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Civil Engineering

About Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering emphasize the study of engineering principles and the application of scientific knowledge and technology for the betterment of humankind. The program stresses the team design concept and systems approach to problem solving. As a student, you can find more information below that pertains directly to your major.

Faculty Advisors

First year freshman students on Academic Probation should meet with Dr. Dan Jansen.

All other students on Academic Probation should meet with Dr. Robb Moss.

For additional information on assigned Faculty Advisors please see the CE/ENVE Faculty Advising Page.

Course Substitutions

As curriculum changes between different catalog years, you may question what courses automatically transfer between catalogs. The following changes below apply to CE majors only and a petition will not be required.

All CE Students:

Your catalog You may use: To substitute for:
2013-15 through 2020-21 IME 315 (3) IME 314 (3)
2013-15 through 2017-19 CE 322 (1 unit) + CE 222 (1 unit) CE 322 (2 units)
2011-13 through 2017-19 CE/CM 371 (4 units)

ME 302 (3 units) - 

Excess unit will count as an Approved Technical Elective

2013-15 through 2017-19 CM 280 Approved Engineering Science Elective
2005-07 through 2017-19 BIO 111 BIO 213 + ENGR/BMED 213
2015-17 CE 351 CE 352
2009-11 through 2015-17 No more than 4 combined units of CE 400, CE 500, ENVE 400, ENVE 500 Technical Elective credit

Students Who Have Changed Their Major Into CE:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2011-13 through 2017-19
  • AERO 121
  • BMED 101
  • CPE 100
  • CSC/CPE 123
  • EE 111
  • ENGR 110
  • ENVE 111
  • IME 101
  • MATE 110
  • ME 128
  • ME 229
CE 111

CE Transfer Students:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2001-03 through 2020-21

3.5 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course +

0.5 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course

CHEM 125

Proposed Course Offerings


Department flowcharts provide an example of an academic plan. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes.  

Curriculum Sheets

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree.

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