Choose Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering
The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics offers Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering, including an emphasis in construction management, and architectural engineering, as well as multiple specialized programs and a minor in civil engineering
Specialized undergraduate degrees available from UA CAEM include an accelerated master's program, a Certificate to Master's Program in Transportation available exclusively to students at Soochow and Tongji universities, and a microcampus initiative in Cambodia.
BS in Civil Engineering
Students interested in building and maintaining the physical structures of society through design, construction and management pursue a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The program covers the following subject areas:
- Construction engineering management
- Environmental engineering
- Geotechnical engineering and geomechanics
- Hydrology, hydraulic engineering and water resources engineering
- Structural engineering
- Transportation, traffic, highway and airport engineering
Construction Engineering Management Emphasis
Through CAEM’s Construction Engineering Management emphasis, students can focus on technical engineering and the business side of the construction industry. Technical electives in construction management, scheduling, and quantity take-off and cost estimating complement seminars on leadership, internships, construction site visits, guest speakers, clubs and competitions.
For more information, see Construction Engineering Management (PDF).
BS in Architectural Engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering is for students concentrating on design concepts and multidisciplinary engineering principles. Subjects include:
- Architectural lighting
- Engineering economics
- Materials processing
- Structural health analysis and monitoring
- Water and energy efficiency
Civil Engineering Minor
A minor in civil engineering requires completion of 20 units, with at least nine from upper-division coursework and at least three in residence:
- 17 units from CE 323, CE 333, CE 343, CE 363, and either CHEE 370R or CE 381
- Three units from CE 334 or CE 335
A cumulative GPA of 2.0 in these courses is required to fulfill the civil engineering minor. Use the academic advisement report (PDF) to keep track of your progress toward a minor.
The civil engineering program provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to work on a variety of projects. Architectural engineering incorporates elements from fields such as systems engineering, electrical engineering and materials science.
Four-Year Degree Plans
The College of Engineering’s four-year degree plans chart the advised sequence of courses for bachelor’s degrees in civil or architectural engineering.
Visit CAEM Undergraduate Courses for a list of courses and associated syllabi.
Additionally, schedules of courses for civil engineering and architectural engineering, through spring 2022, are available.
- Civil Engineering 200/300 Core Courses Offered by Semester (PDF)
- Architectural Engineering Core Courses Offered by Semester (PDF)
Course Flow Charts
Design and Analysis Courses
In addition to core courses and prerequisites, the undergraduate civil engineering and architectural engineering programs require a minimum of five courses based in either design or analytics, with at least one elective in design.
- Civil Engineering Design and Analysis Courses – Before 2014 (PDF)
- Civil Engineering Design and Analysis Courses – After 2014 (PDF)
- Architectural Engineering Design and Analysis Courses (PDF)
- Civil Engineering Pre- and Co-requisites – Before 2017 (PDF)
- Civil Engineering Pre- and Co-requisites – After 2017 (PDF)
- Architectural Engineering Pre- and Co-requisites (PDF)
- Civil Engineering Technical Electives – Five-Year Plan (PDF)
- Architectural Engineering Technical Electives (PDF)
Students transferring into CAEM from community colleges, please see the College of Engineering’s transfer admissions page.
Before taking 300- and 400-level classes, students must be granted advanced standing through the College of Engineering. Advanced standing in CAEM requires a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA and completion of specific courses.The department lists CAEM advanced standing requirements here: advanced standing requirements (XCL).
Accelerated Master’s Program
The Accelerated Master’s Program for Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree in as few as five years. See CAEM Graduate Degrees for more information.
Certificate for Construction Engineering Management
The Undergraduate Certificate for Construction Engineering Management is career oriented. Courses focus on practical skills, and students engage with guest speakers and mentors, visit construction sites, work with plans and documents, and participate in internships.
Certificate to Master’s Program in Transportation
The UA Certificate to Master’s Program allows students to obtain a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Arizona. Students at Tongji University or Soochow University in China apply to the program during the third year of their undergraduate studies, begin taking online UA courses during their fourth year, and come to the UA’s Tucson campus during their fifth year to take remaining courses.
Civil Engineering in Cambodia
The University of Arizona in 2017 opened a location at American University of Phnom Pehn, a private, nonprofit university in Cambodia. Civil engineering was among the first programs offered at this microcampus. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program study at either campus, are co-taught by UA and AUPP instructors, and earn degrees from both institutions.