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2013-14 Civil Engineering UG Degree Programs (CE-BS, BAS, BASH*, BSH*, or MIN*)

  • UG Director: Sarah Billington, 285A Y2E2, billington@stanford.edu
  • Student Services: Jill Filice, 316 Y2E2, jmn@stanford.edu
  • Departmental Chair: Stephen Monismith, monismith@stanford.edu

*You can find the Honors and Minor programs detailed on other pages of this website

— 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 alone 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
(l) Background for admission to engineering or other professional graduate programs


THE CURRICULUM

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 Engineering major as a possible alternative; a comparison of these two alternative majors is presented in the Environmental Engineering section.
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 Nomura, 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
ENGR 14: Introduction to Solid Mechanics (A,W,S)
ENGR 90 (same as CEE 70): Environmental Science & Technology (A)
CEE 100: Managing Sustainable Building Projects (A)(WIM)

2. For electives providing additional exposure to the two tracks within our major, try
Structures and Construction track:
CEE 29N: Managing Natural Disaster Risk (W; Freshman seminar),

CEE 31Q: Accessing Architecture through Drawing (A,S; Sophomore seminar)
CEE 48N: Managing Complex Global Projects (W; Freshman seminar)
CEE 109: Creating a Green Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Vision (not given 2013-14)
CEE 110: Building Information Modeling (A,W,S)
Environmental and Water Studies Track:
CEE 63: Weather and Storms (A)
CEE 64: Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions (W)

CEE 50N: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on a Large Urban Estuary: San Francisco Bay (S; Freshman seminar)
CEE 109: Creating a Green Student Workforce for Sustainability (not given 2013-14)
CEE 166D: Water Resources and Water Hazards Field Trips (W)
3. The following Science/Math classes are required for almost all majors within the School of Engineering:
CHEM 31A or CHEM 31X or ENGR 31: Chemical Principles (A)
PHYSICS 41: Mechanics (W) [pre-requisite: MATH 41. Calculus] or 4 units of AP Physics C
MATH 51: Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus (A,W,S) or CME 100: Vector Calculus (A,S), [prerequisite: MATH 41 and 42 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:
GES 1A, 1B or 1C*: Introduction to Geology (A,W, S; one course required for both CE tracks)
STATS 110 (or STATS 60 or EESS 160 or CME 106): Statistics (A, W, S: required for both CE tracks)

-*GES 1C is not offered in 2013-14

REQUIREMENTS: 2013-2014 CIVIL ENGINEERING MAJOR

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE (45 UNITS MINIMUM):

  • MATH 41/42. Calculus (or 10 units AP Calculus) 10 units, A/A,W
  • CME 100/102. Math/Computational Methods for Engineers (or Math 51 & 53) 10 units, A,W,S
  • PHYSICS 41. Mechanics (or 4 units AP Physics C) 4 units, W
  • CHEM 31A or 31X or ENGR 31. Chemical Principles 4 units, A
  • CHEM/PHYS. Chemistry and/or Physics proficiency (Note 1) 7-8 units, A,W,S
  • GES 1A or B or C. (see Note 2) Intro to Earth Sciences (different topic each quarter; count only one) 4-5 units, A,W,S
  • STATS 110. Statistical Methods (or STAT 60 or EESS 160 or CEE 203 or CME 106) 3-5 units, A, Summ

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 requiremnt, CHEM 31B must be taken proior to CHEM 33 and it may count as the additional chemistry course. We recommend that students take CHEM 35 or CHEM 135 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) GES 1A is not offered 2012-13

Engineering Fundamentals3 Courses minimum:

  • ENGR 14 Introduction to Solid Mechanics 4 units, A, W, S
  • ENGR 90 Environmental Science and Technology (same as CEE 70) 3 units, A
  • Fundamentals Elective 3-5 units

Technology in Society

See Chapter 3, Figure 3-3 of this handbook for an approved list of courses that fulfill the TIS requirement for Civil Engineering majors.

Engineering Depth

At least 68 units of Fundamental + Depth courses are required by ABET and by the Department.
Required Core Courses: (19 UNITS)

  • CEE100* Managing Sustainable Building Projects 4 units, A
  • CEE101A Mechanics of Materials 4 units, W
  • CEE101B Mechanics of Fluids 4 units, S
  • CEE101C Geotechnical Engineering (including lab) 4 units, A
  • CEE 146A. Engineerng Economy (or ENGR 60, offered Summer only), 3 units, W

--*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 a major engineering design experience. This is fulfilled by taking CEE183 (and its prerequisites).

REQUIRED SPECIALTY COURSES: (27 UNITS)

  • ENGR 50 or ENGR 50E or ENGR 50M+. Introduction to Materials Science, 4 units
  • CEE 102 Legal Aspects of Engineering and Construction 3 units, W
  • CEE 156 Building Systems Design 4 units, W
  • CEE 180◦ Structural Analysis 4 units, A
  • CEE 181 Design of Steel Structures 4 units, A
  • CEE 182 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 4 units, W
  • CEE 183 Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project 4 units, S

+ Any of the E50 series may count as the Engineering Fundamental elective instead, if desired.
◦ CEE 180 is a prerequisite to or corequisite for CEE 181, CEE 182, and CEE 183.

