Oct 23, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Civil Engineering, B.S.

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Program Educational Objectives

Exceptional civil engineers are highly competent problem solvers, who thirst for knowledge, communicate effectively, and seek to make the world a better place.  We believe that alumni of our program:

  • Successfully address and resolve problems in a professional position and/or through pursuit of a professional degree;
  • Continue to learn and develop professionally;
  • Communicate effectively, and eventually pursue a leadership role in their chosen field; and
  • Dedicate their professional knowledge and skills to meet the needs of their community and society in general.

As a result, our alumni are exceptional professionals, problem solvers, and civil engineers.

Student Outcomes

Consistent with the program’s objectives, students will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.



Major Requirements

This bachelor’s degree program requires a minimum of 132 credits. As part of the overall 132 credit minimum, students who seek a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree must satisfy the following requirements or their equivalents:

Four Courses in the Basic Sciences

One Course in Engineering Communications

Three Courses in Engineering Science

Depth Electives

A minimum of 16 credit hours of depth electives as shown below. At least one course must be selected from each of the four lists shown. 

Technical Elective

A minimum of four credit hours in a technical area that supports and/or expands the student’s interest in engineering. The choice of course must be approved by the student’s advisor:

Senior Seminar

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Students must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

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MAJOR GPA. Please consult the department to determine what courses are included in the calculation of the GPA for this major.

MINOR. No minor is offered in civil engineering.

Recommended course sequence:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year


Senior Year


  • CEN 5___ - CE Depth Elective
  • CEN 5___ - CE Depth Elective
  • Technical Elective 
    Technical Elective must be approved by student’s advisor.
  • Soc. Sci. (SS) Social Science Core course



  1. Limited course substitutions for those listed above are permitted for students who have sound educational plans that, in the judgment of the department, justify the substitutions.
  2. Students must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
  3. Students must also fulfill the college diversity requirement. There are many courses which simultaneously satisfy one of the history, social science and arts & literature distribution requirements and the diversity requirement.
  4. A Foreign Language (FL) core course may be substituted for either the Arts & Literature (AL) core course or the Historical Studies (H) core course (but not both).

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