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Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed. Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Civil Engineering major is 152 (77 units in lower division and 75 units in upper division).

Lower Division Required Courses

Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C and choice of Physics 9D, Chemistry 2C, Biological Science 2A or Geology 50-50L 19
Chemistry 2A-2B or 2AH-2BH 10
Civil and Environmental Engineering 3 4
(Civil and Environmental Engineering 3 is designed for lower division students and is not open to upper-division students. Students who do not take this course will substitute four units of additional upper-division Civil and Environmental Engineering coursework.)
One course from: Civil and Environmental Engineering 19, Engineering 6, or Computer Science Engineering 30 4
Engineering 35, 45 or 45Y 8
Civil and Environmental Engineering 16 2
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, 1V, or 1Y, or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 4
Communication 1 or 3 4

Upper Division Requirements:

Environmental Engineering. This area focuses on understanding and management of physical, chemical, and biological processes in natural and engineered systems. Areas of emphasis include improvement of air, land, and water quality in the face of increasing population, expanding industrialization, and global climate change. Examples of environmental engineering include innovative analysis and design of air, water, wastewater, and solid waste treatment systems; mathematical modeling of natural and engineered systems; life cycle analysis; sampling, analysis, transport and transformation of natural and anthropogenic pollutants; and modeling of air pollutant emissions.
Suggested Advisers. C.E. Bronner, C. D. Cappa, J.L. Darby, A. Kendall, M.J. Kleeman, F. J. Loge, J.R. Lund, M.P. Modera, D.A. Niemeier, S.G. Schladow, T.M. Young
Geotechnical Engineering. This area deals with civil infrastructure and environmental problems that require quantifying the behavior of geologic materials (such as soils and rocks). Examples of geotechnical engineering problems include foundations for buildings and bridges, earthwork (such as dams, tunnels, highways), earthquake hazards (such as ground motions, liquefaction, soil-structure interaction), and geo-environmental problems (ground water flow, subsurface contaminant transport and remediation).
Suggested Advisers. R.W. Boulanger, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. DeJong, J.T. Harvey, B. Jeremic, B.L. Kutter, P.C. Lucia
Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics. Structural Engineering addresses the conception, sustainable design, analysis, construction, and life-cycle modeling of all types of civil infrastructure, including buildings, bridges, dams, ports, highways, and industrial facilities subject to sources of loadings ranging from gravity, to earthquakes, to extreme environmental events. Structural Mechanics encompasses the theory of solid structures, and the associated methods of analysis and computation used in the practice of Structural Engineering. For both disciplines, materials of particular interest include steel, reinforced concrete, timber, advanced composites and particulate media.
Suggested Advisers. J.E. Bolander, Y.K. Chai, L. Cheng, Y.F. Dafalias, J.T. Harvey, A.M. Kanvinde, S.K. Kunnath, B.H. Maroney, S.A. Miller, M.M. Rashid, N. Sukumar
Transportation Planning and Engineering. This area deals with the movement of people and goods in a manner consistent with society's environmental and socio-economic goals. Transportation engineering applies engineering, physical and mathematical sciences, economics, and behavioral social science principles to plan, analyze, design, and operate resilient and sustainable transportation systems, such as highways, transit, airfields and ports. Transportation planning involves the formulation and analysis of transportation policy, program, and project alternatives in consideration of societal goals, budgetary constraints, socio-economic (such as safety, equity and mobility) and environmental objectives (such as air and water quality, climate change, and clean energy), and technological feasibilities (such as vehicle, infrastructure, and information technologies).
Suggested Advisers. Y. Fan, J.T. Harvey, M.A. Jaller, A. Kendall, M.P. Modera, D.A. Niemeier, D. Sperling, H.M. Zhang
Water Resources Engineering. This area includes hydrology, hydraulics, fluid mechanics, and water resources systems planning and design. Hydrology deals with quantifying and understanding all aspects of the hydrologic cycle, including the relationships between precipitation, runoff, groundwater, and surface water. Water quality and contaminant transport issues are linked to hydrologic conditions. Hydraulics and fluid mechanics deal with flows in pipes, open-channel water-distribution systems, and natural systems, such as lakes and estuaries. Water resources systems planning and design deals with the comprehensive development of water resources to meet the multiple needs of industry, agriculture, municipalities, recreation, and other activities.

Suggested Advisers. F.A. Bombardelli, J.L. Darby, A.L. Forrest, J.D. Herman M.L. Kavvas, J.R. Lund, S.G. Schladow, B.A. Younis

Additional information on areas of specialization and potential faculty advisers can be obtained from the departmental website.

