtering techniques. Finite word length effects on digital signal processing elements. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002580)
Prerequisites: EECE 211.
Principles of electromechanical conversion, traditional and renewable energy sources, magnetic circuits and steady state performance of synchronous, dc and induction motors, state space models and dynamic performance of electric motors, linearized models and common control schemes for various motors. 4 hours lecture. (020256)
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 365, MATH 260. Recommended: MECA 380, MECH 320; either CSCI 111 or MECH 306.
Modeling and simulation of dynamic system performance. Control system design for continuous systems using both analog and digital control techniques. 4 hours lecture. (002577)
Prerequisites: EECE 311 (may be taken concurrently).
Power system structure, components and single line diagrams, per unit calculations, transmission line modeling, network matrices and Y-bus, load flow, economic power dispatch, basic relays and system protection schemes. 4 hours lecture. (020499)
Prerequisites: EECE 311 (may be taken concurrently).
Power system symmetrical components, fault analysis, transient stability analysis, sequence impedances of transmission systems, and distribution networks. 4 hours lecture. (020500)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (002124)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; EECE 343, EECE 344; either EECE 316 or EECE 444 (may be taken concurrently).
Exploration of engineering as a profession over an entire career, including technical, sociological, physiological, and psychological aspects. Readings and discussions explore the importance of life-long learning to engineering professionals. Students prepare, plan, design, present, and document a senior project. Design requirements address human factors, safety, reliability, maintainability, and customer cost. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002569)
Prerequisites: EECE 490A; either EECE 316 or EECE 444 (may be taken concurrently).
Continuation of EECE 490A, where students implement, construct, test, and demonstrate their senior design projects. A survey of economic analysis and technology markets, including market organization and regulation, incumbent and startup actors, engineering costs and return on investment, entrepreneurship, patents, and investment and funding avenues. Contemporary issues provide a framework for discussion and analysis based on professional, ethical, and economic concerns. 2 hours discussion, 4 hours activity. (002570)
Prerequisites: To be established when courses are formulated.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-5.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1 hour discussion. (002582)
This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 1 hour supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002583)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.
completion of all junior-level EECE courses required in the major; This course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite to the second semester is a "B" or higher in the first semester. Open by invitation to E E and CMPE majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of ECE students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an "Honors in the Major" course; a grade of "B" or higher in 6 units of EECE 499H certifies the designation of "Honors in the Major" to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002584)
Prerequisites: EECE 144, EECE 221.
An accelerated discussion of embedded systems design, including C programming, HDI, design, embedded systems, hardware and software debugging, and system design and implementation. Coverage of advanced digital design topics including hardware/software co-design, embedded and soft-core processors, multiprocessor architectures, and concurrent/parallel programming. Not available for students with credit for EECE 344 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (021523)
Prerequisites: CSCI 446.
Examination of computer network protocol design issues and a selection of advanced computer networking topics, such as multimedia networking, wireless networks, optical networks and network security, using current and proposed standards as examples. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002560)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (021268)
Prerequisites: EECE 315, PHYS 204C.
Study of the problems associated with passive components at high frequencies, high- frequency measurement techniques, transmission lines, line reflections, matching and terminations, scattering parameters, ground and power planes, and printed circuit board design considerations. 4 hours discussion. (002625)
Prerequisites: EECE 417, EECE 615.
Design, analysis and construction of high-frequency amplifiers, oscillators and mixers are covered in this course. 4 hours discussion. (002627)
Prerequisites: CSCI 430.
Explore the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) developed by the Software Engineering Institute process maturity model; examine the differences between the CMM and ISO 9001; understand the key process areas for the CMM levels 2 and 3; participate in peer reviews and other quality assurance methods. 4 hours lecture. (002623)
Prerequisites: CSCI 311, EECE 320, EECE 437.
This course focuses on high performance and multicore systems. Prerequisite knowledge includes extensive C programming experience, exposure to real-time operating systems concepts and development, extensive embedded systems development experience, and knowledge of computing architecture concepts. 4 hours lecture. (021524)
Prerequisites: EECE 615.
