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Program Learning Outcomes

  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.

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 (C1) 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 (B1 & B3) 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 141Calculus I (B4) 14
MATH 142Calculus II (B4) 14
MATH 143Calculus III (Area B Electives) 14
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Area B Electives) 14
PHYS 142General Physics II4
PHYS 143General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (Upper-Division B) 14
or STAT 321 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
(See GE program requirements below.)44
Free Electives0
Total units196

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 28 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 44 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (8 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area B Electives (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater (4 units in Support) 10
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2.4
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
Area D Elective - Select either a lower-division D2 or upper-division D course.4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area FEthnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
Total units44