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Civil Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

Civil Engineers design the infrastructure of our world, from bridges and freeways to sewer systems and libraries. Their work touches nearly every facet of our society’s everyday lives, including but not limited to structures, water supply, waste management, materials, construction, geotechnical, the environment and transportation. Their work is vital, particularly in Southern California where environmental, transportation and water issues are of major importance, and where structural problems, especially related to earthquakes, demand sound engineering solutions.

The Civil Engineering program is offered at California State University Northridge.

Civil Engineering majors at CSUN receive a solid, broad-based education. During the first two years and into the third year, all Engineering majors complete a common engineering core curriculum. Among the many topic areas in the core curriculum are mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering materials, electrical circuits, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics and engineering economy.

The junior and senior years in Civil Engineering build on the common engineering core curriculum. These two years include instruction in structures, vibration analysis, hydraulics, soil mechanics, surveying, computer-aided design and graphics, strength of materials, concrete and steel design, construction engineering and senior design.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will accept increasing levels of responsibility over time and obtain their desired professional registrations.
  • Graduates will continue further studies in engineering and other professional disciplines as appropriate to their careers.
  • Graduates will develop creative engineering solutions to project challenges that are cost-effective and environmentally sensitive.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • A proficiency in a minimum of four recognized major civil engineering areas.
  • An ability to perform civil engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum.
  • An understanding of such professional practice issues as procurement of work; bidding versus quality based selection processes; how design professionals and construction professionals interact to construct a project; the importance of professional licensure and continuing education; and/or other professional practice issues.

Educational Objectives

To carry out the mission of the Civil Engineering program, the faculty has established the following educational objectives. During the first few years following graduation, the graduates of the Civil Engineering program will have the following qualities:

Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    127 alternative credits

    • 127-128 Credits 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engineering Statics
  • Computer Applications in Civil Engineering and Lab
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • Calculus
  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Materials Lab
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electricity and Magnetism Lab
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Mechanics Lab
  • Surveying and Lab
  • Construction Engineering and Lab
  • Structures I and Lab
  • Strength of Materials
  • Surveying with GPS Applications and Lab
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Economic Analysis

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    45

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
  • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
  • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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