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Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

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Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Program provides students with a broad educational background essential to modern civil engineering practice and research. The program is built around a basic core of mathematics, natural and engineering sciences common to accredited professional engineering programs. It is planned to give a selection of basic engineering-science and design education to enable the graduate to begin a career in any of the various fields of practice in civil engineering or to prepare for graduate study in related engineering majors. It makes possible a systematic and integrated foundation in the principles of structural analysis and design, transportation systems, environmental systems, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, materials, construction engineering management, and information technology. Opportunity to explore a particular area of interest is offered in the wide selection of civil engineering design electives to permit students a sequence of courses related to the area of their choice.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) program provides students with essential technical, managerial, and communication skills required for various CEM positions in the construction industry. It provides a learning environment that incorporates the industry needs while preparing students to successfully perform different CEM responsibilities in construction. The CEM program stresses three major emphases: Design-Build, Facility Management, and Heavy Construction; from which students have the option to select one for their specialty interest. The program is designed to accommodate both freshmen and transferred students, who previously earned credits from other colleges. Graduates of the CEM program usually find various, but not limited to, employment such as project engineers, project managers, project schedulers, cost estimators, facility managers, quality inspectors, or managing their own construction firms.

Advisory and Development Council

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management is supported by two Advisory and Development Councils:

The Civil Engineering Advisory and Development Council

The Advisory Council consists of outstanding engineers and executives from industry and government in Southern California. Its function is to form a liaison between the University and industry and to keep the administration and faculty informed of modern engineering practices. This ensures that the curricula are kept up-to-date. It also advises on placement opportunities before and after graduation.

Construction Engineering Management Advisory and Development Council

The advisory council, composed of leaders actively engaged in areas of construction with which the programs are concerned, continually provides information and guidance about industrial developments in methods, materials and techniques so that the programs reflect the best of current practices. The members examine various aspects of the programs and make recommendations in course content, methods and/or facilities. Present membership in the council is made up of representatives from the different sectors of the construction industry.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Association Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite #1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, phone: 410-347-7710, website: Students enrolling in this program are strongly advised to meet with their undergraduate advisor as early as possible to become familiar with the details of the ABET requirements in math/sciences, humanities and social sciences areas, engineering sciences, and design.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (code CE__BS01) (131 units)


To educate and prepare students to succeed in the civil engineering profession by providing them with essential technical tools and skills which will enable them to perform current and future civil engineering tasks and to promote the need for life long learning.

Educational Objectives

The Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives are to produce graduates, who after entering the civil engineering practice with a knowledge of fundamental civil engineering principles, current technologies and tools, communication skills and practical design experience, will:

  1. Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advanced degrees in civil engineering or other related fields.
  2. Progress to professional registration.
  3. Continue to develop professionally through participation in professional organizations and/or participation in professional development activities in the industry.
  4. Progress to management and/or other leadership positions in their fields.


Minimum of 131 units required.

Lower Division: CE 101; ENGR 101 and 102; BIOL 200 or MICR 200; CHEM 111A; CE 130, 130L, 200, 205, 206; MATH 122, 123, 224; MAE 172; PHYS 151, PHYS 152 (or EE 210 and 210L).

Upper Division: GEOL 370; CE 335, 345, 346, 359, 364, 406, 407, 426, 437, 459, 481, 490; ECON 300; MATH 370A; MAE 330, 371, 373

Six units of technical design electives from: CE 427, 438, 445, 455, 456, 457, 466, 495; two laboratories from: CE 336, 365, 430, 491, MAE 374; three units of technical electives from: CE 428, 429, 435, 446, 458.
A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required courses listed below.

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

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management (code ET__BS01) (130 units)


The Mission of the Construction Engineering Management program is to educate and prepare students to succeed in the construction engineering management profession by providing them with essential technical, managerial and communication skills and tools which will enable them to perform current and future construction engineering management tasks and to promote the need for life-long learning.

Educational Objectives

The Construction Engineering Management program educational objectives are to produce graduates, who after entering the construction engineering management practice with a knowledge of fundamental construction engineering management principles and current technologies, communication skills and practical construction experience, will:

  1. Provide substantial contributions to the construction industry.
  2. Pursue life-long learning through continuing education and/or advanced degrees in construction engineering management or other related fields.
  3. Continue to develop professionally through participation in professional organizations and/or participation in professional development activities in the industry.
  4. Progress towards professional certifications.


