BSc in Civil Engineering

General

Program Description

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams, and buildings. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to federal levels, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.

Why should you consider Civil, Construction, or Environmental Engineering as your fields of study? 

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering is unique for several reasons. All three-degree programs represent "people-serving" professions. Without them, there would not be such magnificent projects as the Great Wall of China, Roman aqueducts, Hoover Dam, Sears Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and our national interstate highway system. Without them, we would not have drinking water or common sanitary amenities we use every day. Without them, our standard of living would be drastically lower. All three are stable professions that command a good salary. All three have excellent long term prospects for employment. All three will give you a noble, satisfying, long-term career.

Why SDSU? The ten top reasons are listed below:

  1.  Excellent faculty
  2.  Diverse programs
  3.  Modern facilities
  4.  Newest learning tools
  5.  Great learning through research
  6.  Leadership skills through student organizations
  7.  Involvement in student projects
  8.  Environment that enhances learning
  9.  Close links with industry
  10.  International interactions

Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-21)

The total estimated cost of attendance includes tuition expenses for which you are billed, housing expenses, which include food and housing, and transportation, and additional expenses, such as books, supplies, and personal expenses. Costs of attendance are subject to change by the Trustees of the California State University without prior notice. The amounts indicated are the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU full time for the 2020–21 academic year (9 months):

Domestic undergraduate

Tuition Expenses California Residents Nonresidents (Out-of-State)
Basic Tuition and Fees $7,720 $7,720
Nonresident Tuition* $0 $11,880
Living Expenses - -
Housing and Food† $18,531 $18,531
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Transportation $1,121 $1,121
Books and Supplies $1,079 $1,079
Miscellaneous and Personal $1,789 $1,789
Total $30,240 $42,120

*Undergraduate nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $396 per unit. Graduate nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $396 per unit.

†Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for two years. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule on the Rates web page of the Housing and Residential Education website. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request. The cost listed for an upper-division transfer is based on a student living off-campus.

‡Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For domestic undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969, transportation to be $1,587, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969; transportation to be $2,316, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For international freshmen, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $1,587. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,038. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,316.

International undergraduate

Tuition Expenses First-Year Freshman Upper-Division Transfer
Basic Tuition and Fees $7,720 $7,720
Nonresident Tuition* $11,880 $11,880
Living Expenses - -
Housing and Food† $18,531 $13,860
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Books, Supplies, Transportation‡ $2,200 $2,149
Health Insurance*‡ $1,703 $1,703
Total $42,034 $37,312

*‡Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is t ... Read More

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of more than 35,000 students. We offer 97 bachelor's, 84 masters, and 21 doctoral degree programs. Read less