B.S. in Civil Engineering
Senior Thrust Areas
Each civil engineering student is required to take 24 units of ATE (Approved Technical Electives). These electives can be any CE/ENVE 400/500 level coursework (not required as part of the major), some CE/ENVE 300 level coursework, or any one of a list of pre-approved elective options from outside CE/ENVE.
This freedom in the CE program allows students to specialize in a particular area (or two or three…) or develop a little deeper in all areas. Please consider your choices in the context of graduate school, the area in which you would like to practice, or the breadth of knowledge you would like to attain.
Below is information about each specialization area to consider as you plan your Senior Year.
Geotechnical engineering is perfect for those who love problem-solving. Upon arrival at sites, geotechnical engineers perform site investigations to determine subsurface conditions and materials. This field works with the challenges of Earth’s natural resources in designing tunnels and structure foundations, creating slope repairs, and understanding soil mechanics. Geotechnical engineering is very hands-on and has a good balance between the field and office!
Structural engineering is a great specialization due to its wide range of applications. One can work on traditional civil engineering projects like buildings, bridges, dams, offshore platforms, and towers, and also work on the structural aspects of products in different industries! Structural engineering focuses on what creates the form and shape of buildings. Jobs in structural engineering never get boring, as there is always more to learn about when it comes to design and analysis!
This field works with the planning, design, operation, and management of transportation facilities. These facilities include roadways, railroads, air, pipelines, water, and even space transportation. Transportation engineers must be good at problem-solving through analyzing complex data. The main goal of this field is to create safe, but efficient traffic flow.
Water Resources Engineering
844 million people around the world live without access to safe water. The specialization of water resources engineering works to combat this problem by planning and designing for water use and treatment. Water resources engineers work with water supply systems, irrigation, water transportation, and water removal. This field is ever-growing due to the constant demand for safe water and flood control. Jobs can be found within both public and private entities.
The construction industry is the largest single portion of our economy, and there is immense growth potential. Cal Poly’s construction engineering program is special because it transforms knowledge of engineering principals into a holistic skill set that includes business management and communication techniques. This profession enables one to understand the entire design and construction process. Popular career choices for construction engineers include property development, structural design, civil design, construction management, or planning!
General Civil Engineering
The specialization of general civil engineering is very broad and can be categorized by the type of projects designed: land development, transportation, or drainage. Land development encompasses the site design of new buildings, roads, and their associated infrastructure, whereas transportation engineers focus only on roads and pedestrian facilities. Drainage projects involve treating and moving storm water from the site to facilities like drainage basins, bioswales, infiltration wells, gutters, and storm drains. These fields often overlap, with specialists and generalists spread throughout the country, working at both public and private entities. There are so many things one can do with the general civil engineering specialization!
Students must complete a three-quarter course in senior capstone design. This course focuses on current civil engineering design procedures and requires the student to complete a major design project that incorporates appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. Topics related to interpersonal communication, teamwork, leadership, ethics, and professional practice are also covered in this course so that students have an understanding of the non-technical issues and skills that must be mastered to become a successful design professional.
Degree Requirements and Curriculum
In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
- 60 units of upper division courses
- 2.0 GPA
- Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
- U.S. Cultural Pluralism
No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.
|CE 111||Introduction to Civil Engineering||1|
|CE 112||Design Principles in Civil Engineering||2|
|CE 113||Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering||2|
|Select one of the following two options (CE 204 & CE 207) or CE 208||5|
|Mechanics of Materials I
and Mechanics of Materials II
|Mechanics of Materials 1|
|CE 222||Introductory Experiments in Transportation Engineering||1|
|CE 251||Programming Applications in Engineering||2|
|CE 259||Civil Engineering Materials||2|
& CE 322
|Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering
and Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering Laboratory
& CE 337
|Water Resources Engineering
and Hydraulics Laboratory
|CE 352||Structural Engineering||4|
|CE 355||Reinforced Concrete Design||4|
|CE/CM 371||Construction Management and Project Planning||4|
& CE 382
and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
|CE 465||Civil Engineering Professional Practice||1|
|Select from the following:||6|
|Senior Design Project I
and Senior Design Project II
|Community Engineering Senior Design Project I
and Community Engineering Senior Design Project II
|Technical Electives 2, 3||24|
|In consultation with faculty advisor, select from CE 356, ENVE 325, any 400-500 level CE and ENVE courses not required in the major (maximum of 4 units from the following list):|
Select a maximum of 4 units from the following:
|Steel Structures Design Laboratory|
|Advanced Steel Structures Laboratory|
|Applied Finite Element Analysis|
|Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing|
|Advanced Surveying with GIS Applications|
|Water Wells and Pumps|
|Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution|
|Land Use Law|
|Water Resource Law and Policy|
|Applied Environmental Groundwater Hydrology|
|Fracture and Failure Analysis|
|Linear Analysis II|
|Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry|
|BIO 213||Life Science for Engineers (B2) 4||2|
|BMED/BRAE 213||Bioengineering Fundamentals (B2) 4||2|
|BRAE 239||Engineering Surveying||4|
|CHEM 124||General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3/B4) 4||4|
|CHEM 125||General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II||4|
|ENGL 149||Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 4||4|
|ENVE 331||Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering||4|
|GEOL 201||Physical Geology||3|
|MATE 210||Materials Engineering||3|
|MATE 215||Materials Laboratory I||1|
|MATH 141||Calculus I (B1) 4||4|
|MATH 142||Calculus II (B1) 4||4|
|MATH 143||Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 4||4|
|MATH 241||Calculus IV||4|
|MATH 244||Linear Analysis I||4|
|ME 211||Engineering Statics||3|
|ME 212||Engineering Dynamics||3|
|ME 341||Fluid Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 141||General Physics IA (Add'l Area B) 4||4|
& PHYS 133
|General Physics II
and General Physics III
|STAT 312||Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 4||4|
|Approved Engineering Science Elective 2, 5|
|Select from the following:||2-4|
|Building Information Modeling|
|Programming for Engineering Students|
|C and Unix|
|Electric Circuit Theory|
|Linear Analysis II|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||40|
Transfer students take CE 208 in the Fall Quarter.
Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting technical electives or approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.
Additional guidelines for technical electives:
Required in Support; also satisfies GE
The courses selected to satisfy this requirement may not be used to satisfy other major or support requirements (no double counting of coursework).
General Education (GE) Requirements
- 72 units required, 32 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
- See the complete GE course listing.
- Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
|A3||Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|Area B||Math, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning|
|B1||Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 1||0|
|B2||Life Science (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|B3||Physical Science (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|B4||One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course|
|B6||Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 1||0|
|Area C||Arts and Humanities|
|Area D||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)||4|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions||4|
|Area E||Lifelong Learning and Self-Development|
Required in Support; also satisfies GE