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California Polytechnic State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Engineering and computer science at Cal Poly are strongly oriented toward preparing students for immediate entry into professional practice upon graduation from one of the bachelor's degree programs. Each student selects a major at entrance and generally takes at least one course in that major each quarter. This early introduction increases motivation to master the mathematics, basic science, and engineering science or computer science which constitute a very important foundation for each curriculum.

A leader in engineering education, the College of Engineering promotes "project-based learning" to link theory with hands-on practice. Graduates are well prepared to enter graduate school or the engineering profession. In fact, Cal Poly engineers are highly sought by industry because they are known to "have two feet on the ground and two hands on the problem." Thus, our 'learn by doing' philosophy is emphasized in the curricula by the large number of design-centered laboratories, integrating design throughout the curricula, and the senior project capstone design experience.