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BS in Civil Engineering

The bachelor of science in civil engineering has a broad-based curriculum that provides exposure to technical issues and design in a number of civil engineering subdisciplines including: structural, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic and construction management.

Civil engineering projects are often multidisciplinary in nature and can involve large public works. Specifically, civil engineers design, build and maintain a variety of projects including: roads, buildings, tunnels, retaining walls, dams, bridges, airports, water supplies and sewerage systems.

Educational Objectives + Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives:
Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program shall become successful professionals recognized for their:

  • Resourcefulness and ability to apply new knowledge, tools and technology to changing problems and circumstances in the natural and built environment;
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and problems to a wide audience;
  • Ethical behavior and capacity for finding engineering solutions that consider both the technical and social consequences of their work;
  • Leadership, mentorship and contributions to their profession and community;
  • Pursuit of intellectual, personal and professional development.

Student Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Civil Engineering Program students will have acquired:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within 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

Enrollment + Graduation Data

Student Enrollment:

  • 2014-15: 26
  • 2013-14: 13
  • 2012-13: 3

Number of Civil Engineering Program Graduates:
First Graduating class scheduled for 2015-16 academic year.

Curriculum + Requirements

The bachelor of science in civil engineering requires 132 credits as outlined below.

University Curriculum (46 credits)

Course Title Credits
University Seminars
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3
English Composition
EN 101 Elements of Composition I 3
EN 102 Elements of Composition II 3
Quantitative Literacy
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
Scientific Literacy
BIO 101/101L General Biology I with lab 4
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 3
Social Science
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  Social Science Elective 3
Humanities 6
University Curriculum Electives
MA 142 Calculus of a Single Variable II 3
MA 229 Linear Algebra 3
Total 46

Foundational Courses for Civil Engineering (22 credits)

Course Title Credits
MA 241 Calculus of Several Variables 3
MA 242 Integral Calculus and Differential Equations 3
MA 365 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 121 Physics I 4
PHY 122 Physics II 4
CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 4
CHE 110L General Chemistry Lab I 1

Common Engineering Curriculum (7 credits)

Course Title Credits
ENR 110 The World of an Engineer 3
ENR 210 Engineering Economics and Project Management 3
ENR 395 Professional Development Seminar 1

Civil Engineering Courses (57 credits)

Course Title Credits
MER 210/210L Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design with lab 4
MER 220/220L Mechanics of Materials with lab 4
MER 310 Thermo Fluid Systems I 3
CER 210 Introduction to CE Infrastructure 3
CER 220 Civil Engineering Site Design 3
CER 310 Structural Analysis 3
CER 320/320L Design of Concrete Structures with lab 4
CER 340/340L Soil Mechanics and Foundations Engineering with lab 4
CER 350/350L Hydrology and Hydraulic Design with lab 4
CER 360 Construction Management 3
CER 420 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 3
CER 445 Advanced Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering 3
CER 455 Advanced Environmental Engineering 3
CER 490 Engineering Professional Experience 1
CER 498 Design of CE Systems 3
Civil Engineering Electives (3 courses) 9


View program information in the University catalog.