Civil Engineering, BSCE

Civil engineers play a vital role in human progress and well-being worldwide. Conceptualizing, innovating, designing, and building sustainable infrastructure and environments is fundamental in helping society progress. Modern challenges, including engineering a resilient and sustainable urban infrastructure; establishing clean water and a clean environment; and advancing technologies in computing, sensing, and human health, are all part of the development of society.

Civil engineers design and construct buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, and river systems. They also plan, design, construct, and manage highways, railroads, canals, and airports; regulate rivers and control floods; and design and build systems for water distribution and environmental protection.

With a broad range of applications, our civil engineering students have the opportunity to explore a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary tracks, including environmental and water systems, structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, construction management, civil infrastructure security, environmental health, and sustainable resource engineering.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum required in CIVE courses

Engineering

Complete 61 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Engineering
CIVE 2221
and CIVE 2222
Statics and Strength of Materials
and Recitation for CIVE 2221
4
CIVE 2260
and CIVE 2261
Civil Engineering Materials
and Materials and Measurements Lab
5
CIVE 2320
and CIVE 2321
Structural Analysis 1
and Recitation for CIVE 2320
4
CIVE 2324Reinforced Concrete Design4
or CIVE 3425 Steel Design
CIVE 2331Fluid Mechanics4
CIVE 2334Environmental Engineering 14
CIVE 2340
and CIVE 2341
Soil Mechanics
and Lab for CIVE 2340
5
GE 3300Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability4
Civil Engineering Project Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Foundation Engineering
Highway Engineering
Hydrologic Engineering
Senior Design Project
Complete one of the following:5
Senior Design Project—Environmental
Senior Design Project—Structural
Senior Design Project—Transportation
Civil Engineering Technical Electives
Complete 11 semester hours from the following:11
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Environmental Engineering 2
and Lab for CIVE 4534
Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
Foundation Engineering
Highway Engineering
Design for Sustainable Transportation: Netherlands
Construction Management
Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities Abroad
Elective
Construction Project Control and Organization
Alternative Project Delivery Systems in Construction
Organic Pollutants in the Environment
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policymaking
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Transportation Planning and Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Structural Analysis 2
Prestressed Concrete Design
Hydrologic Engineering
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Information Systems for Integrated Project Delivery
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the engineering requirement:1
Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering

Professional Development

Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
CIVE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
CIVE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from the following course will apply to the professional development area:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Supporting Courses: Mathematics/Science 

Complete 33 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
Complete one of the following:4
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Science Elective
Complete one of the following:4-5
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1117
Basic Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 1121
Microbes and Society
Biology and Society
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
Analytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2321
Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Environmental Science
Global Climate Change
Weather and Climate
Oceans and Coasts
Dynamic Earth
History of Earth and Life
Earth Materials
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and Lab for ENVR 3302
Field Geology
Geophysics
Wetlands
Sustainable Development
Geology and Land-Use Planning
Engineering Geology
Astronomy
Modern Physics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Classical Dynamics
Medical Physics
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the mathematics/science requirement:3
Probability and Engineering Economy for Civil Engineering
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Supporting Course

Economics
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics

Writing Requirements 

A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4

Required General Electives

Complete six academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.24

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

134 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23344CIVE 23204Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 2321 (FQ)4MATH 23414  
CIVE 22214CIVE 22604  
CIVE 22220GE 33004  
ECON 1115 or 1116 (AD, SI)4CIVE 2261 (AD)1  
 CIVE 20001  
 CIVE 23210  
 16 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CIVE technical elective4CIVE 23244Co-op0
 CIVE 23404General elective4 
 CIVE 23411  
 CIVE 23314  
 Science elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 3302 (WD)4General elective4Co-op0
 CIVE technical elective3General elective4 
 CIVE project elective4  
 CIVE 34644  
 CIVE 30001  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Senior design project (EI, WI, CE)5  
 General elective4  
 General elective4  
 CIVE technical elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1151 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11531  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23344Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
MATH 2321 (FQ)4   
CIVE 20001   
CIVE 22214   
CIVE 22220   
CIVE 22604   
CIVE 2261 (AD)1   
 18 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23204Co-op0Co-op0CIVE 23404
CIVE 23210  CIVE 23411
CIVE 23314  MATH 23414
ECON 1115 or 1116 (AD, SI)4   
GE 33004   
 16 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CIVE 23244Co-op0Co-op0General elective4
CIVE technical elective3  General elective4
Science elective4   
ENGW 3302 (WD)4   
CIVE 30001   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
CIVE 34644Senior design project (EI, WI, CE)5  
General elective4General elective4  
CIVE technical elective4General elective4  
CIVE project elective4CIVE technical elective4  
 16 17  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 2321 (FQ)4General elective4Vacation0
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc. AB (MATH1341-Calculus 1–4 SH)PHYS 1151 (ND)3General elective4 
MATH 1342 (FQ)4PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
CHEM 11514PHYS 11531  
CHEM 11530GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 10001General elective4  
GE 15014   
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414CIVE 20001CIVE 23244Co-op0
ECON 1115 (or 1116)4CIVE 22604General elective4 
CIVE 22214CIVE 2261 (AD)1  
CIVE 22220CIVE 23204  
CIVE 23344CIVE 23210  
 GE 33004  
 General elective4  
 16 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CIVE 23314Science elective4Co-op0
ENGW 33024CIVE 23404CIVE technical elective3 
Students will need to take Advanced Writing in the Professions online during this co-opCIVE 23411  
 CIVE 34644  
 CIVE project elective4  
 4 17 7 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0CIVE 30001  
 CIVE technical elective4  
 CIVE technical elective4  
 General elective4  
 Senior design project (EI, WI, CE)5  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 2321 (FQ)4General elective4Vacation0
Students will need to have AP credit for Calc. AB (MATH1341-Calculus 1–4 SH)PHYS 1151 (ND)3General elective4 
MATH 1342 (FQ)4PHYS 1152 (AD)1  
CHEM 11514PHYS 11531  
CHEM 11530GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 15014General elective4  
GE 10001   
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 21 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 23414Co-opCo-opGeneral elective4
CIVE 20001  General elective4
CIVE 22214   
CIVE 22220   
CIVE 22604   
CIVE 2261 (AD)1   
CIVE 23344   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
GE 33004ENGW 33024Co-opCIVE 23404
CIVE 23204Students will need to take Advanced Writing in the Professions online during this co-op CIVE 23411
CIVE 23210Co-op CIVE technical elective3
CIVE 23314   
ECON 1115 (or 1116)4   
 16 4 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
CIVE 23244Senior design project (EI, WI, CE)5  
CIVE 30001CIVE technical elective4  
CIVE 34644CIVE technical elective4  
CIVE project elective4General elective4  
Science elective4   
 17 17  
Total Hours: 134