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Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering program is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The program prepares students for professional practice and also for advanced study in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.

About Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a rewarding profession focusing on the planning, development, design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment (structural systems), water supply, treatment and disposal (water systems), and transportation systems (roads and bridges). Civil Engineers not only create and maintain structures and systems that support the basic necessities such as food, water, air and shelter, but also work to protect against environmental pollution and natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

Common Civil Engineer Occupations:

  • Design Build Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

Affiliations and Student Organizations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • National Civil Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Faculty Expertise

The Civil Engineering program’s full time faculty members have extensive industry, academic and research experience. Most of the faculty members also have their professional license (PE) and are complemented by industry professionals who work with faculty to bring students opportunities to participate in innovative and hands-on experiences off-campus. Faculty research is funded by external agencies including U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Caltrans, California Department of Water Resources and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Student Experience and Achievement Opportunities at Fresno State

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Industry Site Visits and Tours
  • Service Learning and Volunteer Enrichment
  • Paid and Credited Internships
  • Leadership Development
  • Grant Sponsored Research
  • Valley Industry Partnership (VIP) Internship Program
  • Modern Design Laboratories, Applications and Equipment
  • Practitioner-mentored Senior Projects
  • Student Organization Competitions and Platforms

Click here for Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering degree requirements

Changing/Adding a Civil Engineering Major

Students currently enrolled at Fresno State are welcome to change/add a Civil Engineering (CE) major offered in the Lyles College of Engineering.

In order to add/change your major, students must meet all of the following conditions: Submit an application detailing their motivation and academic/all other preparation for potential success in the new major.

  1. Completion of MATH 75 (calculus I or equivalent), MATH 76 (calculus II or equivalent), PHYS 4A (or equivalent), ENGR 1or CE 1, CE 2 with a grade of C (2.0) or better and an overall GPA of 2.50 are required for approval to change major.
  2. Students shall meet with the department chair (or designee) and develop a plan of study.
  3. Students who will be adding/changing their major with more than 144 units will need to receive approval from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Contact Us: 

Fayzul Pasha, Ph.D., PE
Civil Engineering Department Chair
Phone: 559.278.2464

Richard Partida
Recruitment Counselor
Phone: 559.278.5822

Civil Engineering Department
2320 E San Ramon Ave, MS EE94
Fresno, CA 93740-8010

The department main office is located at EE178 in Engineering East building.