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BS in Civil Engineering

The bachelor of science in civil engineering has a broad-based curriculum that provides exposure to technical issues and design in a number of civil engineering subdisciplines including: structural, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic and construction management.

Civil engineering projects are often multidisciplinary in nature and can involve large public works. Specifically, civil engineers design, build and maintain a variety of projects including: roads, buildings, tunnels, retaining walls, dams, bridges, airports, water supplies and sewerage systems.

Educational Objectives + Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives:
Graduates of the civil engineering program shall become successful professionals recognized for their:

  • Resourcefulness in the application of new knowledge, tools, and technology to changing problems and circumstances in the natural and built environment;
  • Communication of complex ideas and problems to a professional audience;
  • Ethical behavior and capacity for finding engineering solutions that consider both the technical and social consequences of their work;
  • Leadership, mentorship and contributions to their profession and community;
  • Pursuit of intellectual, personal and professional development.

Student Outcomes:
Upon completion of the civil engineering program students will have acquired:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Enrollment + Graduation Data

Student Enrollment:

  • 2015-16: 36
  • 2014-15: 26
  • 2013-14: 13
  • 2012-13: 3

Number of Civil Engineering Program Graduates:
2015-16: 1, Inaugural Class

Curriculum + Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required to satisfy the prerequisites of all civil engineering courses having the CER designation.

The bachelor of science in civil engineering requires 127 credits as outlined below.

University Curriculum (47 credits):

Course Title Credits
Foundations of Inquiry
FYS 101 First-year Seminar 3
Freshman Composition
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
Quantitative Literacy
MA 265 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Disciplinary Inquiry
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 110L General Chemistry I Lab 1
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Humanities Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective 3
Personal Inquiry
BIO 101 General Biology I 3
BIO 101L General Biology I Lab 1
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts (2 elective courses from 2 out of the 3 areas) 6
MA 151 Calculus I 4
MA 152 Calculus II 4
Integrative Capstone
UC University Capstone 3

Civil Engineering Courses (80 credits):

Course Title Credits
Foundational Courses for Civil Engineering (16 credits)
MA 251 Calculus III 4
PHY 121 University Physics I 4
PHY 122 University Physics II 4
CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 4
Common Engineering Curriculum (7 credits)
ENR 110 The World of an Engineer 3
ENR 210 Engineering Economics and Project Management 3
ENR 395 Professional Development Seminar 1
Civil Engineering Courses (57 credits)
MER 210/210L Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design with lab 4
MER 220/220L Mechanics of Materials with lab 4
MER 310 Thermo Fluid Systems I 3
CER 210 Infrastructure Engineering 3
CER 220 Civil Engineering Site Design 3
CER 310 Structural Analysis 3
CER 320/320L Design of Concrete Structures with lab 4
CER 330 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 3
CER 340/340L Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design with Lab 4
CER 350/350L Hydrology and Hydraulic Design with lab 4
CER 360 Construction Management 3
CER 445 Advanced Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering 3
CER 455 Advanced Environmental Engineering 3
CER 490 Engineering Professional Experience 1
CER 498 Design of Civil Engineering Systems 3
Civil Engineering Electives (2 courses) 6
Technical Elective* 3

*Technical elective includes any CER elective or a 200-level or higher MER, IER, SER, MA, BIO or CHE course with department chair approval.

Depending on math sequence taken, additional UC electives may be required.

View program information in the University catalog.