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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (120 units)

Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare students to succeed in the civil engineering profession by providing them with essential technical tools and skills and to promote the need for lifelong learning.

Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives are to produce graduates, who after entering the civil engineering practice will:

1. Apply knowledge of fundamental science and engineering principles and design to the solution of complex engineering projects.

2. Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advanced degrees in civil engineering or other related fields.

3. Progress to professional registration and continue to develop professionally.

4. Progress to leadership or management in engineering.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Civil Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Civil Engineering must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Civil Engineering major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of "C" prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower Division Major Requirements:

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics and Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • CE 101 Introduction to Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • CE 130 Surveying and Mapping (1)
    Corequisites: CE 130L and MAE 172 or CEM 121.
  • CE 130L Surveying and Mapping Laboratory (1)
    Corequisite: CE 130.
  • CE 200 Materials for Civil Engineering (2)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and PHYS 151 all with a grade of "C" or better; consent of department undergraduate advisor.
  • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • CE 206 Computer Programming and CE Applications I (2)
    Prerequisites: MATH 122, PHYS 151 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • ENGR 101 Intro to the Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122.
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

Take one of the following:

  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • MICR 200 Microbiology for Health Professionals (4)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A or CHEM 140 with a grade of "C" or better and GE Foundation requirements.

Take 4 units of the following:

  • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisites: MATH 123, EE 210L.
  • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)
    Corequisite: EE 210.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

  • CE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224 and C E 205 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 345 Geotechnical Engineering I (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Department Undergraduate Advisor.
    Corequisites: MAE 373; GEOL 370.
  • CE 346 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisite: CE 345.
  • CE 359 Structural Analysis I (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 373 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 364 Environmental Engineering (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A, BIOL 200/MICR 200 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CE 335.
  • CE 406 Project Cost-Benefit Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • CE 407 Probability & Statistics in Civil Engineering (2)
    Prerequisites: CE 206 and MATH 224 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 426 Transportation Engineering (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 345 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisite: CE 406.
  • CE 437 Engineering Hydraulics (3)
    Prerequisites: C E 335, MATH 370A all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 459 Reinforced Concrete Design I (3)
    Prerequisites: C E 200 and 359 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CE 481 Professional Practice in Civil Engineering (1)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing.
  • CE 490 Senior Design Project (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 459; completion of all 300-level engineering courses for the civil engineering major all with a grade of "C" or better and consent of department undergraduate advisor. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CE 426, CE 437. Normally taken in the last year of the undergraduate program.
  • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • GEOL 370 Geology for Engineers (2)
    Prerequisites: CE 200.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.
  • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151 or equivalent, and CHEM 111A all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    Prerequisites: CE 205, MAE 205 or CE 206 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 205 with a grade of "C" or better.

Take six units of electives courses from:

  • CE 427, CE 428, CE 429/429L, CE 435, CE 438/438L, CE 439, CE 445, CE 446, CE 455, CE 456, CE 457, CE 458, CE 464, CE 466, CE 495

Take two laboratories from:

  • CE 326, CE 336, CE 365, CE 454, MAE 374

A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in the required courses below:

  • CHEM 111A, MATH 122, MATH 123, MATH 224, MATH 370A, BIOL 200, MICR 200, PHYS 151, ECON 300, MAE 172, MAE 373, CE 130, CE 130L, CE 200, CE 205, CE 206, CE 335, CE 345, CE 359, CE 406, CE 459 and CE 490.

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