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Begin Date: Summer Session 2007
End Date: Spring Semester 2009

Civil Engineering - ARCHIVE

Capital College (CE CA)
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. Their area of specialization culminates in a capstone design experience. The overall objectives of the program are for the students to have:

  • a solid understanding of the basic principles of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • 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 professional practice issues including the ability to design and conduct experiments, and the ability to analyze and interpret data;
  • the ability to work in a team;
  • demonstrated computer and problem-solving skills, communication skills (oral or written) to effectively communicate technical and professional information;
  • an exposure to organizations and activities that allow them to develop leadership skills, address professional ethics, and encourage a broad understanding of contemporary societal issues;
  • and a recognition of the need for continued learning.

The technical 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.

For the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, a minimum of 130 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 (Opens New Window).

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 (63 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(2-3), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
C E 310(3)[1], C E 332(3)[1], C E 337(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 (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 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 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 335(3)[1] or C E 336(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
E E 211(3) or E E 212(3)[30] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 15 credits from C E 321(3), C E 335(3), C E 336(3), C E 341(3), C E 342(3), C E 361(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, 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 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 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-01-137

Review Date: 8/29/06

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

Publications dept head update: 7/14/06

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