Civil Engineering

Mission of the Program

The mission of the Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully begin a career in the civil engineering profession and continue to grow professionally and personally throughout their career.

Civil Engineering Objectives

After graduation civil engineering graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

1) Lifelong Learning - to pursue professional development by obtaining professional licensure, certifications or by post-graduate study as appropriate to meet and adapt to emerging and evolving technology and infrastructure challenges. 
2) Successful Careers - to have a successful career in the field of civil engineering or a related field.
3) Professionalism - to contribute to the field of civil engineering or a related field as a professional.

Educational Outcomes

Upon graduation students should demonstrate (at a minimum) the following outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The criteria are presented below:


The program must prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context; explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure.


The program must demonstrate that faculty teaching courses that are primarily design in content are qualified to teach the subject matter by virtue of professional licensure, or by education and design experience. The program must demonstrate that it is not critically dependent on one individual.

In addition to the above baccalaureate civil engineering program educational outcomes, the educational experience (classroom, lab, and extra curricula activities) of the students addresses the baccalaureate degree outcomes described by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their report “Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future” (Second Edition, 2008). This report (Executive Summary) is based on a broad based and continuing dialogue by the civil engineering profession that has been facilitated and lead by ASCE. The dialogue recognizes the need for change in the preparation of civil engineers for professional practice and is decades old. It reached a tipping point for ASCE in 1998 when the ASCE Board of Trustees approved Policy Statement 465: “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice”. The future of the civil engineering profession is also described in ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025.


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Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • CIVE105 Intro to Civil Engineering 
  • CIVE110 Trends Shaping the Future 
  • ENGL100 English I 
  • MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 
  • CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry
  • Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester

  • CIVE150 Intro to Civil Engineering Design 
  • ENGR160 Intro to Engineering Design 
  • ENGL115 English II 
  • MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 
  • PHYS310 Engineering Physics I
  • Total Credits: 17

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • CIVE220 Intro to Geomatics 
  • CIVE207 Statics & Mechanics of Materials I 
  • ELECTIVE Social Science 
  • PHYS320 Engineering Physics II 
  • MATH515 Multivariable Calculus
  • Total Credits: 17

Spring Semester

  • CIVE255 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 
  • CIVE240 Civil Engineering Materials 
  • MATH625 Differential Equation 
  • ELECTIVE Science Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Social Science Elective 
  • Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • CIVE340 Fluid Mechanics
  • CIVE372 Structural Analysis
  • CIVE380 Soil Mechanics
  • CIVE400 Design Studio Lab
  • CIVE410 Environmental Engineering
  • Total Credits: 15

Spring Semester

  • COOP400 Cooperative Work Semester 1
  • Total Credits: 0

Summer Semester

  • CIVExxx Hydraulic Engineering 
  • MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 
  • CIVExxx Highway Engineering 
  • ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science
  • Total Credits: 17

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • COOP600 Cooperative Work Semester II
  • Total Credits: 0

Spring Semester

  • CIVExxx Civil Engineering Design Projects
  • MGMT510 Engineering Economy 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science 
  • ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 
  • ELECTIVE CE Elective or Grad CE Elective
  • Total Credits: 16

Summer Semester

  • CIVExxx CE Capstone Design 
  • ELECTIVE CE Elective or Grad CE Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science 
  • ELECTIVE Management Elective 
  • COMM400 Technical Communications
  • Total Credits: 17

Elective I: CIVE430 Land Use Planning-Pre-Req: CIVE110

Elective II: CIVE435 Geology for Civil Engineers; CIVE590 Environmental Systems

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