Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Curriculum

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This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The department presents a well-rounded program for the bachelor’s degree with the first two years devoted primarily to the basic principles of science and engineering. The third and fourth years are devoted to courses in the basic areas of civil engineer­ing—structural analysis and design, hydraulics and hydrology, water supply and wastewater disposal, materials of construction, geotechnical engineering, and transportation engineering.

Civil Engineering Curriculum (Sophomore Status Prior to Fall 2013)


                                                                          Total degree required credits  130  

1 Note: The University Arts and Letters requirement is 24 credit hours. This consists of: Composition and Literature (one course); University Seminar (one course); History (one course); Social Science (one course); Fine Arts or Literature (one course); Philosophy (two courses); Theology (two courses). The University Seminar may be substituted for one of (whichever is applicable): History; Social Science; Fine Arts or Literature; the first Philosophy; the first Theology.

 2 This semester was designed to allow students to take another class to explore special interests such as a foreign language. An additional class in this semester is especially encouraged for those planning to study abroad in the junior year. Please consult your advisor for recommendations.

 3 Beginning in the spring semester junior year the student selects either the “structures” concentration (Opt A) or the “environmental” concentration (Opt B). Note that by suitable choice of electives, both concentrations may be satisfied.  In order to have this designation displayed on their transcript, a student is required to fill out a concentration form to update their academic record. This form can be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 4 Beginning in the Fall of 2010, all Civil Engineering students will be required to register for the zero credit Challenges and Innovation in Civil Engineering Seminar Series to allow all Civil Engineering students the opportunity to attend the seminars. Attendance at the seminar will be voluntary unless required by a course instructor. Students with conflicts due to athletic commitments or courses required for a minor or second major will be required to fill out a waiver to be included in the student’s departmental file. These students will be provided alternate mechanisms to access the seminars. No grade will be given for the 0-credit option. Additionally, students have the option of taking the Challenges and Innovation in Civil Engineering as a 0.5-credit graded CE or Tech elective in which case attendance is mandatory.

Civil Engineering Curriculum (Sophomore Status Fall 2013 and Subsequent Years)


 Total degree required credits = 132

CE Electives: Courses within the CEEES department level 30000 and above. Please see academic guide for exceptions.
Technical Electives: Courses within the College of Engineering and College of Science level 30000 and above. Please see academic guide for exceptions

Core Concentration Electives
Structures Core Courses:
CEEES Steel Design – FALL
CEEES Matrix Structural Analysis –SPRING

Hydraulics Core Courses:
CEEES Groundwater Hydrology – FALL
CEEES Reactive Transport – SPRING

The focus is on traditional Civil Engineering and focuses on disciplines in solid and fluid mechanic. There is a common set of courses through the junior year and specialization courses in either Structures or Hydraulics are selected in the senior year. The curriculum will be set up so that students can take most of the courses in the concentration area that
they do not select.