Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art educational and research programs. The Department strives for excellence in its academic programs, its research endeavors, and its university, community and professional service activities. The program is designed to prepare graduates for success in their immediate, as well as long-term, professional careers as practitioners, for obtaining a professional license, and for pursuing advanced studies and lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program, in their early careers, will be expected to:

  1. apply their knowledge and skills as effective, productive civil engineers within private corporations, consulting engineering firms, and municipalities, as well as state and federal agencies dealing with analysis and design of modern civil engineering systems and processes;
  2. work and communicate effectively with others on multidisciplinary teams to develop practical, technically-sound, cost-effective solutions to complex and diverse civil engineering problems;
  3. maintain an active program of lifelong learning and continuing education while practicing civil engineering in an ethical and professionally responsible manner;
  4. seek leadership roles as practitioners and become active members within professional and technical societies.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will demonstrate the following skills and attributes when they receive their B.S. degrees:

  1. the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering within the framework of solving civil engineering problems, including the analysis and design of structures, transportation systems, water treatment and supply systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, as well as the geotechnical aspects of each.
  2. the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as collect and interpret experimental data, pertaining to civil engineering systems.
  3. the ability to design a civil engineering system, system component or process which meets specific needs.
  4. the ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively with others on multidisciplinary terms.
  5. the ability to identify, formulate and solve a range of civil engineering problems.
  6. an understanding and appreciation of professional and ethical responsibility in the practice of civil engineering.
  7. the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form.
  8. a broad educational background which addresses the importance of global and societal factors as they affect and are affected by civil engineering systems.
  9. an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning and continuing education.
  10. knowledge of important contemporary issues within and outside the context of civil engineering.
  11. the ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools required for the practice of civil engineering.
  12. an understanding of civil engineering professional practice issues such as: procurement of work, bidding versus quality-based selection processes, addressing public safety concerns in project design, how design professionals interact with the construction profession to construct a project, the importance of professional licensing and continuing education, and/or other professional practice issues.

The civil engineering curriculum has been designed to provide a broad education in the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences, civil engineering analysis and design, and their application to civil engineering practice. The courses in civil engineering may be considered as an array of groups, each representing an area of concern to contemporary society and industry. Technical electives may be selected from one of these major areas according to the student’s particular interest or may be chosen from several areas in order to broaden one’s knowledge. A student who contemplates continuing study at the graduate level should seek the advice of his/her faculty counselor in the selection of elective courses. Realizing the social implications of the practice of civil engineering, the program provides for the development of a background in economics, the social sciences, humanities, communication skills, ethics, and related non-technical areas.

Admission Requirements: Admission is contingent upon satisfaction of the general undergraduate admission requirements of the University and the bachelor of science programs in the College of Engineering.

 

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 130 credits of coursework (or 127 credits of coursework for students passing the Critical Thinking Competency Examination), including the General Education requirements. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Engineering governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Non-engineering entries, cited below by subject rather than individual course number, indicate courses to be selected in fulfillment of the University General Education Requirements. The degree requirements shown in the curriculum below are in effect as of the publication date of this bulletin. Students should consult their advisors for verification of current requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
CHM 1225 (PS) General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 (BC) Introductory College Writing 3
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
 Credits14
Second Semester
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
BIO 1510 (LS) Basic Life Mechanisms 3
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 (PS) University Physics for Engineers I 4
American Society and Institutions (AI) course 3
 Credits17
Second Year
First Semester
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
CE 2410 Statics (ME 2410) 3
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
Visual and Performing Arts (VP) course 3
 Credits17
Second Semester
CE 2420 Elementary Mechanics of Materials 3
CE 3450 Civil Engineering Materials 4
ECO 2010
(SS) Principles of Microeconomics
or (SS) Principles of Macroeconomics
3
ENG 3050 (IC) Technical Communication I: Reports 3
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
 Credits17
Third Year
First Semester
CE 3250 Applied Fluid Mechanics 4
CE 4400 Structural Analysis 4
CE 4510 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 4
CE 4850 Engineering Economy 3
PHI 1050 (CT) Critical Thinking 1 3
 Credits18
Second Semester
CE 4210 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CE 4410 Steel Design 3
CE 4600 Transportation Engineering 3
PHI 1120 (PL) Professional Ethics 3
Historical Studies (HS) course 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
First Semester
CE 4240 Environmental Engineering Design 3
CE 4420 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CE 4640 Transportation Design 3
CE Technical Elective 3
CE Design Elective 4
 Credits16
Second Semester
CE 4995 (WI) Senior Design Project 3
CE Technical Elective 3
CE Design Elective 4
ENG 3060 (OC) Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
Foreign Culture (FC) course 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits130
1

Many students satisfy the CT requirement by passing the Critical Thinking Competency Examination instead of taking PHI 1050

Total Program Credits for a student who passed the Critical Thinking Competency Examination: 127

Technical Electives: Civil Engineering students are required to complete at least six credits in technical electives. Applicable courses include CE 3010, CE 3070, any CE course at the 5000 or 6000 level, or other courses approved by the undergraduate program coordinator.

Design Electives: Students are required to complete two courses from:

CE 5230Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering4
CE 5510Geotechnical Engineering I4
CE 5520Geotechnical Engineering II4
CE 5610Highway Design4
CE 6130Open Channel Hydraulics4
CE 6150Hydrologic Analysis and Design4
CE 6190Groundwater4
CE 6340Bridge Design and Evaluation4
CE 6370Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design4
CE 6410Advanced Steel Design4
CE 6580Geoenvironmental Engineering I4
CE 6660Pavement Management Systems: Principles and Practices4
Other courses with approval of the undergraduate program coordinator.