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The efforts of civil engineers make the world a better place for others through the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of various resources, including buildings, bridges, dams, canals, highways, airports, railroads, water supply systems, waste treatment plants, etc. Civil Engineering is the instrument for channeling scientific and technical skills into civil construction works which safeguard our environment and protect us from natural disasters. Because any type of construction deals with changing or adding to our planet, civil engineering directly deals with environmental issues.

The civil and environmental engineering curriculum provides students with: 1) a global vision and approach to problem identification, formulation and solving in areas such as infrastructure, environment and facilities; 2) a management knowledge base in areas such as ethics, communication skills, team concepts and value judgment; and 3) a three-term real world engineering work experience through the co-operative education program. As a part of the curriculum, students are exposed to all areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including structures, transportation, geotechnical, hydrology and water/waste water.

The mission of the Program is to provide a broad-based education and design experience that enables students to address complex and multi-faceted Civil and Environmental Engineering problems. The Program also seeks to provide students the fundamental tools to enable them to evolve in the profession in response to changing technology and societal needs and expectations.

Program Educational Objectives
1. Graduates of this program should work as practicing engineers/professionals, and take necessary steps to become licensed professional engineers.

2. Graduates of this program should be able to create practical engineering designs/solutions that are sensitive to economics, social context, community needs, and address environmental, public safety and sustainability concerns.

3. Graduates of this program should actively participate and seek leadership positions in professional societies, other worthy organizations and their workplaces.

In addition to the Engineering core curriculum, all civil and environmental engineering students must satisfactorily complete the following courses:
CE 342 Structural Theory 4 40
CE 345 Construction Materials 3 23
CE 348 Soil Mechanics 3 30
CE 349 Soil Mechanics Lab 1 03
CE 352 Transportation Engineering 3 30
CE 450 Water and Waste Water Eng. 3 30
CE 451 Water & Waste Water Eng. Lab 1 03
CE 453 Applied Hydraulics & Hydrology 3 30
CE 468 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures 4 40
CE 482 Senior Engineering Design Project 3 30
E 313 Dynamics 3 30
E 324 Engineering Economy 3 30
E 326 Mechanics of Materials I 3 30
E 327 Mechanics of Materials I Lab 1 03
Total: 41 Credits

Concentrations - flexibility and focus

After exposure to various areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students are provided the flexibility to focus their learning on areas of personal interest and areas of great need in society through concentration areas. In cooperation with a faculty advisor, students can devise course concentrations that focus on structural engineering (buildings, bridges), geotechnical engineering (dams, road and building foundations ) or environmental engineering (environmental impact and remediation, water and waste water).

Each student must take a total of nine credit hours in design and engineering science electives beyond the departmental core. Two courses must be design electives (*), and one must be an engineering science elective (**). For a specific concentration, students are required to take selected design electives and engineering science electives. Engineering science electives beyond those mentioned below may be selected with the approval of the department chair.

CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 4
CE 440 Structural Dynamics** 3
CE 466 Bridge Design* 3
CE 474 Advanced Steel Design* 3
CE 476 Advanced Concrete Design* 3
E 442 Finite Element Methods** 3

CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 4
CE 478 Foundation Engineering* 3
CE 480 Design of Earth Retention* 3

CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 4
CE 484 Environmental Chemistry & Design* 3
CE 468 Environmental Microbiology & Design* 3
CE 483 Hazardous Waste 3
CE 488 Solid Waste 3
CE 490 Municipal Design* 3
* Design electives ** Engineering science electives The typical sequence of courses is listed in departmental curriculum forms which are available in the College Records Office.

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