The use of computer-aided design tools to analyze, design, and test both analog and digital circuits and devices. 4 hours discussion. (002629)
Prerequisites: EECE 311, EECE 315.
Provides an introduction to optical communications and optical computing system design to graduate students. Photonic phenomena in optical materials. Formulate specifications for optical wireless communication systems and integrated circuits for optical communications systems. Design techniques for light sources, optical receivers, and optical amplifiers. Design techniques for integrated circuits used in optical communications and optical computing. Students presentations and written reports in state of the art optical communication technologies. Experimental research on a given topic including optical logic system design and optical wireless communications as the final project. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (021573)
Prerequisites: CSCI 446.
Further study of selected topics from current networking research as presented in recently published journals. 4 hours seminar. (002626)
Prerequisites: EECE 615.
Analysis of cabling and grounding problems in high-frequency systems. Circuit layout for high-frequency applications. Electromagnetic discharge problems. Radio-frequency emissions from electronic devices. Shielding techniques to prevent ESD and EMI. 4 hours discussion. (002628)
Prerequisites: EECE 482 or MECA 482.
Fundamental techniques for designing computer control sytems for Single Input Single Output (SISO) and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) dynamic systems, introduction to adaptive control and self tuning regulators. 4 hours lecture. (020259)
Prerequisites: EECE 682.
Schemes of adaptive control systems, MIT rule for Model Reference Adaptive Control, self Tuning regulator systems, Recursive Least Squares for system real time identification, Minimum Variance, PID and other controller design techniques for STR systems. 4 hours lecture. (020722)
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Independent study and investigation of special problems in the student's area of concentration. Both registration and study plan must have approval of the instructor and the student's graduate advisory committee chair. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (002592)
This course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typical subjects that will be taught include embedded systems design, high-speed networking, program management, and fault-tolerant system design. Consult the Class Schedule for listings. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (002630)
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. Independent study and investigation of special problems in student's area of concentration. Both registration and study plan must have approval of the instructor and the student's graduate advisory committee chair. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002139)
Prerequisites: Classified graduate standing and completion of graduate literacy requirement, faculty permission.
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Independent study and investigation of special problems in the student's area of concentration. Both registration and study plan must have approval of the instructor and the student's graduate advisory committee chair. Master's Thesis courses earn a Credit grade upon completion. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002137)

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This course is also offered as MECH 140 .
Introduces the design engineering process. Hands-on use of sensors, pneumatics, stepper motors, bearings, couplings, gears, belts, pulleys, and framing materials. Topics include AC and DC motor control, simple electrical circuits, machine controllers, PLC programming, testing and analysis of results, budgeting, and bills of materials. Teams design and build a proof-of-concept system to verify their design. 1 hour discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (005401)
Special topic generally offered one time ony. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005652)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (015849)
Prerequisites: EECE 211, EECE 211L; either CSCI 111 or MECH 208. Recommended: CIVL 302.
Measurement of steady-state and dynamic phenomena using common laboratory instruments. Calibration of instruments, dynamic response of instruments, and statistical treatment of data. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (005420)
Prerequisites: Approval of faculty internship coordinator prior to off-campus assignment.
Engineering experience in an industrial setting. Minimum duration of 400 hours of work under the direct supervision of an on-site engineering supervisor. On completion of the internship, a written report prepared under the direction of a faculty member is required. This course is an elective for the BS in Mechatronic Engineering, a total of 3 units must be completed to receive elective credit. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005659)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005653)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. See the department office for information on registering. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005654)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, EECE 237, MECH 200, MECH 340. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380.
System design methods applied to mechatronic systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentation of results. Initial design of the capstone design project to be continued in MECA 440B. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours supervision. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (005656)
Prerequisites: MECA 440A. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380.
Continuation of the capstone design project from MECA 440A. Implementation of the capstone design project, including fabrication, testing, and evaluation of a working prototype. Must be taken the semester immediately following MECA 440A. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours supervision. (005657)
Prerequisites: EECE 211, MATH 260. Recommended: MECA 380, MECH 320; either CSCI 111 or MECH 208.
