BSCE General


This is the most comprehensive BS program offered by the Department, proving a well-rounded education and the maximum amount of flexibility in terms of career choices.

The general civil engineering program includes the following technical areas:

  • Basic civil engineering principles
  • Structural Engineering and structural mechanics
  • Geology and geotechnical engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Computer methods in engineering
  • Structural systems design
  • Risk analysis in civil engineering
  • Engineering economics or law for engineers
  • Freshman and Sophomore years:

    Fundamental disciplines

    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Computers
    • Engineering graphics.
  • Junior and senior years:

    Required courses and electives in the six major areas of civil engineering

    • Structural engineering
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Construction
    • Environmental engineering
    • Water resources
    • Transportation.

Program Requirements

For detailed course information, please see the Course Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Pre-major Requirements:

Chemistry Requirement
CHEM 105aL: General Chemistry or CHEM 115aL: Advanced General Chemistry

Math Requirement
MATH 125: Calculus I
MATH 126: Calculus II
MATH 226: Calculus III
MATH 245: Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I

Physics Requirement
PHYS 151L: Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PHYS 152L: Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Other Requirements
GEOL 305Lx: Introduction to Engineering Geology or BISC 220L: General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology


In addition to the core courses, students are required to select one of the following tracks: General, Construction or Water Resources.

General Track

Choose one of the following:
CE 480 as the capstone course and CE 482 as a required design kernel course, or CE 465 as the capstone course and CE 466 or CE 476 as a required design kernel course.

Construction Track

Select CE 480 as the capstone course and CE 482 as a required design kernel course
Replace CE 453 with CE 412.
CE 460 is a required elective.
The other CE elective must be chosen from the following: CE 461, CE 462, CE 469 and CE 470.

Water Resources Track

Select CE 465 as the capstone course. Select one of the following as a required design kernel course: CE 466 or CE 476. The CE electives must be selected from the following: CE 466, CE 476, CE 477 and CE 490.

Major Requirements:

ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy

Civil Engineering
CE 106: Design and Planning of Civil Engineering Systems or CE 110: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CE 107: Introduction to Civil Engineering Graphics
CE 108: Introduction to Computer Methods in Civil Engineering
CE 205: Statics
CE 207L: Introduction to Design of Structural Systems

CE 225: Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
CE 309: Fluid Mechanics
CE 325: Dynamics
CE 334L: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
CE 358: Theory of Structures I
CE 402: Computer Methods in Engineering
CE 408: Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering
CE 451: Water Resources Engineering
CE 453: Water Quality Control
CE 456: Design of Steel Structures
CE 467L: Geotechnical Engineering
CE 471: Principles of Transportation Engineering

Capstone Courses
CE 473: Engineering Law, Finance, and Ethics
CE 480: Structural System Design or CE 465: Water Supply and Sewage System Design

Courses from Other Engineering Departments
EE 202L: Linear Circuits or EE 326L: Essentials of Electrical Engineering

Major Electives
Civil Engineering Design Kernel Course (6 units): select from the following: CE 457, CE 465, CE 466, CE 476, CE 478, CE 482, CE 484 and CE 485.