BS in Civil Engineering

Units required for Major: 94 including GE courses

Program Description

Civil Engineering involves the application of scientific principles and knowledge of mathematics and computers to the planning, analysis, design, and construction of all types of private and public works. Reduction of air and water pollution, disposal of hazardous wastes, renewal of our old cities, planning and building of new communities, providing water, power, and high-speed ground transportation systems are the responsibilities of the civil engineer. It is a continual challenge to the civil engineer to provide these services efficiently by the construction of dams, buildings, bridges, tunnels, highways, airports, waterways, and waste handling facilities in harmony with the natural environment.

Because of the broad range of demands on the civil engineer's services, the undergraduate program is devoted to fundamental principles in mathematics; basic and engineering sciences; the spectrum of Civil Engineering practice in both analysis and design; and required courses in the humanities and the social sciences, so that engineers may better relate to the world and society they serve. The upper division program permits students to select 9 units (3 courses) of electives. Students may increase the breadth or depth of their knowledge in Civil Engineering by selecting these electives in several areas: environmental and water quality engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation, and water resources engineering.

Courses may be interchanged between semesters to accommodate the student's schedule, as long as prerequisites are observed. Civil engineering is a demanding major, but with devoted study it can be completed in four years. Students who are working half-time or more often find it difficult to successfully pass a full load of classes each semester. Such students should plan to take fewer units per semester and a longer time to finish their degree.

Note: Students must satisfy the requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). Consult the Civil Engineering Department Chair for specific General Education requirements.

Note: Students graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. 

Program Description

Required Lower Division Courses (65 Units)
First Semester Freshman Year
CE 1ACivil Engineering Seminar1
CE 4Engineering Graphics and CAD2
CHEM 1EGeneral Chemistry for Engineering 14
MATH 30Calculus I 14
Select two General Education courses6
Second Semester Freshman Year
CE 9Plane and Topographic Surveying3
MATH 31Calculus II 14
PHYS 11AGeneral Physics: Mechanics 14
Select two General Education courses6
First Semester Sophomore Year
ENGR 45Engineering Materials3
MATH 45Differential Equations for Science and Engineering3
PHYS 11CGeneral Physics: Electricity and Magnetism 14
Select two General Education courses6
Second Semester Sophomore Year
ENGL 20College Composition II3
ENGR 30Analytic Mechanics: Statics3
MATH 35Introduction to Linear Algebra3
or MATH 100 Applied Linear Algebra
Select two General Education courses6
Required Upper Division Courses (59 Units) 2
First Semester Junior Year
CE 100Engineering Geology2
CE 101Computer Applications in Civil Engineering3
ENGR 110Analytic Mechanics - Dynamics3
ENGR 112Mechanics Of Materials3
ENGR 115Statistics For Engineers2
ENGR 140Engineering Economics2
Second Semester Junior Year
CE 113Structural Laboratory1
CE 146Civil Engineering Professional Practice3
CE 161Introduction to Structural Analysis3
CE 171ASoil Mechanics4
ENGR 132Fluid Mechanics3
First Semester Senior Year
CE 137Water Resources Engineering3
CE 147Transportation Engineering4
CE 170Principles of Environmental Engineering4
Select Civil Engineering elective3
Select General Education course3
Second Semester Senior Year
CE 135Hydraulics Laboratory1
CE 190Senior Project3
ENGR 124Thermodynamics3
Select two CE electives 36
Civil Engineering Electives
Select from the following: 4
Open Channel Hydraulics 5
Transportation Systems
Traffic Analysis and Design 5
Introduction to GIS in Civil Engineering
Advanced Structural Analysis
Structural Design in Steel I 5
Reinforced Concrete Design 5
Structural Design in Steel II 5
Seismic Behavior of Structures
Pre-stressed Concrete Design 5
Timber Design 5
Reinforced Masonry Design 5
Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering 5
Design of Urban Water and Sewer Systems 5
Design of Water Quality Control Processes 5
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering 5
Total Units124

Indicates course which can also be used to meet University General Education requirements.


Students must normally complete all lower division preparation before enrolling in upper division Engineering or Civil Engineering courses.


 At least two CE electives must be design courses (indicated by 5).


Electives are to be chosen from these courses in consultation with a faculty advisor and must include at least two design electives (indicated by 5).

Note: Other electives, such as a CE 196 series course or CE 199E may be chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor and Department Chair.


Indicates a design elective.