Civil Engineering Major (B.S.)
Civil & Environmental Engineering is a diverse and challenging field of study. Courses taken for your Bachelors of Science will prepare you for the professional world of engineering or if you would like to get advance degrees in engineering, law, medicine, or business.
Civil & Environmental Engineering students are often found in the Department study room, throughout the Warnock Engineering Building or often helping faculty with research. Many students participate in the Department student organizations as well as University organizations.
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For Undergraduates, see below
Direct admit: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering implemented a direct admission program for incoming freshmen. This change is in coordination with the College of Engineering in an attempt to get students get involved with their department as they are admitted to the university.
Students who are directly admitted into the College of Engineering and indicate Civil Engineering as a major, are admitted into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with Major Status. If a student is undecided on their major upon direct admission into the College of Engineering, they can indicate their specific major at a later date. Students who are ready to take Calculus I in their first semester are typically considered for direct admission into the College. Having students directly admitted into the program enables them to have early interaction with academic advisors, become eligible for all CVEEN scholarships, get involved with student groups, and interact with faculty.
Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the program are those during the first few years after graduation:
- CVEEN graduates will be engaged in the practice of civil or environmental engineering, or related field, or will be pursuing advanced knowledge through post-graduate study and research.
- CVEEN graduates will be on the path towards licensure, when appropriate, and will be active in professional organizations, seeking opportunities for professional development and participating in the betterment of their profession.
- CVEEN graduates will be ascending into leadership roles and be advocating for their profession utilizing their accumulated education and experience solving complex societal issues for the broader good of the community.
The rationale for these Program Educational Objectives are given below, respectively:
(1) The practice of civil or environmental engineering entails the design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and systems for public and private enterprises. It often entails the practice of material, coastal, construction, earthquake, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structural, transportation, forensic, municipal or urban engineering.
CVEEN graduates are encouraged to seek additional educational opportunities in a graduate program, or seek post B.S. university courses as working professionals. Such post B.S. degree training is advocated by ASCE policy statement 465.
(2) A CVEEN graduate’s path to professional licensure continues after graduation. To be on this path, graduates must successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and acquire post-graduation design experience working under the direction of a licensed professional engineer. They must also successfully complete the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, which allows them to apply for licensure according to rules adopted by the professional licensing boards of various States. The clause, “when appropriate,” is added for cases where CVEEN graduates choose career paths that do not require professional licensure (e.g., some governmental, industry, research and teaching positions, etc.). Nonetheless, such graduates are expected to become knowledgeable in the practices and codes that govern their respective career paths and to obtain the necessary training to become effective professionals. CVEEN graduates are encouraged to be active in professional organizations early in their careers, and to continue in that participation. CVEEN graduates are given a charge to continue their professional development and post B.S. degree learning. This learning is necessary for obtaining and retaining professional licensure. Graduates with P.E. licenses are required to obtain professional development hours (PDHs) in order to maintain licensure. Just as important, CVEEN graduates are trained in critical thinking and reasoning skills that will continue to develop and mature throughout their careers. CVEEN graduates have an obligation to seek opportunities to improve the practice of their profession. These activities might include participating on professional and technical committees, boards, panels, etc., or providing service to dis-advantaged communities and non-profit organizations.
(3) CVEEN graduates will begin their technical engagement as members of engineering or technological teams responsible for delivering engineering solutions that meet the needs of society. Because civil engineering is often practiced in the public arena, which requires CVEEN graduates to assume roles of leadership and management, sometimes relatively early in their professional careers, some CVEEN graduates may become city, county, state or federal engineers and as such will have the opportunity to implement public policy. This statement encourages CVEEN graduates to be proactive in seeking these and other leadership opportunities.
The following statements describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation:
- 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
- explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure
The Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program is accredited by: The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET www.abet.org
Program of Study
The following is a suggested four-year schedule for a BS in Civil Engineering for the Handbook. Taking these courses in the years shown will ensure that you have the prerequisites for the following year’s courses. All students take the same engineering courses during their freshman, sophomore, and part of their junior years. Students then select different technical electives to take during their junior and senior year. Please refer to the following Flowchart for your four year plan:
If you have any questions, please set up an advising appointment and visit academic advising center.
EGPA stands for Engineering grade point average.
Here is a list of the courses that will factor into a student’s EGPA (Engineering GPA):
CHEM 1210 & 1215
PHYS 2210 & 2215
CVEEN 3310 & 3315
CVEEN 3410 & 3415
CVEEN 3510 & 3515
CVEEN 3610 & 3615
ME EN 2030All Technical Electives (6 total needed)
Courses that do not factor into EGPA:
All general education & bachelor degree requirements
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