CE Program

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The first "AISC steel sculpture" on the west coast is at CSU, Chico

B. S. in Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering program provides a well-balanced curriculum stressing fundamentals common to the many fields of civil engineering. Requirements range from basic mathematics and science courses to classes dealing with various aspects of the major including: engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, structural analysis and design, transportation and traffic engineering, water resources and hydraulics, and related areas such as surveying and mapping, construction engineering and management, and urban planning and administration.

The program makes extensive use of laboratory courses allowing students to gain valuable insights as a result of practical experiences. Numerous computer applications are implemented throughout the curriculum. Students receive recurring exposure to engineering design, beginning with instruction in fundamental design principles and progressing to participation in multi-faceted, realistic design projects. All lecture and laboratory courses are taught by experienced faculty, not by teaching assistants.

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by ABET, which accredits engineering programs in the United States. All courses in the program contribute to the student learning outcomes specified by ABET. CSU, Chico engineering students' pass rate on the National Fundamentals of Engineering exam is among the highest in the California State University system and is generally above the California and national pass rate.

Faculty and Facilities

There are eight full-time faculty in Civil Engineering. The faculty provides a wide range of experience in engineering analysis, design, research and construction.  Five faculty have doctorates and six are registered professional engineers. The department is also supported by adjunct faculty who teach courses during certain semesters.

The Civil Engineering Department is housed in the Herbert F. Langdon Engineering Center, which provides well-equipped educational laboratories, classrooms, computer facilities, and faculty offices.

Student Organizations 

Membership in a number of professional organizations is available to Civil Engineering students. Their purpose is to provide students with opportunities for professional and personal growth through contacts with other students here and at other universities, engineering faculty, and practicing engineers. The principal organization for Civil Engineering majors is the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Several other student groups work closely with ASCE, including the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

The ASCE, SEAOCC, ITE, EWB, and SWE chapters have been highly successful in receiving regional and national recognition for their outstanding activities. ASCE annually receives high national recognition for its activities. SEAOCC has won many regional competitions in structural design and construction, and has represented all of Northern California and Nevada at many national competitions, finishing second overall in Spring 1999 and first overall in Spring 2000 at the national Student Steel Bridge Competition. EWB is currently working on waste management solutions for a small city in Honduras. With talented students and dedicated faculty and staff, all of these student chapters maintain very high professional standards.

Pre-Graduation Practical Work Opportunities 

Civil Engineering students frequently have opportunities in practical work experience prior to graduation. Possibilities include both intern and co-operative work experience. Some opportunities exist for students to do paid work on civil engineering practice or research projects in conjunction with a faculty member. Other part-time positions are available in the Chico community. The Civil Engineering faculty, the campus placement enter, the cooperative education office, and the student employment office help students locate part-time, temporary summer and post-graduate professional employment.

Career Outlook

The Civil Engineering graduate may typically select one of three directions after graduation: graduate school, employment with government agencies, or employment by private civil engineering and construction firms. People with engineering backgrounds are also in demand in other fields, such as business and law, due to their general expertise in analytic processes. Future demand for civil engineers is expected to increase, primarily due to critical needs in the profession, such as hazardous waste management and restoration of the nation's infrastructure. Many Civil Engineering graduates initiate their own consulting engineering business after five to ten years of work experience.