Lower Division: CE 101, 130, 130L; ENGR 101, 102; MATH 122; PHYS 100 A and B; CEM 121, 125; CEM 201 or ACCT 201; CEM 202, 204, 205, 225, 200, 200L.

Upper Division: CEM 300L, 304, 310, 315, 320, 324, 335, 335L, 345, 365, 375, 404, 421, 425, 426, 427, 429, 431, 438, 485, 490; CE 406; ECON 300; MGMT 300.

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

Physics 100A and B, MATH 122, CEM 121, 125, 200, 201, 202, 204, 205, 225, 300L, 304, 315, 310, 324, 335, 335L, 365, 373, 374, 375, 421, 425, 426, 427, 429, 431, 432, 433, 476, 490, CE 406, MGMT 300.

Upper Division Elective Courses:

Plus six units of approved electives selected in consultation with an advisor from:

  1. Design-build Emphasis: CEM 373, 374, 409, 423, 443
  2. Facility Management Emphasis: CEM 409, 432, 433, 434, 436
  3. Heavy Construction Emphasis: CEM 409, 423, 476, 486.

Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork experience is required for the BS in Construction Engineering Management, consisting of no less than three months full-time (or equivalent part-time) of employment in an approved industry or governmental agency. The student must hold a position equivalent to a technician or higher which affords the opportunity to exercise responsibility usually given to those who have completed two years of college. The fieldwork must be completed prior to graduation, be certified and approved by the faculty of the Department.

Waste Engineering and Management Certificate (code CE__CT01)

The 24-unit Certificate Program in Waste Management is designed to provide the interested student or qualified practitioner with the very latest in education and training in the field of management of waste as well as related resource and energy recovery.

The program is conducted in cooperation with local engineering consulting firms and government agencies and could accommodate an internship of three units through directed study (CE 697).

The 24-unit certificate program may be taken (1) by a graduate as a matriculated student, (2) admitted to a CSULB graduate degree program, or admitted as an unclassified graduate student.

Regardless of how the program is taken, a grade of "C" or better must be obtained in all courses applied to the certificate, with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0. Courses taken on Credit/No Credit or Audit basis will not apply to the certificate. Graduate students taking courses in this program are reminded that grades received will be included in calculations of the M.S. requirement.


  1. Completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related scientific discipline, with appropriate prerequisites to be met.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 24 units which must include 15 units selected from C E 543; Public Policy and Administration 590 (Waste Management and Policy Regulation); a minimum of nine units (electives) selected from the following: C E 504, 562, 563, 564, 566, 567; CH E 555, and 585.. At least one course should normally be from non-Civil Engineering offerings.
  3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  4. Filing of a program application card with Admissions and Records, and filing for the Certificate at least one semester prior to completion.

Facilities Operations Certificate (code ET__CT01)

Advisor - Tesfai Goitom (Civil Engineering)

Department Office - VEC 301
Telephone - (562) 985-8020

The Certificate Program in Facilities Operations is designed to qualify the graduate to serve in plant engineering, industrial construction coordination, facilities development and design, plant layout, and facilities project management. Examples of the myriad positions available to the graduate of this program include facilities planner, construction supervisor, facilities or plant supervisor, facilities project analyst, and facilities designer analyst.

This program provides the Facilities Operations graduate with a depth of technical knowledge in facilities operations-oriented technical courses, as well as the knowledge of behavioral sciences essential for managing technical functions.


  • 1. The Certificate in Facilities Operations may be earned concurrently with or subsequent to the baccalaureate degree.
  • 2. This program is open to all majors who have fulfilled the prerequisites as stated below.
  • 3. The program requires a total of 25 units as specified below.
    • A. The completion of supporting technical courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.
    • B. 25 units are required from the following courses: CEM 410 or ET 410, CEM 121, 320, 374, 409, 431, 432, 433, 434, 436.
  • 4. Any deviation from this program requires the written permission of the program advisor.