Civil Engineering B.S.CE.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

The curriculum in civil engineering provides a strong foundation in mathematics, and physical, natural and engineering sciences. Instruction in civil engineering disciplines includes structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation engineering. The B.S. in Civil Engineering curriculum is embedded with several courses that meet the University's Sustainability (SU) requirement. The degree as a whole also meets the Sustainability requirement, as approved by the University's Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee.

A Civil Engineering degree is excellent preparation for immediate employment in consulting firms, government agencies, non-profits, and industry. Additionally, many graduates continue their education at the graduate-level.

A systems approach to engineering problem solving is central to the curriculum and involves integrating the short and long-term social, environmental and economic aspects and impacts into sustainable engineering solutions. Hands-on and/or project-based learning are incorporated into each year of the curriculum. As part of this approach, service-learning projects with local communities and non-profit groups are featured in some courses. Real-world engineering design culminates in a required major design experience in the senior year, which draws upon prior course work and focuses on technical and non-technical issues and expectations of professional practice. Other aspects of the program include opportunities for laboratory and research experience, integrated information technology content, development of communication skills, and a sense of community between students and the faculty.

The B.S. in Civil Engineering requires a minimum of 128 credits. Students are encouraged to pursue minors or focus areas in other disciplines that complement their engineering experience. International education and work experiences are also encouraged. Students should consult their advisors early in their program in order to plan accordingly.

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the program are expected to:

  1. Practice civil engineering, use their program knowledge in other avenues, or enter graduate school;
  2. Apply engineering principles and an understanding of civil engineering issues to analysis, design, construction, management, or preservation of natural and engineered systems;
  3. Actively participate in professional and/or community-based service (local, national, or global) that benefit the profession and the public;
  4. Demonstrate leadership, effective communication, and teamwork;
  5. Demonstrate capacity to obtain professional licensure, and engage in further study and professional development;
  6. Consider sustainability as part of the problem definition and engineering solution.

The Curriculum for the B.S. in Civil Engineering

First YearCredits
FallSpring
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 114  
ENGR 002 Graphical Communication2  
ENGR 050 First Year Engineering Seminar1  
MATH 021 Calculus I14  
Foundational Writing & Information Literacy3  
Gen Ed Elective23 3
CE 003 SU:Intro to Civil & Envir Engr  2
CS 020 Programming for Engineers1  3
MATH 022 Calculus II1  4
PHYS 031 Physics for Engineers I1  4
PHYS 030 Physics Problem Solving I (Optional)  0-1
Year Total: 17 16-17
 
SophomoreCredits
FallSpring
CE 001 Statics3  
CE 010 Geomatics4  
MATH 121 Calculus III4  
STAT 143 Statistics for Engineering3  
Gen Ed Elective23  
CE 132 SU: Environmental Systems  3
EE 075 Electrical Circuits & Sensors  4
MATH 122 Applied Linear Algebra  3
MATH 271 Adv Engineering Mathematics  3
ME 012 Dynamics  3
Year Total: 17 16
 
JuniorCredits
FallSpring
CE 100 Mechanics of Materials3  
CE 133 Transportation Systems3  
CE 160 Hydraulics3  
CE 162 Hydraulics Lab2  
GEOL 001 Earth System Science
or BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
4  
CE 101 Materials and Structures Lab  3
CE 151 SU: Water & Wastewater Engr  3
CE 170 Structural Analysis  3
CE 180 Geotechnical Principles  3
CE 182 Geotechnical Principles Lab  2
Gen Ed Elective2  3
Year Total: 15 17
 
SeniorCredits
FallSpring
CE 172 Structural Steel Design
or CE 173 Reinforced Concrete
3  
CE 185 SU: Capstone Design I3  
CE Technical Elective33  
Gen Ed Elective23  
CE Design Elective43 3
Choose three CE Electives5  9
CE 186 Capstone Design II  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Credits in Sequence: 128-129
1

Pre-Engineering Technical (PET) requirement: PET courses must be completed with C- or better by the third semester of enrollment in order to continue in engineering coursework.

2

General Education: Fifteen credits of approved Gen Ed Electives, including the University diversity requirement (three credits of D1 and three additional credits of D1 or D2).

3

CE Tech Electives: All 100 level or above courses in engineering (CE, EE, ENGR or ME).

4

CE Design Electives: CE 241, CE 256, CE 261CE 262, CE 265CE 273, CE 281CE 284, CE 285, CE 286, CE 288 and some CE 295 (Special Topics) courses (consult advisor). CE 173 is a design elective if CE 172 has also been taken.

5

CE Electives: Any 200-level CE course.