The course sequence for the Civil Engineering major follows a pattern of successive building and bolstering of disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills, per the program goals for learning and student outcomes:

  • ENST 201/L Environmental Science I: is the first in a series of two introductory environmental courses that introduces students to the concepts and principles of environmental science. Through a combination of field and laboratory experiences, students will be introduced to methods for assessing and monitoring the environmental health of ecosystems. Topics for discussion include weather and climate, biodiversity, ecosystem management, energy transfer and balance, population growth, bioremediation, and environmental toxicology.
  • CE 200/L Introduction to Civil Engineering: A broad introductory course that exposes students to topics directly related to civil engineering, such as structural design, forces in structures, civil engineering materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrological systems, and geotechnical and environmental engineering. This course also introduces students to the business aspects of the civil engineering profession, including construction management, and engineering economics. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
  • CE 300 Dynamics and Modeling: This course focuses on dynamics and dynamic systems typically experienced in civil engineering design and construction. Topics include kinematics, mass moments of inertia, force acceleration, impulse momentum and work, energy and power. Prerequisite: PHYS 241. 3 lecture hours.
  • CE 320/L Civil Engineering Materials: A material science course devoted to materials typically used in civil engineering design and construction. Materials of interest include concrete, asphalt, soil, steel and other metals, wood, plastics and composite materials. Prerequisite: ENGR 350/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
  • CE 340/L Hydraulics and Hydrology: This course focuses on fluids and fluid mechanics typically experienced in civil engineering design and construction. The course covers basic hydraulics (open-channel flow, pipe flow), basic hydrology (infiltration, rainfall, runoff, flood flows, watersheds), pumping systems, water retention systems and water distribution systems. Prerequisite: ENGR 320/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
  • CE 360 Geotechnical Engineering: This course concentrates on the geological aspects of civil engineering design and construction. Topics include soils, air/water/solid phase relations, stability of retaining walls, shear strength, bearing capacity, foundation types, slope stability, drainage systems, erosion control and soil stabilization. Prerequisite: CE 320/L and CE 340L. 3 lecture hours.
  • CE 400/L Structural Design and Analysis I: This senior course focuses on the design and analysis of civil engineering structures. Structural analysis includes the forces, shear and bending moments of beams, deflection and stability of structures consisting of statically determinant beams, trusses and frames. Special emphasis will be placed on structural steel design and the AISC Steel Construction Manual and standards. Other topics include loads and load paths of structures, and analysis of statistically indeterminate structures. Prerequisite: PHYS 241, PHYS 242, CE 300. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
  • CE 410/L Structural Design and Analysis II: This is the second course in the Structural Design and Analysis sequence. Special emphasis will be placed on formwork design, concrete design, reinforced concrete design and the ACI Codes and Standards for Concrete Construction. Prerequisite: CE 400/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
  • CE 420 Transportation Engineering: This course focuses on the civil engineering design and construction of transportation systems. Particular areas of interest include road and highway design, materials and pavement systems, traffic flow theory and control, and traffic control. Prerequisite: CE 320/L and CE 340L. 3 lecture hours.
  • CE 430 Environmental Engineering: This course focuses on the impact of human systems on the environment and the incorporation of environmental considerations in civil engineering design and construction. Topics include water quality and treatment, pollution control and treatment, and environmental regulations. Prerequisite: ENST 201/L, CE 320/L and CE 340L. 3 lecture hours.
  • CE 440/L Senior Design: The civil engineering capstone design course that incorporates all the elements of CE previous courses. This is a senior design course where teams of students design a civil engineering system and perform appropriate design analyses. The overall system design must consist of at least two of the following civil engineering technical areas: structural, geotechnical, environmental, transportation, hydraulics/hydrology, construction. For their projects, students will model the system in CAD, produce design documents, and construct a scale model. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
  • CE 480 Senior Civil Engineering Seminar: An overview of the impact of civil engineering in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts, contemporary issues in engineering, and engineering careers. This course serves as a career planning course and helps prepare students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) – Civil Exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The FE is the first step in the process towards attaining Professional Engineer credentials. Prerequisite: Senior Status. 1 lecture hour.