University, College, and Accreditation Requirements

Graduate StudentsThe Department of Civil Engineering works to assure that our graduates are prepared to begin careers in civil and environmental engineering, to begin graduate study, and to contribute to society as educated citizens and professionals with technical and social skills.  We are constantly working to make sure our curricula contain essential and useful courses to efficiently achieve these goals and provide breadth and depth in engineering science and in other academic areas to provide a well-rounded individual.  Discovery Program and engineering science courses are chosen to meet the interests of the student, the requirements of the University, and ABET (a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology).

Our curricula exceed the University’s writing requirements (, meet the University’s Discovery Program requirements (, and meet ABET’s requirements (  Our two undergraduate degree programs are, and have always been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.


Requirements for a BS in Civil Engineering

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The first two years of the program provide the necessary technical knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, while also introducing and developing problem-solving techniques. Eight courses in the first two years of the BSCE program have been tailored to civil engineering students so they don’t have to wait to confirm their choice of major and to start program-specific work. The junior year provides courses in each of five civil engineering sub-disciplines (Civil Engineering Materials, Water Resources, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering) thus providing students with skills in each and allowing students to determine which they wish to pursue further. The senior year is flexible, with nearly every course an elective, allowing students to choose where to focus attention by selecting from approximately forty elective courses in civil and environmental engineering.


More than one-third of the major’s courses and  nearly all of the senior-level courses are elected by the student. Of these, there are Discovery Program electives required by the University and other electives required by the department in order to satisfy departmental objectives and accreditation requirements.

1.    The Discovery Program requirements are fulfilled by the following courses: Inquiry (CIE 402); Writing Skills (ENGL 401); Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 425); Physical Sciences (PHYS 407); Laboratory Coursework (PHYS 407); Environment, Technology, and Society (CIE 402); Senior Capstone Experience (CIE 784/788), Biological Science (elective), Fine and Performing Arts (elective), Humanities (elective), Historical Perspectives (elective), World Cultures (elective), and Social Science (elective).

2.    In the senior year, students choose up to seven courses specific to civil engineering sub-disciplines.  Of these seven courses, four are required to be in different civil engineering areas, three of the four must be design electives, and one of the three design electives must be a Principal Design Elective.  Also, of the seven courses, one course is designated as a Senior Technical Elective (STE) and students can use this to take an additional civil or environmental engineering course or students can use the STE to take other CEPS courses outside the civil and environmental engineering field.. Students can use these electives to focus on a particular civil engineering area or can acquire a broader perspective by taking courses in a variety of areas. Lists of courses that fulfill these electives are available from the department.

Additional program policies and requirements

Additional Program Policies and Requirements’

1.    To transfer into the BSCE major, a student must have the following:
a.    an overall grade-point average of 2.33 or greater;
b.    an overall grade-point average of 2.33 or greater for all CIE and ENE courses taken to date;
c.    a grade-point average of 2.33 in courses taken to date of MATH 425, PHYS 407, CHEM 405 or CHEM 403, CIE 525 or ME 525, and CIE 526 or ME 526;
d.    if CIE or ME 525 has been taken, a minimum grade of C+ in CIE or ME 525 if CIE or ME 526 has not yet been taken or an average grade of 2.33 in CIE or ME 525 and CIE or ME 526.

2.    Students who are transferring into the BSCE major may only transfer in CIE and ENE 600- and 700-level courses in which the student has received a grade of C- or better.

3.    BSCE majors wishing to participate in domestic or international exchange programs must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all MATH, PHYS, CHEM, CIE, and ENE courses taken to date at the time of application to the exchange program.

4.    To begin taking the required 600-level courses in the junior year, students must complete CIE or ME 525, CIE or ME 526, MATH 425, PHYS 407, and CHEM 405 or CHEM 403 and achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater in each of the following categories:
a.    CIE or ME 525 and CIE or ME 526
b.    CIE and ENE courses
c.    CIE or ME 525, CIE or ME 526, MATH 425, PHYS 407, and CHEM 405 or CHEM 403,

5.    To graduate with a bachelor of science in civil engineering, a student must achieve the following:
a.    129 or more credits,
b.    credit for the civil engineering program’s major and elective courses,
c.    satisfaction of the University’s Discovery Program requirements,
d.    satisfaction of the University’s writing-intensive course requirements,
e.    a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all courses,
f.    a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all CIE and ENE courses.


Example Schedule for BS in Civil Engineering:

Year Enrolled: 2013-2014
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