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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve 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, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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.

CE 113Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering2
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I3
CE 207Mechanics of Materials II2
CE 336Water Resources Engineering4
CE 337Hydraulics Laboratory1
CE 381Geotechnical Engineering4
CE 434Groundwater Hydraulics and Hydrology4
ENVE 111Introduction to the Environmental Engineering Profession1
ENVE 264Environmental Fluid Mechanics4
ENVE 304Process Thermodynamics3
ENVE 309Noise and Vibration Control3
ENVE 325Air Quality Engineering4
ENVE 331Introduction to Environmental Engineering4
ENVE 411Air Pollution Control3
ENVE 421Mass Transfer Operations4
ENVE 426Air Quality Measurements3
ENVE 434Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements4
ENVE 436Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Management4
ENVE 438Water and Wastewater Treatment Design3
ENVE 450Industrial Pollution Prevention4
ENVE 455Environmental Health and Safety4
ENVE 466
ENVE 467
Senior Project Design Laboratory I
and Senior Project Design Laboratory II
Technical Electives 112
Select from the technical electives list below
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3 & B4) 24
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CHEM 126General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III4
CHEM 312Survey of Organic Chemistry (trans equiv CHEM 212)5
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 24
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 24
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 24
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 24
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
MCRO 221Microbiology (B2) 24
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
ME 211Engineering Statics3
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Add'l Area B) 24
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 24
(See GE program requirements below.)40
Free Electives0
Total units190

To be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.


Required in Support; also satisfies GE

Technical Electives

Technical Electives may be chosen from all non-required 300-500 level CE/ENVE courses with the following exceptions: senior project, co-op, graduate seminar, comprehensive exam, and thesis; and ENVE 324, ENVE 330, ENVE 570, ENVE 571.

Technical Electives cannot be used to satisfy other major, support, or general education requirements. No double counting is allowed.

No more than 4 units in total from CE 400/ENVE 400, CE 500/ENVE 500, ENVE 405, ENVE 407, and ENVE 471 combined can be counted towards technical electives.
No more than 4 units of coursework other than CE/ENVE may be used to satisfy the ENVE Engineering technical elective degree requirement.
Air Quality and Climate
Global and Regional Climatology
Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Fundamentals of HVAC Systems
Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
Appropriate Technology
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Principles of Conservation Biology
Biochemical Engineering
Public Health Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
World Aquaculture: Applications, Methodologies and Trends
Marine Ecology
Soil Ecology
Computer Applications and Computations
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Design and Analysis of Experiments I
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Chemical Safety
Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry
Economics of Energy and Resources
Heat Transfer
Fundamentals of HVAC Systems
Energy Conversion
Physics of Energy
Hydrology and Soils
Water Wells and Pumps
Economics of Land and Water
Environmental Soil Physics
Soil Vadose Zone and Groundwater Processes
Law and Policy
Construction Law
Environmental Planning Methods
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Environmental Economics
Engineering Economics
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management

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.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 10
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
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 Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (PHIL 340 or NR 360 recommended)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
Total units40

Required in Support; also satisfies GE