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Program Learning Outcomes

  1.  An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to building structures.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a building system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as regulatory, economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function in interdisciplinary teams for the design and construction of buildings.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve structural engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of how the built environment relates to contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and tools necessary for structural engineering practice.
  12. A basic proficiency in construction and constructability issues in buildings.

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
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

All ARCE majors must obtain a grade of C- or better in ARCE courses that are prerequisites for other ARCE courses.

ARCE 106Introduction to Building Systems2
ARCE 211Structures I3
ARCE 212Structures II3
ARCE 223Mechanics of Structural Members3
ARCE 224Mechanics of Structural Members Laboratory1
ARCE 227Structures III2
ARCE 257Structural CAD for Building Design2
ARCE 302Structural Analysis3
ARCE 303Steel Design I3
ARCE 304Timber Design3
ARCE 305Masonry Design2
ARCE 306Matrix Analysis of Structures3
ARCE 352Structural Computing Analysis1
ARCE 353Matrix Structural Computing Analysis1
ARCE 354Numerical Analysis Laboratory1
ARCE 371Structural Systems Laboratory3
ARCE 372Steel Structures Design Laboratory3
ARCE 412Dynamics of Framed Structures3
ARCE 421Soil Mechanics3
ARCE 422Foundation Design3
ARCE 444Reinforced Concrete Design4
ARCE 451Timber and Masonry Structures Design and Constructability Laboratory3
ARCE 452Concrete Structures Design and Constructability Laboratory3
ARCE 476Architectural Engineering Building Systems3
ARCE 483Seismic Analysis and Design3
ME 212Engineering Dynamics3
Senior Project
ARCE 415Interdisciplinary Capstone Project4
ARCH 131
ARCH 132
ARCH 133
Design and Visual Communication 1.1
and Design and Visual Communication 1.2
and Design and Visual Communication 1.3
ARCH 217History of World Architecture: Prehistory - Middle Ages (C3) 14
or ARCH 218 History of World Architecture: Middle Ages - 18th Century
or ARCH 219 History of World Architecture: 18th Century - Present
or ARCE 260 History of Structures
BRAE 237Introduction to Engineering Surveying2
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3/B4) 14
CM 115Fundamentals of Construction Management6
CM 232Evaluation of Cost Alternatives3
or IME 314 Engineering Economics
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2
EE 201Electric Circuit Theory3
GEOL 201Physical Geology3
MATH 141
MATH 142
Calculus I
and Calculus II (B1) 1
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 14
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Add'l Area B) 14
PHYS 132
PHYS 133
General Physics II
and General Physics III
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 14
or STAT 321 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
(See GE program requirements below.)44
Free Electives0
Total units196

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 28 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B6Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 10
Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts (4 units in Support) 10
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
Total units44

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.