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Civil Engineering (CE) Minor

The Civil Engineering minor is intended to give students a focused introduction to one or more areas of civil engineering. Departmental expertise and undergraduate course offerings are available in the areas of Construction Engineering and Management, Structural Engineering, and Architectural Design. Students interested in an environmental or energy focus should see the Environmental Engineering minor.

The minimum prerequisite for a Civil Engineering minor focusing on construction engineering and management or structural engineering is MATH 42 (or 21); however, many courses of interest require PHYSICS 41 and/or MATH 51 as prerequisites. The minimum prerequisite for a Civil Engineering minor focusing on architectural design is MATH 41 (or 19) and a course in Statistics. A minor in Civil Engineering is not an ABET-accredited degree program.

Since undergraduates having widely varying backgrounds may be interested in obtaining a civil engineering minor, and the field itself is so broad, no single set of course requirements is appropriate for all students. Instead, interested students are encouraged to propose their own set of courses within the guidelines listed below. Additional information on preparing a minor program is available in Chapter 6 of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

General guidelines are

  1. A Civil Engineering minor must contain at least 24 units of course work not taken for the major, and must consist of at least six classes of at least 3 units each of letter-graded work, except where letter grades are not offered..
  2. The list of courses must represent a coherent body of knowledge in a focused area, and should include classes that build upon one another. Example programs are given on the CEE webpage.

Professor Anne Kiremidjian ( is the CEE undergraduate minor adviser in Structural Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. John Barton (, Program Director for Architectural Design, is the undergraduate minor adviser in Architectural Design. Students must consult the appropriate adviser when developing their minor program, and obtain approval of the finalized study list from them.

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