Modeling and simulation of dynamic system performance. Control system design for continuous systems using both analog and digital control techniques. 3 hours lecture. (005407)
Prerequisites: EECE 211L, MECH 340; EECE 482 or MECA 482 (may be taken concurrently).
Machine automation concepts in electrical circuits, precision mechanics, control systems, and programming. Motor sizing, gearing, couplings, ground loops, effective use of step motors, servo control loops, regeneration, networking, I/O, power supplies, vibration and resonance, mechanical tolerancing, linear bearings and drive mechanisms, and troubleshooting. Labs simulate application concepts such as point-to-point coordinated moves, registration, following, camming, and CAD-to-Motion by combining various motor technologies with various mechanical drive types. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours activity. (005655)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005660)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study of a special problem. See the department office for registration procedure. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015851)
Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division EECE, MECH, or MECA courses, faculty permission.
Open by invitation to MECA majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of MECA students based on courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an "Honors in the Major" course; a grade of B or better in 6 units of 499H certifies the designation of "Honors in the Major" can be printed on the transcript and the diploma. If taken twice, prerequisite to the second semester is a grade of B or better in the first semester. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005661)
Prerequisites: MECA 380, MECA 482, or approved equivalents.
Considerations in data acquisition system selection, analog preprocessing, sampling and quantization (A/D and D/A conversions), the computer as a data acquisition controller, input output techniques, time series analyses and signal reconstruction. 4 hours lecture. (021441)
Prerequisites: MECH 320, MECA 482, or approved equivalents.
Rigid body motion and dynamics, forward and inverse kinematics, the Jacobian, feedback and fee-forward control, trajectory interpolation, hierarchical control, feedback linearizatin, force control, and phase plane analysis. 4 hours lecture. (021440)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study of a special problem. See department office for registration procedure. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015838)
Prerequisites: Specific to the topic being offered.
Advanced topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topics being offered. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (015839)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study of a special problem approved by student's graduate advisory committee. See the department office for registration procedures. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015840)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study leading to a Master's Thesis of a special problem approved by the student's graduate advisory committee. See the department office for registration procedure. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015841)

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Corequisites: MECH 100L.
Introduction to engineering graphics. Orthographic projection, auxiliary views, isometric views, dimensioning, tolerancing, drawing standards, working drawings, free-hand sketching, solid modeling. 1 hour discussion. (015811)
Corequisites: MECH 100.
Introduction to solid modeling using a parametric, feature-based application software, SolidWorks. Solid modeling of parts and assemblies, detail and assembly drawings. 3 hours laboratory. (020257)
This course is also offered as MECA 140 .
Introduces the design engineering process. Hands-on use of sensors, pneumatics, stepper motors, bearings, couplings, gears, belts, pulleys, and framing materials. Topics include AC and DC motor control, simple electrical circuits, machine controllers, PLC programming, testing and analysis of results, budgeting, and bills of materials. Teams design and build a proof-of-concept system to verify their design. 1 hour discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (005401)
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005406)
Prerequisites: MECH 100 and MECH 100L.
Drawing standards, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, working drawings, product data management, intermediate solid modeling, introduction to Rapid Prototyping and specialized graphic applications. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (015854)
Prerequisite: MATH 121. Recommended: PHYS 204A.
A foundation course in technical computing for engineering. Introduces commercial software commonly used in the solution of engineering problems. Application areas include kinematics and kinetics, fluid flow, thermal systems, and machine design. 3 hours lecture. (021113)
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A; CHEM 111.
Processing, structure, properties, and performance of engineering materials. Applied knowledge of material properties as engineering design parameters. Advanced manufacturing processes, including microfabrication. 1 hour discussion, 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours activity. (005402)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (015855)
Prerequisites: MATH 260, MECH 208. Recommended: PHYS 204A.
Numerical analysis, analytical methods, and equation solving techniques for mechanical engineering design. Structured problem formulation, parametric studies, introduction to programming concepts, and optimization for design. 3 hours discussion. (005413)
Prerequisites: CIVL 311 with a grade of C- or higher, MECH 306.
