Degree Requirements

Core Courses

  • Environmental Engineering
  • a) Core Courses (8 units): Students must choose either a “Water track” or an “Air track”
    WATER TRACK: Complete the following.
    - ECI 243A (4 units) - Water and Waste Treatment 
    - ECI 243B (4 units) - Water and Waste Treatment 

    AIR TRACK: Complete the following.
    ECI 242 Air Quality (4 units)
    ECI 247 Aerosols (4 units)

    b) Elective Courses
    In addition to the above required core courses for the Water or Air track, students in the Environmental Engineering track are encouraged to complete as an elective two quarters of
    ECI 296: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Seminar (1 unit each quarter; 2 units)
    **These units will not count towards the required 36 units total.
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • a) Core Courses (12-13 units): Students pursuing the Geotechnical Engineering track must complete the following core course,
    - ECI 281A – Advanced Soil Mechanics (4 units)

    and an additional two core courses from the following list:
    - ECI 259 - Asphalt and Asphalt Mixes (4 units)
    - ECI 280A - Nonlinear Finite Elements for Elastic-Plastic Problems (4 units)
    - ECI 280B - Nonlinear Dynamic Finite Elements (5 units)
    - ECI 281B - Advanced Soil Mechanics (4 units)
    - ECI 282 - Pavement Design and Rehabilitation (4 units)
    - ECI 283 - Physico-Chemical Aspects of Soil Behavior (4 units)
    - ECI 284 - Theoretical Geomechanics (4 units)
    - ECI 286 - Advanced Foundation Design (4 units)
    - ECI 287 -Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (4 units)

    - ECI 288 - Earth and Rockfill Dams (4 units)

    b) Elective Courses
    Students interested in geotechnical engineering practice are encouraged to take:
    - ECI 281B - Advanced Soil Mechanics (4 units)
  • Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics
  • a) Core Courses (12-16 units): Students pursuing the Structural Engineering or Structural Mechanics track are encouraged to complete all four, but must complete a minimum of three of the following core courses:
    - ECI 201 - Introduction to Theory of Elasticity (4 units)
    - ECI 211A - Advanced Matrix Structural Analysis (4 units) (formerly ECI 211)
    - ECI 212A - The Finite Element Method in Structural Mechanics (4 units)
    - ECI 213 - Analysis of Structures Subjected to Dynamic Loads (4 units)
  • Transportation Engineering
  • a) Core Courses (17-18 units) - Students pursing the Transportation Engineering track must complete the following core courses:
    - ECI 251 – Transportation Demand Analysis (4 units)
    - ECI 256 – Urban Traffic Management and Control (4 units)
    - An economics course such as ECN 100, ECN 145, ECI 268, ARE 275, ARE/ESP 175, ARE 176, or a course similar in spirit as approved by the Transportation Engineering Area Advisor (econometrics courses are normally not considered similar in spirit: they are statistics-oriented, and can have relatively little economics content per se). (3-4 units)
    - TTP 281 – ITS weekly seminar series: must be taken each quarter for at least the first two years (or until graduation). Can be waived due to a conflict with another course, after confirmation with the Transportation Engineering Area Advisor.
    Note: This course does not count towards the number of units needed on your program of study
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • a) Core Courses (8 units): Students pursuing the Water Resources Engineering track must complete two core courses from the following list:
    - ECI 240 - Water Quality (4 units)
    - ECI 260 – Sediment Transport (4 units)
    - ECI 264A – Transport, Mixing and Water Quality in River and Lakes (4 units)
    - ECI 272A - Advanced Hydrogeology (4 units) *last offered 2014-15
    - ECI 272N – Transport through Porous Media (4 units) (currently offered at ECI 289I)
    - ECI 273 - Water Resource Systems (4 units)
    - ECI 274 – Introduction to Turbulence (4 units) (previously offered as ECI 289I)
    - ECI 276 - Watershed Hydrology (4 units)
    - ECI 277A - Computational River Mechanics (4 units)
    - ECI 278 – Hydrodynamics (3 units)
    - ECI 279 - Advanced Mechanics of Fluids (4 units)

  • Required Background Courses for Students Without an Engineering Degree
  • Students without a BS in Engineering who are admitted to the CEE graduate program are required to complete the following courses or equivalents. The engineering nature of prior degrees or individual courses may be certified by the Graduate Advisor, with appeal to the Graduate Program Committee based on the course content of prior degrees.  Students should complete the "Prerequisite Completion" form. This requirement is a total of 6 to 7 Upper Division Undergraduate courses. 

    Select four courses from the following six categories:
    - ECI 100 or ENG 103 Fluid Mechanics 4 units
    - ENG 104 Mechanics of Materials 4 units
    - ECI 140B or ENG 105* Thermodynamics 4 units (* or Chem 110C or Chem 107A or Chem 107B)
    - ECI 141 Engineering Hydraulics 3 units
    - ECI 115 Computer Methods 4 units

    - ECI 114 Probabilistic Systems Analysis 4 units

    Including at least two of the following three classes:
    - ECI 100 or ENG 103
    - ENG 104

    - ECI 140B or ENG 105

    In addition to the above courses, students must complete upper division engineering course units (typically 2-3 courses) approved by the students Major Professor or Graduate Adviser. 

Special Requirements

  • Public Speaking and Technical Presentation
  • Students are required to acquire or demonstrate proficiency in public speaking and technical presentation. Students satisfy this requirement by completing an approved ECI course (below), by participating and presenting in an appropriate seminar series (e.g. ECI 296), or by giving an oral presentation at a conference and receiving feedback, or an equivalent speaking experience approved by the Major Professor and Graduate Advisor. 

    Approved Course List:
    - ECI 211A
    - ECI 233
    - ECI 239

    - ECI 243A
    - ECI 243 L
    - ECI 256
    - ECI 262 (formerly ECI 289I)
    - ECI 274 (formerly ECI 289I)
    - ECI 290 (last offered Spring 2019)
    - ECI 291 (MS II Capstone Course, formerly ECI 289C)
    - ECI 292C (MS II Capstone Course Series, formerly ECI 289D)
  • ECI 390 (Teaching Assistant Training)
  • ECI 390 is required for Teaching Assistants in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the same quarter as the student is serving as a TA, but does not count toward degree requirements.
  • First Year English Course Requirement
  • All graduate students must take an English language course during their first academic year, unless:
    - The student has an undergraduate or graduate degree from an approved English-medium institution, as confirmed with the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies; or
    - The student has a TOEFL (iBT) score of 105 or higher or IELTS score of 7.5 or higher; or
    - The student scored 24 or higher on the TOEFL (iBT) writing and 23 or higher on the TOEFL (iBT) speaking. 

    More information about the requirement, and approved English language courses can be found on the International & Academic English website

  • Other
  • Students are responsible for meeting all Graduate Program, Departmental, College, and Graduate Studies requirements set forth in the Guidance Manual, the Degree Requirements, the General Catalog and Class Schedule. 

Please read the full Guidance Manual for Graduate Students and their Advisors for complete policy and requirements. Please see this website for program requirements as approved by the Graduate Council on November 15, 2019:

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