Civil engineering focuses on serving people by providing for and improving their overall quality of life. Civil engineers use their knowledge and skills to enhance human welfare and the environment, designing, constructing, and maintaining sustainable infrastructure for the cities and communities in which they live and work, including buildings, bridges, roads, airports, dams, and levees. They also protect and improve the natural environment, including air, land, and water resources. Civil engineers design and plan transportation projects for growing populations, engineer solutions for bringing infrastructure to new cities and developments, and address how structures can better protect and serve humanity.
Civil engineering students are interested in how buildings are designed, how they stand up against the forces of nature, and how they are built. They are concerned about the environment and how to provide clean water and improve air quality. They want to be part of the solution for traffic congestion and improve how to move people and goods locally, nationally, and globally. They want to better protect people, their belongings, their homes and businesses from natural disasters and help to create a sustainable and resilient future through creative and technical solutions.
To complement the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree, majors may choose between a wide variety of options, including the pre-med track or pre-law track, or a minor in architectural, construction, environmental and water resources, structural, or transportation engineering. Students with high academic achievement may also apply to Honors College and the departmental Scholars Program, which is an integrated five-year BSCE/MSCE program.
Civil engineering provides a broad spectrum of career opportunities including water resources engineer, structural engineer, transportation engineer, environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer, construction engineer, site or urban planning engineer, and architectural engineer. In addition, civil engineering graduates can use their technical knowledge and skills for entry into other professions such as medicine or law.
Graduates are design engineers and field engineers. They work in engineering sales and technical support. From small local firms to large multi-national firms, from specialty consulting to full-service design-build, from industry to government to public service, graduates accept offers from many different types of employers. Many get graduate degrees in civil or environmental engineering or go on to medical or law school.
Civil engineers often become community leaders. Understanding the built environment and how to make cities and structures more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and sustainable, alumni are well positioned to lead society in resolving many of the issues important to the future. Graduates often own design firms, move into corporate management, become civic leaders, through state and federal public service, become research and development engineers, and are entrepreneurs in business development.
The BSCE program has been accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) since 1936.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CE 121||ENGR 141|
|ENGR 111||ENGR 171|
|ENGR 131||EN 102|
|ENGR 151||HI OR SB|
|MATH 125||PH 105|
|APPROVED N ELECTIVE|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|AEM 201||AEM 250|
|CE 260||AEM 264|
|MATH 227||CE 262|
|CH 101||MATH 238|
|HU, L, OR FA||PH 106 OR CH 102|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|AEM 311||CE 366|
|CE 331||CE 378|
|CE 340||ECE 320 OR ME 216|
|HI OR SB||HI OR SB|
|CE 350||CE 320|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
||CE 401 OR 403|
|GES 255||HU, L, FA|
|SENIOR PLAN OF STUDY ELECTIVES||SENIOR PLAN OF STUDY ELECTIVES|
Disclaimer: This plan is based on a student enrolling in MATH 125 (Calculus I) during their first semester. If you are starting in a different math class, please contact the engineering advising office to see your four-year plan of study.
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