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Fast-Track (BS+MS) Degree in Civil Engineering Program

The (BS+MS) Degree in Civil Engineering program provides a fast track for students to receive BSCE plus MSCE degree in five years by allowing the double-counting of six (6) credits in both programs. See the program flyer and click here to contact the program coordinator for more information. CE Juniors who have achieved a grade of B or better in the gateway class (see list below) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply to the program. Based on the student’s chosen area of focus, the following gateway classes will be used:

Transportation: CEE361
Geotechnical: CEE 355
Environmental: CEE 330
Coastal, Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water Resources, Coastal: CEE 320
Structures: CEE 381
Construction/Materials: CEE 375

Double counted courses must be taken in the senior year after admission into the program. Six (6) credits are double counted in the two programs: three (3) credits for CEE490 Senior Design Project, and three (3) credits for one 600x course that depends on the student’s area of emphasis, excluding CEE 699 Directed Reading and Research.

Students are permitted to change their areas of concentration provided they meet the criteria for the appropriate Gateway course. Students who wish to change concentration but do not meet the Gateway course requirement will no longer be able to double count the courses as part of the BAM program.
Students must apply to the Fast-Track BS+MS program after their fifth semester (Junior year), click here for the Fast-Track application form. Upon approval from the CE program Coordinator, students will then submit the regular on-line MS application documents to Graduate Division, see Admission Instructions. Early admission to the MS program occurs in the senior year when the two (2) double counted courses are taken. Fast-Track students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during MS studies.

Admitted Fast-Track students should consult the designated program Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for academic advice in their senior year when take double counted courses in their selected fields while completing their undergraduate curriculum requirements to receive the Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Students in the Fast-Track (BS+MS) program can choose either Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Non-Thesis) option to fulfill the MSCE program requirements to receive the MSCE degree in the 5th year. Students will work with their self-chosen graduate advisor to determine their personalized program of courses and their thesis option. The following Five-Year Academic Plan provides the pathway to the Fast-Track (BS+MS) program students to fulfill B.S. plus M.S. program requirements to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Please click here for MSCE program student learning objectives (SLOs), requirements and information.

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