Makeup Requirements

Those who intend to apply for graduate study in civil and environmental engineering but do not hold a baccalaureate in civil engineering programs accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), must complete certain undergraduate requirements before beginning any of the graduate programs in the department.

Mathematics and Science

It is expected that those students who enter the upper-division engineering science and civil engineering courses (on the make-up list) as well as graduate courses, will have completed the following sequence of SJSU mathematics and science courses, or their equivalents at another university or community college:


  • Math 30 Calculus I or Math 30P
  • Math 31 Calculus II
  • Math 32 Calculus III
  • Math 133A Differential Equations
  • Math 129A (not required, but recommended for structural students)


  • Phys. 50-Gen. Phys (mechanics)
  • Phys. 51-Gen. Phys (electricity and magnetism)


  • Chem 1A- Chemistry for Engineers
  • Chem 1B - (not required, but recommended for environmental students)

Civil Engineering:

  • CE 190 (Numerical Analysis)
  • CE 192 (Statistic and Probability)

Also, all students entering the upper division in engineering must be prepared to work in an interactive computer environment.

Engineering Science and Civil Engineering

The following table contains prerequisite lists for each of the special areas within civil engineering in which this department offers graduate programs. Students intending to earn masters in civil engineering at SJSU must complete these either at SJSU or in some other ABET-accredited engineering program. It is best to complete them before applying for graduate standing, although they may be taken as a Conditionally Classified Graduate Student.

These requirements are to be considered minimal. Others might be added in special cases. Deletions are possible, but only in exceptional cases where applicants have clearly demonstrated knowledge and experience equivalent to course content here at SJSU.

Students who have pursued engineering programs at U.S. institutions in which none of the programs have been accredited by ABET will be required to take the prerequisites indicated. This will also be true for those whose bachelor's degrees are in ABET-accredited technology programs.

Requirements (indicated by entry of units), by specialty area:

Subjects and Courses Structural Construction Environmental Geotechnical Transportation Water Resources
Engineering Sciences
CE 095 Statics 3 3 3 3 3 3
ME 101 Dynamics 3     3    
ME 111 Fluid Mechanics 3 3 3 3 3 3
CE 112 Mechs of Matls 3 3 3 3 3 3
Civil & Environmental Engineering
CE 008 Plane Engineering   3     3 3
CE 120 Const. Matls Lab 1 (recommended) 1   1 1  
CE 121 Transportation Engr.         3  
CE 130 CE Econ. Analysis   2 2   2 2
CE 131 CE Contract./Specs   3        
CE 140 Soil Mechanics 4 4 4 4 4 4
CE 150 Intro. Water Resources     3 3 3 3
CE 160 Struc. Mechs I 3 3   3    
CE 162 Concrete Struc. 3          
CE 170 Intro. Envir. Engr.     3     3
CE 190 Numerical Analysis 2 2 2 2 2 2
CE 192 Statistics and Probability 2 2 2 2 2 2
TOTAL UNITS** 26+ 29 25 28 29 28

** Not including pre-engineering mathematics and science courses (listed previously)