Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Civil Engineering

The objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate degree program are to prepare graduates who can perform at the entry level in civil engineering practice so that, some years after graduation, they can become licensed professionals having responsibility for the planning, design, implementation, operation and continuous improvement of civil engineering structures and infrastructure. They will be provided with skills and tools for life-long learning, continuing professional development, and to pursue advanced degrees.

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Program Objectives

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate degree program are:

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of civil engineers
  • Qualified graduates will be capable of pursuing advanced study
  • Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities

Student Learning Outcomes

The CEEC Faculty have adopted the Student Outcomes specified in the EAC criteria:

  • 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.

Technical Areas

The CEE Department has developed four required technical areas. The areas and the required course work in each respective area are:

  • Environmental/Water Resources Engineering — ME 242, CEE 367, CEE 413, CEE 450.
  • Geotechnical Engineering — CEE 334, CEE 346.
  • Structural Engineering — CEE 241, CEE 346, CEE 370, CEE 381, CEE 480.
  • Transportation Engineering — CEE 121, CEE 346, CEE 362.

Additionally, four technical elective courses are required in at least two technical areas, with a minimum of two courses in one area. The technical electives available in each technical area are:

  1. Environmental/Water Resources Engineering — CEE 404, CEE 406, CEE 407, CEE 451, CEE 452, CEE 454, CEE 455.
  2. Geotechnical Engineering — CEE 410, CEE 432, CEE 434, CEE 435, CEE 436.
  3. Structural Engineering — CEE 410, CEE 444, CEE 476, CEE 477, CEE 478, CEE 482.
  4. Transportation Engineering — CEE 410, CEE 463, CEE 464, CEE 466, CEE 467.

In addition to the courses identified above, students may take other elective courses such as computer applications, project management, construction engineering, and others. CEE 468 may be counted as an elective in Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Geotechnical Engineering if a project is undertaken in that area. CEE 491 Independent Study courses and CEE 495 Special Topics courses will be categorized based on their content.

Career Possibilities

A Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) is intended to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to design, build, and operate engineered systems such as roads, foundations, buildings, bridges, dams, airports, and water supply and wastewater treatment systems. Civil engineers can be employed by consulting firms, government agencies and utilities. The degree prepares students for licensure as civil engineers; licenses are required for professional practice in all 54 US states and territories and worldwide.


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