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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Engineering is the application of scientific principles and technical knowledge to real-world problems. Civil engineering is the segment of the engineering profession that strives to provide for the basic needs of humanity. The civil engineer is involved with the physical environment through the planning, design, construction, and operation of building and housing systems, transportation systems, and systems for the protection and use of air and water resources.

The civil engineering student has the opportunity to obtain a broad background in mathematics and the physical sciences and their applications to all areas of civil engineering. This flexible curriculum allows the student to elect eighteen semester hours of approved technical coursework to emphasize the areas of civil engineering of most interest to the student. In addition, courses in the humanities and social sciences are included.

To excel as a civil engineer, a student should have an aptitude for mathematics and science, an interest in the practical application of technical knowledge to societal problems, the motivation to study and prepare for engineering practice, and the desire to be a professional. Civil engineering graduates of the University may seek a wide variety of positions in planning, design, and construction with government agencies, industry, and private consulting firms. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in engineering, or in other professions such as business, medicine, law, or journalism, have an excellent base on which to build.

Graduates of the civil engineering program are expected to (1) understand the historical context, multidisciplinary nature, and state of the art of civil engineering in addressing contemporary issues in society; and stay informed of emerging technologies and the challenges facing the profession in the future, (2) demonstrate strong reasoning and quantitative skills in order to identify, structure, and formulate civil engineering–related problems, as well as design creative solutions that reflect social, economic, and environmental sensitivities, (3) display a spirit of curiosity and lifelong learning and conduct themselves in a professionally responsible and ethical manner, and (4) exhibit strong communication, interpersonal, and resource management skills so that they can become leaders in the civil engineering profession and contribute to the enhancement of life and community. To meet these objectives, the faculty has designed a curriculum in which students may learn how to apply mathematics, science, and empirical observation to design the fundamental elements of civil engineering systems. Along with these basic skills, students are expected to use teamwork skills in a design environment that encourages multidisciplinary learning, imparts depth in technical knowledge, and acknowledges the broader societal impact of civil engineering design. Students are also expected to be able to communicate civil engineering solutions to a diverse audience in a professional and ethical manner. Overall, the civil engineering curriculum has the scientific content, the technical rigor, the flexibility, and the breadth to provide students with an academic environment that fosters lifelong learning in a constantly evolving profession.

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Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the civil engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
Basic Sequence Courses
  Chemistry 301, 302, Civil Engineering 301, 311K, 311S, 314K, 319F, Engineering Mechanics 306, 311M, 319, Mathematics 408C, 408D, Mechanical Engineering 210, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Writing 306 51
Major Sequence Courses
  Base level courses: Architectural Engineering 323K, Civil Engineering 321, 329, 341, 356, 357 18
  Civil Engineering 333T 3
  Level I electives 15
  Level II elective 3
Other Required Courses
  English 316K, Mathematics 427K, Mechanical Engineering 320 10
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved mathematics or science elective 3
  Approved mathematics, science, or engineering science elective 3
MINIMUM REQUIRED 124

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Level I and Level II Technical Electives

The civil engineering curriculum does not require the student to declare a specific technical area option. However, for the guidance of students with particular interests, level I electives in civil engineering are listed in areas of specialization. The fifteen semester hours of level I electives must be chosen from the following civil engineering and architectural engineering courses; in special cases, with the written permission of the department chair, this requirement may be relaxed, provided the student demonstrates in advance that the courses to be substituted for civil engineering or architectural engineering courses are part of a consistent educational plan. To provide a broad general background, at least one technical elective from each of three different areas of specialization must be included in each student's program.

To assure a background in design, each student must take at least one technical area option level II elective. Level II electives may be substituted for technical area option level I electives, but the requirement of at least one technical elective from each of three different areas of specialization still applies.

The following lists reflect current course offerings and are subject to change by the faculty. Current lists are available in the departmental undergraduate office.

Level I Electives

Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Architectural Engineering 350, Advanced CAD Procedures
  • Architectural Engineering 358, Cost Estimating in Building Construction
  • Architectural Engineering 366, Contracts, Liability, and Ethics
Construction Materials
  • Civil Engineering 351, Concrete Materials
  • Civil Engineering 366K, Design of Bituminous Mixtures
Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 346, Solid Waste Engineering and Management
  • Civil Engineering 346K, Hazardous Waste Management
  • Civil Engineering 369L, Air Pollution Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 370K, Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 375, Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
Structures
  • Architectural Engineering 345K, Masonry Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering 362L, Structural Design in Wood
  • Civil Engineering 331, Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Civil Engineering 335, Elements of Steel Design
  • Civil Engineering 363, Advanced Structural Analysis
Transportation
  • Civil Engineering 367P, Pavement Design and Performance
  • Civil Engineering 367T, Traffic Engineering
Water Resources
  • Civil Engineering 358, Introductory Ocean Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 374K, Hydrology
  • Civil Engineering 374L, Groundwater Hydraulics
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Level II Electives (Design)

Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 364, Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities
Geotechnical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 360K, Foundation Engineering
Structures
  • Civil Engineering 362M, Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Civil Engineering 362N, Advanced Steel Design
Transportation
  • Civil Engineering 367, Highway Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 376, Airport Design
Water Resources
  • Civil Engineering 365K, Hydraulic Engineering Design
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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  C E 301, Civil Engineering Systems 3
  CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
  M E 210, Engineering Design Graphics 2
  Social science or fine arts/humanities elective [7] 3
TOTAL 15
First Year — Spring Semester
  CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
  E M 306, Statics 3
  M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
  PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
  PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
TOTAL 17
Second Year — Fall Semester
  C E 311K, Introduction to Computer Methods 3
  E M 311M, Dynamics 3
  E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
  PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
  PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
  American government 3
TOTAL 16
Second Year — Spring Semester
  C E 311S, Elementary Statistics for Civil Engineers 3
  C E 314K, Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
  C E 319F, Elementary Mechanics of Fluids 3
  E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
  M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
TOTAL 16
Third Year — Fall Semester
  M E 320, Applied Thermodynamics 3
  Base level courses [8] 9
  American history 3
TOTAL 15
Third Year — Spring Semester
  C E 333T, Engineering Communication 3
  Base level courses [8] 9
  Approved mathematics or science elective 3
TOTAL 15
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  Approved mathematics, science, or engineering science elective 3
  Level I electives 9
  American history 3
TOTAL 15
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  Level I electives 6
  Level II elective 3
  American government 3
  Social science or fine arts/humanities elective [7] 3
TOTAL 15

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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
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