Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

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Undergraduate Programs in Engineering

Freshman applicants have completed four years of high school mathematics, one year of high school chemistry, and one year of high school physics. Students are also encouraged to include courses in mechanical drawing and computer programming.

Community college transfers should complete the sequence of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses listed in freshman and sophomore years under the “sample sequence of courses,” if available at the community college.

The Bachelors of Science in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering require – 127, 128, 129, and 129 semester units, respectively. A minimum of 30 units must be earned in residence at SF State. Of these units 24 must be upper division courses and 12 of these upper division units must be in the major. Major requirements, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics prerequisites, comprise - 93 units for civil engineering, 94 for computer engineering, 95 for electrical engineering and 95 units for mechanical engineering. For civil engineering, 50 of the required units are lower division and 43 units are upper division. For mechanical engineering, 51 of the required units are lowers divisions and 44 units are upper division. For electrical engineering, 50 of the required units are lower division and 45 units are upper division. For computer engineering, 49 of the required units are lower division and 45 units are upper division. The remaining 33 units satisfy the balance of the university requirements including communication skills and general education in humanities and social sciences. Students are advised that, except for some general education (G.E.) courses, all courses which are to be counted toward completion of an engineering degree must be taken for a letter grade; the CR/NC option may not be used in this context.

Civil Engineering

The curriculum provides a broad-based common core of engineering science and the essential civil engineering subjects. The students conclude with 15 units of upper division electives where primary emphasis is placed on design, practical applications, and computer solutions in selected areas of civil engineering. The educational objectives of the civil engineering program are to produce graduates who

  • Effectively engage their skills and knowledge in analysis, design, communication, teamwork and professional practice to perform competently in engineering enterprises, while being aware of the economic, environmental, ethical and social factors affecting their work.
  • Continue to develop their professional skills though lifelong learning, seek professional certification, and participate in professional societies.

The number of units required for graduation is described in the Undergraduate Education section of this Bulletin.

Students must complete 21 units of upper-division engineering units before registering for ENGR 696.

General Education Requirements Met in the Engineering Major (All Concentrations)

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

Courses are scheduled during the day as well as in the late afternoon and evening. Other information and assistance in selecting courses can be obtained from a major advisor in the School of Engineering, or by calling 415-338-1174, by e-mail to, or by writing to:

School of Engineering
San Francisco State University
Science Building
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132.

Civil Engineering (B.S.) — 91 units minimum

Required Courses (76-78 units)

CHEM 115General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry3-5
or CHEM 180 Chemistry for the Energy and the Environment
MATH 226Calculus I4
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering1
ENGR 101Engineering Graphics1
MATH 227Calculus II4
PHYS 220
PHYS 222
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
ENGR 103Introduction to Computers1
MATH 228Calculus III4
PHYS 230General Physics with Calculus II3
PHYS 232General Physics with Calculus II Laboratory1
ENGR 102Statics3
ENGR 235Surveying3
MATH 245Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra3
PHYS 240General Physics with Calculus III3
PHYS 242General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory1
ENGR 200Materials of Engineering3
ENGR 201Dynamics3
ENGR 205Electric Circuits3
ENGR 300Engineering Experimentation3
ENGR 304Mechanics of Fluids3
ENGR 309Mechanics of Solids3
ENGR 434Principles of Environmental Engineering3
ENGR 302Experimental Analysis1
ENGR 323Structural Analysis3
ENGR 429Construction Management3
ENGR 430Soil Mechanics3
ENGR 436Transportation Engineering3
ENGR 696Engineering Design Project I1
ENGR 697GWEngineering Design Project II-GWAR2

Upper Division Engineering Electives (15 units)

Choice of upper division electives must present a clearly identifiable educational objective and ensure that the program requirements in engineering science and design are met by all students. Distribution of credit units among engineering science and design is given in the Advising Guide. A study plan of intended upper division electives must be approved by the student’s advisor and the program coordinator prior to the seventh semester of the engineering program.

A total of 15 units from the following list of courses is required, subject to the minimum number of units specified for each group. Students with a GPA of at least 3.0 and the required prerequisites may take graduate courses (numbered 800 and above) with the approval of their advisor or the program coordinator.

ENGR 303Engineering Thermodynamics3
ENGR 421Structural Engineering Laboratory1
ENGR 425Reinforced Concrete Structures3
ENGR 426Steel Structures3
ENGR 427Wood Structures3
ENGR 431Foundation Engineering3
ENGR 432Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics3
ENGR 435Environmental Engineering Design3
ENGR 439Construction Engineering3
ENGR 441Fundamentals of Composite Materials3
ENGR 461Mechanical and Structural Vibrations3
ENGR 468Applied Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics3
ENGR 469Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems3
ENGR 610Engineering Cost Analysis3
ENGR 699Independent Study1-3
ENGR 825Bridge Engineering and Prestress Reinforced Concrete Structures3
ENGR 826Seismic Hazard Analysis3
ENGR 827Structural Design for Fire Safety3
ENGR 829Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering3
ENGR 830Finite Element Methods in Structural Continuum Mechanics3
ENGR 831Advanced Concrete Structures3
ENGR 832Advanced Topics in Seismic Design3
ENGR 833Principles of Earthquake Engineering3
ENGR 835Advanced Steel Structures3
ENGR 836Structural Design for Earthquakes3
ENGR 837Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.