The undergraduate minor in civil engineering serves CU Boulder students interested in an introductory exposure to the broad discipline of civil engineering. The minor is intended to expose students to five sub-disciplines of civil engineering.


Admission Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher is required to be admitted to the minor.

The minor is not open to students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in civil engineering or the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Design Engineering with a civil engineering disciplinary emphasis.


The following prerequisite courses are required, with a grade of C- or higher in each. A student may be accepted into the minor with no more than two of these courses as deficiencies. All deficiencies must be completed before the minor is awarded.

Program Requirements

Grade Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.000 is required in the courses used to satisfy the minor requirements, with no individual grade lower than C-.


The minor requires 18 credit hours, at least nine of which must be CVEN courses completed on the CU Boulder campus. The minor is composed of five required courses plus one additional proficiency or advanced course.

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses
CVEN 3246Introduction to Construction3
CVEN 3323Hydraulic Engineering3
CVEN 3414Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
CVEN 3525Structural Analysis3
CVEN 3708Geotechnical Engineering 13
Additional Courses
One additional proficiency or advanced course in one of the following sub-disciplines:3
Construction Engineering and Management
Construction Equipment and Methods
Pre-construction Estimating and Scheduling
Environmental Engineering
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Water Chemistry
Introduction to Applied Ecology
Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management
Introduction to Environmental Microbiology
Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering 2
Structural Engineering
Steel Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Water Resource Engineering
Engineering Hydrology
Groundwater Engineering
Civil Systems
Civil Engineering Systems
Total Credit Hours18