SPECIALTY ELECTIVE COURSES: AT LEAST 12 ADDITIONAL UNITS FROM THIS LIST
ENGR 15 Dynamics 3 units, A,S
CME 104* Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers 5 units, S
CEE 101D* Computations in CEE 3 units, A
CEE 111 Multidisciplinary Modeling and Analysis 4 units, W
CEE 129 Climate Change Adaptation for Seaports 3 units, A,W,S
CEE 110, 130, or 134B, (only one can apply as a Specialty Elective) 2-4 units
CEE 122A/B Computer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction 2 units, W,S
CEE 141A/B Infrastructure Projects Development/Delivery 3/3 A/W
CEE 142A Negotiating Sustainable Development 3 units, W
CEE 151 Negotiation 3 units, A,S
CEE 155 Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE 4 units, W
CEE 159C Industry Applications of VDC 2-4 units, W
CEE 159D Advanced Industry Applications of VDC 2-4 units, S
CEE 160 Mechanics of Fluids Laboratory 2 units, S
CEE 161A Rivers, Streams, and Canals 3-4 units, A, Sum
CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods 3 units, W
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4 units, W
CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency 3-4 units, S
CEE 195A/B Fundamentals of Structural Geology 3/3 unit, A/W
CEE 196 Engineering Geology Practice (alt. years) 3 units S
CEE 199 Undergrad. Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering 1-4 units, any
CEE 203* Probabilistic Models in Civil Engineering 3-4 units A
* Can count either towards the Math requirement OR as specialty elective course units.

OTHER ELECTIVE COURSES:
Students may choose additional courses from within the School of Engineering (to reach a total of 68 units of Fundamentals + Depth courses combined) if necessary in order to satisfy ABET and departmental requirements to graduate. The following CEE courses do not satisfy the ABET requirements: CEE 44Q or CEE 133F. For other CEE courses not listed above and for courses outside of CEE, you must obtain approval from the CEE Department Associate Chair to confirm satisfaction of ABET requirements.


CE WITH SPECIALTY IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER STUDIES

The environmental and water studies option focuses on environmental engineering and science, water resources, and environmental planning. A specific requirement of an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering major is participation in a major engineering design experience. This is fulfilled by taking CEE169 or CEE179C.

REQUIRED SPECIALTY COURSES: (36 UNITS)
ENGR 30+ Engineering Thermodynamics 3 units, A,W
CEE 101D* Computations in Civil and Environmental Engineering 3 units, A
CEE 160 Mechanics of Fluids Laboratory 2 units, S
CEE 161A Rivers, Streams and Canals 4 units, A
CEE 166A Watersheds and Wetlands 3 units, A
CEE 166B Floods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts 3 units, W
CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods 3 units, W
CEE 172 Air Quality Management 3 units, W
CEE 177 Aquatic Chemistry and Biology 4 units, A
CEE 179A Water Chemistry Laboratory 3 units, W
Design Experience: Choose CEE169 or CEE 179C. 5 units, 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 6 ADDITIONAL UNITS FROM THIS LIST
CEE 63* Weather and Storms 3 units, A
CEE 64* Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, & Solutions 3 units, W
CEE 109 Creating a Green Student Workforce to Help Implement Sustainability 2 units, W
CEE 129 Climate Change Adaptation for Seaports 3 units, A
CEE 164 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 4 units, W
CEE 166D Water Resources and Water Hazards Field Trips 2 units, W
CEE 172A Indoor Air Quality (alt. years) 2-3 units, S
CEE 173A Energy Resources 4-5 units, A

CEE 174A Providing Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3 units, A

CEE 174B Wastewater Treatment: from Disposal to Resource Recovery 3 units, W
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4 units, W
CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency 3-4 units, S
CEE 178 Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis 3 units, S,Sum
CEE 199 Undergradate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering 1-4 units, any
* Can count either towards the Math+Science requirement, or as specialty elective course units.

Other Elective Courses:
Students may choose additional courses from within the School of Engineering (to reach a total of 68 units of Engineering Fundamentals + Depth courses combined) if necessary in order to satisfy ABET and departmental requirements to graduate. The following CEE courses do not satisfy the ABET requirements: CEE 44Q, CEE 133F. For other CEE courses not listed above and for courses outside of CEE, you must obtain approval from the CEE Department Associate Chair to confirm satisfaction of ABET requirements.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECLARING A MAJOR IN
CIVIL ENGINEERING

1. Enter your major declaration as Civil Engineering in Axess
2. Download and complete your major Program Sheet. Be sure to fill in all courses that you have taken and those which you plan to take. You will have the opportunity to revise this later, so please fill in as many courses as you can.
3. 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 are10:00 am to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
4. Meet with your CEE undergraduate advisor to review and sign your program sheet.
5. Return your signed program sheet to the CEE Student Services Specialist, who upon receiving your signed sheet will approve your major declaration in Axess.
6. 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 confirm that your program sheet is up to date at least one quarter prior to graduation.
7. Other Information:
• Procedures for requesting transfer credits and program deviations are described in detail at the beginning of Chapter 4: "Policies and Procedures" of this handbook. The relevant forms are in the back of this handbook in the "Forms" section, or on the UGHB site under the "Petitions" link. 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.


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