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Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering (127 Hours)

At least 50 of the total hours required for this degree must be in 300-400-level courses. None of the courses listed below may be taken on a pass, fail basis and a grade of C or better in all CE courses used to fulfill major requirements is required for graduation.

Certification Requirements:

Students who will be completing at least 45 semester hours of course work at the end of the semester including CE 211, MATH 171, 172, and PHYSICS 201 or equivalents are eligible to apply for certification into the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The number of students certified into the department depends upon the available resources and facilities. The best qualified students, based on cumulative GPA and grades in the prerequisite courses listed above, as well as all math , science and engineering courses taken to date, will be certified into the department until the carrying capacity is reached.

Experiential Requirement

Students within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering must complete one of the following experiential requirements:

1. An internship of at least eight weeks duration, with at least one credit of CE 495.
2. A research position of at least eight weeks duration under the supervision of a departmental faculty member or approved mentor, with at least one credit of CE 499.
3. Study abroad for six or more credit hours. International students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will meet this requirement through their study in the United States.
4. Participation in a recognized ROTC program. Veterans in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will have met this requirement through their prior service in the armed forces.
5. A leadership or service experience of at least one semester, subject to departmental approval, with at least one credit of CE 499.
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENGR 1202
MATH 171 [QUAN]14
Second TermHours
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 17214
MATH 2202
Second Year
First TermHours
CE 21113
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 273 2
Second TermHours
C E 2153
CHEM 106, GEOLOGY 102, or PHYSICS 20224
E E 2212
MATH 360 or 3703
ME 2123
ME 2201
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
CE 3022
CE 3153
CE 317 [M] 3
CE Breadth Electives3,46
CST M 2542
Second TermHours
CE 3032
CE Breadth Electives3,46
E E 304 or ME 3012
MATH 3153
Fourth Year
First TermHours
CE 463 3
CE 480 [M]1
CE Electives4,59
CE Laboratory Elective63
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
Second TermHours
CE 465 [CAPS] [M]73
CE 4661
CE Electives4,59
Humanities [HUM]3
Complete Experiential Requirement
Exit Interview

1Classes that must be completed prior to certification.
2CHEM 106 strongly recommended for students emphasizing environmental engineering; SOE 102 strongly recommended for students emphasizing structural, geotechnical, or infrastructure engineering.
3CE Breadth Electives: Choose three courses from CE 322, 330, 341 and 351 and one other upper-division CE elective not including 495, 499 or any course used to fulfill a major requirement.
4CE Electives and CE Breadth Electives: One course must be chosen from CE 341, 401, 403, 405, 433, 436, 450, 472, 473, or 476, which are designated as having a sustainability component.
5CE Elective courses: The 18-credit hours for elective courses must be distributed such that at least three courses, not including the lab, are designated as having design emphasis. Those design courses must be selected such that at least one is chosen from two different areas of study, which include Environmental (CE 401, 402, 403, 415, 418, 419, and 442); Geotechnical (CE 400, 425, and 435); Hydraulics (CE 416,450, 451, 456, 460, and 475); Structural (CE 414, 430, 431, 433, 434, and 436); Sustainability (CE 405, 456, and 472); and Transportation/Pavement (CE 400, 472, 473, and 476); Other approved courses include: 4 credits of CE 488, 498, CST M 356, 462, 466, or as approved by advisor.
6CE Laboratory Elective: Choose one from CE 400, 415, or 416.
7Course to be taken in final semester. With permission of advisor, student may substitute ENGR 421 or 431 for CE 465.

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