Program Overview

The entire field of engineering is embarking on a thrilling new era, one that requires innovative thought and fresh eyes to solve the biggest challenges facing the world today. USF is determined to be at the forefront of this movement as we design our engineering curriculum, and we need you to help us accomplish that goal.

Why USF Engineering?

You’ll join a program being built from the ground up that celebrates what engineering truly is — problem solving in big and small ways to help those in need of big and small solutions. We’re all about diversity and communication — being the best means having the most perspectives to consider when analyzing a problem, and then being able to collectively arrive at the strongest result — which is where you come in. Come build and grow the program along with us.

See our main curricular goals

Summer Zero

The transition from high school to college is both exciting and challenging. We developed Summer Zero, a multi-week program for incoming first-years, to help you get to know your cohort and introduce you to the engineering program and life at USF.

Learn more about Summer Zero


In the program’s first two years, your cohort will stay largely together, taking most courses together and developing strong bonds and teamwork skills. In the following two years you will develop deeper skills in a single area by pursuing one of three concentrations:

  • Environmental Engineering: Learn to design systems and products that protect human and ecosystem health and that ensure sustainable development at both regional and global scales. In this concentration, the focus will be on water resources, including improving access to clean water, identifying and mitigating microbial and chemical pollution in water, and promoting strategies for water treatment and reuse.
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering: Learn to design techniques and solutions that improve the built environment, as measured by a range of metrics, including social justice as a measure of effective design. This concentration encompasses a range of civil engineering elements, from individual building materials to the components of urban infrastructural systems — all of which can be designed to contribute to a sustainable built environment.
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering: Learn to design and test various types of electrical equipment, including computer hardware, sensors, biomedical instrumentation, and control systems. Electrical and computer engineers work with every kind of device imaginable. In this concentration, emphasis will be placed on devices used to improve people’s lives across the globe, such as low-cost medical diagnostics and alternative energy strategies.

All concentration areas will be focused on sustainability and the betterment of peoples' lives, especially in under-resourced communities.

Sample Four-Year Curriculum

First Year

summer zero

  • Engineering Project
  • Math
  • Programming
  • Writing

Fall 1

  • Becoming an Engineer
  • Math 1
  • Physics for Engineers I w/ lab
  • Ethics in Engineering
  • Core or Elective

Spring 1

  • Math 2
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Physics for Engineers II w/ lab
  • Science Communication
  • Engineering Project and Design I

Summer 1

  • Engineering Outreach Immersion

Second Year

Fall 2

  • Modeling Sustainable Systems
  • Multivariable Calculus & Linear Algebra for Engineers
  • Sensors & Instruments through History
  • General Chemistry for Engineers I w/ lab

Spring 2

  • Math Methods and Computation for Scientists & Engineers
  • Concentration Area 1 of 4:
    • Environmental Engineering (ENVE): Chemistry for Engineers II
    • Sustainable Civil Engineering (SCE): Intro to Structural Engineering
    • Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE): Digital Electronics
  • Engineering Project and Design II
  • Core or Elective

Third Year

Fall 3

  • Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • Concentration Area 2 of 4:
    • ENVE: Fluid Mechanics
    • SCE: Intro to Construction Materials
    • ECE: Analog Electronics
  • Core or Elective
  • Core or Elective

Note: Students also have the option to participate in study abroad programs.

Spring 3

  • Concentration Area 3 of 4:
    • ENVE: Environmental Engineering
    • SCE: Experimental Methods
    • ECE: Advanced Sensors & Instruments
  • Engineering Project and Design III
  • Core or Elective
  • Core or Elective

Fourth Year

Fall 4

  • Concentration Area 4 of 4
    • ENVE: Water and Wastewater Treatment
    • SCE: Sustainable Urban Systems
    • ECE: Feedback Controls
  • Project IV: Capstone part 1
  • Core or Elective
  • Core or Elective

Spring 4

  • Project IV: Capstone part 2
  • Core or Elective
  • Core or Elective
  • Core or Elective

Contact Info

BS in Engineering

Hana Böttger, Department Chair

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117