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The Dynamics Certificate is intended for working engineers in mechanical and related fields of engineering. The certificate will provide a fundamental and broad background in engineering dynamics. The Dynamics Certificate includes a strong foundational base in dynamics and applications in optimization, robotics, mechatronics, or dynamics of aircraft or spacecraft (depending on the chosen elective courses). Completion of the certificate will allow the student to formulate and solve the complex dynamics problems that arise in such fields as robotics and space flight.


Applicants must have completed an accredited Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical or a closely related field of engineering. They are expected to have prior course work in undergraduate dynamics and mathematics.

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 16 units as described below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or better in each course.

Required Courses (12 units):

  • MECH 203 Analytical Dynamics I (2 units)
  • MECH 204 Analytical Dynamics II (2 units)
  • MECH 214 Advanced Dynamics I (2 units)
  • MECH 215 Advanced Dynamics II (2 units)
  • MECH 216 Advanced Dynamics III (2 units)
  • MECH 305 Vibrations I (2 units)

Elective Courses (4 units):

  • MECH 207 Advanced Mechatronics I (2 units)
  • MECH 208 Advanced Mechatronics II (2 units)
  • MECH 209 Advanced Mechatronics III (2 units)
  • MECH 301 Noise and Vibration Control and Monitoring I (2 units)
  • MECH 302 Noise and Vibration Control and Monitoring II (2 units)
  • MECH 306 Vibrations II (2 units)
  • MECH 337 Robotics I (2 units)
  • MECH 338 Robotics II (2 units)
  • MECH 339 Robotics III (2 units)
  • MECH 429 Optimization of Dynamic Systems I (2 units)
  • MECH 430 Optimization of Dynamic Systems II (2 units)
  • MECH 431 Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Performance (2 units)
  • MECH 432 Rocket and Spacecraft Dynamics (2 units)

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