10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Aerospace Engineering | Applied Mathematics | Biomedical Engineering | Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering | Computer Science | Computer Engineering (Computer Science) | Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering) | Engineering Science | Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Systems Engineering | Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the application of science and technology to the planning, design, analysis, construction, operation, and maintenance of the physical facilities required by society. It is the broadest of all engineering professions, encompassing activities from aerospace to urban planning. Civil engineers are the fabricators of our modern society and the protectors of the quality of the environment. They deal with people and their management, materials and their use, designs and their application, and the problems of beneficially interweaving these factors to serve society. Typical civil engineering projects include environmental facilities, such as systems for water quality control, toxic and hazardous waste control and storm water networks; structures, such as high-rise buildings, bridges, off-shore platforms, shuttle launch pads, and dams; and transportation facilities, such as Intelligent Transportation Systems, airports, highways and railways. Civil engineering has a long history and a bright future serving the basic needs of society.

Civil engineering graduates with a BS degree have varied options. The first is employment with high technology consulting firms, local, state or federal government, contractors or construction firms, public utilities or industrial corporations. A second option is graduate school to pursue an area of specialty within civil engineering. Such studies open up more advanced employment options in government, consulting, construction, or industry; and introduce new options, including research and teaching. A civil engineering degree also provides a good background for professional training in law, business administration, or medicine.

Minor   The department regards 15 credits of civil engineering courses as a satisfactory minor. This can be obtained in one of four areas: a minor in environmental engineering (any five): CE 205, CE 315, CE 336, CE 420, CE 430, or CE 440; a minor in structural engineering (any five): CE 316, CE 319, CE 323, CE 326, CE 370, or CE 401; a minor in transportation engineering: CE 344, CE 444, CE 445, CE 4XX GIS (currently CE 451) and APMA 312; and a minor in civil engineering (general) which includes any five courses from the above lists.

Civil Engineering Curriculum

First Semester
APMA 101Calculus I 4
CHEM 151Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151LIntroductory Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory1
ENGR 160Engineering Concepts 3
ENGR 164Engineering Design 3
TCC 101Language Communication and the Technological Society 3
Total17
Second Semester
APMA 102Calculus II 4
PHYS 142EGeneral Physics I 4
CS 101Introduction to Computer Science or
CS 182Introduction to FORTRAN Programming3
Science elective I[1]3-4
General Education elective[2]3
Total17-18
Third Semester
APMA 205Calculus III 4
PHYS 241EGeneral Physics II 3
PHYS 241LGeneral Physics Laboratory I 1
ENGR 205Solid Mechanics I 3
Core course[3] 3
General Education elective[2]3
Total17
Fourth Semester
APMA 206Differential Equations I 4
Science elective II[1]4
ENGR 306Solid Mechanics II 3
ENGR 207Dynamics3
TCC 2__TCC elective3
Total17
Fifth Semester
CE 315/365Fluid Mechanics/Fluid Mechanics Laboratory4
CE 319Structural Mechanics 3
APMA 310Probability 3
CE 341Civil Engineering Systems Analysis 3
CE 323/363Properties and Behavior of Materials/Materials Laboratory4
Total17
Sixth Semester
CE 316Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4
CE 3__Core elective[4] [5]3
CE 3__Core elective[4] [5]3
CE 3__Core elective[4] [5]3
CE Lab1
General Education elective[2]3
Total17
Seventh Semester
TCC 401Western Technology and Culture 3
CE 470Civil Engineering Design I2
CE ___CE elective[6]3
CE ___CE elective[6]3
Technical elective[7]3
General Education elective[2]3
Total17
Eighth Semester
TCC 402The Engineer in Society 3
CE 472Civil Engineering Design II2
CE ___CE elective[6]3
CE ___CE elective[6]3
Technical elective[7]3
General Education elective[2]3
Total17
136 credits - minimum required for graduation.

[1]Suitable science electives include the following (a lab is required with science elective II):
CHEM 152 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 152L Introductory Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
BIOL 201 Introduction to Biology 3
MSE 102 Introduction to the Science of Engineering Materials 3
PHYS 242E General Physics III 3
CHEM 212 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 3
EVSC 280 Physical Geology 3
EVSC 280L Physical Geology Laboratory 1
BIOL 202 Introduction to Biology 3
[2]General education electives (15 credits) should be in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts (e.g., history, economics, government, literature, sociology, philosophy, psychology, theater, music, etc.) and should be selected from the list provided in General Education Elective Requirements. One (3 credit) general education elective may be replaced by an unrestricted elective with the approval of the advisor.
[3]Choose one:
CE 205 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
ENGR 202 Thermodynamics 3
ENGR 203 Electrical Science 3
[4]CE Core electives (three out of four are required):
CE 326Design of Concrete Structures3
CE 336Water Resources Engineering3
CE 344Transportation Engineering I3
CE 370Introduction to Composite Mechanics3
[5]Students with a specific academic goal may substitute (with the approval of the advisor and department chair) a technical elective for one of the three core electives, which must then be taken in the 8th semester.
[6]Approved CE electives:
CE 401Design of Metal Structures I3
CE 402Design of Metal Structures II3
CE 403Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design3
CE 411Foundation Engineering3
CE 420Experimental Analysis in Environmental Engineering3
CE 430Environmental Engineering3
CE 440Groundwater Hydrology3
CE 441Construction Engineering and Economics3
CE 444Transportation Engineering II3
CE 445Transportation Engineering III3
CE 471Introduction to Finite Element Methods3
[7]Any CE elective or approved technical elective will satisfy this requirement. Approved technical electives will be listed each semester. Typical courses include advanced courses in mathematics, environmental science, and systems engineering.


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