Mar 22, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, B.S.

(120 units)


The mission of the Civil Engineering Program is to prepare students to succeed in the civil engineering profession by providing them with essential technical tools and skills and to promote the need for lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of the civil engineering program are:

  1. Contributors to the solution of complex engineering projects as they apply knowledge of fundamental science and engineering design principles.
  2. Pioneers that continuously implement/seek advanced degrees and/or continuous education.
  3. Professional engineers.
  4. Leaders and managers in the engineering field.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a ‘pre-major’ status (i.e., Pre-Civil Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Civil Engineering must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Civil Engineering major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of “C”  prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower Division Major Requirements:

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written and Oral Communication

Degree Progress

First-Time Engineering freshmen pre-major and transfer students must complete the Engineering Degree Progress Requirements within their first academic year.  At the end of the second full semester, typically Spring, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor from the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) to determine if the student’s performance in the courses merits an additional Semester to complete.  Such students must submit a Degree Progress Extension Petition with the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

First-Time Freshmen:

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved within one calendar year.

Transfer Students:

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved within one calendar year.

All Engineering Majors

All Engineering majors are expected to make satisfactory degree progress by completing attempted units, limiting repeats/withdrawals, satisfying critical benchmark courses in a timely manner, and maintaining minimum 2.0 Overall and Major GPAs. Degree Progress is monitored for all undergraduate students each semester. Petitions to attempt a course for the third time are only considered in extenuating circumstances. Students who are not making satisfactory degree progress as described above will have a hold on their registration and are required to meet with their advisor to develop an academic plan. Failure to satisfy the academic progress requirements will result in the student being disqualified from the major.


A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all of the courses required for the major. A minimum of 120 units is required for the Bachelor’s Degree.

Lower Division:

Upper Division: