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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Engineering

Civil Engineering

Capital College (CE CA)

PROFESSOR JOSEPH J. CECERE, Ph.D., CPC, Program Chair

PROFESSOR SEROJ MACKERTICH, Program Coordinator

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.

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;
  • 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.

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) and PHYS 211 (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.

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

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 112 credits
(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.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (71 credits)
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 (29-32 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) (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)[+]
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 432(3), C E 435(3), C E 436(3), C E 437(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(1) (Sem: 5-8)[#]
Select 3 credits of C E level "W" courses (Sem: 5-8)

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

Integrated B.S. in Civil Engineering/M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering Program

The Civil Engineering undergraduate and Environmental Engineering graduate program offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the student to earn the two degrees in five years.

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degress. However, the total course load is reduced due to the maximum of 10 credits that can count towards both degress. A minimum of 7 credits proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Master's paper credits may not be double counted. The first three years of the IUG program are identical to the first three years of the Bachelor of Science program. The fourth year of the IUG program differs from that of the Bachelor of Science program due to the courses that count toward the Master of Science degree requirements.

Students will be admitted on a provisional basis laste in their 6th semester so that they may be advised appropriately for the IUG 7th semester courses. Formal acceptance is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the 6th semester, and a collective GPA of 3.3 or better in courses designated MATH, CHEM, C E, or ENVE.

Student performance will be monitored on an on-going basis. In addition, a formal evaluation of student academic performance will be performed when the student has completed 114 to 115 credits, the end of the first semester of the senior year for a typical student in the program. Students who have not maintained a collective 3.3 GPA in courses designated MATH, CHEM, C E, or ENVE will be transferred to a probationary status. Students who have not maintained a collective GPA of 3.3 or better in courses designated MATH, CHEM, C E, or ENVE by end of their eighth semester will be dropped from the graduate program but will continue in the Bachelor of Science C E degree program.

If for any reason a student admitted to the IUG program is unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Engineering degree, the student will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science degree, assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been completed satisfactorily.

Students have the choice of receiving the B.S. degree at the end of the fouth year or waiting until the end of the fifth year to receive both degrees. Students who elect to receive the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year will pay graduate tuition for courses taken in the fifth year; students opting to receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year will pay undergraduate tuition for all five years. Note that students who are awarded a graduate assistantship must elect to receive the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year. If for any reason a student admitted to the IUG program is unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree, the student will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science degree assumnig all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed. Students who successfully complete the courses listed in the recommended schedule will satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by the end of their fourth year.

Admission Requirements

To apply, students must be enrolled in the PSH Civil Engineering B.S. program. To initiate the application process, students must submit an Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree in Civil Engineering Application Form, a transcript, and three faculty recommendations. If the student expresses interest early in their undergraduate career, their faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program. In order to apply for the IUG program, students must have completed a minimum of 82 credits. At the time of the application, students must have completed or be enrolled in C E 335, 336, 360, and 370.

A typical student would apply by the sixth semester and before the beginning of the seventh semester. For consideration for acceptance into the program, students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0, and a collective GPA of 3.3 or better in courses designated MATH, CHEM, C E, or ENVE.

To apply formally, students must submit a completed Graduate School application. The student should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering.

Students will be admitted on a provisional basis late in the spring semester of their application year so that they may be advised appropriately for the IUG 7th semester courses. Formal acceptance is contngent upon maintaining the 3.0 cumulative GPA through the 6th semester, and a collective GPA of 3.3 or better in courses designated MATH, CHEM, C E, or ENVE.

Degree Requirements

Studentsin the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees. The total course load is reduced due to a maximum of 10 credits that can count towards both degrees. The minimum of 7 credits double-counted must be at the 500 level. Master's paper credits may not be double counted.

[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 400-level C E 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.
[#] Those courses must be selected from at least 4 of the 5 technical areas in the Civil Engineering program--transportation (x20), construction (x30), structures (x40), hydrosystems (x60), and environmental (x70).

Last Revised by the Department: Fall 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-01-046

Review Date: 8/25/15

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

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