Program Requirements


The civil engineering program will prepare students for professional performance in the global society and for lifelong learning and continued professional development through comprehensive, forward-looking, broad-based curriculum in civil engineering, emphasizing fundamentals and practical applications, oral and written communication skills and professional practice issues and ethics.

Program objectives

Consistent with the mission of the cooperative civil engineering program, graduates of the program will have:

  • A strong and broad fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base that will provide the necessary tools to begin a career in civil engineering
  • The ability to identify, formulate, develop and execute practical, innovative, high quality and cost-efficient solutions for civil engineering problems
  • An awareness and understanding of the moral, ethical, legal and professional obligations needed to function as part of a professional enterprise while protecting human health and welfare and the environment in a global society
  • An awareness and understanding of the need for personal and professional growth through continuing education, professional development, professional licensure and increased community in the global marketplace
  • An awareness and understanding of the need to develop leadership and team building skills to maximize the benefits of an engineering education and its application to solving world problems

Program outcomes

Consistent with the program educational objectives listed above, the cooperative civil engineering program graduate will have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as those in economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability aspects
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Acknowledge and understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and social context
  • Recognize the need for, and be able to engage in, life-long learning
  • Retain knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program credit requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, a minimum of 131 credit hours is required. These requirements are in addition to credit received for algebra, trigonometry and basic ROTC courses. At least two grade points per credit hour must also be obtained in all courses taken in civil engineering.

General education requirements

Each student’s program of study must contain a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in general education and must be chosen according to the following rules:

  • All students are required to take one American history course, one economics course, one humanities course and English 110. The history course is to be selected from History 121, History 122 or Political Science 101. The economics course must be Economics 155 or 165. The humanities course must be selected from the approved list for art, English, foreign languages, music, philosophy, speech and media studies or theater.
  • Depth requirement: 3 credit hours must be taken in humanities or social sciences at the 200 level or above and must be selected from the approved list. Students may receive humanities credit for foreign language courses in their native tongue only if the course is at the 300 level or higher. All courses taken to satisfy the depth requirement must be taken after graduating from high school.
  • The remaining two courses are to be chosen from the list of approved humanities/social sciences courses and may include one communication course in addition to English 110.
  • Any specific departmental requirements in the general studies area must be satisfied.
  • Special topics, special problems and honors seminars are allowed only by petition to, and approval by, the student’s department chairman.