Cal Poly Pomona has one of the premier civil engineering programs in the country. Our "learn-by-doing" philosophy of education combines traditional lectures with extensive laboratory experience, design projects, field trips, and other activities designed to prepare students for successful careers as civil engineers.
We have three programs: The undergraduate bachelor of science in civil engineering (BSCE) program is for students who are beginning their studies of civil engineering. The undergraduate bachelor of science in construction engineering technology (BSCET) program is for students who are beginning their studies of construction engineering technology. The graduate-level master of science in civil engineering (MSCE) program is for students who already have a BSCE or similar degree and wish to pursue more in-depth studies.
Cal Poly Pomona is ranked very high national and regional rankings. In addition, local employers have strong desires to hire our graduates. Civil engineering is especially well-regarded, and is the largest major on campus.
Cal Poly Pomona has the largest undergraduate civil engineering program in the country, and civil engineering is the largest major on campus. Students learn the principles of civil engineering, and then learn how to apply these principles to real-world design problems.
The BSCET program currently has more than 300 students. Students learn the principles of construction engineering technology, and then learn how to apply these principles to real-world construction problems.
Even though the programs have a large number of students, the class sizes are still small. Most lectures have 25 to 38 students, and laboratory courses typically have 15 to 24 students. We keep these small class sizes by offering multiple sections of each course every year. All lecture and laboratory courses are taught by full-time or part-time faculty, and these faculty are accessible during regular office hours.
The programs are designed primarily for full-time day students, so most of the classes are offered during daytime hours. Some classes are offered in the evenings, but students cannot complete the program by taking only evening classes.
First Time Freshmen
High school students planning to major in civil engineering and construction engineering technology should take mathematics every year. Courses in chemistry, physics, and English composition also are helpful. All freshman applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores, regardless of their high school GPA.
The number of qualified applicants for our BSCE program exceeds our resources, so our admission requirements are higher than the basic university requirements. In addition to satisfying the Cal Poly Pomona admission requirements, civil engineering applicants will be screened based on their SAT or ACT Math score, and their eligibility index (EI). Cut scores will be set based on the applicant pool and the number of available seats.
Our BSCET program currently follows Cal Poly Pomona admission requirements.
First time freshmen typically enter the program only during Fall Quarter. The application period is during the months of October and November of the previous year.
About half of students in each graduating class entered the department as a transfer student from another college or university, mostly from one of the California Community Colleges. Some transfer students come from other four-year institutions. We welcome transfer students, and provide special sections of certain courses to help them progress more easily through the curriculum.
Beginning one's studies at a community college, then transferring to Cal Poly Pomona, can be an excellent path to obtaining a civil engineering or construction engineering technology degree. Fees and expenses at community colleges are lower, and they typically provide an excellent education. However, it is important to take the correct courses in order to make good progress toward completing the civil engineering degree requirements in a timely fashion. All entering transfer students must have completed at least the following:
- A minimum of 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of transferable coursework
- Certain courses and other requirements as outlined in the transfer admission requirements
- At least one calculus course (transferable to our MAT 114), preferably more for BSCE .
- Completion of the Area A general education requirements
The following coursework is helpful for BSCE, but not required:
- Completion of the entire math sequence (transferable to our MAT 114, 115, 116, 214, and 224)
- At least one calculus-based physics course (transferable to our PHY 131)
- A computer-aided drafting (CAD) course (AutoCAD or similar)
- A computer proficiency course (Microsoft office, computer programming, or similar)
- An elementary surveying course (transferable to our CE 134)
- A statics course (transferable to our ME 214)
The assist.org web site is an excellent resource for checking course equivalencies.
There is no need to complete an AA or AS degree.
Transfer students who complete the CSU Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP) requirements for civil engineering or construction engineering technology, along with the transfer admission requirements are normally given first priority in admissions to the BSCE or BSCET program.
Transfer students are typically admitted every quarter. The application deadlines are posted on the Cal Poly Pomona Admissions web site.
Applying for Admission
The best way to apply for admission is online at the CSU Mentor web site. Additional information also is available from the Cal Poly Pomona future students web site.
Policies and Procedures for Change of Major to BSCE or BSCET
Current Cal Poly Pomona students may request a change of major to the BS Civil Engineering or Construction Engineering Technology program. The process for doing so is described in the Major Change Polices and Procedures document.
Our MSCE program is designed for both part-time and full-time students. All classes are scheduled in the late afternoon or evening in order to accommodate working professionals. This program currently offers emphases in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and environmental engineering and water resources (EWR).
Applying for Admission
Graduate students are typically admitted for Fall quarter only. Application deadlines and procedures are shown on the Admissions web site. For your information, here is the Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Graduate Admissions of our MSCE program.