Civil Engineering (BCE)

Civil Engineering (BCE)


Civil Engineering is the most diverse engineering field. Depending on who you work for you may work on: airports, bridges, buildings, canals, dams, environmental cleanup, excavations, harbors, highways, industrial facilities, landfills, construction or demolition, piers, pipelines, reservoirs, roads, site planning, tunnels, Navy Seabees, and water and wastewater treatment plants.

Civil Engineers focus on making global sustainable systems. Our student projects make a difference in the world, such as work on environmental clean-up projects, plan for rapid transit, or help with urban renewal.

Since many engineering problems and solutions have roots in human behavior, you will learn communication skills, team working, ethics and decision making. Additionally, since engineering problems need practical solutions, our students work on co-operative job placements as interns in engineering. The experience is valuable for your resume when seeking full-time employment.

As a part of the curriculum, students are exposed to all areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including structures, transportation, geotechnical, hydrology, and the environment.

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 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 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.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will have the ability to:

    1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
    2. 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;
    3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
    4. recognize ethical and profession responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
    5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
    6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
    7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies;
    8. define key aspects of advanced technical specialization appropriate to civil engineering;
    9. explain key concepts and problem-solving processes used in management;
    10. explain key concepts and problem-solving processes used in business, public policy, and public administration;
    11. explain the role of the leader, leadership principles, and attitudes conducive to effective professional practice of civil engineering.

    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Civil Engineering (135/141 credits)

    Major Courses

    • ENGR 3120 Statics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3130 Dynamics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3140 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics I (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3170 Science of Materials (3 credits)
    • CIVE 3400 Civil Engineering Techniques: Surveying Cad GIS (3 credits)
    • CIVE 3410 Surveying Lab I (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3240 Engineering Economy (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3260 Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3270 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CIVE 3420 Structural Theory (4 credits)
    • CIVE 3450 Construction Materials (3 credits)
    • CIVE 3480 Geotechnical Engineering (3 credits)
    • CIVE 3490 Geotechnical Engineering Lab (1 credit)
    • CIVE 4100 Transportation Engineering (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4500 Water and Waste Water Eng. (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4510 Water & Waste Water Eng. Lab (1 credit)
    • CIVE 4530 Applied Hydraulics & Hydrology (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4680 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (4 credits)
    • CIVE 4820 Civil Engineering Senior Design Project (3 credits)
    • TECHNICAL ELECTIVE- as approved by the dept. (3 credits)
    • TECHNICAL ELECTIVE - as approved by the dept. (3 credits)

    Engineering Foundation courses for Civil Engineering

    • BIO 1090 Science of Life (see Note 1) (3 credits)
    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics and Design (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1234 Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op (1 credit)
    • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I (2 credits)
    • CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II (2 credits)
    • CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (2 credits)
    • CIVE 4112 Fundamentals of Engineering for Civil/Environmental Engr (or ENGR 3112) (1 credit)

    Note 1 - Other accepted classes include: BIO 1200, BIO 1220, BIO 2840.

    University Core Curriculum

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

    Technical Electives - Flexibility and Focus

    Students must take a total of six credits of technical electives. These credits may be taken from any combination of focal areas. Students are provided the flexibility to focus their learning on areas of personal interest. In cooperation with a faculty advisor, students can devise course plans that focus on structural engineering (buildings, bridges), geotechnical engineering (dams, road and building foundations), transportation (roads, traffic, transit), and land development (urban redevelopment, real estate development). Besides these focus areas, students can choose a formal concentration in environmental engineering (environmental impact and remediation, water and waste water). 





    • CIVE 4300 Forensic Engineering (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4810 Design of Masonry Structure (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4850 Project Management (3 credits)

    Land Development/Urban Redevelopment

    Environmental Engineering Concentration

    Students may select four courses focusing on Environmental Engineering to earn a concentration in Environmental Engineering upon graduation. This designation will appear on the student's transcript. Students take the same courses listed for the Civil Engineering program above, but in place of the six credits of Technical Electives, the following below are required for a total of 141 credits.

    Environmental engineers use the principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on its treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems, conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality-control checks. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. Some may study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also may be involved in the protection of wildlife. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations, prevent environmental damage, and clean up hazardous sites.

    Required Courses  

    • CIVE 4840 Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4860 Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)

    Environmental Science Elective (choose 1)

    • CIVE 4722 Engineering Geology (3 credits)
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry II (3 credits)

    Technical Elective (choose 1)

    • CIVE 4830 Hazardous Waste (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4866 Groundwater (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4868 Environmental Modeling (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4880 Solid Waste (3 credits)
    • CIVE 4900 Municipal Design Using Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)
    • CHM 3870 Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Utpal Dutta, Ph.D., P.E.
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: (313) 993-1040