Civil Engineering (BCE)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2009 - Spring 2010 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Major: CE

Degree: BCE

Unit: Speed School of Engineering (SS)

Department: Civil Engineering

Students specializing in Civil Engineering will complete the program outlined below: two semesters in Engineering Fundamentals, nine semesters in Departmental Studies (for the Bachelor of Science degree) and a fifth year in Graduate Studies (for the Master of Engineering degree). This curriculum is designed as an integrated five-year program, with a cooperative education component, culminating in the Master of Engineering degree that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. Subject matter in this program is highly computer-oriented and follows a computer-aided engineering approach. On entering Departmental Studies, the student may choose an area of concentration by selecting, in consultation with the faculty advisor, appropriate Civil and Environmental Engineering elective courses.

Appropriate design experiences are presented to students throughout the civil engineering curriculum, starting with CEE 260 (surveying) at the sophomore level, where basic group dynamics and open-ended project development concepts are introduced. Design experiences continue through CEE 680 (capstone design). At the junior level (e.g., CEE 370), students are taught many of the fundamentals required to perform more extensive open-ended design projects in civil engineering. At the senior and MEng levels, there are major, open-ended design projects required in geotechnical and structural engineering (e.g., CEE 452 and CEE 652), transportation engineering (e.g., CEE 560 and CEE 665), and water resources engineering (e.g., CEE 570 and CEE 670). Throughout the duration of their academic careers, most students take a great number of these and similar courses; specific course selection depends on the student’s chosen area of specialization and guidance from his or her faculty advisor.

Students are also exposed to various levels of design experience in their three required co-ops. By the end of the fifth year (i.e., the culmination of the MEng program), students have had the opportunity to thoroughly and extensively exercise the design principles learned earlier in the curriculum and co-op experience through participation in the capstone design course (CEE 680).

Engineering Fundamentals

Courses Hours
Speed School Core
ENGR 1001 , 1011 2 , 1021 ,1501 12
ENGL 1011 2 3 , 1021 2 3 6
CHEM 2011 2 3
PHYS 2981 2 4
CE Core
CHEM 2071 1
PHYS 2951 2 , PHYS 2991 5
Total 31


Departmental Studies

Courses Hours
Engineering Fundamentals
ENGR 201, 205, 307 8
CEE 205, 254, 255, 260, 261, 288, 289, 309, 320, 370, 371, 389, 401, 402, 420, 421, 422, 450, 451, 452, 460, 470, 471, 480, 489, 530 59
CECS 121 1
ECE 252 3
GEOS 301 3
IE 360, 370 6
ME 206, 251 6
General Education
Arts/CD/HUM/SBS Electives2 12
COMM 1112 or 1122 3
HIST 1012 or 1022 or 1052 or 1062 3
Total  104
Total Hours
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering    135

1 Acceptance into the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering requires that a student have a 2.0 GPA in the prescribed set of courses totaling 31 semester hours taken during the first year in Engineering Fundamentals. The prescribed courses are footnoted in the listing above. In addition, the student must be in good standing with the university. The only possible substitution to the list of courses totaling 31 hours above is noted in footnote 3.

2 General Education requirement for this program; see for the listing of Arts/CD/Hum/SBS Electives which satisfy the University-wide General Education requirements, by academic year.

3 Students completing ENGL 105 in lieu of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 satisfy the General Education and Engineering Fundamentals requirements for Written Communication.  However, an additional course is needed to satisfy program credit hour requirements; ENGL 303 (Technical Writing) is recommended. 

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