Curriculum

Our four-year curriculum leads to an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering. Your education will provide you with a strong fundamental background in engineering science, design, and practice. For complete information on CEE's learning goals, how our core courses support those goals, how we assess student learning, and our goals for CEE students after they graduate, see CEE's Response to the Campus Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative.

Sample Four Year Degree Plan   

  • 2014-present: Degree Plan for students admitted in 2014 and after
  • 2013-2014: Degree Plan for students admitted in 2013-14.

    (Note: Undergraduate students wishing to enroll in a graduate level course must satisfy departmental academic standards for graduate students in the graduate program with the desired course.)

Courses

Course Planning Tools

Areas of Emphasis (optional)

As an undergraduate student in CEE, you can pursue a general education in Civil Engineering.  Or, you may pursue an area of emphasis in your studies. You may choose to focus your studies in one or two of the areas listed below by selecting recommended options for that area's elective core courses, technical electives, and capstone design course. Note: Undergraduate students wishing to enroll in a graduate level course must satisfy departmental academic standards for graduate students in the graduate program with the desired course.

If you prefer to pursue a broad program of study, you can select technical electives from many or all of the areas listed below.

Engineering and Project Management

Elective Core: CE 120, CE 167
Design Elective: CE 180
Technical Electives: CE 165, CE 166, CE 171, CE 173, CE 176, CE 191, CE 193
Suggested non-technical electives: UGBA 101A, 101B, 103, 106, 107

Environmental Engineering

Elective Core: CE 103, CE 111
Design Elective: CE 105, CE 112
Technical Electives: CE 101, CE C106, CE 107, CE 108, CE 113N, CE 114, CE 115, CE C116, CE 173, CE 176; ME 109, 146; MSE 112; NE 124.
Suggested non-technical electives: Biology 1B; Energy and Resources 100; Integrative Biology 153

GeoSystems (Geoengineering)

Elective Core: CE 111, CE 120, CE 175
Design Elective: CE 177
Technical Electives: CE 103, CE 115, CE 121, CE 122N, CE 123N, CE 124, CE 167, CE 171, CE 172, CE 173, CE 176, CE C178

Structural Engineering

Elective Core: CE 120, CE 167, CE 175
Design Elective: CE 122N and CE 122L or CE 123N and CE 123L
Technical Electives: CE 121, CE 124, CE C133, CE 140, CE 165, CE 177, CE 193
Note: CE 121 is required for admission for graduate study in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials.

Transportation Engineering

Elective Core: CE 155, CE 191
Design Elective: CE 153
Technical Electives: CE 108, CE 156, CE 167, CE 177, CE C250N, CE 251, CE 259, CE 260; E 117; IE 153
Suggested non-technical electives: City and Regional Planning 110; Economics 101A, C125, 155; Energy and Resources 100; Geography C188; Public Policy 101

Independent Research Coursework

You can apply to participate in undergraduate research while attending UC Berkeley. You can enroll in three Civil and Environmental Engineering research courses and receive course credit while conducting research under faculty supervision.

Research Courses

  • CE 99 (freshmen and sophomores), graded pass/no pass.
  • CE 199 (junior and seniors), graded pass/no pass.
  • CE H194 (junior and seniors), letter graded, must have 3.3 upper division GPA. The title page of your project containing the signature of the supervising faculty adviser is due at the end of the semester.

Course Description and Enrollment Procedure

CE 99: Supervised Independent Study (freshman and sophomore)

Course may be repeated for credit and has variable units (1-4). Must be taken on a pass/not pass basis. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore standing and consent of instructor. Supervised independent study for lower division students.
Download CE 99 form

CE 199: Supervised Independent Study (junior and senior)

CE 199 has variable units (1-4) and may be repeated for credit. Course is taken on a pass/not pass basis only and does not count towards meeting the BS degree requirements. You must have completed at least 60 units of undergraduate work and be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or above) to register for this course.
Download CE 199 form

For CE 99/199, Pass/No Pass research

  1. Pick up an application from the outside the Academic Affairs Office (750 Davis Hall) or on-line.
  2. Fill out the upper part of the application. Write clearly and include e-mail address.
  3. Have the faculty sponsor you plan to do research with fill out and sign the lower part of the application.
  4. Bring the completed application to 750 Davis Hall to obtain the course control number.

CE H194: Honors Undergraduate Research

Students may use this course to fulfill 3 units of the 15-unit upper division engineering electives requirement for the BSCE degree.

To participate in CE H194 you must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in your upper division technical course work and the consent of the instructor. The course is taken for a letter grade, and may be taken twice, but can be used only once towards degree requirements. A final report is required.

  1. Pick up an application from outside the Academic Affairs Office, 750 Davis Hall, or on-line.
  2. Fill out the upper part of the application.  Write clearly and include e-mail address.
  3. Have the faculty sponsor you plan to do research with fill out and sign the lower part of the application.
  4. Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the application to verify your 3.3 upper division GPA.
  5. Bring the completed application to 750 Davis Hall to obtain the course control number.
  6. Upon completion of the work, complete a CE H194 Title page and submit it to the CEE Undergraduate Advisor in 750 Davis Hall.