Civil Engineering Degree

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Requirements (48 units)

Core courses (27 units)1 

Course Title
4 mathematics courses
4 units of basic science: 2
General Physics
General Chemistry 1
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
1 unit in biological sciences, or
Earth in the Anthropocene
Earth Systems Revealed
Earth's Interior
1 additional unit in biological sciences (200-level or higher), chemistry, or physics, or
Earth Systems Revealed
Earth's Interior
Earth in the Anthropocene
4 engineering analysis and computer proficiency courses
3 design and communications courses
7 social sciences/humanities courses
5 unrestricted electives
1 unit of unrestricted electives is from Chemistry lab, PHYSICS 136-2, and CIV_ENV 301-1

Major Program (21 units)3 

Course Title
2 basic courses chosen from the options below
Engineering Possibilities: Decision Science in the Age of Smart Technologies
Biological and Ecological Principles
Structural Art
5 basic engineering courses
Mechanics of Materials I
Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems Analysis
Uncertainty Analysis
Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics - I
Fluid Mechanics I
4 civil engineering breadth courses
Theory of Structures I
Earth Surface Engineering
Environmental Systems and Processes
Introduction to Transportation Planning and Analysis
Transportation System Operations
4 courses chosen from the focus areas below 4,5
Architectural Engineering & Design
2 capstone design courses (0.5 units each)
Capstone Design I
and Capstone Design II
5 technical elective courses 6
300 level or higher in mathematics, science, engineering, or another area supporting the area of specialization
1 professional development course (0.34 units) 7
Professional Development Seminar I

See general requirements for details.


PHYSICS 125-2 General Physics for ISP or PHYSICS 140-3 Fundamentals of Physics may be substituted for PHYSICS 135-2 General Physics. Associated lab is PHYSICS 126-2 Physics for ISP Laboratory or PHYSICS 136-2 General Physics Laboratory


At least 17 out of the 21 units in the major program must be CIV_ENV courses with 100% engineering topic; only GEN_ENG 220-1 Analy/Comp Graph and GEN_ENG 220-2 Analy/Comp Graph II may be taken P/N.


Must select from an approved list available in Undergraduate CIV_ENV Handbook; must choose at least 2 design coursesfrom 2 focus areas.


Design is defined as courses taught by licensed Professional Engineer or equivalent as defined by ABET and use appropriate codes and/or standards.


GEN_ENG 220-1 Analy/Comp Graph and GEN_ENG 220-2 Analy/Comp Graph II may count toward this requirement; only 1 unit of CIV_ENV 399-0 Projects may be counted; no 399 from another department is accepted. Choose from an approved list available in Undergraduate CIV_ENV Handbook.


0.34 units may count towards unrestricted electives.