Civil Engineering

Upper Division Required Courses

Engineering 103, 104, 104L, 106 12
Engineering 102 or 105 4
Civil and Environmental Engineering 114, 190 6
One course from Civil and Environmental Engineering 115, 153; Mathematics 118A; or Statistics 108 4
Civil & Environmental Engineering Breadth – Select one course from four of the following group options: 14-17
Environment: Civil and Environmental Engineering 140 or 148A or 149
Geotechnical: Both Civil and Environmental Engineering 171 and 171 Lab
Structures: Civil and Environmental Engineering 130
Transportation: Civil and Environmental Engineering 161 or 163 or 165
Water Resources: Both Civil and Environmental Engineering 141 and 141 Lab
Civil & Environmental Engineering Depth – Select two courses from two of the following group options: 15-16
Environment: Civil and Environmental Engineering 140, 148B, 150
Geotechnical: Civil and Environmental Engineering 173, 175, 179
Structures: Civil and Environmental Engineering 131, 132, 135, 136
Transportation: Civil and Environmental Engineering 161, 162, 179
Water Resources: Civil and Environmental Engineering 142, 144, 145, 146
Senior Design Requirement: Must complete at least two of the following courses as part of the Civil & Environmental Engineering depth and elective: Civil & Environmental Engineering 127, 136, 145, 148B, 150, 162, or 173
Civil & Environmental Engineering electives 20
Civil & Environmental Engineering electives may include any upper division, letter-graded Civil & Environmental Engineering course not already used towards another degree requirement, Engineering 102 or 105, and may include, but not exceed, a combination of six units from Civil & Environmental Engineering 198 and 199.**
Upper Division Composition Requirement 0-4
One course from the following (grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 101, 102E, 102G, 104A, 104E, 104T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam.
* No unit of coursework may be used to satisfy two different degree requirements, i.e. although a course may be listed in more than one category, that course may only satisfy one requirement.
** A maximum of 4 units of upper-division courses outside of Civil & Environmental Engineering may be considered on a petition basis. Please consult with the undergraduate staff adviser.

Construction Engineering and Management Minor

To declare this minor program offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students must complete ENG 104 with a C- or better and submit a short personal statement focusing on academic and career goals, including relevant internships/experience. The online Minor Declaration form is available via the Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS) at https://students.ucdavis.edu/. Minimum overall UC GPA at time of declaration: 2.500.

All prerequisites must have been taken for a letter grade; no grade lower than a C- will be accepted in any prerequisite course.

Successful completion and transcript notation of the minor requires both a minimum overall UC GPA of 2.000 and a minimum 2.000 GPA for the coursework completed for the minor, with no grade lower than a C- for any course used for the minor.

Minor Requirements:

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment in coursework taken for minor.
Construction Engineering and Management
Civil and Environmental Engineering 137, 143, 153 12
Twelve units from: Civil and Environmental Engineering 179, Agricultural and Resource Economics 112, 155, 157, 171A, 171B, Economics 134, 162; Environmental Science and Policy 161; may include one course from Agricultural and Resource Economics 18, Management 11A 12
Minor advisers. J.L. Darby, J.T. Harvey, J.R. Lund

Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements with an overall GPA in minor requirement courses of 2.000 or better.
Sustainability in the Built Environment
Civil and Environmental Engineering 123, 143 8
Twelve units from: Civil and Environmental Engineering 125, 126, 127, 128, 148A, 149, 155, 162, 165, Engineering 188, Anthropology 101 (same as Environmental Science & Policy 101), 104N, Agricultural and Resource Economics 175, 176, Atmospheric Science 116, Community and Regional Development 142, 154, 172, Environmental Science and Policy 161, 162, 171, Environmental Toxicology 101, 102A, Geology 130, 134, Landscape Architecture 3, 180*, Plant Sciences 101, 141, 150, 162 12
* Due to variability in series course offering, consent of minor adviser is required.
Minor advisers. F.J. Loge, A. Kendall

The Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D.; Designated Ph.D. emphasis available in Biotechnology

With over thirty faculty members, over $20 million in annual research expenditures and over 200 graduate students, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering integrates research, education and professional service in areas related to civil infrastructure and the environment. Graduate students benefit from close working relationships with professors who are the leading international experts in their field. They are supported in their study and research by robust funding, and they have access to state-of-the-art research centers. For example, the Center for Geotechnical Modeling, http://cgm.engr.ucdavis.edu, has the largest centrifuge of its kind in the nation and gives researchers access to their peers at other unique centers via high-speed networks. Since 1960, researchers at the J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL) have served the state of California by solving ecological, biological, environmental and hydraulic engineering problems. Students may also have the opportunity to work in one of the many modern environmental engineering labs or the structural testing facilities in the department. Our graduates go on to serve the profession and academia by advancing the leading edge of fundamental knowledge, as well as engineering practice.

Generous financial support is available in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships and financial aid. About 75% of the graduate students in our program are either fully or partially supported.

Research Highlights:

  • Alternative fuel transportation infrastructure
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental planning and management
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Hydraulics and fluid mechanics
  • Hydrology
  • Structural engineering
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Structural mechanics
  • Systems planning and design
  • Transportation engineering
  • Transportation planning and design
  • Water resources engineering

Research Facilities and Partnerships:

  • Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center
  • Center for Geotechnical Modeling
  • Center for Watershed Sciences
  • Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Institute of Transportation Studies
  • J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL)
  • John Muir Institute of the Environment
  • Nano-Engineering and Smart Structures Technologies
  • Tahoe Environmental Research Center
  • Western Cooling Efficiency Center

Complete Information on our website.

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Updated: November 21, 2017 12:17 PM