Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2016

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 or MAT 205 Calculus III
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 Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory

4. Civil Engineering

  • CIV 210 Land Surveying
  • CIV 305 Transportation Systems Analysis I
  • CIV 310 Structural Engineering
  • CIV 320 Water Supply & Waste Management
  • CIV 330 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIV 410 Principles of Foundation Engineering
  • CIV 420 Hydraulics

5. Mechanical Engineering

  • MEC 101 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving
  • MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving II
  • MEC 203 Engineering Graphics and CAD or SBC 354 Drawing for Design - 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 

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. The area of specialization is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.   

The four areas of specialization are transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, and structural engineering and construction materials.

Areas of Specialization

Each area of specialization requires a minimum of two electives from this list. An additional two electives may be taken from any of the specializations. 

Transportation Engineering

  • CIV 306 Transportation Systems Analysis II 
  • CIV 407 Transportation Economics (required for the Transportation Engineering Specialization)
  • EDP 302 The Built Environment
  • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
  • GSS 313 GIS Design and Application I and GSS 314: GIS Laboratory  [co-requisites] – only counts as one
  • GSS 325 GIS Design & Applications II

Geotechnical Engineering

  • GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes
  • GEO 347 Remote Sensing 

  • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
  • MEC 442 Introduction to Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering 

  • CIV 422 Introduction to Coastal Engineering  
  • CIV 423 Coastal Engineering Planning and Design
  • CIV 424 Stormwater Management and Design
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • ESM 212 Introduction to Environmental Materials Engineering
  • GEO 315 Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEO 347 Remote Sensing 
  • MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Structural Engineering and Construction Materials

  • CIV 414 Advanced Construction Materials
  • CIV 436 Pre-stressed Concrete
  • EDP 302 The Built Environment II
  • EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
  • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
  • ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
  • ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
  • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
  • MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEC 411 Control System Analysis and Design
  • MEC 442 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis


All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 11 above must be taken for a letter grade. The grade point average for the courses MEC 260, 262, 280, 363, 364, CIV 210, 305, 310, 312, 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 125AMS 151 or MAT 131 or MAT 125 or MAT 141MEC 260MEC 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.