2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Civil Engineering and Technology Department

John W. Duggan, Chair
Annex South, Room 101C
617-989-4181

DEPARTMENT VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

Civil engineers are entrusted by society to create a sustainable future and enhance the world’s quality of life as planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine – the built environment; as stewards of the natural environment and its resources; as innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors; as managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; and as leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy. The civil engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter this exciting and dynamic profession; pursue advanced studies; and become a licensed professional civil engineer. Civil engineers have many career opportunities in both the private and public sectors of society depending on their interests.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Civil Engineering (BSCE)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

PROGRAM MISSION

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.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the civil engineering program will strive to solve problems within a societal context by:

  • designing and implementing effective traditional, creative and sustainable engineering solutions
  • demonstrating effective communication, teamwork and leadership skills
  • demonstrating individual, professional and social responsibility through lifelong learning, community service and pursuing professional engineering licensure.

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Graduates should demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • 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.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

In addition to the above 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 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. These documents are available at www.asce.org.

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 134

This is a four-year program starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Civil Engineering (BSCE)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800 Intro to MATLAB
MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

CIVE2000, Statics and Mechanics of Materials I
CIVE2200, Intro to Geomatics
CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry
MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

CIVE2400, Civil Engineering Materials
CIVE2500, Statics & Mechanics of Materials II
MATH2500, Differential Equations
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
CIVE2300, Civil CAD

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

CIVE3000, Fluid Mechanics
CIVE3300, Soil Mechanics
CIVE3200, Structural Analysis
CIVEXXX, Civil Elective or ENGR EPIC
CIVE3100, Environmental Engineering

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

CIVE3700, Highway Engineering
CIVE3900, Hydraulic Engineering
ELECTIVE, Civil Engineering OR ENGR EPIC
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

CIVE4500, Civil Engineering Design Projects
MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
ELECTIVE, Civil Engineering OR ENGR EPIC
ELECTIVE, Science Elective
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

CIVE5500, Civil Engineering Capstone Design
MATH2100, Prob & Statistics for Engineers
ELECTIVE, Civil Engineering OR ENGR EPIC
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Minor

The minor in civil engineering encompasses three objectives:

  • Provide a meaningful experience in civil engineering, including advanced undergraduate courses, to students outside of the civil engineering major
  • Allow students in other majors to explore and analyze topics in the built environment that civil engineering encompasses
  • Enhance the learning experience of all students, including civil engineering majors, by having students from multiple majors in civil engineering courses, facilitating the interdisciplinary project work.

To complete the minor students must take five civil engineering courses. Students must complete all pre-requisites (or be registered for any co-requisites) required for the courses. Available courses include but are not limited to:

CIVE2200, Intro to Geomatics
CIVE2400, Civil Engineering Materials
CIVE3000, Fluid Mechanics
CIVE4100, Water Resources and Hydrology
CIVE3100, Environmental Engineering
CIVE4150, Land Use Planning
CIVE4200, Geology for Civil Engineers
CIVE4350, Reinforced Concrete Design
CIVE4400, Municipal Planning
ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design

Total credits for minor 15 (minimum)

Other courses from the civil engineering program may be used to complete minor requirements with approval from the civil engineering and technology department.

Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng CE)

See full description here.

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