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Civil Engineering (C E) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 -UCA

Civil Engineering - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Engineering (C E)

PROFESSOR PEGGY A. 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 through course work 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. Their course work in their area of specialization culminates in a capstone design experience. The broad objectives of the program are designed so that students have:

  • a solid understanding of the basic principles of mathematics, science, and engineering and the technical competency to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools for practice in civil engineering and eventual registration as well as for graduate education.
  • an understanding of the basic principles in civil engineering and an understanding of professional practice issues including the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • the ability to work in a team and develop problem-solving skills that would include oral and written communications skills to effectively communicate technical and professional information including computer skills.
  • an awareness of organizations and activities that allow them to develop leadership skills, gain exposure to the civil engineering profession, gain exposure to professional ethics, and gain a broad understanding of contemporary societal issues.
  • a recognition of the need for continued learning.

The program is broadened by courses in communication skills, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and 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 and culminate in a "capstone design" course wherein the students' knowledge and skills are brought to bear on actual engineering problems.

For the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; or www.abet.org.

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 front of 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: 113 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 (64 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], CHEM 014 GN(1), ED&G 100(3), E MCH 011(3)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 012(3)[1], E MCH 013(3)[1], STAT 401(3), GEOSC 001(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
C E 300(1), C E 310(3)[1], C E 335(3)[1], C E 336(4)[1], C E 340(3)[1], C E 360(3)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (40 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 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
M E 023(3) or CH E 220(3)[30] (Sem: 5-6)
E E 220(3) or E E 305(3)[30] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 18 credits from C E 321(3), C E 332(3), C E 341(3), C E 342(3), C E 361(3), C E 370(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 447(3), C E 462(3), C E 475(3), C E 476(3), C E 479(1) (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)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of technical elective from C E 300-level courses, 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 400-level C E courses and 3 credits of M E or E E .
[#] 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: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-04-027

Review Date: 1/17/06

Publications dept head update: 7/14/06

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