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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Upcoming events

Friday Transportation Seminar: Forging Equity in Cities: Using…

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Add to my Calendar 2021-03-05 11:30:00 2021-03-05 12:30:00 Friday Transportation Seminar: Forging Equity in Cities: Using Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD) as a Bluepr We are committed to making decisions that promote the success and well-being of our campus community. Like an increasing number of universities nationwide, Portland State is taking steps to respond to the global pandemic. Until further notice, all live events hosted by TREC will be online only. Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online at 11:30 AM. Register Here THE TOPIC Racial equity, wealth building, public health and climate resilience goals are only possible through cross sectional engagement that includes city, state, and regional governments, community-based organizations, and private sector partners. Please join us for this jointly sponsored seminar and workshop to learn about models of community engagement for equitable transportation and housing development. As a part of the TREC (Transportation Research and Education Center) Friday Transportation Seminar, Roberto Requejo, Program Director at Elevated Chicago, will discuss their community organizing and empowerment work to create equitable transit oriented development (eTOD) in Chicago. Their efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into planning and infrastructure investments center on community-focused benefits such as access to affordable housing and increasing public health outcomes. Mr. Requejo will discuss how this effort focuses on people, place, and process to create more vibrant, prosperous, and resilient neighborhoods and how these lessons can inform community processes in other jurisdictions that include transportation development and beyond. KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES Understand how a cross-sector coalition works to advance equitable development Learn the difference between TOD and ETOD Discover how ETOD looks like in different Chicago neighborhoods Discuss how ETOD can solve --rather than trigger -- displacement and address post-pandemic challenges SPEAKER Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago Roberto Requejo is an urban planner specialized in transit-oriented community development with a focus on affordable housing, and a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) learner, leader and practitioner. Since April 2017, Roberto has led Elevated Chicago as its program director by developing the collaborative’s foundational work culture, values and governance; coordinating its strategies and workplan; mobilizing $4M in resources; and developing processes to ensure racial equity and inclusion in grantmaking, capital investment, systems change, knowledge sharing, and community engagement. During the last 18 years, Roberto has helped public, private and nonprofit organizations --including The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Fed, Citi Community Capital, or Metropolitan Planning Council-- become more effective, inclusive and equitable. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance. LEARN MORE Photo by bukharova/iStock Sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly updates. The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education. America/Los_Angeles public

CEE Open Zoom Hour

The CEE Department will be hosting an open zoom hour winter term on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 PM starting January 15th and ending on March 5th. This…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-05 20:30:00 2021-03-04 08:46:08 CEE Open Zoom Hour The CEE Department will be hosting an open zoom hour winter term on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 PM starting January 15th and ending on March 5th. This hour-long event is open to all CEE undergraduate and graduate students that would like to say hello, see a face, ask a question, or just chat about your day. We miss seeing you at the front desk and would like to provide this virtual event as an opportunity to see and hear from you! CEE Staff Kiley Melicker and Sam Parsons will be hosting the event with occasional visits from Department Manager Sarah Phillips and Department Chair Chris Monsere. We look forward to seeing you there! -CEE Department Zoom link: CEE Staff at CEE Staff at America/Los_Angeles public

MS Project Presentation Announcement: Keith Male

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Keith Male's MS Project Presentation: "Zero Emissions Plasma Gasification of Municipal Solid Waste" Date: …
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-12 10:00:00 2021-03-12 11:00:00 MS Project Presentation Announcement: Keith Male The CEE Department is pleased to announce Keith Male's MS Project Presentation: "Zero Emissions Plasma Gasification of Municipal Solid Waste" Date: Friday, March 12th, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Zoom link: Advisor: Dr. Gwynn Johnson Abstract: The goal of this project was to develop a prototype plasma gasification system to treat municipal solid waste (MSW) with no regulated emissions in a footprint small enough to be transported to wherever waste was generated.  This project started with a review of current MSW treatment methods and of the emissions produced from thermal breakdown of MSW.  A review of air quality regulations and emission control technologies was then used to select the emission control systems to be used for a small-scale plasma gasification system.   This plasma gasification system began with a plasma torch and cooling system being designed, built, and tested with various electrode materials and designs.  The torch was tested using compressed air, nitrogen, and a mixture of argon and hydrogen.  Tungsten was chosen for the positive electrode and copper for the negative electrode, with compressed nitrogen as the process gas.  A gasification chamber was designed and built to handle the molten material and act as a platform for the torch-centering device, exhaust port, and viewing window.  Several emission control systems were built based on expected pollutants of MSW decomposition.  These controls include a particle separator, catalytic converter and a packed column scrubber.  Gas and atmospheric sensors were then programmed and installed in the exhaust gas stream. This prototype plasma gasification system was built with the intent of testing various materials one at a time and measuring the emissions produced.  This data would then have been used to modify and improve the emission controls used to eliminate or capture any contaminants in the syngas, with the intent of having the syngas be a mixture of only hydrogen and carbon monoxide.  Later additions would include a fuel cell to be used with the hydrogen, a heat exchanger and turbine to recover energy from the heat produced, and material recovery systems for the contaminants detected.  The testing plan and further development were halted due to the global pandemic restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus.   Event will be hosted online at the following zoom link: CEE Staff at CEE Staff at America/Los_Angeles public

MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes' Thesis Defense: "Undrained Cyclic Loading of Low Plasticity Silty Soils in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-12 11:00:00 2021-03-12 13:00:00 MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes The CEE Department is pleased to announce Angelica Melissa Preciado Reyes' Thesis Defense: "Undrained Cyclic Loading of Low Plasticity Silty Soils in the Pacific Northwest Using Laboratory and Field Cyclic Shear Testing" Date: Friday, March 12th, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zoom link: Advisors: Dr. Arash Khosravifar and Dr. Diane Moug Abstract: The cyclic behavior of a fine-grained low plasticity silty soil (plasticity index of approximately 15) at a site in Portland, Oregon, is characterized using a field and laboratory cyclic shear test program. The field cyclic tests were performed using the NHERI@UTexas large mobile shakers T-Rex and Rattler. The laboratory tests were performed using resonant column torsional shear and cyclic direct simple shear devices. This testing program's results were used to evaluate the soil’s potential to develop excess pore water pressure with cyclic shear strains ranging from 0.00001% to 3%. The laboratory cyclic test results are compared against field cyclic test results to predict the soil’s cyclic behavior during earthquakes. These data will contribute to the larger body of knowledge of the cyclic behavior of low plasticity silts. This study includes additional laboratory cyclic shear tests from the following: low plasticity silts from Longview, Washington, diatomaceous soils (high plasticity silts) obtained from Klamath Falls, Oregon, silty sands from the Columbia River Slough in Oregon, and silty sands and silty clays from Beaverton, Oregon. The objective of the cyclic shear tests on different soils is to understand how these soils might behave in the event of a large magnitude earthquake. Zoom link: Zoom ID: 84770024024 CEE Staff at CEE Staff at America/Los_Angeles public