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Selective Admission

Application Deadlines

Admissions Eligibility

Transfer Student Information

Deferring Admission

Continuation Criteria

Students may declare civil or environmental engineering as their major at any time after enrolling at Portland State University. However, students must be admitted formally to the BSCE or BSENVE program before they will be allowed to enroll in restricted, upper-division courses offered by the program. Applications for the BSCE and BSENVE programs are online (see links below). In addition to the Departmental online application form, students transferring from other institutions must also apply for admission to PSU and submit one copy of their transcripts to the PSU Office of Admissions.

Application Checklist

  1. Apply to the University (unless already admitted): PSU Admissions 
  2. Apply to the department: Application for BS in Civil Engineering, OR BS in Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Engineering Minor

  3. Please note: this application is only for students who have completed the majority or all of their lower division course work and are ready to start the Junior year engineering course work. This application is not for lower division students interested in applying to PSU. Please see #1 above for that information.

  4. As part of your application you will be asked to submit transcripts from all non-PSU institutions with coursework applicable to the degree. Your application cannot be processed until all transcripts are received.
    • If you are currently in progress at another insitution, you may submit unofficial transcripts in .pdf form as part of your application, or you may send them via email to the CEE Department to

    • Once you have completed your coursework you must send copies of official transcripts to PSU. If there is no official record of your transfer course completion, you may experience registration issues that could delay access to courses and graduation. We recommend that official transcripts are give to PSU as early as possible.

Selective Admission – BSCE and BSENVE

To ensure the highest quality of our programs, the CEE Department has a selective admission process. This may limit the number of applicants accepted to our programs even if they meet the minimum requirements. The selective admission process follows these guidelines:

  1. The number of applicants to the program will be limited for Fall, Winter and Spring admission. The admission limit is based on available CEE resources.
  2. A committee of CEE faculty and staff make admission decisions after reviewing each applicant’s admission materials.
  3. Factors that are taken into account in ranking students are:

a.    Combined GPA in all required lower division math, science, and engineering courses. 
b.    Schools attended. Priority, within reasonable limits, will be given to PSU students.
c.    Other course grades and overall GPA.

Application Deadlines – BSCE and BSENVE

  • FALL TERM 2015- APRIL 15, 2015
  • *WINTER TERM 2016- SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
  • *SPRING TERM 2016- DECEMBER 15, 2015

*Due to course flow and prerequisites, admittance to the BSCE or BSENVE programs is recommended for the Fall term only.  However, mid-year admission is occasionally possible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


Admissions Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to the CEE program, each student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete, with a minimum grade of C, all freshman and sophomore courses as listed on the program application.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.33 in all engineering and computer science courses.
  3. Complete a minimum of 90 credits (or be a post-baccalaureate student).
  4. The process of Selective Admission and the strength of the applicant pool generally raise the requirements: in recent years, the minimum GPA of admitted students was close to 3.0. Even though "C" grades are considered passing, a "C" average in the required classes is not strong enough to compete in the selective admission process. It is important to get strong grades ("B" or better) in the required lower division classes.

Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering

  1. Complete, with a minimum grade of C and a minimum GPA of 2.33 the following courses: Mth 251, 252, 254, 256, 261; Ch 221, 222, 227, 228; Ph 221*, 222*, 223*, 214, 215, 216; EAS 211, 212, 215; CE 111, 112, 115, 211, 212; UnSt (27 credits) or transfer 27 credits of arts and letters, including WR 121, WR 227 and Comm 100 or Comm 220 (recommended).
  2. Have a minimum GPA overall of 2.33.
  3. Complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Engineering

  1. Complete, with a minimum grade of C and a minimum GPA of 2.33 the following courses: BI 234, 235; CH 221, 222, 227, 228; EAS 211, 212, 215; CE 111, 112, 115; MTH 251, 252, 254, 256, 261; PH 221*, 222*, 223*, 214, 215, 216; Freshman/Sophomore Inquiry (27 credits) or transfer 27 credits of Arts and Letters including WR 121, WR 227 and Comm 100 or Comm 220 (recommended). * Ph 211, 212, 213 can be substituted.
  2. Have a minimum GPA overall of 2.33.
  3. Complete a minimum of 90 credits.

If you are missing only one or two of the required courses, you may be admitted conditionally with the requirement that you complete the missing courses within a specified time. However, in general, you need to have completed all the lower division courses with an acceptable grade.

Students may apply to the program if they anticipate completing all eligibility requirements (see “Eligibility” above) for the program prior to the term of admission. Transfer students must submit additional application material (see “Transfer Students” below).

Transfer Students

There are many students in our program who transfer from community colleges and other institutions. They are heartily welcomed and often do very well here at PSU. Transfer students must be formally admitted to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in order to register for upper-division engineering courses and to graduate from the program. To be formally admitted, transfer students must:

  • Meet all eligibility requirements (see “Eligibility” above).
  • Apply for admission to PSU.
  • Have a copy of official transcripts sent to the PSU Office of Admissions.
  • Apply for program admission to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Transfer students must fulfill PSU general education requirements. Where you fit into PSU’s general education program depends on the number of credits you are transferring in. If you are majoring in engineering, you must have Writing 121 and Sp 100 (or equivalent), and 39 total University Studies courses and Liberal Arts/Social Science (A minimum of 12 credits of upper division cluster courses must be taken at PSU). Consult with an advisor about your general education program. Transfer Equivalency Catalogs showing course equivalence from local community colleges and others can be found on the PSU Web page.

Once you are admitted to PSU, you will receive a “transfer evaluation” showing what PSU has accepted. Note: Most engineering “technical” courses do not transfer to a four-year Bachelor of Science program, so transfer students should be in contact with an advisor to be sure they are choosing courses that are equivalent to PSU’s four-year engineering program.

Deferring Admission

Students who are unable to start in the fall term to which they are admitted must let the CEE Department know as soon as possible they won't be attendingDue to the selective admission process and space limitations, the CEE Department can not hold spots in future years for deferring students. Students in this situation will need to alert the CEE Department before the application deadline for the following year (April 15th) that they would like to be considered for admission for the coming fall term.  Email the Department at, and include any updated coursework information.

Students who wish to defer from a fall term admission to winter or spring of the same year must meet with a CEE Department advisor to discuss their options.  Contact the Department at the above email address to set up an appointment.


Continuation Criteria for All Students

After admission to the CE program, students will be expected to make satisfactory progress toward their declared degree and will be subject to the following rules:

  1. The term GPA in all courses taken at PSU must be 2.00 or higher.
  2. At the conclusion of each term of the academic year, full-time students are normally expected to complete a minimum of 9 credits applicable towards their degree program. Part-time students are expected to complete a minimum of 12 applicable credits per academic year.
  3. Students will be placed on probation when their term GPA as described in (1) is below 2.00, or their progress toward the degree is less than in (2).
  4. Students placed on probation for two consecutive terms or for a total of three terms will be suspended from the program. Students will also be suspended if not enrolled in engineering courses for three consecutive terms.
  5. Students denied admission or suspended must wait at least one term before reapplying.