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See the "Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering" section of this bulletin for additional information on the department, and its programs and faculty.

The department offers a B.S. as well as a minor in Civil Engineering (see following), as well as a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering.

Civil Engineering (CE)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering is to provide students with the principles of engineering and the methodologies necessary for civil engineering practice. This pre-professional program balances the fundamentals common to many specialties in civil engineering and allows for concentration in structures and construction or environmental and water studies.  Students in the major learn to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and civil engineering to conduct experiments, design structures and systems to creatively solve engineering problems, and communicate their ideas effectively. The curriculum includes course work in structural, construction, and environmental engineering. The major prepares students for careers in consulting, industry and government, as well as for graduate studies in engineering.


Mathematics and Science45
45 units minimum; see Basic Requirements 1 and 2 1
Technology in Society
One course; course chosen must be on the SoE Approved Courses list at <> the year taken; see Basic Requirement 4 23-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses required
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
ENGR 90/CEE 70Environmental Science and Technology3
Engineering Depth
Minimum of 68 Engineering Fundamentals plus Engineering Depth; see Basic Requirement 5
CEE 100Managing Sustainable Building Projects 34
CEE 101AMechanics of Materials4
CEE 101BMechanics of Fluids4
CEE 101CGeotechnical Engineering4
CEE 146SEngineering Economics and Sustainability3
Specialty courses in either: 39-42
Environmental and Water Studies (see below)
Structures and Construction (see below)
Other School of Engineering Electives3-0
Total Units115-117

Environmental and Water Studies Focus

ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
CEE 101DComputations in Civil and Environmental Engineering (or CEE 101S) 23
CEE 102Legal and Ethical Principles in Design, Construction, and Project Delivery (or CEE 175A (alt years) or CEE 171 (no longer offered))3
CEE 162ERivers, Streams, and Canals3
CEE 166AWatersheds and Wetlands4
CEE 166BFloods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts4
CEE 172Air Quality Management3
CEE 177Aquatic Chemistry and Biology4
CEE 179AWater Chemistry Laboratory3
CEE 179CEnvironmental Engineering Design5
(or CEE 169) Capstone design experience course
Remaining specialty units from:
CEE 63Weather and Storms 23
CEE 64Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions 23
CEE 107AUnderstanding Energy3-5
CEE 155Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE4
CEE 161CNatural Ventilation of Buildings3
CEE 161IAtmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation3
CEE 162DIntroduction to Physical Oceanography4
CEE 162FCoastal Processes3
CEE 162IAtmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: the Ocean Circulation3
CEE 165CWater Resources Management3
CEE 166D2
CEE 174AProviding Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World3
CEE 174BWastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery3
CEE 176AEnergy Efficient Buildings3-4
CEE 176B100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything3-4
CEE 178Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis3
CEE 199Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering1-4

Structures and Construction Focus

CEE 102Legal and Ethical Principles in Design, Construction, and Project Delivery3
CEE 120ABuilding Information Modeling Workshop (or CEE 120S)3
CEE 156Building Systems4
CEE 180Structural Analysis4
CEE 181Design of Steel Structures4
CEE 182Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures4
CEE 183Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project4
Select one of the following (beyond the 2 required Engineering Fundamentals):4
Introduction to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis
Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis
Introduction to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis
Remaining specialty units from:
ENGR 15Dynamics3
CME 104Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers5
CEE 101DComputations in Civil and Environmental Engineering (or CEE 101S)3
CEE 112AIndustry Applications of Virtual Design & Construction2-4
CEE 112BIndustry Applications of Virtual Design & Construction2-4
CEE 122AComputer Integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction2
CEE 122BComputer Integrated A/E/C2
CEE 131AProfessional Practice: Mixed-Use Design in an Urban Setting (not offered AY 18-19)4
CEE 131BFinancial Management of Sustainable Urban Systems3
CEE 141AInfrastructure Project Development3
CEE 141BInfrastructure Project Delivery3
CEE 151Negotiation3
CEE 155Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE4
CEE 161CNatural Ventilation of Buildings3
CEE 162ERivers, Streams, and Canals3-4
CEE 171Environmental Planning Methods (no longer offered)3
CEE 176AEnergy Efficient Buildings3-4
CEE 176B100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything3-4
CEE 199Undergraduate Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering1-4
CEE 203Probabilistic Models in Civil Engineering3-4
One of the following can also count as remaining specialty units.3-4
CEE 120BBuilding Information Modeling Workshop2-4
Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process
Intermediate Arch Studio

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

Honors Program

This program leads to a B.S. with honors for undergraduates majoring in Civil Engineering or in Environmental Systems Engineering. It is designed to encourage qualified students to undertake a more intensive study of civil and environmental engineering than is required for the normal majors through a substantial, independent research project.

The program involves an in-depth research study in an area proposed to and agreed to by a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty adviser and completion of a thesis of high quality. A written proposal for the research to be undertaken must be submitted and approved by the faculty advisor in the fourth quarter prior to graduation. At the time of application, the student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 for course work at Stanford; this GPA must be maintained to graduation. The thesis is supervised by a CEE faculty adviser and must involve input from the School of Engineering writing program by means of ENGR 202S Directed Writing Projects or ENGR 199W Writing of Original Research for Engineers. The written thesis must be approved by the thesis adviser. Students are encouraged to present their results in a seminar for faculty and students. Up to 10 units of CEE 199H Undergraduate Honors Thesis, may be taken to support the research and writing (not to duplicate ENGR 202S or ENGR 199W). These units are beyond the normal Civil Engineering or Environmental Systems Engineering major program requirements.

Civil Engineering (CE) Minor

The civil engineering minor is intended to give students a focused introduction to one or more areas of civil engineering. Departmental expertise and undergraduate course offerings are available in the areas of Architectural Design, Construction Engineering and Management, and Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Students interested in Environmental and Water Studies should refer to the Environmental Systems Engineering minor. 

The minimum prerequisite for a civil engineering minor is MATH 19 Calculus (or MATH 20 Calculus or MATH 21 Calculus); however, many courses of interest require PHYSICS 41 Mechanics and/or MATH 51 Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications as prerequisites.  The minimum prerequisite for a Civil Engineering minor focusing on architectural design is MATH 19 Calculus (or MATH 20 Calculus or MATH 21 Calculus). Students should recognize that a minor in civil engineering is not an ABET-accredited degree program.

Since undergraduates having widely varying backgrounds may be interested in obtaining a civil engineering minor, and the field itself is so broad, no single set of course requirements will be appropriate for all students. Instead, interested students are encouraged to propose their own set of courses within the guidelines listed below. Additional information, including example minor programs, are provided on the CEE web site and in Chapter 6 of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

General guidelines are:

  1. A civil engineering minor must contain at least 24 units of course work not taken for the major, and must consist of at least six classes of at least 3 units each of letter-graded work, except where letter grades are not offered.
  2. The list of courses must represent a coherent body of knowledge in a focused area, and should include classes that build upon one another. Example programs are given on the CEE webpage.

Professor Anne Kiremidjian ( is the CEE undergraduate minor adviser in Structural Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. John Barton (, Program Director for Architectural Design, is the undergraduate minor adviser in Architectural Design. Students must consult the appropriate adviser when developing their minor program, and obtain approval of the finalized study list from them.