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.  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.

Civil engineering, considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, encompasses many specialties. The specialties include 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.

Major Program Requirements

Students are introduced to Civil Engineering and professional engineering design practices in the CV_ENG 1000 course.  Additional engineering topics also include 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. 

Students are also required to complete one 3-hour cultural awareness course which is selected from an approved cultural awareness course list, created and maintained by the College of Engineering or which meets the Arts and Science (A&S) diversity intensive (DI) requirement.

Civil 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. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BS CiE) requires that students earn a C- or better in the Civil Engineering core classes (CV_ENG 3010, CV_ENG 3100, CV_ENG 3200, CV_ENG 3300, CV_ENG 3312/CV_ENG 3313 (C- only required in class that serves as core requirement), CV_ENG 3400, CV_ENG 3600, CV_ENG 3700, CV_ENG 3702, CV_ENG 4980).

Civil Engineering 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 educationUniversity undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.  Over one-half of the course work for the degree is completed in engineering or professionally related courses. 

Major Core Requirements

MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
Basic Sciences17-18
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5-6
or CHEM 1330
CHEM 2100
College Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry I
Basic Science Elective3
Engineering Topics-General17
INFOTC 1040Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming3
ENGINR 1100Engineering Graphics Fundamentals2
ENGINR 1200Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials3
ENGINR 2200Intermediate Strength of Materials3
Engineering topics elective6
Select two of the following:
ENGINR 2100Circuit Theory for Engineers3-4
or BIOL_EN 4380 Applied Electronic Instrumentation
ENGINR 2300Engineering Thermodynamics3
or CH_ENG 3261 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
CV_ENG 2080Introduction to Dynamics3
or MAE 2600 Dynamics
Civil Engineering Topics
CV_ENG 1000Introduction to Civil Engineering1
or ENGINR 1000 Introduction to Engineering
CV_ENG 3010Decision Methods for Civil Engineering Design3
CV_ENG 3100Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering4
CV_ENG 3200Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering4
CV_ENG 3300Structural Analysis I4
CV_ENG 3312Reinforced Concrete Design3
or CV_ENG 3313 Structural Steel Design
CV_ENG 3400Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering4
CV_ENG 3600Civil Engineering Materials4
CV_ENG 3700Fluid Mechanics3
CV_ENG 3702Fundamentals of Water Resources Engineering4
CV_ENG 4980Civil Engineering Systems Design3
CV_ENG Electives15
Advisor-approved electives 2
Select ENGINR 1050 or advisor approved course

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Accelerated BSCiE to MS

Students pursing a degree in BSCiE in Civil Engineering have the option of accelerating into the MS in Civil Engineering.  This will give students the opportunity to complete the BS and MS degree within a shorter amount of time versus completing each degree separately. 

Students in the MS program, traditional or accelerated, are required to take a minimum of 30 hours (transportation area) or 31 hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree; in the accelerated program, up to 12 credit hours can be taken as part of their undergraduate degree and also counted towards the MS, requiring only an additional 18 or 19 credit hours after the bachelor’s degree.

The requirements for the MS degree are the same as the traditional MS degree program

Program structure

Total Credits Required for Graduation

  • Total Undergraduate Credits: 125
  • Total of Dual Credits: 12
  • Total Graduate Credits: 30-31 

Residency Requirements: one academic year as full time graduate student.

Core Courses required to complete MS (at least 15 must be 8000 level or above).


The application deadline for the MS accelerated program will be March 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission. Undergraduate seniors will be considered for the program, but depending on the number and level of courses taken, the length of their program may be extended. An individual plan of study will be developed for students applying later than the second semester of their junior year.

In order for a student to participate in the accelerated program they must:

  • Have completed at least 90 credit hours towards a bachelor's degree.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of their junior year.
  • Identify a faculty member in the area of interest that can serve as graduate advisor. 
  • Meet admission criteria for the MS set by each program area within the department.

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204PHYSCS 27505
ENGINR 11002INFOTC 10403
ENGLSH 10003ENGINR 1050 or Advisor Approved Elective2
CV_ENG 10001 
 15 15
Second Year
MATH 23003MATH 41003
ENGINR 12003PHYSCS 27605
CV_ENG 30103ENGINR 22003
CV_ENG 32004CV_ENG 31004
S BS or HS FA**3 
 16 15
Third Year
CV_ENG 33004CV_ENG 34004
CV_ENG 36004CV_ENG 37024
CV_ENG 37003CV_ENG 3312 or 33133
S BS or HS FA**3Engineering Topics Elective3
Basic Science Elective3S BS or HS FA **3
 17 17
Fourth Year
Engineering Topics Elective3CV_ENG 49803
Civil Engineering Elective9Civil Engineering Electives6
S BS or HS FA **3S BS or HS FA**6
 15 15
Total Credits: 125

Denotes General Education Requirements


S BS = Social Behavior Science; HS FA = Humanities Studies/Fine Arts

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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