Civil Engineering at Cal Poly

Explore the oldest branch of engineering through Learn By Doing activities

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Dive deep into one of the oldest engineering disciplines responsible for maintaining society’s infrastructure.
Explore the sub-disciplines within civil engineering: structural, transportation, construction and geotechnical.
Consider costs, government regulations and environmental hazards during the planning and risk-analysis stages of a project.
Review case studies that highlight the role civil engineers play in society, and discuss the variety of career paths.
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Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

For students who enjoy both inventive and practical skills, civil engineering can be a rewarding career. Case studies will be presented to highlight the role civil engineers play in the well-being of society and a discussion of career options. 

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program at Cal Poly is to prepare its students for successful careers in civil engineering by providing a high-quality, practice-oriented education that emphasizes design project experiences, hands-on laboratory activities, and teamwork.

Meet your instructor


Eric Kaspar, Ph.D.

Eric P. Kasper received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and is a professor within the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University. In addition to teaching courses in structural engineering Professor Kasper has served for many years as a co-advisor to the nationally ranked Civil Engineering club on campus and also serves as co-advisor to the award winning Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams. To bring real life experience and case studies to the classroom, Dr. Kasper also works as a consultant for companies throughout the world.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

The course includes a review of the subdisciplines within Civil Engineering including: structural, water, geotechnical, transportation, construction, and environmental. There will be hands-on building and testing in the laboratory to verify and assess uncertainties of the theory used in practice along with presentations and computer simulations to further explore the oldest branch of engineering. 

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Career Exploration

Top civil engineers wear many hats in their roles, ranging from designer and strategist to project manager and problem solver. Through guest speakers and excursions, you'll gain an overview of college and career options.The Civil Engineering program at Cal Poly has quickly grown into one of the largest and most respected programs in California and the nation. 

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program