2014-2015 Academic Catalog: Civil Engineering & Technology

FACULTY

Professors

John W. Duggan, Ph.D., P.E.

 

Francis J. Hopcroft, P.E.

 

Associate Professors

James Lambrechts, P.E.

Laith Tashman, Ph.D.

Henderson W. Pritchard, Ph.D.

 

Assistant Professors

Nakisa Alborz, Ph.D.

Michael Davidson, P.E.

Abigail Charest, Ph.D., P.E.

Vitaliy Saykin, Ph.D.

Gautham Das, Ph.D.

 

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
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

After graduation, civil engineering graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Lifelong learning - to pursue professional development by obtaining professional licensure, cerfitications, or by post-graduate study as appropriate to meet and adapt to emerging and evolving technology and infrastructure challenges;
  • Successful careers - to have a successful career in the field of civil engineering or a related field;
  • Professionalism - to contribute to the field of civil engineering or a related field as a professional.

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 life-long 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 theAmerican 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 for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

CIVIL ENGINEERING

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

CIVE105

Intro to Civil Engineering

3

ENGR160

Intro to Engineering Design

3

 

CIVE110

Trends Shaping the Future

3

CIVE170

CAD in Civil Engineering

3

MATH285

Engineering Calculus I

4

PHYS310

Engineering Physics I

4

CHEM380

Engineering Chemistry I

4

MATH295

Engineering Calculus II

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

19

Sophomore Year

CIVE207

Statics and Mechanics of Materials I

3

CIVE240

Civil Engineering Materials

3

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

CIVE220

Intro to Geomatics

3

CIVE255

Statics & Mechanics of Materials II

3

 

PHYS320

Engineering Physics II

4

MATH625

Differential Equations

4

MATH515

Multivariable Calculus

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Lab Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

18

Junior Year

CIVE340

Fluid Mechanics

3

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

CIVE420

Highway Engineering

3

CIVE372

Soil Mechanics

3

 

CIVE460

Hydraulic Engineering

3

CIVE380

Structural Analysis

3

ELECTIVE

Civil Engineering

3

CIVE400

Design Studio Lab

3

MATH505

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

4

CIVE410

Environmental Engineering

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

15

 

0

 

17

Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

CIVE600

Civil Engineering Design Projects

3

CIVE650

Civil Engineering Capstone Design

4

 

MGMT510

Engineering Economy

3

ELECTIVE

Civil Engineering

3

ELECTIVE

Civil Engineering

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Civil Engineering

3

ELECTIVE

Management

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

   

TOTAL CREDITS

0

 

16

 

14

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 build 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, facilitiating the interdisciplinary project work.

To complete the major 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:

Courses Number Title Credits
CIVE105 Introduction to Civil Engineering 3
CIVE110 Trends Shaping the Future 3
CIVE220 Geomatics 3
CIVE240 Civil Engineering Materials 3
CIVE340 Fluid Mechanics 3
CIVE405 Water Resources and Hydrology 3
CIVE410 Environmental Engineering 3
CIVE430 Land Use Planning 3
CIVE435 Geology for Civil Engineers 3
CIVE450 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CIVE470 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CIVE480 Municipal Planning 3
CIVE600 Civil Engineering Design Projects 3
ENGR160 Introduction to Engineering Design 4
  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.

Civil Engineering Technology
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

We are no longer accepting applications for this program. It will be phased out. This content remains as a reference for students currently in the program.

Civil Engineering Technologists use basic engineering theory and its practical application to solving broadly defined problems facing society’s infrastructure. The civil engineering technology curriculum is designed to give students valuable technical skills such as surveying and field tests; and preparing them to become productive members of engineering or construction teams. Graduates pursue a variety of careers, including positions with engineering consulting companies, state or federal government agencies, local municipalities, construction firms, and architecture/surveying companies.

PROGRAM MISSION

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

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

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

  • Identifying and solving technical problems as members and leaders of the design build team
  • Understanding and incorporating the social, political, and economic aspects of technical problems in their solutions
  • Recognizing and understanding their professional and personal obligations in society
  • Pursuing lifelong learning and professional development

EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

Graduates should demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

DEGREE DETAILS

Number of credits: 137 to 139 (dependent on electives)

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 Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate on page 63 for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT

Students take three technical electives in this program, one each in the summer of the junior year, the spring of the senior year, and the summer of the senior year. Electives will only be offered if there is sufficient student interest and enrollment. Typical electives include:

 

Course

 

Credits

Technical Elective I (spring)

CIVT550

Foundation Design and Construction

4

CIVT575

Municipal Planning

4

MATH620

Applied Differential Equations I

4

Technical Elective II (summer)

CIVT215

Water Resources Design Management

3

CIVT417

Design for the Environment

4

CIVT562

Earthwork Design and Construction

3

MATH620

Applied Differential Equations I

4

Note that students who take MATH510, Calculus III, must take MATH620, Applied Differential Equations I, as one of their technical electives.

CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

CIVE105

Intro to Civil Engineering

4

CIVT160

Fundamentals of Construction

3

 

CIVE110

Trends Shaping the Future

4

CONM118

Construction Graphics

3

CHEM360

Chemistry I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

20

 

18

Sophomore Year

CIVT202

Surveying for Civil Engineering Technology

4

CIVT310

Structural Mechanics II

3

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

CIVT210

Structural Mechanics I

4

CIVT360

Materials Testing & Quality Control

4

 

COMM400

Technical Communications

4

CIVT405

Dynamics

3

MATH280

Calculus I

4

MATH290

Calculus II

4

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science

3

ELECTIVE

Lower Level Social Science

3

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

17

Junior Year

CIVT350

Environmental Topics for Design and Construction

3

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

CIVT455

Hydraulic Design

4

CIVT440

Applied Fluid Mechanics

4

 

CIVT510

Structural Steel Design

3

CIVT472

Structural Analysis

4

ELECTIVE

Technical Elective II

¾

CIVT480

Soil Mechanics

4

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science

4

MATH495

Applied Calculus and Differential EquationsOR

MATH510

Calculus III

4

   

TOTAL CREDITS

19

 

0

 

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Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

CIVT340

Water and Wastewater Treatment

3

CIVT630

Professional Practice

3

 

CIVT460

Highway & Pavement Design

4

CIVT660

Senior Design

4

CIVT585

Reinforced Concrete Design

3

ELECTIVE

Technical Elective II

¾

ELECTIVE

Technical Elective I

4

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Humanities or Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Upper Level Social Science or Humanities

4

   

TOTAL CREDITS

0

 

18

 

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Civil Engineering & Technology 2014 - 2015 Course Catalog, Wentworth Institute of Technology

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