Civil Engineering

Mission of the Program

The mission of the Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to provide a high quality undergraduate education that prepares graduates with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully begin a career in the civil engineering profession and continue to grow professionally and personally throughout their career.

Civil Engineering Objectives

After graduation, civil engineering graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

1) Lifelong Learning - to pursue professional development by obtaining professional licensure, certifications or by post-graduate study as appropriate to meet and adapt to emerging and evolving technology and infrastructure challenges.
2) Successful Careers - to have a successful career in the field of civil engineering or a related field.
3) Professionalism - to contribute to the field of civil engineering or a related field as a professional

Educational Outcomes

Upon graduation students should demonstrate (at a minimum) the following outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Curriculum

The program must prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of basic science, consistent with the program educational objectives; apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering; conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data; design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context; explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure.

Faculty

The program must demonstrate that faculty teaching courses that are primarily design in content are qualified to teach the subject matter by virtue of professional licensure, or by education and design experience. The program must demonstrate that it is not critically dependent on one individual.

In addition to the above baccalaureate civil engineering program educational outcomes, the educational experience (classroom, lab, and extra curricula activities) of the students addresses the baccalaureate degree outcomes described by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in their report “Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future” (Second Edition, 2008). This report (Executive Summary) is based on a broad based and continuing dialogue by the civil engineering profession that has been facilitated and lead by ASCE. The dialogue recognizes the need for change in the preparation of civil engineers for professional practice and is decades old. It reached a tipping point for ASCE in 1998 when the ASCE Board of Trustees approved Policy Statement 465: “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice”. The future of the civil engineering profession is also described in ASCE’s Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025.

Curriculum

Download PDF of Civil Engineering Tracking Sheet

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • ENGR 1000 Introduction to Engineering 
  • ENGR 1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR 1800 Introduction to MATLAB 
  • ENGL 1100 English I 
  • MATH 1750 Engineering Calculus I 
  • PHYS 1250 Engineering Physics I
  • Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester

  • ENGR1500 Intro to Engineering Design 
  • ENGR 1600 Fundamentals of CAD & CAM or ENGR 1800 Introduction to MATLAB 
  • ENGL 2200 English II 
  • MATH 1850 Engineering Calculus II 
  • PHYS  1750 Engineering Physics II
  • Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • CIVE 2200 Introduction to Geomatics 
  • CIVE 2000 Statics & Mechanics of Materials I 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science (HUSS) Elective
  • CHEM  1100 Engineering Chemistry I 
  • MATH 2025 Multivariable Calculus
  • Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester

  • CIVE 2500 Statics & Mechanics of Materials II 
  • CIVE 2400 Civil Engineering Materials 
  • CIVE 2300 Civil CAD 
  • MATH 2500 Differential Equations
  • ELECTIVE Science Elective
  • Total Credits: 18

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • CIVE 3000 Fluid Mechanics
  • CIVE 3200 Structural Analysis
  • CIVE 3300 Soil Mechanics
  • ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective
  • CIVE 3100 Environmental Engineering
  • Total Credits: 19

Spring Semester

  • COOP400 Cooperative Work Semester 1
  • Total Credits: 0

Summer Semester

  • CIVE 3900 Hydraulic Engineering  
  • CIVE 3700 Highway Engineering 
  • ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science
  • Total Credits: 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • COOP600 Cooperative Work Semester II
  • Total Credits: 0

Spring Semester

  • CIVE 4000 Civil Engineering Design Projects
  • MGMT 3200 Engineering Economy 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science 
  • ELECTIVE Civil Engineering Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Science Elective
  • Total Credits: 18

Summer Semester

  • CIVE 5500 CE Capstone  
  • MATH 2100 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
  • ELECTIVE CE Elective or Grad CE Elective 
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science  
  • Total Credits: 15

Electives: 

2 of the 5 HUSS electives must be ECON 4102 Principles of Economics and HUMN 4355 Boston Voyages to meet program curriculum requirements. 

Students may take these courses any semester the courses are offered.

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