Program Requirements


As a civil engineer you will plan, design and supervise construction of bridges, dams, interstate highways and buildings. Service to the community, its development and improvement are fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career. Although you may specialize within a given area, you will be interacting with specialists in other areas, such as mechanical, electrical, or geological engineering in the planning, design, and construction of complex facilities.

Civil engineers must be effective public communicators. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys and even doctors for concerns related to public health measures.

Program objectives

Civil Engineers:
    •    Provide safe drinking water, control flooding and runoff
    •    Design foundations for buildings and structures
    •    Provide reliable and economical bridges, port facilities and intricate dams
    •    Move people and cargo from place to place
    •    Refine construction techniques
    •    Manage projects, quality control and contract administration
    •    Develop construction materials such as asphalt, concrete and composites

Civil engineers are hired by:
    •    consulting firms (municipal services, transportation, hazardous waste mitigation)
    •    government agencies (state departments of transportation, city planners, municipal      engineers)
    •    industry (structural engineers, construction, project managers/analysts)

Program outcomes

Consistent with the program educational objectives listed above, the cooperative civil engineering program will meet the ABET requirements:

Program credit requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, a minimum of 132 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.