Q: When is 3 greater than 4?
A: When you can earn a degree in 3 years instead of 4!


Are you interested in earning a degree in electrical and computer engineering or mechanical engineering?
Would you like to start your career sooner than later?
Does spending less on tuition sound good?

The Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at California Baptist University is proud to offer an accelerated program that will allow you to earn your Bachelor of Science degree in as little as 3 years!

  • Who should look into these programs?
    • High school seniors accepted to CBU engineering who have taken the AP Calculus AB exam with a score of 4 or above, the AP English Language with a score of 3 or above, and at least one more AP or CLEP course transferrable towards the ECE or ME degree.
    • STEM-minded, highly-motived, and hard-working high school sophomore and junior students who are planning to pursue an engineering degree.
  • What are the advantages of the 3-year programs?
    • Saving tens of thousands of dollars on tuition and other expenses.
    • Giving yourself a jump-start on your professional career or advanced degree.
    • Increasing your lifetime income by starting to work one year earlier.
    • Being able to show this to your future employer as a strong indicator of dedication and potential for success.
  • How does it work?
    • Inform your CBU admission counselor that you would like to pursue the 3-year ECE or ME degree.
    • Send your AP or CLEP scores to CBU.
    • Come up with an academic plan to be reviewed and approved by your department chair before your first week of class at CBU. See sample 3-year flow chart for ECE and ME (insert hyperlinks).
    • Work with your faculty academic advisor who will monitor your progress and help you resolve schedule conflicts throughout the next three years.
    • You will need to take a full load of 17–18 units of courses each semester, and take EGR232 Circuit Theory II + Design at CBU (or an equivalent course at another four-year university) in the summer after your first year.
    • You may have to take one or more general education courses and/or science electives during the summer after your first year or third year.
    • You will need to complete 200 hours of supervised internship, normally during the summer after your second year, as internships are a valuable experience for engineering students.


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Alumni Spotlight

"CBU’s College of Engineering is the only school that I am aware of that it would have been possible to complete an engineering degree in 3 yearsNot only was it possible to do this but ECE faculty helped make my goal a reality."
Armando Chacon, 2020


List of Valid AP Courses (From CBU 2018-2019 Catalog)
List of CLEP Courses (From CBU 2018-2019 Catalog) 

Available Summer Courses at CBU

For the 3-year engineering program (subject to change)

  • Major requirements: EGR232 (Term 1), PHY201 (Term 1), PHY203 (Term 2)
  • Science elective: BIO143, 146, 153 (Term 1)
  • General education: CST110 (Term 1), POL213 (Term 1), CST130 (Term 2), ICS105, 305 (Term 2)