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University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs


Civil Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (C E)

PROFESSOR PATRICK J. FOX, 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 educational objectives of our undergraduate program will prepare our graduates to:

  • begin and sustain a career in consulting, industry, or state and federal government agencies, such as the departments of transportation and departments of environmental protection;
  • lead and work in interdisciplinary teams needed to design sustainable and resilient infrastructure through knowledge and application of environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering;
  • engage in life-long learning opportunities, including graduate school; and
  • obtain and maintain professional licensure

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The undergraduate program will provide students with:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; 
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
g. an ability to communicate effectively;
h. an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
j. knowledge of contemporary issues in civil engineering;
k. an ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice.

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 PHYS 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 127 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), EMCH 211(3)[1], EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EMCH 212(3)[1], EMCH 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)
CE 310(3)[1], CE 321(3)[1], CE 332(3)[1], CE 335(3)[1], CE 336(3)[1], CE 340(3)[1], CE 360(3)[1], CE 370(3)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (29-32 credits)
CE 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) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ME 201(3) or CHE 220(3)[30] (Sem: 5-6)
CE 337(1) or CE 475(4) (Sem: 5-6)[+]
Select 9 credits from CE 341(3), CE 342(3), CE 371(3), CE 422(3), CE 423(3), CE 432(3), CE 435(3), CE 436(3), CE 437(3), CE 441(3), CE 447(3), CE 461(3), CE 462(3), CE 475(4), CE 476(3), CE 479(3) (Sem: 5-8)[#]
Select 3 credits of CE 400 level "W" courses (Sem: 5-8)

Select 9 credits of technical elective from C E 300-level courses, CE 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.
[+] 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: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-03-040

Review Date: 11/17/15

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

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




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