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Product Design Program

UG Program Director: William Burnett, Bldg 550, Room 137,
Student Services: Bldg 530, Room 125, and Michelle Rice,

The mission of the undergraduate program in Product Design is to graduate designers who can synthesize technology, human factors, and business factors in the service of human need.

The program teaches a design process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression, aesthetics, and emphasizes brainstorming and need finding. The course work provides students with the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes. Students studying product design follow the basic mechanical engineering curriculum and are expected to meet the University requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for graduate study.

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

2019-20 Program Sheets, Flowcharts, and 4-Year Plans are now available

ePS Planning Sheets

Find current major requirements for this and all other School of Engineering major programs at Explore Degrees

2019-20 Requirements


  • 20 units minimum (one course in statistics recommended, e.g. STATS 60; see Note 1)


17 units minimum

  • Required: PHYSICS 41 (or 41E), 4-5 units (see Note 1)
  • Additional course from the SoE Approved Science Course List
  • At least 8 units of Behavioral Science:

1. PSYCH 1 (required) 5 units
2. PSYCH Elective (courses numbered 30-200) 3-5 units OR HUMBIO Elective (82A and 160 are pre-approved)

Technology in Society

  • Choose one course from list of SoE-approved courses on Approved Courses; the course must be on the approved list the year it is taken.

Engineering Fundamentals (8 units min; 2 courses required)

  • ENGR 40A, or 40M. Introductory Electronics or Making Stuff; What is EE (required), 3-5 units
  •  CS 106A. Programming Methodology (required), 5 units

Depth (54 units)






Intro to Solid Mechanics



ME 80

Mechanics of Materials



ME 101

Visual Thinking



ME 102 Foundations of Product Realization 3 A,S

ME 103

Product Realization: Designing and Making



ME 104 Mechanical Systems Design 4 W,S

ME 110

Design Sketching (may be repeated for credit)



ME 115A

Product Design Methods



ME 115B

Human Values in Design



ME 120 History and Philosophy of Design 3 S

ME 215C3

Design and Manufacturing (see Note 3)



ME 216A

Advanced Product Design: Needfinding



ME 216B4

Advanced Product Design: Implementation 1

Product Design Capstone (req'd; see Notes 2 & 4)



ME 216C4

Advanced Product Design: Implementation 2

Product Design Capstone (req'd; see Notes 2 & 4)




Two Art Studio or CS courses numbered 100 or higher

6 units



  1. The School of Engineering list of approved science courses can be found on the Approved Courses page of the UGHB website. AP and IB credits can be used with approval from the OSA office in 135 Huang Engineering.
  2. ME 216B & 216C meet the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement for Product Design starting 2019-20.
  3. ME 215C is the ONLY course requirement that can be waived if student takes a quarter overseas. Students should plan their overseas quarter to take place in Sophomore year, or spring quarter of Junior year only. If the student elects to go overseas Junior year, the total depth units will be reduced by 3; this is approved without petition.
  4. You may substitute ME216B/C with ME206A/B Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability.

Instructions for Declaring Major in Product Design (ENGR-BS: PD)

Detailed instructions can be obtained from the ME Student Services Office (Building 530, Room 125)

  1. Print a copy of your transcript from Axess.
  2. Download and complete the program sheet from Program Sheet page. If you need instructions on how to download, consult the School of Engineering Student Affairs Office in 135 Huang. Please note: When completing the sheet, include courses you plan to take as well as those you have already taken.
  3. Pick up a Product Design major declaration form from the Student Services Office in Building 530.

4. Email PD Program Admin listed on the declaration form for advisor assignment, appointment with PD Peer Advisor, and all faculty advisors’ current office hours.
5. Meet with  PD Peer Advisor to go through all declaration paperwork.
6. Visit your faculty advisor’s office hours and discuss the program with him/her. Have him/her approve & sign the program sheet AND the declaration form.
7. Return PD Undergrad email list form to PD Program Admin at Building 550, Room 151.
8. Return rest of completed documents to the ME Student Services Office
9. Login to Axess and formally declare your major. NOTE: Select “Engineering” as your major (NOT Mechanical Engineering), with a subplan in Product Design.