Civil Engineering, B.S.


Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Civil Engineering Major

1. Major requirements (70 units)and additional requirements (25 units)
Major requirements (70 units)
CE 1, CE 2, CE 20, CE 80, CE 121, CE 121L, CE 123, CE 123L, CE 124, CE 128, CE 129, CE 130, CE 132, CE 150, CE 150L, CE 161, CE 170, CE 176, CE 176L, CE 180A, CE 180B, CE 185 (47 units)
GME 15, GME 15L, GME 66 (5 units)
ME 112 (3 units)

Technical Area Courses (15 units)
Select 3 units from: CE 125 or CE 133

Select 9 units of technical area courses from the following (see areas
below): CE 127, CE 134, CE 136, CE 151, CE 153, CE 154, CE 155, CE 156, CE 157, CE 172, CE 173, CE 174, CE 177, CE 178

Select 3 units from any remaining Technical Area Courses:
• Environmental and Water Resources: CE 171, CE 172, CE 173, CE 174, CE 177, CE 178
• General Professional: CE 190, CE 191T
• Geotechnical: CE 125, CE 134, EES 114
• Structures: CE 131, CE 133, CE 136, CE 137
• Geomatics: GME 151, GME 173
• Transportation: CE 151, CE 152, CE 153, CE 154, CE 155, CE 156, CE 157

Additional requirements (33 units)CHEM 3A, EES 1, MATH 75, MATH 76,
MATH 77, MATH 81 or ENGR 101, PHIL 1 or PHIL 10, PHYS 4A, PHYS 4AL, PHYS 4B

2. General Education requirements (48 units)* 
Select on course from each of the G.E. areas: Area A1, A2, B2, D1, D2, F. (See G.E. listings). The following courses are required to satisfy both G.E. and major requirements: MATH 75 [B4], CHEM 3A [B1], PHIL 1 or 10 [C2], CE 121 [IB], CE 161 [ID].
Note: Engineering majors are exempt from G.E. Area A3, Areas C1 and C3, Area E, Area IC, and Area ID.

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Civil Engineering majors are exempt from the MI requirement.  

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies) (See Degree Requirements.)

5. Total (124 units)

Advising Notes

  1. Courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or engineering taken CR/NC
    are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements in civil engineering.
  2. The Upper-Division Writing Skills requirement shall can be met completing ENGR 105WE with a letter grade of C or better.
  3. Students must consult with their academic advisor at least once each year.
  4. The 15 units of Technical Area Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  5. The following courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better: MATH 75, 76, 77, 81 or ENGR 101, PHYS 4A & 4B, CHEM 3A, CE 20, CE 121.
  6. Students must obtain department approval prior to taking upper division
    major courses at another institution.


For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the Civil Engineering faculty pages and the Geomatics faculty pages. The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.


B.S. in Civil Engineering

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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Sustainable design exhibit

Civil Engineering includes the research, development, planning, design, construction, and maintenance associated with urban development, water supply, structures, energy generation and transmission, water treatment and disposal, and transportation systems.

Civil engineers deal with the analysis, design, construction, function and safety of complex structures and systems including buildings, bridges, dams, pipelines, highways, and harbors, and is concerned with the protection of the public against natural hazards of earthquakes, floods, landslides, and fires.

What You Can Earn

Civil Engineer I
$58,133 (in our region)

Civil Engineer III
$82,271 (in our region)

Transportation Engineer
$50,531 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of December 2012

What You Can Do

After graduation, earn a professional license as a civil engineer or land surveyor

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Computer Applications in Civil Engineering
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Construction Soils and Foundation
  • Geotechnical Engineering Design

What You Can Learn

  • Effects of earthquakes on structures
  • Design of steel members and systems for buildings
  • Highway traffic characteristics and highway system traffic analysis
  • Stormwater management and drainage system design

About the College

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.

Contact the College

Office of the Dean
2320 E. San Ramon Avenue MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030

(559) 278-2500
FAX: (559) 278-4475
Campus Mail Stop: M/S EE94

Office Location:
Room 124 in the Engineering East Building, on San Ramon east of Jackson Avenue.

Department Contact Information

Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering

2320 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S EE94
Fresno, CA 93740-8030
Engineering East Building, Room 178
559.278.2889 | FAX: 289-7032

Civil Engineering Program Coordinator
559.278.2566 | email
Engineering East Building, Room 178