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Undergraduate Degrees

Through a rigorous, ABET-accredited undergraduate curriculum, students in CEE are able to focus their studies in the fields of mechanics and materials, environmental engineering science or systems engineering. With an emphasis on hands-on labs and fieldwork experiences, the CEE undergraduate degree program prepares students to enter the workforce with the skills to solve the world’s greatest challenges. From finding solutions to the global food shortages and climate change to exploring the implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence on the world, Course 1 students graduate as well-rounded engineers and leaders. Read more about our undergraduate curriculum. 

Undergraduate Degree Structure and Requirements

Our general engineering ABET accredited undergraduate degree consists of 1) General Institute Requirements (GIRs), 2) General Department Requirements (GDRs), 3) one of three Cores (each with 54-60 units), 4) Elective Subjects (48-60 units), and 5) Unrestricted Electives (48-54 units).

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) Subjects

  • Science Requirement: 6
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Requirement: 8
  • Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.00, 1.000, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program): 2
  • Laboratory Requirement (can be satisfied by 1.101, 1.102, 1.106, and 1.107 in the Departmental Program): 1

Total GIR Subjects Required for S.B. Degree: 17

Communication Requirement

The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:

  • 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H)
  • 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M)

General Department Requirements (GDRs): 54

  • 1.00 Engineering Computation and Data Science, 12, REST; Calculus I (GIR)


  • 1.000 Computer Programming for Scientific and Engineering Applications, 12, REST; 18.03*
  • 1.010 Probability and Causal Inference, 12; Calculus II (GIR)
  • 1.073 Introduction to Environmental Data Analysis, 6; 1.010


  • 1.074 Multivariate Data Analysis, 6; 1.010
  • 18.03 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
  • 1.013 Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design, 12, CI-M; permission of instructor

Core subjects: 54-60

Students are required to select one area of core coursework from the following three areas: environment, mechanics and materials, and systems.


The Environment core focuses on Earth’s systems and cycles, introducing students to principles in environmental chemistry, microbiology, fluid mechanics and hydrology. Students enrolled in the environment core do revolutionary fieldwork during IAP.

  • 1.018 Fundamentals of Ecology, 12
  • 1.060 Fluid Mechanics, 12
  • 1.061A Transport Processes in the Environment I, 6; 1.060A
  • 1.070A Introduction to Hydrology and Water Resources I, 6; 1.060A, 1.061A, 1.106
  • 1.080 Environmental Chemistry, 12; Chemistry (GIR)
  • 1.091 Traveling Research Environmental eXperience (TREX): Fieldwork, 3, permission of instructor
  • 1.106 Environmental Fluid Transport Processes and Hydrology Laboratory, 6, LAB; 1.061A, 1.070A
  • 1.107 Environmental Chemistry and Biology Laboratory, 6, LAB, 1.080A

Mechanics & Materials

The Mechanics and Materials core focuses on the principles of mechanics necessary to understand how materials behave at scales from the nano to the macro.

  • 1.035 Mechanics of Materials, 12; 1.050
  • 1.036 Structural Mechanics and Design, 12; 1.035, 1.050
  • 1.050 Solid Mechanics, 12; Physics I (GIR), Calculus II (GIR)
  • 1.060A Fluid Mechanics I, 6; 18.03*
  • 1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I, 6 LAB
  • 1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II, 6, LAB; 1.101 and Physics II (GIR)*


The Systems core explores big data, system modeling and analysis, sustainability, and energy and transportation systems.

  • 1.020 Engineering Sustainability: Analysis and Design, 12; Physics I (GIR); 18.03, and 1.00 or 1.000
  • 1.022 Introduction to Network Models, 12; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010, and 18.03
  • 1.041J Transportation Systems Modeling, 12; 1.00 or 1.000, 1.010
  • 1.075 Water Resource Systems, 12; 1.070B or permission of instructor
  • 1.101 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design I, 6, LAB
  • 1.102 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design II, 6, LAB; 1.101 and Physics II (GIR)*

Elective Subjects with Engineering Content: 48-60

Students are required to take four Restricted Electives selected from subjects offered within or outside CEE to form a coherent program of study under supervision by CEE faculty.

Unrestricted Electives: 48-54

Sample Tracks

To help you plan for your undergraduate career, we have combined your core, electives and restricted electives into tracks. The dynamic structure of the undergraduate degree program allows students to choose one of our existing tracks, realize distinct, modified tracks, or to design a great variety of possible subject combinations to tailor their individual educational experience.  All tracks emphasize rigor and depth, and a strong focus on fundamental skills. Below are a few popular roadmap examples that can serve as a starting point for planning. Each student will work closely with a faculty advisor to design his/her track of study. Please contact the academic programs office ( for more information.

The following sample tracks can be customized to suit whichever electives you choose and are displayed to show you what a possible course outline would look like. Many students start with a sample track and tailor their educational experience as they go through the program.

Civil Engineering Track

Civil engineering is critically important today as our communities strain to sustain limited natural resources, accommodate growth, and replace worn, declining infrastructure.

Pursue our Civil Engineering track, within our general engineering degree program, to create innovative design built on strong fundamentals for the sustainability of existing structures, and for sustainable designs of new structures and systems.

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Environmental Engineering Science Track

Help protect and extend the planet’s natural resources to improve the lives of people everywhere. Choose the Environmental Engineering Science track, within our general engineering degree program, to combine academic rigor with applications to understand and protect our land, oceans, air, and health.

Find innovative ways to keep our air clean, fresh water abundant, crops resilient to climate change, and lives safe, enhanced and extended.

In addition to taking core environmental engineering classes, study microbiology, chemistry, materials, and physics.

Combine scientific inquiry and engineering principles to unlock and leverage nature’s secrets to aid people at a global scale.

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Systems Engineering Track

Systems engineering is a contemporary interdisciplinary field where students design and manage large, complex systems over their lifecycles. Follow the Systems Engineering track, within our general engineering degree program, to combine academic rigor with tangible applications critical to designing and managing large scale urban networks.

Think innovative city design and development; transportation planning; advanced energy resources integration; resiliency planning; materials and structure design; health care management; and integrated cyber-physical security solutions.

Innovation opportunities are vast – including introducing new forms of energy like solar, wind and nuclear into our homes and offices; inventing new modes of transportation like autonomous vehicles on our highways; and tracking and analyzing environmental health data in densely-packed cities.

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