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Civil Engineering (CE)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering is to provide students with the principles of engineering and the methodology needed for civil engineering practice. This pre-professional program balances the fundamentals common to many specialties in civil engineering and allows for concentration in structures and construction or environmental and water studies. Students in the major learn to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and civil engineering to conduct experiments, design structures and systems to creatively solve engineering problems, and communicate their ideas effectively. The curriculum includes course work in structural, construction, and environmental engineering. The major prepares students for careers in government and industry, and further graduate study.


Mathematics and Science (45 units minimum1; see Basic Requirements 1 and 2):

Technology in Society2 (one course; see Basic Requirement 4)


Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3)

ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics


ENGR 90. Environmental Science and Technology


Fundamentals Elective


Engineering Depth (minimum of 68 Engineering Science and Design units; see Basic Requirement 5):

ENGR 60. Engineering Economy


CEE 100. Managing Sustainable Building Projects (WIM)


CEE 101A. Mechanics of Materials


CEE 101B. Mechanics of Fluids


CEE 101C. Geotechnical Engineering


Specialty courses in either

Environmental and Water Studies3

or Structures and Construction4


Other School of Engineering Electives


These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 Mathematics must include CME 100/102 (or Math 51/53) and a Statistics class. Science must include PHYSICS 41, either CHEM 31A, CHEM 31X or ENGR 31; two additional quarters in either chemistry or physics, and GES 1. For students in the Environmental and Water Studies track, the additional chemistry or physics must include CHEM 33; for students in the Structures and Construction track, it must include PHYSICS 43 or 45.

2 Chosen TiS class must specifically include and ethics component, such as STS 101, 110, or 115; COMM 169; CS 181; or MS&E 181.

3 Environmental and Water Studies: ENGR 30; CEE 101D, 160, 161A, 166A, 166B, 171, 172, 177, 179A; and either CEE 169 or 179C. Remaining specialty units from: CEE 63, 64, 109, 129, 164, 166D, 172A, 173A, 176A, 176B, 178, 199.

4 Structures and Construction: ENGR 50 or 50E or 50M; CEE 102, 156, 180, 181, 182, 183. Remaining specialty units from: ENGR 15, CME 104; CEE 101D, 111, 122A,B, 129, 141A/B, 142A, 151, 155, 159C, 159D, 160, 161A, 171, 176A, 176B, 195A/B, 196, 199, 203, and one of 110, 130, 131A, 134B, or 135A.

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