Academic Catalog

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

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.

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.


Program Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 123-124 credits of coursework, 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
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
CHM 1125 General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1130 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
ENG 1020 Introductory College Writing 3
Wayne Experience (WE) 1
Second Semester
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 University Physics for Engineers I 4
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
Civic Literacy (CIV) course 3
Social Inquiry (SI) course 3
Second Year
First Semester
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
CE 2410 Statics (ME 2410) 3
Second Semester
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
CE 2420 Elementary Mechanics of Materials 3
CE 3450 Civil Engineering Materials 4
ENG 3050 Technical Communication I: Reports 3
Physical Science Elective 1 3-4
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
Second Semester
CE 4210 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CE 4410 Steel Design 3
CE 4600 Transportation Engineering 3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) course 3
Cultural Inquiry (CI) course 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
CE 4240 Environmental Engineering Design 3
CE 4420 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CE 4610
Highway Design
or Transportation Systems Design and Operation
CE Technical Elective 3
CE Design Elective 3
Second Semester
CE 4995 Senior Design Project 3
CE Technical Elective 3
CE Design Elective 3
ENG 3060 Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
Global Learning (GL) course 3
 Total Credits123-124

Students may select from BIO 1050BIO 1500 ,BIO 1510, ESG 1500, or ESG 1010 to meet the Physical Science elective requirement.

Core structural engineering courses (CE 4400, CE 4410 and CE 4420) must be taken at Wayne State University. Transfer credit for these courses will not be accepted towards the B.S. in Civil Engineering degree.

Technical Electives: Civil Engineering students are required to complete at least six credits in technical electives. Applicable courses include CE 3010, CE 3070,CE 4640,ET 2140, any CE course at the 5000 or 6000 level, or other courses approved by the undergraduate program coordinator.

The combination of BE 1050 (1 credit) and BE 3510 (2 credits) may be counted as technical elective credit. BE 1050 must be completed first in the sequence. A maximum of two credits of BE 3510 can be taken as technical elective credits. No more than 1 credit per semester of BE 3510.

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

CE 4610Highway Design 3
CE 5230Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering3
CE 5390Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures3
CE 5410Energy, Emissions, Environment (E3) Design3
CE 5510Geotechnical Engineering I4
CE 5520Geotechnical Engineering II3
CE 5610Advanced Highway Design3
CE 6130Open Channel Hydraulics3
CE 6150Hydrologic Analysis and Design3
CE 6170River Assessment and Restoration I3
CE 6190Groundwater3
CE 6270Sustainability Assessment and Management3
CE 6340Bridge Design and Evaluation3
CE 6370Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design3
CE 6410Advanced Steel Design3
CE 6580Geoenvironmental Engineering I4
CE 6660Pavement Asset Management3
Other courses with approval of the undergraduate program coordinator.
Courses used to satisfy core requirements may not also be used to satisfy technical or design elective requirements.

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, engineering consulting firms, as well as local, state and federal government agencies in the design of contemporary 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. build upon the fundamental knowledge gained in the undergraduate program of study, allowing analysis and design in alternative and innovative conditions
  4. engage in the profession in an ethical and responsible manner
  5. exhibit leadership skills
  6. become and remain active members within professional and technical societies.

Student Outcomes

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

    a)    apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to solve civil engineering problems

    b)    design and conduct experiments; collect and interpret data

    c)    design a civil engineering system, component or process to meet specific needs

    d)    collaborate and communicate on multi-disciplinary teams

e)    identify, formulate and solve civil engineering problems

f)     demonstrate understanding of ethical and professional responsibility of a civil engineer

g)    communicate effectively in oral and written form

h)    demonstrate understanding of global and societal issues as they pertain to civil engineering

i)      explain the importance of life-long learning and continuing education

j)      demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues

k)     demonstrate proficiency in using modern engineering tools in the practice of civil engineering

l)      explain the aspects of professional practice issues relevant to the civil engineering profession (include principles of sustainability in design; explain basic concepts in project management, business, public policy, and leadership; analyze issues in professional ethics; and explain the importance of professional licensure)

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.

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