Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Civil Engineering (CIV)

Requirements for Acceptance to the Major in Civil Engineering

Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.

Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)
Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:

    • Completion of at least 10 credits of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses (excluding EST 392, EST 393,         ESE 301, and CME 233) required for the major,
    • Earned a G.P.A. of 3.2 in all mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses (excluding EST 392, EST 393, ESE             301, and CME 233) applicable to major requirements with no more than one grade less than B-,
    • No courses required for the major have been repeated, and
    • Completion of course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below.

Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants
Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.

Requirements for the major in Civil Engineering (CIV)

The major in Civil Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Completion of the major requires approximately 112 credits.

1. Mathematics

a. AMS 151, AMS 161 Applied Calculus I, II
b. AMS 261 Applied Calculus III or MAT 203 Calculus III with Applications or MAT 307 Multivariable Calculus with Linear Algebra
c. AMS 361 Applied Calculus IV: Differential Equations or MAT 303 Calculus IV with Applications
Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161 in major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171.

2. Natural Sciences

a. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and Laboratories
b. CHE 131/CHE 133, CHE 132/CHE 134 General Chemistry I, II and Laboratories or CHE 152/154 
Note: The following alternate physics course sequences may be substituted for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134: PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics A, B, C and Laboratories or PHY 141, PHY 142, PHY 133, PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II: Honors
c. A basic science elective to be selected from the following list of courses: GEO 102, The Earth; MAR 104, Oceanography; BIO 201, Fundamentals of Biology: From Organisms to Ecosystems; ATM 201, Introduction to Climate and Climate Change

3. Laboratories

  • CIV 340 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
  • CIV 341 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • CIV 342 Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory

4. Civil Engineering

  • CIV 101 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • CIV 210 Land Surveying
  • CIV 305 Transportation Systems Analysis I
  • CIV 310 Structural Engineering
  • CIV 320 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Design
  • CIV 330 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIV 364 Fluid Mechanics or MEC 364 Introduction to Fluid Mechancis
  • CIV 410 Principles of Foundation Engineering
  • CIV 420 Hydraulics

5. Mechanical Engineering

  • MEC 102 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving II
  • MEC 203 Engineering Graphics and CAD or SBC 354 Drawing for Design - CAD
  • MEC 214 Probability and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers
  • MEC 260 Engineering Statics
  • MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
  • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids

6. Technology and Society

7. Engineering Design

8. Writing and Oral Communication Requirement 

9. Engineering Economics

  • EST 392 Engineering and Manufacturing Economics 

10. Engineering Ethics

  • ESE 301 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact or CME 233 Ethics and Business Practices for Engineers

11. Civil Engineering Specializations

The area of specialization, composed of four electives, must be declared in writing by the end of the junior year. The area of specialization is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.   

The four areas of specialization are transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, and structural engineering and construction materials.

Areas of Specialization

Each area of specialization requires a minimum of two electives from this list. An additional two electives may be taken from any of the specializations. 

Three credits of CIV 476 Instructional Laboratory Curriculum Practicum, CIV 488 Civil Engineering Internship, or CIV 499 Undergraduate Research may count toward one of the two electives that can be taken outside the area of specialization. 

Transportation Engineering

  • CIV 306 Transportation Systems Analysis II 
  • CIV 407 Transportation Economics (required for the Transportation Engineering Specialization)
  • EDP 302 The Built Environment
  • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
  • GSS 313 GIS Design and Application I and GSS 314: GIS Laboratory  [co-requisites] – only counts as one
  • GSS 325 GIS Design & Applications II

Geotechnical Engineering

  • GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes
  • GEO 347 Remote Sensing 

  • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
  • MEC 442 Introduction to Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering 

  • CIV 422 Introduction to Coastal Engineering  
  • CIV 423 Coastal Engineering Planning and Design
  • CIV 424 Stormwater Management and Design
  • CIV 426 Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • ESM 212 Introduction to Environmental Materials Engineering
  • GEO 315 Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEO 347 Remote Sensing 
  • MEC 393 Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Structural Engineering and Construction Materials

  • CIV 393 Construction Management
  • CIV 414 Advanced Construction Materials
  • CIV 436 Pre-stressed Concrete
  • EDP 302 The Built Environment II
  • EDP 305 Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development
  • EDP 307 Theories and Design of Urban Settlements
  • ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials
  • ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
  • MEC 320 Numerical Methods in Engineering Design and Analysis
  • MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEC 411 Control System Analysis and Design
  • MEC 442 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis


All courses taken to satisfy requirements 1 through 11 above must be taken for a letter grade. The grade point average for the courses MEC 260, 262, 363, 364, CIV 101, 210, 305, 310, 312, 320, 330, 364, 410, 420, 440, 441, and all specialization and technical electives must be at least 2.00. A minimum grade of “C” in PHY 131 or PHY 125AMS 151 or MAT 131 or MAT 125 or MAT 141MEC 260MEC 262 and CIV 440 is required for the BE degree. When a course is repeated, the higher grade will be used in calculating this average.