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 our website 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

MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 13:00:00 2021-07-29 15:00:00 MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized Intersections" Date: Thursday, July 29th, 2021 Time: 1:00 -3:00 PM Location: this defense will be held virtually on Zoom using the following link: Advisor: Dr. Chris Monsere Abstract: Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular in Oregon and the US in general due to its environment friendliness as well as health benefits. However, according to Oregon Department of Transportation crash report, there were 826 reported bicyclist crashes in 2018 in Oregon and the number of bicyclist crashes/year has been steady over the ten prior years without any obvious sign of improvement. Statistically, majority of the bicyclist crashes occur at intersections. There have been numerous studies that focused on bicyclist crash severity at intersections, yet a focus on contributing factors at signalized and unsignalized intersections separately to compare them is lacking. Taking that into consideration, this thesis seeks to identify the determinant factors of bicyclist crash injury severity by intersection types – signalized and unsignalized intersections. A mixed logit modeling framework that accounts for any unobserved heterogeneity within the data and allows the estimated parameters to randomly vary across observations was applied to three years of Oregon’s bicyclist crash data (2016−2018). This study explored factors including bicyclist characteristics, weather and environmental conditions, temporal and location characteristics, bicyclist movement, crash cause, and type of collision. Overall, findings in this study will help with implementing appropriate countermeasures for bicyclist safety improvement at both types of intersections.   Held virtually on Zoom using the following link: CEE staff at CEE staff at America/Los_Angeles public

Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use…

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-09 15:00:00 2021-07-28 19:59:54 Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The Society organizes the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. The first symposium was held in Whistler, Canada 2011, the second was held at Delft, The Netherlands in 2014, and the third took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. The next (virtual!) symposium is planned for 2021 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Learn more about the event and see the latest updates here Conference Co-Chairs Kelly Clifton, Portland State University Kelly Clifton serves as the interim Associate Vice President for Research and as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and is a fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Her research, teaching and service activities are focused on transportation and how human mobility is shaped by their needs, the built environment, and technology. She is an internationally recognized expert on transport and land use interactions, travel behavior, pedestrian modeling, and equity in transportation policy. She bridges the fields of transportation engineering and planning and is known for qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Jennifer Dill, Portland State University Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. She is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., Understanding Types of Cyclists Nationally, Pedestrian Observation and Data Collection Curriculum and more. Her research aims to understand people’s everyday travel decisions, with a focus on bicycling, walking, and transit. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota Yingling Fan is a professor in the regional planning and policy area who works interdisciplinarily in the fields of land use, transportation, social equity, and public health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impacts of spatial planning (e.g., land use, growth management, and transit improvements) on human activities and movements as well as to understand the health and social aspects of such impacts. To this end, her research combines ecological and behavioral analyses, most quantitatively, as a means of addressing urban sustainability challenges. This event is hosted by the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research, in partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research is the group that organizes the symposia and fulfills other aims of the Society. Its purpose as a society is to promote the interdisciplinary understanding of interactions between transport and land use and to provide a forum for debate and a mechanism for dissemination of research, while encouraging diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in our membership and activities. 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. Virtual America/Los_Angeles public