Development of finite element formulation from fundamental governing engineering equations. Coverage includes areas ranging from elasticity, vibration, and heat transfer to acoustics and composites. 3 hours lecture. (005439)
Prerequisites: CIVL 211 with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 260.
Kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems composed of rigid bodies. Moments and products of inertia, forces of interaction, inertia forces and torques. Equations of motion of non-planar systems. 3 hours discussion. (005409)
Prerequisites: PHYS 204A.
Properties of substances, ideal gas equation of state, heat and work, first and second laws of thermodynamics, steady-state analysis of closed and open systems, entropy, gas and vapor power cycles, introduction to renewable energy sources. 3 hours discussion. (005414)
Prerequisites: CIVL 321, MECH 332. Recommended: MECH 306.
Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer; steady-state and transient analysis methods; numerical methods applied to conduction heat transfer; design of finned arrays, systems for electronics cooling, heat exchangers, and solar collectors. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (005448)
Prerequisites: CIVL 311 with a grade of C- or higher, MECH 100, MECH 100L, MECH 140, MECH 210, SMFG 160. Recommended: MECH 320.
Design and performance of machine components and systems subjected to both steady and variable loading conditions. Introduction to failure theories, reliability, use of codes and standards, and standard design practices. 3 hours lecture. (005411)
Prerequisites: Approval of faculty internship coordinator prior to off-campus assignment.
Engineering experience in an industrial setting. Minimum duration of 400 hours of work under the direct supervision of an on-site engineering supervisor. On completion of the internship, a written report prepared under the direction of a faculty member is required. This course is an elective for the BS in Mechanical Engineering, a total of 3 units must be completed to receive elective credit. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005454)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005424)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. See the department office for information on registering. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005426)
Prerequisites: CIVL 311, CIVL 321, MECH 200.
Corequisites: MECH 338, MECH 340.
Computer modeling, simulation, and solution of engineering problems. Applications in mechanical, thermal, and fluid flow analysis. Emphasis on proper use of current commercial software and solution verification through traditional engineering analysis. 3 hours lecture. (021223)
Prerequisites: MATH 260, MECH 210. Recommended: CIVL 311.
Design, manufacture, and practical applications of advanced engineering materials. Failure analysis and prevention of material failure in mechanical design. Microfabrication of micromechanical devices. 3 hours discussion. (005428)
Prerequisites: MECH 320.
Free and forced vibrations of lumped parameter systems, transient vibrations, systems with several degrees-of-freedom. 3 hours discussion. (005437)
Prerequisites: MECH 338.
Thermodynamics of power cycles, refrigeration, air-conditioning, and combustion processes; analysis, design, and testing of systems involving both conventional and renewable energy sources for power generation, heating, and cooling applications. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (005442)
Prerequisites: CIVL 321; EECE 211; MECH 338 (may be taken concurrently).
This introductory course covers the design and operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems. Foundational topics include solar radiation characteristics, solar materials, and heat transfer. Solar PV systems include cell operations, I-V characteristics, module design, maximum power-point tracking, charge controllers, batteries, inverters, design of grid-tied and off-grid systems, and system performance evaluation. Solar thermal systems include flat-plate collectors, concentrating collectors, passive and active solar water heating, solar space heating and cooling, and solar thermal power systems. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (021438)
Prerequisites: CIVL 321, MATH 260.
Recommended: MECH 306. Flow around elementary shapes, concepts of flow circulation, lift and drag. Incompressible inviscid flows around thin airfoils and wings of finite span. 3 hours discussion. (005444)
Prerequisites: CIVL 321 (or faculty permission), CHEM 111; either CHEM 331 or MECH 332. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECH 306.
Analysis and design of components and systems for gaseous and particulate pollution control; gas separation by absorption, adsorption, condensation, and incineration; particulate separation by gravity settlers, cyclones, electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters, and scrubbers; air pollution legislation and regulation. 3 hours discussion. (005443)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MECH 200, MECH 340. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380, MECH 308, MECH 338.
