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Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science

Civil engineers design the infrastructure that allows society to function: roads, bay-spanning bridges, earthquake-safe buildings, drinking water treatment systems, reservoir systems. Increasingly, civil engineers are called upon to safeguard the health of our environment by managing and improving air, land and water quality with air, water and waste treatment systems. To meet challenges associated with climate change, civil engineers practice principles of sustainable development, including considering the social consequences of their designs.

Major Requirements

As a civil engineering major, you will begin your study with an extensive series of foundation courses in science and mathematics. At the upper division level, you will take advanced courses in specific topics in civil engineering. These courses will include subjects such as structural analysis and design, water resources management and transportation systems design.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Professional Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Government Official
  • Project Manager
  • Teacher/Professor

Graduate Study

  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Mechanical engineering

Alumni Employers

  • Caltrans
  • County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • T.Y.Lin International
  • Jacobs
  • Webcor
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