2013-14 Civil & Environmental Engineering


Engineering Student Services

230 Bechtel Engineering Center # 1702
Berkeley, CA 94720-1702
(510) 642-7594

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

760 Davis Hall #1720
(510) 642-3261
Chair: Samer Madanat Ph.D.

Department Overview

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) has 39 full-time faculty members dedicated to the education of more than 300 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students. CEE at Berkeley prepares students for leadership roles in the civil and environmental engineering field, whether in a professional or academic career.

The CEE laboratories for teaching and research are among the best in the nation, providing opportunities for hands-on experience for all students.

CEE’s doctoral program tops the 2010 National Research Council rankings. US News & World Report’s rankings for 2014 has CEE’s graduate program in civil engineering #2 and its environmental engineering #1. Environmental engineering has held the #1 spot for the past 5 years; civil engineering has been in the top 2 for the past 11 years. 

USN&WR ranked CEE’s civil engineering undergraduate program #2 in the nation for 2013; environmental is ranked #3. 

Undergraduate Program

CEE’s undergraduate program offers opportunities for rigorous academic learning, fellowship, hands-on experience, and leadership. Classes are relatively small, so students get to know both the faculty and fellow students.

CEE’s four-year curriculum leads to an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering. The program provides students with a strong fundamental background in engineering science, design, and practice.

Undergraduates at Berkeley have opportunities for professional interactions and community service. CEE has active student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the national honor society Chi Epsilon as well as five nationally-ranked competition teams.

Information is available in the CEE Student Affairs Office, 750 Davis Hall, and on the CEE web site.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Learn More About Our:

Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering*
Course Fall Spring
Freshman Year
Chemistry 1A and 1AL-General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A-General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis(3)
E 7-Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers
Mathematics 1A-Calculus
Mathematics 1B-Calculus
Physics 7A-Physics for Scientists and Engineers
CE 92-Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
Reading and Composition Course from List A(1)
Reading and Composition Course from List B(1)
Basic Science Breadth Elective(2)
Sophomore Year
Basic Science Elective(5)
CE C30/ME C85-Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CE 60-Structure and Properties of Civil Engineering Materials
CE 93-Engineering Data Analysis
Civil Engineering Sophomore Elective(4)
Mathematics 53-Multivariable Calculus
Mathematics 54-Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Physics 7B-Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Junior Year
CE 100-Elementary Fluid Mechanics
CE 130N-Mechanics of Structures
Engineering Science Elective(9)
Elective Core(6)
First and Second Additional Humanities/Social Science Course(1)
Senior Year
CE 192-The Art and Science of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice
Design Elective(7)
Engineering Electives(8)
Third and Fourth Additional Humanities/Social Science Course(1)
Free Electives



1The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See coe.berkeley.edu/hssreq for complete details and a list of approved courses.

2BIO 1B or CE 70

3Chem 4A is intended for students majoring in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a closely-related field.

4CE 11 or CE 70. If CE 70 was taken in the freshman year students must take CE 11. <3> indicates this requirement is taken in either the fall or spring (not both). CE 11 is offered in Spring. CE 70 in Fall.

5Chemistry 1B, Chemistry 4B; Physics 7C

6Choose four from this category: CE 103, CE 111, CE 120, CE 155, CE 167, CE 175, CE 191

7Choose one from this category: CE 105, CE 112, CE 122N plus CE 122L, CE 123N plus CE 123L, CE 153, CE 177, CE 180, CE 186. Note that for the courses listed in this category that are 4 units, one of the four units can be applied toward the 15 unit engineering electives requirement.

8Engineering electives must include at least 15 additional units of upper-division technically oriented engineering coursework offered in the College of Engineering or in Chemical Engineering. The 15 units of engineering electives cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; BioE 100, CS C79; CS 195, CS H195, Engin 125, 130AC, 140, IEOR 172, IEOR 190 series, IEOR 191; ME 106, 190K, 191K; Chem E 185.

9E 115; ME 40, ME 104, ME C105B

Students with a specific interest within civil engineering may choose to emphasize one of the areas listed below. Selection of an area of emphasis is optional and will not be noted on the transcript or diploma.

Recommended Courses:

Engineering and Project Management
Elective Core: CE 120, 167
Design Elective: CE 180
Technical Electives: CE 165, 166, 171, 173, 176, 191, 193
Suggested non-technical electives: UGBA 101A, 101B, 103, 106, 107

Environmental Engineering
Elective Core: CE 103, 111
Design Electives: CE 105, 112
Technical Electives: CE 101, C106, 107, 108, 113N, 114, 115, C116, 173, 176; ME 109, 146; MSE 112; NE 124
Suggested non-technical electives: Biology 1B; Energy and Resources 100; Integrative Biology 153

Elective Core: CE 111, 120, 175
Design Electives: CE 177
Technical Electives: CE 103, 115, 121, 122N, 123N, 124, 167, 171, 172, 173, 176, C178

Structural Engineering
Elective Core: CE 120, 167, 175
Design Electives: CE 122N & 122L or CE 123N & 123L
Technical Electives: CE 121, 124, C133, 140, 165, 177, 193
Note: CE 121 is required for admission for graduate study in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Material

Elective Core: CE 155, 191
Design Electives: CE 153
Technical Electives: CE 108, 156, 167, 177, C250N, 251, 259, 260; E 117; IE 153
Suggested non-technical electives: City and Regional Planning 110; Economics 101A, C125, 155; Energy and Resources 100; Geography C188; Public Policy 101

Note: Undergraduates wishing to enroll in graduate courses must have the consent of the instructor and meet scholarship requirements.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.