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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Majors

Once convinced that Civil and Environmental Engineering is the appropriate field, students may “declare” the major during the sophomore or junior year. The major is open to all Stanford undergraduate students in good academic standing.

SURGE Students

Undergraduate Handbook

The Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs contains full details for all undergraduate programs in the CEE Department. This is essential reading for prospective undergraduate CEE students.

 

School of Engineering Undergraduate Handbook

Undergraduate Majors

Architectural Design

The Architectural Design major seeks to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. With access to hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of courses, students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems and structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses.

Atmosphere and Energy

Atmosphere/Energy encompasses two broad themes: understanding energy effects on air pollution, climate and weather, and mitigating such problems through the development, implementation and analysis of renewable and efficient technologies and renewable energy resources.

Civil Engineering (ABET accredited)

The civil engineering profession is concerned with the built environment. Civil engineers plan, design and construct major facilities including buildings, bridges, water and sanitation systems, transportation systems, energy systems and other civil infrastructure. Civil engineers help manage our air, water and energy resources and help protect society from natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and storms. Civil engineers also work to provide protection and remediation of the environment.

Environmental Systems Engineering

The Environmental Systems Engineering major is designed to prepare students for incorporating environmentally sustainable design, strategies and practices into natural and built systems. It focuses on preparing engineers for the 21st century challenges we will face in and near our cities, due to factors such as global climate change and population increase. Students can focus on coastal regions, freshwater systems, or urban energy and infrastructure.

Declaring CEE as your major

Stanford undergraduates who wish to declare Civil and Environmental Engineering as their major should review the declaring deadlines and other information about declaring on the Registrar’s website. Interested students may also wish to consult with an undergraduate advisor about declaring this major.

Instructions

Undergraduate Minor in CEE

Requirements for a minor in Civil Engineering

A description of the Civil Engineering (CE) Minor can be found in the Stanford Bulletin.

The guidelines and procedures for declaring a minor in Civil Engineering are found in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Please also complete a CEE Civil Engineering Minor program sheet to turn in to the CEE student services office when you declare your minor.

Example Programs for different focus areas within the Civil Engineering minor.

Requirements for a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering

A description of the Environmental Systems Engineering (EnvSE) Minor can be found in the Stanford Bulletin.

The guidelines and procedures for declaring a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering are found in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Students must also complete a CEE Environmental Systems Engineering minor program sheet to turn in to the CEE student services office when they declare their minor.

Example programs for different focus areas within the Environmental Systems Engineering minor (PDF).

VPUE

VPUE Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an undergraduate research program, through funding provided by Stanford’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The program is geared primarily to support full-time research appointments over the summer session, but alternative proposals will be considered, subject to funding availability. The research awards will be based on a competitive application process.

Learn how to submit a VPUE Summer Undergraduate Research Program application.

Learn More about VPUE

Honors Program

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Honors 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’s Technical Communication Program (Huang 049) by means of ENGR 202S: Directed Writing Projects or its equivalent. 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). These units are beyond the normal Civil Engineering or Environmental Systems Engineering major program requirements.

For more information, please contact Student Services.

Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
473 Via Ortega, Room 314, MC 4020
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: (650) 723-3074
Fax: (650) 725-8662