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Civil Engineering

2019-20 Civil Engineering UG Degree Programs (CE-BS, BAS, BASH, BSH, Secondary, MINOR)

UG Director: Prof Ronaldo Borja, 277C Y2E2, borja@stanford.edu
Student Services: Jill Filice, 316 Y2E2, jill.filice@stanford.edu
Departmental Chair: Lynn Hildemann, hildemann@stanford.edu

— ABET ACCREDITATION CRITERIA APPLY —

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and sustain the built environment including buildings and bridges, transportation and utility lifeline systems, energy and industrial facilities, and ports and waterways.

Civil engineers work to protect society from natural catastrophes, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as help manage our water and energy resources. As their work is crucial to the day-to-day lives of most people, civil engineers bear an important responsibility to the public.

The civil engineering field is both technical and people-oriented, requiring excellent communication skills and an ability to manage both people and multi-faceted projects. Students in the major learn to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and the primary areas of civil engineering to conduct experiments, design systems to solve engineering problems, and communicate their ideas effectively to the scientific community.

Objectives and Outcomes for Civil Engineering

Objectives:
Graduates of the civil engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have the ability to:

  1. Establish themselves as practicing professionals in civil engineering or a related field
  2. Pursue graduate study in civil engineering or other fields
  3. Work effectively as responsible professionals independently or in teams handling increasingly complex professional and societal expectations

Outcomes:

  • (a) A proficiency in and ability to apply knowledge of engineering, mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, and science including physics and chemistry
  • (b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • (c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • (d) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • (e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • (g) An ability to communicate effectively
  • (h) A broad education with understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • (i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • (j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • (k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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The Curriculum

Find current major requirements for this and all other School of Engineering major programs at Explore Degrees

The undergraduate civil engineering curriculum includes a core to be taken by all declared majors, that provides a broad introduction to the major areas of civil engineering. One of two tracks, selected by the student, is then followed to allow for specialized course work in either Structures and Construction or Environmental and Water Studies. Undergraduates potentially interested in the Environmental and Water Studies specialization of the Civil Engineering major should also consider the Environmental Systems Engineering major as a possible alternative; a comparison of these two alternative majors is presented on the Environmental Systems Engineering page.

For more information on civil engineering, students are encouraged to visit the CEE website, talk to a CEE faculty member, or contact the CEE Student Services Specialist, Jill Filice, in room 316 of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy (Y2E2) Building.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering welcomes student participation in the VPUE Undergraduate Research Programs. Interested students should check the VPUE website and the CEE website for announcements regarding the application procedures. Annual program announcements appear in January with application due dates in February.

Exploring Civil Engineering as a Major

Are you wondering whether a Civil Engineering major is for you? If so, here is some advice on courses accessible early in your undergraduate career that will help you explore your interest in our major. If you end up joining our program, this early start on fulfilling requirements will pay off by giving you more flexibility in class scheduling for your junior and senior years.

1. For an introduction to Civil Engineering, classes required for all of our declared majors that are readily accessible to you are

Class Description Quarter
ENGR 14 Introduction to Solid Mechanics  A,W,S
ENGR 90 (same as CEE 70) Environmental Science & Technology W
CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects A (WIM)

 

2. For electives providing additional exposure to the two tracks within our major(where courses marked with a * can count as part of the major), try

Structures and Construction track:

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 6 Physics of Cities  3 S
CEE 29N Managing Natural Disaster Risk 3 W; Freshman Introsem; not given 2017-18
CEE 31Q Accessing Architecture through Drawing 5 A,S, Introsem
CEE 80N Engineering the Built Environment: Intro to Structural Engineering 3 W; Freshman Introsem
CEE 120* Building Modeling for Design and Construction 3 A, Sum
CEE 125 Defining Smart Cities: Visions of Urbanism for the 21st Century 1-2 A
CEE 131C How Buildings Are Made: Materiality and Construction Methods 4 W
CEE 144 Design and Innovation for the Circular Economy 3 S; counts as PWR2


Environmental and Water Studies Track:

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 1 : Introduction to Environmental Systems Engineering 1 S
CEE 63* eather and Storms 3 A
CEE 64* Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions 3 W
CEE 50N Multidisciplinary Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay 3 S

3. The following Science/Math classes are required for almost all majors within the School of Engineering:

CHEM 31A or CHEM 31M (formerly 31X): Chemical Principles (A)
PHYSICS 41: Mechanics (W) [co-requisite: MATH 21. Calculus] or 5 units of AP Physics C
MATH 51: Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus (A,W,S) or CME 100: Vector Calculus (A,S), [prerequisite: MATH 19+20+21 or 10 units AP Calculus]

4. Additional Science/Math classes required for students majoring in Civil Engineering which can readily be taken early on include:

GEOLSCI 1 (5 units, S): Introduction to Geology (required for both CE tracks)
STATS 101 (or STATS 110 or CME 106): Statistics (A, W, S: required for both CE tracks)

