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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Program Educational Objectives
Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Civil Engineering program are expected to:
Plan, design, evaluate, construct, operate, maintain, analyze, advance, and manage civil engineering systems
Pursue professional licensure and certifications
Engage in life-long learning and pursue advanced level studies
Demonstrate leadership skills through career advancement and active participation in the civil engineering profession and in the community
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Student must complete a minimum of 120 units of academic work and a minimum of 32 units of Cooperative Education in order to earn the bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
I. General Education Requirements
For more details, see General Education
Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:
A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)
|CORE 001||Problem Solving & Oral Comm||3|
|CORE 002||Writing and Critical Thinking||4|
Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed.
B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)
|At least one course from each of the following areas:|
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
World Perspectives & Ethics
Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.
C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
|All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)|
Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.
D. Fundamental Skills
|Students must demonstrate competence in:|
Quantitative Analysis (Math)
Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.
II. Major Requirements
|Mathematics and Science (minimum 30 units)|
|MATH 051||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 053||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 055||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 057||Applied Differential Equations I: ODEs||4|
|PHYS 053||Principles of Physics I||5|
|Select one of the following: *||4-5|
|Fundamentals of Chem|
|Math or Science Elective||3-4|
|Geological or Biological Science Elective||3-4|
|ENGR 010||Dean's Seminar||1|
|ENGR 019||Computer Applications in Engineering||3|
|ENGR 020||Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)||3|
|ENGR 025||Professional Practice Seminar||1|
|ENGR 030||Engineering and Computing Ethics in Society||3|
|ENGR 045||Materials Engineering||3|
|ENGR 045L||Materials Engineering Lab||1|
|ENGR 120||Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)||3|
|ENGR 121||Mechanics of Materials||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
and Circuits Laboratory
One 3 or 4 unit 100-Level BENG, CIVL, ECPE, EMGT, ENGR, or MECH
|Professional Practice (minimum 32 units)|
|ENGR 181||Professional Practice||1-16|
|ENGR 182||Professional Practice||1-16|
|ENGR 183||Professional Practice||1-16|
|Civil Engineering Core:|
|CIVL 015||Civil Engineering Graphics||3|
|CIVL 060||Water Quality||4|
|CIVL 100||Introduction to Structural Engineering||4|
|CIVL 130||Fluid Mechanics I||3|
|CIVL 130L||Fluid Mechanics I Lab||1|
|CIVL 132||Introduction to Environmental Engineering||4|
|CIVL 133||Water Resources Engineering||4|
|CIVL 140||Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering||4|
|CIVL 180||Engineering Synthesis||4|
|EMGT 170||Project Decision Making||4|
|Select four of the following from a and b:||12|
a. Civil Engineering Analysis Electives
|Introduction to Earthquake Engineering|
|Water and Environmental Policy|
|Building Information Modeling|
|Engineering Project Management|
b. Civil Engineering Design Electives:
|Design of Water Quality Control Facilities|
|Solid Waste Systems Design and Management|
|Earth Structure Design|
|Structural Timber Design|
|Structural Steel Design|
|Reinforced Concrete Design|
AP CHEM scores of 4 or 5, or IB CHEM Higher Level scores of 5, 6, or 7, will satisfy the elective
Note: A minimum of 2 design electives (6 units) must be taken, of which 1 course will include a 3 or 4 unit structural design elective and 1 course must be a 3 or 4 unit non-structural design elective
Civil Engineering Courses
CIVL 015. Civil Engineering Graphics. 3 Units.
Coverage of the principles and applications of graphics in engineering design. Pictorial and isometric sketching and orthographic projection and use of auxiliary views and sections are used. Drafting standards and conventions, dimensioning and tolerances. Layout and assembly drawings, detail drawings and production drawings using AutoCAD software. Laboratory work is included. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: ENGR 010 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 022. Geomatics. 3 Units.
This course is an introduction to geomatics engineering which includes in depth coverage of plane surveying and an introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), geodetics and geospatial sciences. Fundamental surveying methods and equipment will be presented in both a lecture and a hands-on laboratory section. Topics include: error theory, leveling, traverse computations, topography, coordinate systems, construction surveying, geometric design, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), photogrammetry and the presentation of other emerging and relevant technologies. Prerequisite: MATH 041 with a "C-" or better or a passing score on the University’s trigonometry placement test.
CIVL 060. Water Quality. 4 Units.
