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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 twenty-one 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.
The objectives of the civil engineering degree program are to educate students for leadership in their profession and to extend engineering knowledge through cutting-edge research. To meet these objectives, the faculty has designed a broad, rigorous, fundamental, flexible, and state-of-the-art program that integrates lectures and laboratory experience in the basic sciences, mathematics, engineering science, engineering design, and the liberal arts. Working in an environment that promotes teamwork and integrity, students are expected to learn to formulate and solve complex problems of importance to society. The program emphasizes active learning, to give students a basis for lifelong development, professional responsibility, and service.
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.
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 chairman, 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 provide the student with a background in design, at least one technical area option level II elective must be taken. 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.
Level I Electives
Construction Engineering and Project Management
Civil Engineering 342, Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
Architectural Engineering 345K, Masonry
Mechanics and Materials
Civil Engineering 358, Introductory Ocean
Level II Electives (Design)
Suggested Arrangement of Courses
First Year--Fall Semester
First Year--Spring Semester
Second Year--Fall Semester
Second Year--Spring Semester
Third Year--Fall Semester
Third Year--Spring Semester
Fourth Year--Fall Semester
Fourth Year--Spring Semester
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