Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Engineering Updates for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, classes and most services are remote/virtual. Our department continues to offer services through online and remote methods for the health and safety of our campus. For the latest engineering updates and resources, please visit the this page. Major changes to the operation of the college will be communicated both on this page and via email.

Our department office and all engineering buildings are closed until further notice.

For questions and/or concerns:

  • For department or program questions, contact your program department office directly via email.
  • For general College of Engineering questions, contact

The Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona is a leader in polytechnic education, where hands-on learn-by-doing is the foundation of a broad-based educational experience. The department has the largest undergraduate Civil Engineering program in the United States and produces approximately 15 percent of young civil engineers in California. We offer undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering (BSCE), with options in general civil, environmental, and geospatial engineering, and in Construction Engineering and Management (BSCEM).

We also offer a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with options in construction engineering and management, environmental and water resources, geotechnical, structural, and transportation Engineering.

To meet the challenges of an evolving society, we provide practice-oriented civil engineering education that fosters personal, professional and social responsibility; technical excellence and creativity; and effective communication, teamwork and leadership.

The Civil Engineering Department has many constituencies. These include the following:

  • Our students are the most important constituency. They have entrusted the Civil Engineering Department to help prepare them for a career and are investing their time and money in our programs.
  • Our alumni and alumnae have an interest in the continued excellent reputation of our programs.
  • Employers need a supply of well-prepared entry-level engineers and rely on Cal Poly Pomona as an important source of new employees.
  • The Civil Engineering Department faculty have dedicated a major portion of the professional life to the department and its vision and mission, and have a professional and personal commitment to its continued success.

Department Info Card (PDF) 

Recent News

October 1, 2020

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies announced the 2021 class of Minority Student Fellows on September 30, 2020, in Washington DC.

Edward Clay, a senior student majoring in Civil Engineering – General Option at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is one of the only 25 students who received this national recognition. 

 Edward Clay's photo

Edward has been working as a student research assistant, and his faculty advisors are Dr. Yongping Zhang and Dr. Wen Cheng in the Civil Engineering Department. His research paper titled “Exploration of COVID-19’s Impact on Freeway Traffic Volume Using Distinct Bayesian Hierarchical Temporal Models” has been accepted for presentation at the 100th TRB Annual Meeting in January 2021 in Washington DC. In total, he has authored or co-authored seven peer-reviewed papers (two journal papers under review).

Edward is a first-generation college student, and he plans to pursue a mater’s degree in Transportation Engineering upon his graduation in May 2021.


October 9, 2020

We would like to proudly inform you that Dr. Wen Cheng has been awarded a new research grant, titled "Statewide Traffic Safety Evaluation and Ranking". 

 Prof. Cheng

With the financial support from USDOT/NHTSA, this project aims to rank the traffic safety situation of all counties and incorporated cities in California relying on the statistical modeling and machine learning technics. The project also exposes students to practical problem-solving and thus inspire them to join the engineering workforce upon graduation.

Notice to Students: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

Important: Read the statement from the Office of the CSU Chancellor regarding federal requirements about posting licensure and certification eligibility.


The Civil Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) under the Civil Engineering criteria. The Geospatial Engineering option is accredited by the EAC under both the Civil and Surveying Engineering criteria. The Construction Engineering Technology program (now Construction Engineering and Management) is accredited under the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) under the Construction Engineering criteria. Enrollment and degree data for the last accreditation cycle are in the following.

Civil Engineering Enrollment and Degree Data (pdf).
Geospatial Engineering Enrollment and Degree Data (pdf).
Construction Engineering Technology Enrollment and Degree Data (pdf).