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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 factor.
  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.

CE 113Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering2
Select one of the following two options: 15
Mechanics of Materials I
and Mechanics of Materials II
Mechanics of Materials
CE 251Programming Applications in Engineering2
CE 336Water Resources Engineering4
CE 337Hydraulics Laboratory1
CE 381Geotechnical Engineering4
CE 434Groundwater Hydraulics and Hydrology4
or CE 433 Open Channel Hydraulics
or CE 435 Engineering Hydrology
or CE 440 Hydraulic Systems Engineering
CE 465Civil Engineering Professional Practice1
ENVE 111Introduction to the Environmental Engineering Profession1
ENVE 264Environmental Fluid Mechanics4
ENVE 304Process Thermodynamics3
ENVE 309Noise and Vibration Control3
ENVE 325Air Quality Engineering4
ENVE 331Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering4
ENVE 421Mass Transfer Operations4
ENVE 426Air Quality Measurements3
ENVE 434Water Chemistry and Water Quality Measurements4
ENVE 438Water and Wastewater Treatment Design3
ENVE 450Industrial Pollution Prevention4
ENVE 466
ENVE 467
Senior Project Design Laboratory I
and Senior Project Design Laboratory II
Select from the following:12
Air Pollution Control
Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management
Sustainable Solid Waste Engineering
Bioremediation Engineering
Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Engineering of Energy
Technical Electives 2, 310
Select from the below Technical Electives list
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1 & B3) 44
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CHEM 126General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering III4
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications 55
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 44
MATH 142Calculus II (B4) 44
MATH 143Calculus III (Area B Electives) 44
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
MCRO 221Microbiology (B2) 44-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
ME 211Engineering Statics3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Area B Electives) 44
PHYS 142General Physics II4
PHYS 143General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (Upper-Division B) 44
(See GE program requirements below.)44
Free Electives0
Total units190-191

Technical Electives

Technical Electives may be chosen from any 300-500 level CE/ENVE courses not taken to satisfy other curriculum requirements, with the following exceptions: senior project, co-op, graduate seminar, comprehensive exam, and thesis; and ENVE 324, ENVE 323, ENVE 570, ENVE 571.

Technical Electives cannot be used to satisfy other Major or Support 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 Technical Electives degree requirement.
Air Quality and Climate
Global and Regional Climatology
Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
Appropriate Technology
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Principles of Conservation Biology
Biochemical Engineering
Public Health Microbiology
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
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution
Physics of Energy
Hydrology and Soils
Water Wells and Pumps
Law and Policy
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Engineering Economics
Financial Decision Making for Engineers

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 Science (4 units in Support) 10
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, Theater4
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