General Education

CEE majors typically need 32 Units with 12-20 units from Arts & Humanities and 12-20 units from Social Sciences. All Science and Engineering requirements are fulfilled by major classes. All GE courses can be lower division. 

Use the Office of the Registrar’s Course Search Tool to find your GEs!

International students must also fulfill the American History & Institutions Requirement (AHI) before graduation. This is typically NOT satisfied with American History courses in schools outside of the United States. Please see the following site for a list of UCD classes that satisfy the AHI Requirement. 
AHI Requirement

Major Courses with Needed GE Credit

Note: These courses can be voluntarily taken to overlap with GE requirements typically missing for ECIV and EENV majors. GE requirements that are usually needed are marked with an asterisk*. 

Subject Title Units Topical Breadth Core Literacies
ECI 40 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4 SE, SS*   
ECI 123 Urban Systems and Sustainability 4 SE, SS*  ACGH*, DD*, SL
ECI 137

Construction Principles & Project Management

4 SE, SS* QL
ECI 155 Water Resources Engineering Planning 4 SE, SS*  QL, SL, WE*
ECI 163 Energy and Environmental Aspects of Transportation 4 SE, SS*   
ECI 165 Transportation Policy 4 SE, SS*   


Popular GEs - Topics for Engineering

Note: Most of these courses are Social Science topical breadth, not Arts & Humanities, and many lack core literacies.

Subject Title Units Topical Breadth Core Literacies
AMS 5 Technology in American Lives 4 AH or SS WE
AMS 21 Objects and Everyday Life 4 AH ACGH, DD, WE
AHI 25 Understanding Architecture 4 AH DD, VL, WC
ARE 15 Population, Environment and World Agriculture 4 SS WC, WE
ARE 18 Business Law 4 SS  
ENG 10 The Science Behind the Technology in Our Lives 4 SS  
ESP 1 Environmental Analysis 4 SS  
ESP 10 Current Issues in the Environment 3 SS WE
ESP 171 Urban & Regional Planning 4 SS WE
HIS 2 Intro to History of Science 4 AH, SS WC, WE
HYD 10 Water, Power, Society 3 SS  
LDA 1 Introduction to Environmental Design 4 AH or SS VL, WC, WE
LDA 2 Place, Culture and Community 4 SS ACGH, VL, WC, WE
LDA 3 Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice 4 SS ACGH, VL, WE
MGT 11A Elementary Accounting 4 SS  
MGT 11B Elementary Accounting 4 SS  
MGT 140 Marketing for Tech Enterprise 4 SS  
MGT 150 Technology Management 4 SS  
PHI 24 Introduction to Ethics 4 AH WE
SAS 2 Feeding the Planet: Influences on the Global Food Supply 3 SS  
SAS 4 Water in Popular Culture 3 SS  
SAS 8 Water Quality at Risk 3 SS WE
SAS 9 Crisis in the Environment 3 SS WE
SAS 10 Water, Power, Society 3 SS  
SAS 12 Plants and Society 4 SS WE
SAS 25 Global Climate Change 3 SS OL, VL, WC, WE

Other Popular GEs - General

Course descriptions and prerequisites can be found in the General Catalog:

Subject Title Units Topical Breadth Core Literacies
AAS 10 African-American Culture and Society 4 SS ACGH, DD, WE
AAS 181 Hip Hop in Urban America 4 AH DD, VL
AHI 1A Ancient Mediterranean Art 4 AH VL, WC
AHI 1B Medieval and Renaissance Art 4 AH VL, WC
AHI 1C Baroque to Modern Art 4 AH VL, WC
AMS 10 Introduction to American Studies 4 AH or SS ACGH, DD, WE
ANT 2 Cultural Anthropology 4 SS ACGH, DD, WC, WE
ASA 1 Historical Experience of Asian Americans 4 AH or SS ACGH, DD, VL, WC, WE
CHI 10 Introduction to Chicana/o Studies 4 AH or SS ACGH, DD, OL, WE
CHI 50 Chicana and Chicano Culture 4 AH ACGH, DD, WC, WE
CHI 65 New Latin American Cinema 4 AH VL, WC, WE
CLA 3 Rome and the Mediterranean 4 AH WE, WC
CLA 10 Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Mythology 3 AH VL, WC
COM 6 Myths and Legends 4 AH WC, WE
ECN 1A Principles of Microeconomics 4 SS ACGH, QL
ECN 1B Principles of Macroeconomics 4 SS ACGH, QL
FMS 1 Introduction to Film Studies 4 AH OL, VL, WC, WE
FMS 45 Vampires and Other Horrors in Film and Media 4 AH ACGH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE
FST 10 Food Science, Folklore and Health 3 SS SL VL, WC
HDE 12 Human Sexuality 3 SS ACGH, DD
HIS 4A, B History of Western Civilization 4 AH or SS WC, WE
HIS 4C History of Western Civilization 4 AH or SS VL, WC, WE
HIS 7A, B, C  History of Latin America; A: to 1700; B: 1700-1900; C: 1900-present 4 AH or SS WC, WE
HIS 9A, B History of East Asian Civilization 4 AH or SS WC, WE
HIS 17A, B History of the United States 4 AH or SS ACGH, DD, WE
HIS 111A, B, C Ancient History 4 AH or SS WC, WE
HUM 13 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality 4 AH WC, WE
LIN 1 Introduction to Linguistics 4 AH or SS  
MUS 10 Introduction to Musical Literature 4 AH VL, WC
MUS 11 Musics of the World 4 AH VL, WC
MUS 105 History and Analysis of Jazz 4 AH, ACGH, DD, WE
MUS 106 History of Rock Music 4 AH ACGH, VL, WE

NAS 10

Native American Experience 4 AH or SS DD, WC, WE
PHE 120 Sport in American Society 3 SS  
PHI 1 Introduction to Philosophy 4 AH WE
PHI 13 Minds, Brains, and Computers 4 SS  
PLS 006V Flower Power: Art & Science of Flowers & Their Uses 2 AH, SE  
POL 1 American National Government 4 SS ACGH, WE
POL 3 International Relations 4 SS WC, WE
PSC 1 General Psychology 4 SS  
RST 10 Contemporary Ethical Issues 2 AH WE
SAS 30 Mushrooms, Molds, and Society 3 SS  
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5 SS ACGH, DD
WMS 50 Introduction to Critical Gender Studies 4 AH or SS ACGH, DD, VL, WE