Civil Engineering (CIV)

Requirements for Acceptance to the Major in Civil Engineering

Students in good academic standing who were admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the major may apply for acceptance after they meet the following minimum requirements: 1) completion of at least 10 credits of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses required for the major, 2) earned a G.P.A. of 3.0 in all mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses applicable to major requirements with no more than one grade of C or lower, and 3) completion of course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.  Students interested in applying for admission are encouraged to talk to the Undergraduate Program Director.

Requirements for the major in Civil Engineering (CIV)

The major in Civil Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Completion of the major requires approximately 112 credits.

1. Mathematics

a. AMS 151, AMS 161 Applied Calculus I, II
b. AMS 261 Applied Calculus III or MAT 203 Calculus III with Applications
c. AMS 361 Applied Calculus IV: Differential Equations or MAT 303 Calculus IV with Applications
Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161 in major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171.

2. Natural Sciences

a. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
b. CHE 131/CHE 133, CHE 132/CHE 134 General Chemistry I, II and Laboratories
Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C and Laboratories or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors
c. A basic science elective to be selected from the following list of courses: GEO 102, The Earth; MAR 104, Oceanography; BIO 201, Fundamentals of Biology: From Organisms to Ecosystems; ATM 201, Introduction to Climate and Climate Change

3. Laboratories

  • CIV 340 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
  • CIV 341 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • CIV 342 Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering Laboratory

4. Civil Engineering

5 . Mechanical Engineering

  • MEC 101 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving
  • MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving II
  • MEC 203 Engineering Graphics and CAD
  • MEC 214 Probability and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers
  • MEC 260 Engineering Statics
  • MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
  • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids
  • MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

6. Technology and Society

7. Engineering Design

8. Writing and Oral Communication Requirement 

9. Engineering Economics

  • EST 392 Engineering and Manufacturing Economics or ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

10. Engineering Ethics

  • ESE 301 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact or CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers

11. Civil Engineering Specializations

The area of specialization, composed of four electives, must be declared in writing by the end of the junior year. Two out of the four electives must be taken at the upper-division level. The area of specialization is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.   

The four areas of specialization are transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering and structural engineering. 

Areas of Specialization

Each area of specialization requires a minimum of four electives from these lists.

Transportation Engineering

  • CIV 306 Transportation Systems Analysis II
  • EST 304 Communications for Engineers and Scientists
  • EST 331 Professional Ethics and Intellectual Property
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment
  • EST 393 Project Management
  • GEO 102 Earth
  • GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes
  • MEC 442 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Geotechnical Engineering

  • EST 304 Communications for Engineers and Scientists
  • EST 331 Professional Ethics and Intellectual Property
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment
  • EST 393 Project Management
  • GEO 102 Earth
  • GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes
  • GEO 347 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 420 Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
  • MEC 442 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Environmental Engineering

  • BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
  • CIV 422 Introduction to Coastal Engineering
  • ESM 212 Introduction to Environmental Materials Engineering
  • EST 102 Weather and Climate
  • EST 304 Communications for Engineers and Scientists
  • EST 331 Professional Ethics and Intellectual Property
  • EST 341 Waste Treatment Technologies
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment
  • EST 393 Project Management
  • GEO 102 Earth
  • GEO 315 Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEO 318 Engineering Geology & Coastal Processes
  • GEO 353 Marine Ecology
  • GEO 420 Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • MAR 104 Oceanography
  • MAR 304 Waves, Tides, and Beaches
  • MAR 336 Marine Pollution
  • MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Structural Engineering

  • CIV 414 Advanced Construction Materials
  • EST 304 Communications for Engineers and Scientists
  • EST 331 Professional Ethics and Intellectual Property
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment
  • EST 393 Project Management
  • MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
  • MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEC 442 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Grading

All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 10 above must be taken for a letter grade. The grade point average for the courses MEC 260 , 262, 280, 316, 363, 364, CME 304, CIV 305, 310, 320, 330, 410, 420, 440, 441, and all specialization and technical electives must be at least 2.00. A minimum grade of “C” in PHY 131 or PHY 125, AMS 151 or MAT 131 or MAT 125, MEC 260, MEC 262 and CIV 440 is required for the BE degree. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in calculating this average.