Students examine chemical reactions and processes in aquatic systems with engineering applications. Topics include chemical equilibrium and kinetics associated with acid-base, dissolution-precipitation, complexation, and reduction-oxidation reactions in natural and engineered environments. Laboratory work is included. Prerequisites: AP Chem with score of 4 or 5, CHEM IB Higher Level (score of 5, 6, or 7), CHEM 024 or CHEM 025 or CHEM 027; and MATH 051 with a "C-" or better. (ENST)
CIVL 100. Introduction to Structural Engineering. 4 Units.
Students examine the theory and applications of structural analysis and design. Topics include determination of loads, analysis of beams, trusses and frames, influence lines and indeterminate structures. Laboratory is included. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, CIVL 15, ENGR 19, Prerequisite can be taken concurrently: ENGR 121 with a "C-" or better (Spring).
CIVL 130. Fluid Mechanics I. 3 Units.
Students study the physical properties of fluids, statics and dynamics of incompressible fluids that include hydrostatics, conservation of mass, energy and momentum principles, laminar and turbulent flow with emphasis on pipe flow. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and ENGR 120 with a "C-" or better. Corequisite: CIVL 130L.
CIVL 130L. Fluid Mechanics I Lab. 1 Unit.
CIVL 132. Introduction to Environmental Engineering. 4 Units.
Students are introduced to the physical, chemical, and biological processes associated with water quality in natural environments and engineering systems. Topics include operation and design of water and wastewater treatment facilities as well as the occurrence, behavior and control of indoor and regional air pollution. Laboratory is included. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, CIVL 015, CIVL 060 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 133. Water Resources Engineering. 4 Units.
Students examine hydraulic analysis and design that include pipe flow and open channel flow. Topics include elements of the hydrological cycle, deterministic and probabilistic analysis of rainfall-runoff data for estimation and design, and the application of computers in hydrologic and hydraulic design. Laboratory is included. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, CIVL 015, CIVL 130 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 134. Groundwater. 4 Units.
Aquifer properties, groundwater hydraulics in confined and unconfined aquifers under steady and unsteady flow conditions. Well hydraulics under ideal and non-ideal conditions. Constituent transport and fate in groundwater. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; CIVL 130; MATH 057 with a “C-“ or better.
CIVL 136. Design of Water Quality Control Facilities. 4 Units.
This advanced course covers the physical, chemical, and biological processes that are involved in the design of water and wastewater treatment plant facilities as well as applicable design standards and regulations. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, CIVL 130, CIVL 132 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 138. Solid Waste Systems Design and Management. 3 Units.
This is an introductory course to solid waste systems, that analyzes of problems associated with storage, collection, transport, processing, and disposal of solid wastes. Students review of current and expected regulatory requirements and the planning and design of solid waste management components that include systems and processes for solid waste prevention, recycling/composting, incineration, and landfilling. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills and CIVL 132 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 140. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering. 4 Units.
This introductory course covers the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering, that includes the characterization of soils and their behavior as an engineering material. Topics, include classification of soils, compaction, permeability, and consolidation. Also covered is design applications that include settlement predictions, strength characterization, soil exploration programs, and an overview of shallow and deep foundations. The course includes laboratory work. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, CIVL 015, ENGR 121 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 141. Earth Structure Design. 4 Units.
Evaluation of drained and undrained field conditions and the relationship between temporary and permanent design conditions over time. In-situ tests, including SPT and CPT. Analysis of lateral stresses in soil masses. Design of slopes, cantilever retaining walls, sheet piles, anchored bulkheads, and mechanically-stabilized earth walls. Design includes analysis of effects of water and seismic conditions, including liquefaction. Prerequisite: CIVL 140.
CIVL 145. Engineering Geology. 4 Units.
This introductory course to is the study of geology in which geologic principles, data and techniques are applied to civil engineering problems. Also listed as GEOS 145. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; GEOS 051 or GEOS 061 or CIVL 140 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 150. Transportation Engineering. 4 Units.
Students study the considerations and procedures in the planning, design, and operation of various transportation systems with primary emphasis on highways. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Junior or Senior standing.
CIVL 151. Construction Engineering. 3 Units.
An introduction to construction engineering and construction management. Construction engineering topics include construction processes and construction econometrics. Construction management topics include estimating, planning, bidding, and scheduling. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Junior or Senior standing.
CIVL 160. Structural Analysis. 3 Units.