System design methods applied to mechanical systems. Group design projects. Consideration of the manufacturing cost, and environmental and social impact. Oral and written presentation of results. Initial design of the capstone design project to be continued in MECH 440B. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours supervision. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (005433)
Prerequisites: MECH 440A. Recommended: CIVL 302, MECA 380, MECH 308, MECH 338.
Continuation of the capstone design project from MECH 440A. Implementation of the capstone design project, including fabrication, testing, and evaluation of a working prototype. Must be taken the semester immediately following MECH 440A. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours supervision. (005434)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
Special topic generally offered one time only. Different sections may have different topics. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. (005456)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. See the department office for information on registering. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005457)
Prerequisites: Completion of 12 units of upper-division MECH courses, faculty permission.
Open by invitation to MECH majors who have a GPA among the top 5% of MECH students based upon courses taken at CSU, Chico. This is an "Honors in the Major" course; a grade of B or better in 6 units of MECH 499H certifies the designation of "Honors in the Major" to be printed on the transcript and the diploma. If taken twice, prerquisite to the second semester is a grade of B or better in the first semester. Each 3-unit course will require both formal written and oral presentations. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005458)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005476)
Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (005475)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study leading to a Master's Thesis of a special problem approved by student's graduate advisory committee. See the department office for registration procedure. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005485)
Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member.
Independent study leading to a Master's Thesis of a special problem approved by student's graduate advisory committee. See the department office for registration procedure. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005483)

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Prerequisites: MESA eligibility.
A comprehensive introduction that provides incoming Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students with an overview of the fields of engineering and computer science, along with information on degree requirements, technical skills needed, working in industry, professional organizations, and professional development. In addition, there is an introduction to campus resources and university life for first-year MESA students. 2 hours lecture. ABC/no credit grading. (003699)
This course explores invention and innovation, looking at the social, cultural, economic, environmental, intellectual, and sustainable contexts of technologies and scientific advancements. Critical technologies and scientific advancements are explored; how these technologies and advancements came about including the individuals, connections, organizations, settings, and culture which enabled the development. The impact on the individual, culture, society, economy, environment, sustainability, and other technologies and advancements at their inception, in our current world and the future, are considered. Throughout these investigations attention is directed to the development and social context of these inventions and advancements, challenging students to understand the past as the foundation of the world today and setting the stage for the future. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021220)
This course explores technology and science through science fiction, both historical and contemporary. In our rapidly changing technological civilization, technology and science offer numerous benefits to individuals and to societies along with a host of new challenges and considerations often foreshadowed in science fiction. Science fiction has also been used as a vehicle to inform, misinform, motivate, or alarm its audience regarding social, cultural, environmental, sustainable, technological, scientific, and other issues. This course uses science fiction to explore the past, present, and possible future effects of science and technology on society, culture, environment, sustainability, as well as on invention and innovation. Throughout the course various nonfiction articles, science fiction stories, and sections of science fiction works are used in discussions around a variety of themes. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021221)
Prerequisites: GE Foundation Physical Science and Life Science areas.
Rise to the challenge and take responsibility for your future. In this course students explore the nature of invention and innovation in context of the individual, culture, society, economics, environment, technology science, and sustainability among others. Case studies of innovators and inventors are studied, placing the ideas and inventions in historic context as well as considering contemporary and future implications. In light of this exploration and study, the students are challenged to develop their own creative proposal for new innovations or inventions. Not simply a refinement, but a creative innovation and invention, and then to consider and analyze the implications and ramifications of their idea. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021228)
Prerequisites: GE Foundation Physical Science and Life Science areas.
Rise to the challenge and take responsibility for your future. In this course students explore the nature of invention and innovation in context of the individual, culture, society, economics, environment, technology science, and sustainability among others. Case studies of innovators and inventors are studied, placing the ideas and inventions in historic context as well as considering contemporary and future implications. In light of this exploration and study, the students are challenged to develop their own creative proposal for new innovations or inventions. Not simply a refinement, but a creative innovation and invention, and then to consider and analyze the implications and ramifications of their idea. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education Capstone course. (021363)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (021448)
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