Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering | CPP College of Engineering

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

February 2021

Dr. Ghada Gad was awarded the contract for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-06/25-03, “Managing Enhanced Risk in the Mega Project Era.” CPP is the lead on the project, and is partnering with the University of Florida and Nossaman LLP. The research  project comes at a time when “mega projects” dominate the U.S. highway design, construction, and maintenance landscape, and an evaluation of such projects needs to be undertaken to identify the risks involved and how best to manage and allocate those risks at the outset of a project. The project objective is to produce a digest that provides guidance on contractual provisions designed to reduce or avoid claims and disputes. The research will provide a summary of pertinent risk-allocation and risk-management provisions from mega project contracts, from which practices can be identified that support the evaluation of risks associated with similar-sized mega projects. The research will address the legal considerations for allocating responsibilities most effectively between the contracting parties on mega-projects; and the kind of provisions in the contract that would be most effective in meeting the legal needs of the public agency, including the delivery method (e.g., design-bid-build, design-build, construction management at risk, public-private partnership); insurance and bonding requirements; limitation of damages provisions; warranties requirements; and other contractual provisions allocating risks associated with hazardous materials management,  utilities, environmental approval, right-of-way acquisition, toll revenue loss, among others.


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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).