Civil Engineering

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

• CE develops a strong theoretical and practical foundation for developing engineering solutions for structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation systems. • CE faculty are first-rate educator-scholars from top PhD programs with outstanding industry experience. • CE faculty received grants and funding from the NSF, NIH, Dept of Education, NASA, LBL, City of San Francisco, Federal Highway Administration’s University Transportation Center, State Department of Transportation, and private companies. • Research lab features: real-time hybrid simulation testing facility, mobile remote shake table laboratory, smart floor vibration testing facility, 3D printers, laser cutters, and Transportation Planning & Engineering Lab • The CE program has a complete suite of design software including SAP2000 and ETABS. • CE program features SF State Scholars program which students can earn BS and MS in 5 years. • CE senior design projects have won numerous awards including the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Best Seismic Performance Award and National Timber Bridge Design Competition. • CE students’ research efforts have demonstrated in project showcases and research competitions including 1st place in CSU research competition and SFSU CoSE showcase. • CE program has specific scholarships, Femineers, American Public Works Association, Filanc Leadership and active internships. • CE Alums work for Caltrans, BART, City and County of San Francisco, KPW, AECOM, Shimmick, ENGEO, Hensel Phelps and many other public and private companies. • CE Alums are accepted into first-rate graduate programs such as UCs, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and numerous other institutions.

When should I first meet with my major department? Engineering has two new/transfer orientation meetings in the beginning the semester. New students are encouraged to attend this meeting. Engineering has mandatory advising every semester during the advising weeks in November in the Fall semester & in April in the Spring Semester. New Transfer Students should also meet with their program head for transfer course evaluation at the start of the semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Engineering has mandatory advising every semester during the advising weeks in November in the Fall semester & in April in the Spring Semester. Every student has a designated faculty advisor that will be assigned to them each semester. New Transfer Students will be assigned to their program head for advising.
Where can I find information about major advising? Engineering Office: SCI 163.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a major planning sheet.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Students should look to enroll into General Education courses.

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

[These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.]


A3 (Critical Thinking): ENGR 205 AND one of ENGR 201 OR ENGR 213

UD-B: ENGR 300 AND one of ENGR 301 OR 302

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Please visit for more information

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? ENGR 300, 304, 309, 429, 434
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? ENGR 102, 200, 201, 205, 235; PHYS 240; CHEM 180
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Yes, if prerequisites are not met or not transferred correctly, please contact the School of Engineering Office at
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

ENGR 100

ENGR 101

CHEM 180 (also fulfills GE B1 and GE B3)

Mathematics Pathway 2 students that are eligible for MATH 226* should take it in their first semester. Pathway 2 students not eligible for MATH 226 should take MATH 199*. Pathway 3 and 4 students should take MATH 197 in their first semester and MATH 198 in their second semester.

*1-unit Supplemental Instruction courses (SCI) are offered for these classes as additional support. These courses can be found in the SFSU Class Schedule ( by searching for the SCI prefix.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Completion of Pre-Calculus or Entry level Math exam.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

AP exam (score 4 or 5)            Course

Calculus AB or BC                    Math 226, 4 units

Physics C: Mechanics               PHYS 220+PHYS 222, 4 units



College of Science & Engineering Student Success Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students with College of Science and Engineering majors and minors

Services offered: academic planning, general education advising, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities, discovering campus resources

Phone: (415) 338-2816