Requirements: Civil Engineering Major

Mathematics and Science (45 Units Minimum)

Course Description Units Quarter

MATH 19/20/21

Calculus (or 10 units AP Calculus) 10 A,W/A,W,S/A,W,S
CME 100/102 Math/Computational Methods for Engineers (or Math 51 & 53) 10 A,W,S
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (or 5 units AP Physics C) 4 W
CHEM 31A or 31M Chemical Principles  4 A
CHEM/PHYS Chemistry and/or Physics proficiency (Note 1) 7-8 A,W,S
GEOLSCI 1 (see Note 2)   Intro to Earth Sciences (can count only one)  5 S
STATS 110 Statistical Methods (or STATS 101 or CEE 203 or CME 106)  3-5 A, S, Sum

Notes:

(1) To achieve proficiency in Chemistry/Physics, students in the Environmental and Water Studies track are required to take CHEM 33 and one additional chemistry or physics course. If CHEM 31A is taken for the Chemical Principles requirement, CHEM 31B must be taken prior to CHEM 33 and it may count as the additional chemistry course. We recommend that students take CHEM 121 (formerly 35) or CHEM 171 if they are going to continue on to graduate school in environmental studies. Students in the Structures and Construction track are required to take PHYSICS 43 or 45 and one additional chemistry or physics course.
(2) Formerly offered as GES 1A/1B/1C and GS 1

Technology in Society (this course required):

CEE 102 Legal and Ethical Principles in Design, Construction, and Project Delivery, 3 units, W

Engineering Fundamentals (2 Courses minimum)

  • ENGR 14 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3 units, A, W, S
  • ENGR 90 Environmental Science and Technology (same as CEE 70) 3 units, W

Engineering Depth

At least 68 units of Fundamental + Depth courses are required by ABET and by the Department.

Required Core Courses (19 units)

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE100*   Managing Sustainable Building Projects 4 A
CEE101A  Mechanics of Materials 4 W
CEE101B  Mechanics of Fluids (including lab) 4 A
CEE101C  Geotechnical Engineering (including lab) 4 A
CEE 146S

Engineering Economics and Sustainability (offered on-line only)

Same as ENGR 60
3 A,S,Sum

*CEE 100 meets the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement.

Specialty Courses:
Students choose a specialty in either (1) Structures and Construction or (2) Environmental and Water Studies; each is described below.

CE with Specialty in Structures and Construction

The structures and construction option provides students with courses in structural analysis and design, construction, building systems, and other courses related to structural engineering and construction management. A specific requirement of an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering major is participation in an  engineering capstone design experience. This is fulfilled by taking CEE183 (and its prerequisites).

Required Specialty Courses (27 units)

Course Description Units Quarter
ENGR 50 or ENGR 50E or ENGR 50M Introduction to Materials Science 4 S/A/W
CEE 120 Building Modeling for Design & Construction 3 A
CEE 156   Building Systems Design 4 W
CEE 180◦ Structural Analysis  4 S
CEE 181   Design of Steel Structures 4 A
CEE 182 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 4 W
CEE 183   Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project (Capstone Design) 4 S

◦ CEE 180 is a prerequisite to or corequisite for CEE 181, CEE 182, and CEE 183.

Specialty Elective Courses (at least 16 additional units from this list)

Course Description Units Quarter
ENGR 15  Dynamics 3  A,S
CME 104*  Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers 5 S

CEE 101D* or

CEE 101S

Computations in CEE

Science and Engineering Problem Solving in MatLab

3

3

A

Sum

CEE 141A Infrastructure Projects Development 3 A
CEE 141B Infrastructure Projects Delivery 3 W
CEE 155 Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE 4 W
CEE 162E Rivers, Streams, and Canals (formerly CEE 161A) 3-4 S
CEE 171  Environmental Planning Methods 3 W
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4 W
CEE 176B    100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage 3-4 S
CEE 192 Laboratory Characterization of Properties of Rocks and Geomaterials 3-4 S
CEE 199  Undergrad. Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering (or CEE 199L) 1-4  any
CEE 203*  Probabilistic Models in Civil Engineering 3-4 A
CEE 275D Environmental Policy Analysis 4 A
  One of the following can also be counted as Specialty Elective:    

CEE 83 or

CEE 120B or

CEE 130 or

CEE 131C or

Seismic Design Workshop or

Advanced Building Modeling Workshop or

Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, & Process or

How Buildings are Made: Materiality and Construction Methods

2

3

5

4

A

W

S

W

* Can count either towards the Math requirement OR as specialty elective course units.

Other Elective Courses:
Students must take at least 68 units of engineering science and design courses in order to satisfy ABET and departmental requirements to graduate. Students seeking to count a specialty elective course not listed above must petition the CEE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, requesting confirmation that the course will satisfy ABET requirements, by emailing jill.filice@stanford.edu. Some CEE courses do not satisfy ABET requirements, for example: CEE 32A and CEE 102W.

