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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs


Civil Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (C E)

PROFESSOR PEGGY JOHNSON, Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education required for private practice and public service in civil engineering, and/or continue formal education. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of civil engineering principles and design techniques. Students utilize basic engineering science concepts in several of the different specialty areas (e.g., construction/management, environmental, materials/pavement design/geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources). Finally the students are able to choose an area of specialization for professional practice or graduate studies.

Program Educational Objectives:

The objective of the Civil Engineering program is to prepare students for a wide range of career paths that use civil engineering principles and methodologies. A curriculum is provided that prepares our recent graduates to:

  • work in industries or state and federal government agencies such as departments of transportation and departments of environmental protection that design, implement, and maintain national and/or global infrastructure;
  • effectively work in and lead interdisciplinary teams needed to design sustainable transportation, water, energy, environmental, and structural infrastructure; and
  • stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing; and have the ability to attend graduate school.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The undergraduate program will provide students with:

1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
2. Proficiency in at least four technical areas appropriate to Civil Engineering
3. An ability to pass the FE examination
4. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in more than one civil engineering context
5. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
6. An ability to perform Civil Engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum
7. An ability to conduct civil engineering experiments and to analyze and interpret data
8. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
9. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
10. An ability to communicate effectively
11. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
12. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
13. A knowledge of contemporary issues
14. Can explain the basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and can explain the importance of professional licensure
15. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

The program is broadened by courses in communication, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, as well as other engineering disciplines. Students gain experience in working as members of a team and using interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems. These experiences, as well as those related to engineering principles and design, are provided through exercises in the classroom, laboratory, and field. The program culmination is a capstone design course wherein the students' knowledge and skills are applied to actual engineering problems.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHSY 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required. The baccalaureate program in Civil Engineering at University Park is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), E MCH 211(3)[1], EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 212(3)[1], E MCH 213(3)[1], STAT 401(3), GEOSC 001(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 251(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
C E 310(3)[1], C E 321(3)[1], C E 332(3)[1], C E 335(3)[1], C E 336(3)[1], C E 340(3)[1], C E 360(3)[1], C E 370(3)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (32-35 credits)
C E 100S(1) or 1 credit of First-Year Seminar or elective (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 200 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
M E 201(3) or CH E 220(3)[30] (Sem: 5-6)
C E 337(1) or C E 475(4) (Sem: 5-6)[+]
E E 211(3) or E E 212(3)[30] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 9 credits from C E 341(3), C E 342(3), , C E 371(3), C E 422(3), C E 423(3), C E 424(3), C E 432(3), C E 435(3), C E 436(3), C E 441(3), C E 447(3), C E 461(3), C E 462(3), C E 475(4), C E 476(3), C E 479(3) (Sem: 5-8)[#]
Select 3 credits of C E 410W(3), C E 421W(3), C E 438W(3), C E 448W(3), C E 465W(3), C E 472W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 9 credits of technical elective from C E 300-level courses, C E 400-level courses, or department list. (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[30] Students may substitute 6 credits of ROTC for 3 credits of GHA courses and 3 credits of M E or E E .
[+] If C E 475 is taken, one credit goes toward lab requirement and remaining three go towards C E or general technical electives.
[#] Two of those courses must be selected from at least 2 of the 3 remaining  technical areas in the Civil Engineering program-- structures (x40), hydrosystems (x60), and environmental (x70).


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-06-105

Review Date: 4/13/10

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07


Accreditation statement updated by Publications, per COE: 8/15/11