University Bulletin 2016-17

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Civil Engineering (BS)

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
MA 125 4 hrs  
CH 131 4 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
EH 101 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   17
MA 126 4 hrs  
CH 132 4 hrs  
EH 102 3 hrs  
CE 102 2 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
MA 227 4 hrs  
Sci Elective**  4 hrs  
CE 204 2 hrs  
CE 205 1 hrs  
EG 283 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   18
MA 238 3 hrs  
ST 315 3 hrs  
EG 284 3 hrs  
EG 315 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
CE 314 3 hrs  
CE 315 1 hrs  
CE 352 3 hrs  
CE 384 3 hrs  
CE 385 1 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
EG 360 3 hrs  
Spring   17
CE 340 3 hrs  
CE 341 1 hrs  
CE 353***** 3 hrs  
CE 360 2 hrs  
CE 367 1 hrs  
CE 370 3 hrs  
CE 374 1 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Fourth Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
CE 431 2 hrs  
CE 440***** 3 hrs  
CE 470***** 3 hrs  
CE 471 1 hrs  
Str Design*** 3 hrs  
Str Dsn Lab*** 1 hrs  
CE 460***** 3 hrs  
Spring   13
CE 432 4 hrs  
Tech Elect**** 3 hrs  
Tech Elect**** 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  

*Students must complete eighteen credit hours of courses in Humanities and Fine Arts and History, Social and Behavioral Sciences that satisfy both college and university General Education requirements. CA 110, Public Speaking is required for all Civil Engineering students.

**BLY 121, GY 111, or GEO 102

***Either CE 480 and CE 481 (Steel Design) or CE 485 and CE 486 (Concrete Design)

****Two Technical Electives from an approved list. A second structural design course may be taken to satisfy a technical elective requirement.

*****Students must complete all 5 terminal subdiscipline courses (CE 353, 440, 460, 470, and structural design) with a "C" grade or better. 

Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering Staff    
(251) 460-6174
Chair Kevin D. White 
Professors White
Associate Professors Laier, Omar, Islam, Webb
Assistant Professors Cleary, Kang, Mitchell, Smallegan, Steward

Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering web site

Civil Engineering involves the design and construction of systems necessary for our modern society to function. It encompasses many technical specialties whose focus is the design of large, normally one-of-a-kind, facilities such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, dams, waterways, airports, flood control systems, coastal protection systems, water supply networks, and waste treatment plants. As our society expands, challenging opportunities will continue to be available for Civil Engineers practicing in their own private firms, in large companies, or in governmental agencies.

BSCE Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the Department of Civil Engineering's undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gain through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the civil engineering profession, obtained professional licensure, and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.
  2. Incorporated economic, environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, and sustainability considerations into the practice of civil engineering.
  3. Exhibited effective communication, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior as complements to technical competence.
  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

Student Outcomes:

By the time of graduation from the Civil Engineering Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, science, (including calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and one additional area of science), and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct civil engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering.

The curriculum builds on a strong base in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences, and humanities developed primarily during the freshman and sophomore years. During the junior year, students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of each area of Civil Engineering. The specialty areas include:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources and Coastal Engineering

The senior year focuses on design, construction practices, and the integration of more advanced knowledge in civil engineering. A comprehensive project with students participating in a design team prepares them to enter professional practice.
Satisfactory completion of the program outlined below leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree which are covered in this Bulletin under College of Engineering.