CE with Specialty in Environmental and Water Studies

The environmental and water studies option focuses on environmental engineering and science, water resources, and fluid mechanics. A specific requirement of an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering major is participation in a major engineering design experience. This is fulfilled by taking CEE179C.

Required Specialty Courses (33 units)

Course Description Units Quarter
ME 30 Engineering Thermodynamics (formerly ENGR 30) 3 A,W,S
CEE 101D* Computations in Civil and Environmental Engineering (or CEE 101S, Sum) 3 A
CEE 162E Rivers, Streams and Canals 4 S
CEE 166A Watersheds and Wetlands 4 A
CEE 166B Floods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts 4 W
CEE 172 Air Quality Management 3 W
CEE 177 Aquatic Chemistry and Biology 4 A
CEE 179A Water Chemistry Laboratory 3 W
CEE 179C

Environmental Engineering Design (Capstone Design)

5 S


+ Can count as a required Engineering Fundamental instead, if desired.
* Can count either towards the Math requirement or as required specialty course units.

Specialty Elective Courses (at least 10 additional units from this list)

Course

Title

Units

Qtr

CEE 63*

Weather and Storms

3

A

CEE 64*

Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, & Solutions

3

W

CEE 107A

Understanding Energy  (WAY-SI)

3-5

A

CEE 155

Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE

4

A

CEE 162D Introduction to Physical Oceanography (not offered in AY19-20) 4 W

CEE 162F

Coastal Processes

3

A

CEE 165C

Water Resources Management

3

Sum

CEE 172A

Indoor Air Quality (offered occasionally)

2-3

A

CEE 174A

Providing Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World

3

A

CEE 175A California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law (alternate years) 3-4 S

CEE 174B

Wastewater Treatment: from Disposal to Resource Recovery

3

W

CEE 175A California Coast: Science, Policy and Law (offered alternate years) 3-4 S

CEE 176A

Energy Efficient Buildings 

3-4

W

CEE 176B

100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage

3-4

S

CEE 178

Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis

3

A

CEE 199

Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering (or CEE 199L)

1-4

any

CEE 275D Environmental Policy Analysis 4 A

Other Elective Courses:
Students must take at least 68 units of engineering science and design courses in order to satisfy ABET and departmental requirements to graduate. Students seeking to count a specialty elective course not listed above must petition the CEE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, requesting confirmation that the course will satisfy ABET requirements, by emailing jill.filice@stanford.edu. Some CEE courses do not satisfy ABET requirements, for example: CEE 32A and CEE 102W.

Coterm Deadlines and Contact

Dept Application Deadlines Contact Website
Civil Engineering 3rd Friday of Winter quarter

Jill Filice

Jill.filice@stanford.edu
cee.stanford.edu

Instructions for Declaring a Major in Civil Engineering

  1. Enter your major declaration as Civil Engineering in Axess.
  2. You may either download and complete the Excel major Program Sheet or use the online degree progress worksheet (this ePS must be printed out whenever a signature is needed). 
    1. To log in to ePS, click on the RED "Stanford WebAuth Sign in" button -- don't type in your username/password. Then click on "Program Sheets Dashboard."
    2. To open a new program sheet, start by chossing the academic year for the major you wish to use (Example: 16-17 or 18-19; must be from a year you are matriculated at SU)
    3. When you've finished filling out the worksheet, click Save at the bottom of the page; you will be able to easily access and update the ePS whenever you wish.
  3. Be sure and list all courses already taken and those you plan to take -- you will have the opportunity to revise this later, so please fill in as many courses as you can and print out.
  4. Bring your Stanford transcript (unofficial is fine) and completed program sheet to Jill Filice in the CEE Student Services office in Room 316 of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy (Y2E2) Building and request to have a CEE advisor assigned to you. You may request a specific advisor if you wish. Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  5. Meet with your CEE undergraduate advisor to review and sign your program sheet.
  6. Return your signed program sheet to the CEE Student Services Specialist, who upon receiving your signed sheet will approve your major declaration in Axess.
  7. You are encouraged to meet with your CEE undergraduate adviser at least once a quarter to review your academic progress. Changes to your program sheet can be made by printing out a revised sheet, obtaining your undergraduate adviser’s signature, and returning the approved sheet to the CEE Student Services Office. NOTE: Be sure to revise your program sheet, print, and have signed by your advisor during your senior year and at least one quarter prior to graduation.
  8. Other Information:
  • Procedures for requesting transfer credits and program deviations are described in detail in Petitions. The online forms may be filled out electronically. If you are requesting transfer credits or program deviations, you should bring your completed petition form with your transcript to the CEE Student Services office. Attach your program sheet on file in CEE.
  • Check with the CEE Student Services Office to make sure that you are on the CEE undergraduate student email list for important announcements about department events and activities.