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2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog
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[College of Engineering]


Professor Michael Triche, Interim Department Head
Office: 260 H. M. Comer Hall (MIB)

The American Society of Civil Engineers takes pride in describing its role as a people-serving profession. Civil engineers protect our environment and conserve our natural resources while providing the infrastructures society takes for granted. Civil engineering provides a rewarding career for those who dream of planning, designing, and constructing structures like air-pollution control systems, airports, bridges, dams, environmental engineering facilities, foundations for structures, highways and roads, hydroelectric facilities, reservoirs and lakes, structural frameworks for large buildings, traffic systems, and water-supply systems.

Program Objectives

Graduates and upper-level students of civil engineering must demonstrate the following:

Research. Faculty are conducting research on topics such as applying computers and advanced management techniques to civil engineering projects; improved analysis and design of wood structures, disaster resistant structural design, quantitative site characterization, reliability based exploration, remediation of hazardous waste sites; landfill design and regulations; hydrologic extremes of precipitation, floods, and droughts; and stormwater management. The University Transportation Center for Alabama conducts thirty or more projects per year in topics that include transportation safety, ITS, GIS, transit, system management, bridge design, and bridge management.

Laboratories. Laboratory facilities are provided for instruction and research investigations in computer-aided design, bituminous materials, cement and concrete, environmental engineering, including chemical-bacteriological phenomena, structures, transportation and ITS, surveying, and geotechnological engineering.

Graduate programs. Graduate programs are offered leading to the degrees of master of science in civil engineering, master of science in engineering, master of science in engineering (environmental), and doctor of philosophy. Please refer to the University of Alabama graduate catalog for details of these programs.


Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the civil engineering bulletin board.

Grades. A grade of "C-" or higher must be earned in each required civil engineering course and in all courses counted as technical electives.

Interim term courses. Interim term courses may not be used to fulfill civil engineering or technical elective course requirements.

First Semester Hours
CH 131 General Chemistry for Engineering Students I (N) 4
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics (SB) 3
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I 3
MATH 131 Calculus I for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
Second Semester
CH 132 General Chemistry for Engineering Students II (N) 4
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
GES 132 Foundations of Engineering II 2
MATH 132 Calculus II for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
First Semester
AEM 201 Statics 3
CE 260 Elementary Surveying 3
DR 133 AutoCAD for Engineers 2
MATH 231 Mathematics III for the Integrated Curriculum (MA) 4
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
Second Semester
AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I 3
AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 1
AEM 264 Dynamics 3
CE 262 Civil Engineering Materials 3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I (MA) 3
COM 123 Public Speaking (HU) 3
First Semester
AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics 3
AEM 312 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
CE 331 Structural Analysis I (C) 4
CE 340 Geotechnical Engineering I 3
CE 342 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory 1
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1 3
Second Semester
CE 333 Structural Steel Design I 3
CE 420 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CE 421 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 1
CE 450 Highway Design (W) 3
CE 478 Water Resources Engineering (C) 3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1 3
First Semester
CE 433 Reinforced Concrete Structures I 3
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering 3
Approved statistics elective2 3
CE electives3 6
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1 3
Second Semester
CE 401 Civil Engineering Design Project 4
CE 467 Construction Methods and Estimating 3
IE 203 Engineering Economics 3
Technical elective4 3
Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1 3
Total: 131 hours

1Information about acceptable history, humanities, literature, fine arts, or social and behavioral sciences electives is available from engineering faculty advisers and the schedule of classes.
2The statistics elective must be chosen from the list of statistics electives approved by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
3CE electives are civil engineering courses numbered 400 or above.
4The technical electives must be chosen from the list of technical electives approved by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Engineering students may earn the certificate in environmental engineering in addition to the B.S. degree. The certificate is noted on transcripts and is awarded to students who complete 12 hours of environmental engineering courses from the approved list. Most of these courses are acceptable for elective credit toward the degree; however, of the 12 hours, at least 6 must be in addition to the B.S. degree requirements. Students should consult their advisers for more information.

Eligible Courses
CE 420 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CE 422 Solid Waste Management
CE 423 Hazardous Waste Management
CE 424 Water and Wastewater Treatment
CE 425 Air Pollution
CE 428 Environmental Aqueous Chemistry
CE 442 Waste Containment Facilities
CE 475 Hydrology
CE 478 Water Resources Engineering
CE 491 Special Problems - Environmental Engineering

CHE 400-level waste minimization course
CHE 464 Health and Safety in the Chemical Process Industry
CHE 491 and CHE 492 Special Problems - Environmental Engineering
CHE 495 and CHE 496 Undergraduate Honors Seminar
CHE 498 and CHE 499 Honors Special Problems - Environmental Engineering

GES 449 Radiation Safety

IE 454 Safety Engineering

ME 377 Noise Control

CE 522 Solid Waste Management
CE 523 Hazardous Waste Management
CE 524 Air Pollution
CE 528 Environmental Aqueous Chemistry
CE 542 Waste Containment Facilities
CE 570 Open Channel Flow
CE 571 Groundwater Hydraulics or GEO 506 Hydrogeology
CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
CE 575 Hydrology

Other courses approved by petition


The College of Engineering offers a certificate in mining engineering to those B.S. engineering graduates who complete 12 hours from a list of approved courses. Most of these mining engineering courses are acceptable electives in the bachelor's degree program. The certificate program requires 6 hours beyond the bachelor's degree program. Students completing all requirements receive the B.S. in Engineering degree in their respective disciplines and a certificate indicating completion of the additional requirements. The student's transcript likewise indicates completion of the Mining Engineering Certificate program. Students interested in the certificate program should contact their advisers.

Scholarships are available for students participating in the mining program.

In addition, the College of Engineering, through an interdisciplinary M.S. in engineering (mining) degree program offers students with B.S. degrees in all engineering fields the opportunity to design a course of study to obtain a master's degree that is directed at meeting their needs and interests.

Eligible Courses
CE 411 Rock Mechanics
CE 412 Mining Systems
CE 426 Underground Mining Systems and Ventilation
CE 465 Blasting Engineering
CE 482 Geological Engineering

Other courses approved by petition

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