BS in Engineering

APU’s engineering major prepares students for careers in fields such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, computer science, defense, and energy.

81 units

Azusa Pacific’s BS in Engineering equips students with an excellent foundation in principles that prepare them for careers in a variety of engineering fields, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, business, computer science, defense, energy, and health care. The engineering curriculum includes courses in mechanics, electrical circuits, electronics, digital systems, and control systems, and all courses are strongly anchored on foundational coursework in mathematics and physics including calculus, differential equations, and probability theory.

Two concentration areas are available: systems engineering and computer engineering. Systems engineering deals with the engineering and management of large, complex systems such as aerospace systems, military systems, transportation systems, communications and networks systems, and health care systems. Computer engineering focuses on computer hardware and software architectures, computer networks, and a wide range of computer applications. In both concentrations, substantial laboratory experiences are built into the curriculum and strong software skills are emphasized.

A two-semester design project in the senior year challenges students to work in teams and design, build, and test a major engineering product as the culmination of all coursework completed. These projects usually involve external sponsors and mentors. An engineering internship that provides hands-on experience also is part of the curriculum requirements.

Job opportunities for engineering graduates are plentiful in Southern California, nationwide, and globally—a multitude of aerospace companies need systems engineers, and computer engineers are in high demand in every industry and business.


Engineering students are required to have a laptop for classroom work. In addition to General Education requirements, a minimum of 51 computer science/engineering units, and 30 mathematics and physics units (for a total of 81 units), are required for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Engineering Requirements 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
CS 115Impact of Social Media 43
CS/ENGR 120Introduction to Computer Science I 5, F/S4
CS/ENGR 125Introduction to Computer Science II F/S4
CS/ENGR 160Discrete Structures F/S3
ENGR 150Introduction to Mechanics F3
ENGR 215Electrical Circuits and Systems F4
ENGR 240Digital Logic Systems 5, F4
ENGR 245Electronics S4
ENGR 325Control Systems F3
ENGR 470Senior Design Project I F2
ENGR 480Senior Design Project II 5, S2
ENGR 491Engineering Internship (3 units needed for graduation) F/S, 63
Math and Physics Requirements
MATH 165Calculus I F/S3
MATH 166Calculus II F/S3
MATH 268Multivariable Calculus F/S3
MATH 270Ordinary Differential Equations S4
ENGR 271Advanced Math for Engineers S4
MATH 361Introduction to Modeling with Probability F/S3
PHYC 161Physics for Science and Engineering I F, 95
PHYC 162Physics for Science and Engineering II S5
Concentration (see below)12
Systems Engineering Concentration 10
Systems Engineering Principles S
Choose 9 units from the following:
Engineering Thermodynamics S
Discrete Systems Modeling and Simulation
Computer Architecture and Organization
Systems Design F
Green Power Systems
Decision and Risk Analysis F
Machine Learning S
Internet of Things S
Writing 3: Ethics in Computer Science
Computer Engineering Concentration 10
Computer Architecture and Organization
Choose 9 units from the following:
Embedded Systems
Digital Signal Processing S
Computer Networks S
Artificial Intelligence F
Web Programming
Machine Learning S
Mobile App Development F
Internet of Things S
Cyber Security
Topics in Computer Science
Writing 3: Ethics in Computer Science
Total Units81

The Fine Arts course recommended by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science is CS 103.


The Civic Knowledge and Engagement course recommended by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science is ENGR 101.


The Intercultural Competence course recommended by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science is ENGR 110.


Meets the General Education Social Sciences requirement. 


Meets 1 unit of the General Education Oral Communication requirement (taking CS 120 or ENGR 120, CS 290, and CS 480; OR CS 120 or ENGR 120, ENGR 240, and ENGR 480 satisfies the General Education Oral Communication requirement).


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


The Writing 2 course recommended by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science is WRIT 242.


The Writing 3 course recommended by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science is CS 496.


Meets the General Education Natural Sciences requirement.


To receive credit for a concentration, students must take 9 units from a single concentration. Students may choose electives from either concentration to meet the unit requirement, but they will not earn a concentration.

F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. Use relevant software systems and tools pertinent to modern engineering practice.