BSCiE in Civil Engineering
Degree Program Description
Civil engineers are responsible for design, construction, and operation of our public and private infrastructure, for protecting our natural resources, and for preserving the health and safety of the general public. Civil engineers are vital to our nation’s economic vitality as they provide infrastructure for safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation of people and goods. The curriculum includes fundamental coursework in math and basic sciences, specialized coursework covering the subdisciplines of structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and water resources engineering, as well as general education courses in the humanities and social sciences. Graduates are well prepared to become licensed Professional Engineers. The BS degree in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET. Graduates are commonly employed by private firms that provide design and consulting services, by construction contractors that build our infrastructure, and by government agencies responsible for specific components of the nation’s infrastructure. Some graduates opt to further specialize within the civil engineering profession by pursuing graduate degrees.
Major Program Requirements
Engineering topics start with basic computer and graphics courses. These are followed with basic engineering science courses, which ground the students in the fundamentals necessary for future course work and a sophomore design experience.
Engineering topics courses in the junior year provide students with the basic fundamentals in the areas of environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology/water resources, structural engineering, and transportation/traffic engineering. Many of these courses contain elements of civil engineering design. Elective courses in the senior year enable students to either begin to specialize within or to maintain a broad educational background across the civil engineering discipline.
Design and communication skills are integrated throughout the curriculum culminating in a capstone design project, which is usually supplied by consultants or governmental agencies. This "final" course requires working in teams, making oral and written presentations, and completing a final design report. Oversight, interaction, and evaluation are provided by practicing engineers from industry and governmental organizations.
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements. Approximately one-third of the course work for the degree is completed in engineering or professionally related courses.
Major Core Requirements
|MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|MATH 1700||Calculus II||5|
|MATH 2300||Calculus III||3|
|MATH 4100||Differential Equations||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I||5|
|PHYSCS 2760||University Physics II||5-6|
|or CHEM 1330|
& CHEM 2100
| College Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry I
|Basic Science Elective||3|
|INFOTC 1040||Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming||3|
|ENGINR 1100||Engineering Graphics Fundamentals||2|
|ENGINR 1200||Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials||3|
|ENGINR 2200||Intermediate Strength of Materials||3|
|Engineering topics elective||6|
|Select two of the following:|
|ENGINR 2100||Circuit Theory for Engineers||3-4|
|or BIOL_EN 4380||Applied Electronic Instrumentation|
|ENGINR 2300||Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|or CH_ENG 3261||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I|
|CV_ENG 2080||Introduction to Dynamics||3|
|or MAE 2600||Dynamics|
|Civil Engineering Topics|
|CV_ENG 3010||Decision Methods for Civil Engineering Design||3|
|CV_ENG 3100||Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering||4|
|CV_ENG 3200||Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering||4|
|CV_ENG 3300||Structural Analysis I||4|
|CV_ENG 3312||Reinforced Concrete Design||3|
|or CV_ENG 3313||Structural Steel Design|
|CV_ENG 3400||Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering||4|
|CV_ENG 3600||Civil Engineering Materials||4|
|CV_ENG 3700||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|CV_ENG 4980||Civil Engineering Systems Design||3|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|MATH 1500||5||MATH 1700||5|
|CHEM 1320||4||PHYSCS 2750||5|
|ENGINR 1100||2||S BS or HS FA**||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Basic science elective||3|
|S BS or HS FA**||3|
|MATH 2300||3||MATH 4100||3|
|ENGINR 1200||3||PHYSCS 2760||5|
|CV_ENG 3010||3||ENGINR 2200||3|
|CV_ENG 3200||4||CV_ENG 3100||4|
|S BS or HS FA**||3|
|CV_ENG 3300||4||INFOTC 1040||3|
|CV_ENG 3400||4||CV_ENG 3702||4|
|CV_ENG 3600||4||CV_ENG 3312 or 3313||3|
|CV_ENG 3700||3||Civil Engineering Elective||3|
|undefined||S BS or HS FA **||3|
|Engineering Topics Elective||3||CV_ENG 4980||3|
|Engineering Topics Elective||3||S BS or HS FA**||3|
|Civil Engineering Elective||6||Civil Engineering Electives||6|
|S BS or HS FA **||3||Advisor Approved Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 125|
Denotes General Education Requirements
S BS = Social Behavior Science; HS FA = Humanities Studies/Fine Arts
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Major and Career Exploration
Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The major ones are construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, regulatory, research, or teaching.
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