Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Civil Engineering

Main content start

2021-22 Civil Engineering UG Degree Programs (CE-BS, BAS, BASH, BSH, Secondary, MINOR)

— ABET ACCREDITATION CRITERIA APPLY —

Civil engineers plan, design, construct and sustain the urban environment including buildings and bridges, energy and water systems, and coasts and waterways. Civil engineers work to protect society from natural catastrophes and risks, such as earthquakes and hurricanes and sea level rise, as well as help manage and protect our natural 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:

  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.

2021-22 Planning Sheets will soon be posted on the Plans & Program Sheets pages.

CE Program Sheets

CE 4-Year/Flowchart

CE 4-Year Plans for Going Abroad

The Curriculum

 The undergraduate civil engineering curriculum underwent a major revision for Academic Year 2020-21, with additional refinements made for AY 2021-22.

The revised major includes a core to be taken by all declared majors, to provide a strong foundation for the major areas of civil engineering.  This is now supplemented by a choice of 7 focus areas, offering greater flexibility, and allowing students to tailor their studies to align with their interests. Undergraduates potentially interested in 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 are some 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-The following electives are accessible to frosh/sophomores, and can count towards the major:

CEE 41Q: Clean Water Now! Urban Water Conflicts  (3, W; Soph Introsem)
CEE 80N: Engineering the Built Environment: Intro to Structural Engr (3, A; Freshman Introsem)
CEE 107A: Understanding Energy (3-5 units, A, S)  (or CEE107S, 3-4 units, Sum)
CEE 120A: Building Modeling for Design and Construction (3 units, A, Sum)
CEE 131C: How Buildings Are Made: Materiality and Construction Methods (4 units, S)
CEE 162F: Coastal Processes (prereq: PHYSICS 41) (3 units, A)
CEE 63: Weather and Storms (3 units, A)
CEE 64: Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions (not offered AY20-21)  (3 units, W)

2-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, 3 units (prereq: PHYSICS 41) A,W,S
ENGR 90 (same as CEE 70) Environmental Science & Technology, 3 units W
CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects (WIM), 4 units A

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,Sum/A,W,S,Sum

CME 100 or

MATH 51

Vector Calculus for Engineers or

Linear Algebra & Differential Calculus of Several Variables

5

5

A,W,S

A,W,S

CME 102 or

MATH 53

Ordinary DIfferential Equations for Engineers or

Ordinary DIfferential Equations with Linear Algebra

5

5

A,W,S

A,W,S

STATS 110 Statistical Methods (or STATS 101 or CEE 203 or CME 106) 4-5  
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (or AP Physics C) 4 A,W
CHEM 31A or 31M Chemical Principles  5 A
PHYSICS 43 or PHYSICS 45 Electricity & Magnetism, or Light & Heat

4

4

W, S

A

At least one of:      
GEOLSCI 1  Intro to Geology (req’d for focus in Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering, Urban Systems, Energy/Climate, or Sensing/Analytics) 5 S

CEE 177*

or CEE 170*)

Aquatic Chemistry & Biology  (req’d for focus in Env. Fluid Mechanics/Hydrology, or Environ. Quality Engineering.)

Aquatic & Organic Chemistry for Environmental Engineering, offered SUMM, 3 units)

4

3

A

Sum

  Plus additional Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics to reach 45 units of Math/Science    

*Approved as science classes just for the CE major. See footnote after Focus Area Electives for more information.

Technology in Society (this course required):

CEE 102A Legal/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 (17-19 units)

Course Description Units Quarter

CS 106A/B/X 

Programming Methodology/Abstractions (or CEE101D, 3 units, Aut, if not counted as a Focus Elect.) 5 (or 3) A,W,S,Sum (or A)
CEE100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects (fulfills WIM requirement) 4 A
CEE 146S

Engineering Economics and Sustainability (offered on-line only)

Same as ENGR 60
3 A,S,Sum
CEE 183 Senior Capstone Design 4 S
ME 30 Thermodynamics (or CHEMENG 110A) 3 A,W,S

Focus Area Electives (at least 30 units)

(1) To satisfy ABET criteria, students MUST choose at least TWO of the following 4 classes: CEE 101A, 101B, 101C, and 101D: CEE 101A, 101B, and/or 101C will count as Focus Area Electives. CEE 101D may count either as a Focus Area Elective, or as a Required Core Course (replacing CS 106A).

(2) Students must take at least 12 units as their depth in either Structural Engineering & Mechanics, or Sustainable Water, including the 3 required major focus courses.  Students must also take at least 6 units each in 3 other breadth focus areas.  The second depth area can serve as 1 of these 3 breadth focus areas, with no constraints on which courses are selected.  Courses cannot double-count. 

Classes important for professional licensing are marked with *; classes needed as preparation for coterm studies in CEE are marked with a # – see bottom of next page for more details.

