CSUB Program in Pre-Engineering
CSU Bakersfield offers no engineering degrees, what we have is a pre-engineering program. Pre-engineering students attend CSUB for 2-3 years then transfer to an engineering school where they complete the upper-division curriculum and where they will graduate with a degree in engineering. The CSUB pre-engineering program is a generic program, suitable for transfer to any engineering school and into any field of engineering. While transfer to other CSU schools are the most seamless, many CSUB students transfer to UC schools, to private schools, and to schools all over the country.
There are no special admission requirements or procedures to enter the CSUB pre-engineering program. Like all CSUB students, you apply for admission using the CSU Mentor site, students must obey all university rules regarding admission deadlines. Once admitted, you can be in the pre-engineering program merely by seeing a pre-engineering advisor and taking the recommended classes.
CSUB Advantages and Disadvantages
The primary advantage of CSUB is for Kern County residents, they can make progress towards an engineering degree without long commutes or having to move out of Kern County. Also, CSUB engineering classes are generally fairly small and students often receive a more personalized education than if they were at a larger school.
The largest disadvantage is that students will be graduating from another school and will have to satisfy all that school’s graduation requirements, which often includes lower division courses unavailable at CSUB. This means that transfer students typically require one or two more quarters to earn their degree compared to students attending the engineering school throughout their college career.