Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Program

The civil engineering department offers a civil engineering program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The civil engineering program has three options: general civil, environmental, and geospatial engineering.

The civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria, and the Program Criteria for Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

The geospatial engineering option in the civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria, the Program Criteria for Civil and Similarly Named Engineering Programs, and the Program Criteria for Surveying and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Civil engineering graduates are expected to attain the following program educational objectives within a period of 3-5 years after graduation.
Our graduates will be professionals who: 

  • Develop a career as an engineer, surveyor, and/or manager in the civil engineering, construction, or engineering related fields. 
  • Maintain and promote professional competency, via professional licensure and life-long learning through continuing education, graduate studies, and participation in professional societies.
  • Practice the profession of engineering, taking into consideration the ethical, political, economical, legal, environmental, and societal impacts of their decisions.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes are based on the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) ABET (1) through (7) outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors; 
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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Civil Engineering Program Curriculum and Options

The current Civil Engineering Program curriculum requires complete of 126 semester units in the broad areas of math & science, engineering analysis, engineering design, and general education.

The Civil Engineering program prepares students to ultimately become licensed civil engineers.

The general civil engineering option includes coursework in a wide range of civil engineering fields and is thus the best choice for students who desire a broad civil engineering education. This option also includes technical electives, which provide the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of certain aspects of civil engineering. Students may take a range of technical elective courses, or they may focus all three technical electives in a certain aspect of civil engineering, such as structural, transportation, or geotechnical engineering.

The environmental engineering option includes a range of civil engineering coursework, with an emphasis on air and water quality, biology, and water supply systems. This option is particularly appealing to students who are interested in developing remediation strategies for contaminated sites, designing and managing drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems, and reducing waste streams and energy use. Environmental engineering is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the fastest growing fields in engineering.

The geospatial engineering option includes a range of civil engineering coursework, with an emphasis on surveying, remote sensing, photogrammetry, geographical information systems, and global positioning systems. This option prepares students to ultimately become licensed civil engineers and licensed land surveyors, and thus is especially attractive for those who intend to become land development engineers.

Specific curricular requirements can be found on the curricula webpage.

Applying for Admission

Applicants to the program should select the appropriate option when submitting their application through CSU Apply. Current students may declare or change their option by submitting a general academic petition.

Reasons to Choose Cal Poly Pomona

  • High rankings
  • Practical learn-by doing philosophy of education
  • Small class sizes
  • All classes taught by professors
  • Fully accredited
  • Largest undergraduate civil engineering program in the country
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Beautiful campus
  • Modern facilities
  • Suburban location provides many internship opportunities
  • Graduates are in demand