Structural Engineering & Mechanics Focus

For Depth Focus area, must include CEE 101A, 180, and 182 (which are required for the capstone)

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 101A Mechanics of Materials (or ME 80,A/W/S/Sum; prereq: ENGR 14) 4 W
CEE 101C *# Geotechnical Engineering 3-4 A
CEE 101D (1) Computations in CEE 3  A
CEE 180*# Structural Analysis (prereq: CEE 101A) 4 S
CEE 182* # Structural Design (prereq: CEE 180) 4 W
CEE 192 Lab Characterization of Rocks and Geomaterials 3-4 S
ME 151 Introduction to Computational Mechanics 4  

Sustainable Water Focus

For Depth Focus area, must include CEE 101B, 166A, and 174A (which are required for the Capstone)

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 101B*#(1) Mechanics of Fluids 4 A
CEE 162E Rivers, Streams and Canals 3 S
CEE 166A # Water Resources and Hazards (prereq: CEE 166A) 3 W
CEE 173 Urban Water 3  
CEE 179D Providing Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World (formerly 174A) 3  
CEE 179E * Wastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery (formerly 174B) 3 W
CEE 265D Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (must apply; seniors only) 3 W

Construction Engineering Focus (breadth focus only)

Course Description Unit Quarter
CEE 101C *#(1) Geotechnical Engineering 4 A
CEE 120A # Building Modeling for Design & Construction 3 A,Sum
CEE 122A+B Computer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/ Construction and Computer Integrated A/E/C 2+2 W+S
CEE 131C How Buildings are Made -- Materiality and Construction Methods 4 S
CEE 141A # Infrastructure Projects Development 3 A
CEE 141B Infrastructure Projects Delivery 3 W
CEE 241 Managing Fabrication & Construction  (prereq: CEE 100) 4 A

Energy and Climate Focus (breadth focus only)

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 63 Weather and Storms 3 A
CEE 64 # Air Pollution and Global Warming 3 W
CEE 107A # or  CEE 107S Understanding Energy                 or Energy Essentials 3-5 or 3-4 A,S or Sum
CEE 107R Extreme Energy Efficiency 3 W
CEE 156 # Building Systems Design & Analysis 3-4 W
CEE 172 * Air Quality Management 3 W
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3 W
CEE 176B 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything 3-4 S

Environmental Engineering Science Focus (breadth focus only)

Course

Title

Units

Qtr

CEE 161I

Atmospheric Circulation

3

A

CEE 162D Introduction to Physical Oceanography 4 W

CEE 162F

Coastal Processes

3

A

CEE 162I

Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: the Ocean Circulation

3

W

CEE 172 *

Air Quality Management

3

S

CEE 175A California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law (alternate years) 3-4 S
CEE 178 Intro to Human Exposure Analysis 3  

Sensing, Analytics, and Control Focus (breadth focus only)

Course Title Units Quarter
CEE 101D Computations in CEE 3 A
CEE 154 Data Analytics for Physical Systems (prereqs: CS106A, CME100) 3 A
CEE 155 # Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE 3-4 S
CEE 156 # Building Systems Design & Analysis 4 W
ME 161 Dynamic Systems, Vibrations & Control (prereq.: ENGR 15*, which may count under Other Elective Courses category) 3 A
ME 210 Introduction to Mechatronics (prereq: ENGR 40M, which may count under Other Elective Courses category) 4 W

Urban Systems Focus (breadth focus only)

Course Title Units Quarter
CEE 120A # Building Modeling for Design & Construction 3 A, Sum
CEE 130 Architectural Design: 3D Modeling, Method., Process (co-req: CEE31/Q) 5 A,S
CEE 156 # Building Systems Design & Analysis 4 W
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3 W
CEE 177L Smart Cities and Communities 3 Sum
CEE 243 Introduction to Urban Systems Engineering (open to Seniors) 3  

(1) To satisfy ABET criteria, students MUST choose at least TWO of the following 4 classes, as part of their elective choices or required core:

CEE 101A, 101B, 101C, and 101D.

* The first step towards professional licensing is the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam. To prepare for a career as a practicing civil or environmental engineer, your elective choices should prepare you for at least one of these choices of FE exam:
Civil FE: CEE101A, 101C, 180, 182
Environmental FE: CEE101B, 166B, 172, 174B, 177 (or 170).
General FE: Physics 43, CEE101A, 101B; ENGR 15 (which may count under Other Electives)

# If you are aiming to apply to a CEE coterm program, your elective choices should include, at minimum:
Atmosphere/Energy: CEE 64, 107A
Environmental Engineering: CEE 101B, 177 (or 170)
Structural Engineering & Geomechanics: CEE101A, 101C, 180, 182
SDC (Sustainable Design & Construction) – Energy: CEE 120A, 156, 176A
SDC – Management, or SDC – Structures: CEE101A, 101C, 180
SDC – Urban Systems:  CEE 120A, 141A, 155

OTHER ENGINEERING ELECTIVE COURSES (up to 15 UNITS)

Students must take at least 68 units of engineering science and design courses (Engineering Fundamentals + Core + Electives) in order to satisfy ABET and departmental requirements to graduate.  For the remaining engineering elective units:
(1) Additional electives may be selected from the 7 focus areas listed above. 
(2) The following additional Engineering Fundamental courses may count: ENGR 10, 15*, 21, 25E, 40M (or 40A), and 50 (or 50E or 50M).
(3) Students may also count up to 4 units of CEE199/199L in this category, and the following introductory CEE classes: CEE 41Q and CEE 80N. 
(4) Students seeking to count an engineering elective course not covered in (1), (2) or (3) 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 31, 102W and 151.

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. Download and complete the Excel major Program Sheet  
  3. To open a new program sheet, start by choosing the academic year for the major you wish to use (Example: 2020-21 or 2021-22; must be from a year you are matriculated at SU)
  4. 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.
  5. Email your Stanford transcript (unofficial is fine) and completed program sheet to Jill Filice, CEE Student Services, jill.filice@stanford.edu, and request to have a CEE major faculty 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. 
  6. Schedule a Zoom meeting with your CEE major faculty adviser and email them your program sheet and unofficial transcript so that you may both review your course study plan, and so that they may approve/sign off on your program sheet.
  7. Email your signed program sheet to Jill Filice (jill.filice@stanford.edu), who upon receiving your signed sheet will approve your major declaration in Axess.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.