Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Transfer & Post-Baccalaureate Students

Students in the iSTAR lab

One of the strengths of the CEE Department is the diversity of learners in our program, including a strong contingent of post-baccalaureate (or "post-bac") and transfer students. We offer individualized support to ensure you'll succeed in CEE.

General Education Requirements

Transfer Credits and Transfer Analysis

Steps to Apply to the BSCE or BSENVE

Post-Bac Information for Master's vs. Second Bachelors


General Education Requirements

Transfer Students

First-time students with 30 or more transferable quarter credits (20 semester credits) are considered transfer students. General education requirements can be found on the Transfer Student General Education Requirements page.

Post-bac Students

Students who have already earned a regionally accredited bachelor's degree or the equivalent are considered post-baccalaureates. The general education requirements are waived for post-bac students with the following exceptions:

  1. EC 314U: Public & Private Investment (required for all engineering students)
  2. WR 323: Writing as Critical Inquiry (only required for post-bac students who do not hold a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English)

A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at PSU to award a B.S. degree.

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Transfer Credits

Transfer and post-bac students do not need a transfer evaluation conducted by the CEE Department for courses completed at the following community colleges:

  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Clark College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Portland Community College.

The transfer guide for these colleges can be found on the Local Community College Transfer Guide

Transfer Analysis

Students who plan to transfer credits from other institutions will need to request a transfer evaluation for all applicable courses in order to establish equivalencies after admission to PSU. Request a transfer evaluation by emailing, or scheduling an advising appointment with the CEE Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Evan Kristof, via Students will need to provide syllabi for all courses that will be reviewed.

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Steps to Apply to the BSCE or BSENVE

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. Visit our Upper Division Admissions page to learn more on how to apply.

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Master's vs. second Bachelor's degree

In considering options, prospective post-bac students should first consider whether a Master’s degree or second Bachelor’s degree is the most appropriate for their situation. If you don’t already have a degree in engineering or closely related field, a second Bachelor’s degree will likely be the preferred (and shortest) path. Licensure as a professional engineer is generally required for a career in civil or environmental engineering and there are important implications to consider. For more details, please review this advising document on "Qualifying for Admission to the Graduate Program without a Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering".

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Can I take some courses at community colleges?

Yes, students can complete the lower division (100 and 200 level) math, science, and engineering requirements at PSU or at other local transfer institutions. Note that students who are planning to apply to PSU Admissions as a Post-Baccalaureate student should still contact the CEE Department to request a post-bac transfer analysis to apply courses from other institutions toward the major requirements, if applicable. 

Do I pay graduate tuition as a post-bac?

Post-bac students are charged the undergraduate tuition rate for all 100-400 level courses at PSU. Graduate tuition rates are applied to all 500 level courses for Post-bac students.

How long does it generally take to earn a post-bac BSCE or BSENVE degree?

Depending on your math placement or previous math experience, a student can take between 3 and 4 years to complete a degree if they are able to attend full-time. Once admitted to PSU, you can work with one of our engineering advisors to develop a course plan specific to your experience and needs.

Are there any special Financial Aid considerations?

Students should speak directly with the PSU Financial Aid office to find out what their options are.

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