Students analyze the behavior of trusses and framed structures under gravity and lateral loads. Other topics include analysis of shear walls, the use of structural analysis software, and the buckling of frames. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; CIVL 100 and MATH 057 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 163. Introduction to Earthquake Engineering. 3 Units.
Determination of loads on structures due to earthquakes. Overview of seismology. Methods of estimating equivalent static lateral forces; response spectrum and time history analysis. Concepts of mass, damping and stiffness for typical structures. Design for inelastic behavior. Numerical solutions and code requirements. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, ENGR 019, ENGR 121 with a “C-“ or better.
CIVL 164. Structural Timber Design. 4 Units.
Students will study the design of timber structural members, specifically tension, compression, flexural, and beam-column elements and connections to satisfy design code requirements. Prerequisite, may be taken concurrently: CIVL 100.
CIVL 165. Structural Steel Design. 4 Units.
Students study the design of steel structural members, specifically tension, compression, flexural, and beam-column elements and connections to satisfy design code requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: CIVL 100 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 166. Reinforced Concrete Design. 4 Units.
Students study the design and proportioning of structural members, specifically beams, columns, one-way slabs, footings, and walls to satisfy design criteria for reinforced concrete systems. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: CIVL 100 with a "C-" or better.
CIVL 171. Water and Environmental Policy. 3 Units.
This course introduces students to Federal and State of California environmental regulations pertaining to air, water, hazardous wastes, and toxic substances. Topics include an overview of water rights and environmental impact assessment, relevant case studies, and examples of monitoring and enforcement issues. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Junior or Senior standing. (ENST)
CIVL 173. Sustainable Engineering. 3 Units.
This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to principles and practice of sustainable engineering. Topics include the analysis of economic, social, and environmental factors, life cycle assessment, resource use and waste generation in engineering products and processes. The course also examines case studies, readings, and class discussion emphasizes analysis and development of sustainable solutions. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills. Junior or Senior standing.
CIVL 180. Engineering Synthesis. 4 Units.
This course is a culminating experience wherein a group of students synthesize their previous class work into one project. Both technical and non-technical concerns are addressed. One or more faculty members and/or professional engineers are involved depending upon the fields covered in the project. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; EMGT 170 and 2 of the following: CIVL 100, CIVL 132, CIVL 133, CIVL 140 with a "C-" or better. Senior standing.
CIVL 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.
Students undertake special individual projects under the direction of one or more faculty members. Permission of department chairperson and faculty member involved.
CIVL 193. Special Topics. 4 Units.
Upper division elective subject area based on expertise of faculty members.
CIVL 197. Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Units.
This course is applied or basic research in civil engineering under faculty supervision. Permission of faculty supervisor and department chair. Student must be in good academic standing.
Students who complete the BS degree in Civil Engineering will have:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Civil Engineering Faculty
Camilla M. Saviz, Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, 1999, BSME, Clarkson University, 1987; MSME, 1989; MBA, New York Institute of Technology, 1991; PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2003. Registered Professional Engineer. Water resources engineering, engineering education, sustainability.
Abel A. Fernandez, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Engineering Management, 2000, BS, Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1974; ME, Electric Power Engineering, 1976; MBA, 1976; PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1995. Registered Professional Engineer. Project management, systems engineering, resource management, risk analysis and management, modeling and simulation, optimization.
Luke Lee, Professor of Civil Engineering and Graduate Director, 2008, BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997; MS, University of California, Berkeley, 1998; PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2005; Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and rehabilitation and monitoring of infrastructure systems.
Mary Kay Camarillo, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, 2009, BS, University of Washington, 1996; MS, University of California, Davis, 2004; PhD, 2009; Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, physical and chemical treatment of water and wastewater.
Hector Estrada, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2006, BS, University of Illinois, 1993; MS, 1994; PhD, 1997. Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and engineering mechanics.
Mehdi Khazaeli, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Management, 2014, BS, Industrial Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2005; MS,Product Design and Management, University of Liverpool, 2009; PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State University, 2013. Registered Professional Engineer. Data Analytics, Project Management, New Product Development, Building Information Modeling.
Gary M. Litton, Professor of Civil Engineering, 1993, BS, University of California, Irvine, 1980; MS, 1990; PhD, 1993. Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, water quality and modeling.
Scott M. Merry, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2010, BS, University of Arizona, 1991; MS, Purdue University, 1993; PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1995; Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Geotechnical Engineer. Geotechnical engineering, levees and slope stability, engineering management.