Meet Your Major

As a civil engineering major you will learn about designing and maintaining public and private infrastructure projects, including water systems, roads, airports, buildings, bridges and more. 

Our bachelor of science in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Civil Engineering Curriculum Sheet

As a civil engineering major, you’ll gain the hands-on experience you need to become one of tomorrow’s engineering leaders. You will study:

  • Environmental engineering — Solving hazardous waste and pollution problems, providing potable and economical water supply systems, and maintaining a safe environment.
  • Geotechnical engineering — Examining the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations and the design of both deep and shallow foundations.
  • Structural analysis and design — Providing reliable and economical structures such as bridges, buildings, port facilities and intricate lock-and-dam facilities.
  • Transportation engineering — Orchestrating the movement of people and cargo, designing airports and highways, and completing traffic studies to maintain efficient flows.

Hands-on Learning

Gain real-world experience — and earn money — through our intensive four- or five-year co-op program, where you’re employed in a professional setting. You can also participate in many experiential-education opportunities, such as our senior-design project, community-redesign initiatives and annual steel bridge competition.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the civil engineering program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in civil engineering or a related professional field. Positions may include:

  • Building control surveyor
  • Civil engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Structural engineer
  • Sustainability consultant

What You’ll Take

All civil engineering majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the bachelor of science degree requirements.

Required Courses


MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1505*

Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220

Differential Equations

*MTH 2527 may be substituted

Basic Sciences

PHY 2211

Physics I 

PHY 2212

Physics II 

CHM 1110 

General Chemistry 

Science Elective 

This cannot be physics or chemistry and must be approved by your adviser. 

Engineering Communications

GEN 1001

Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Science

GEN 2010

Mechanics I

GEN 2012

Mechanics II

GEN 3040

Fluid Mechanics

Civil Engineering

CEN 2001

Site Engineering

CEN 3010

Structural Analysis

CEN 3020

Geotechnical Engineering

CEN 3030

Transportation Engineering

CEN 3050

Environmental Engineering

CEN 3090

Professionalism and Ethics

CEN 4901

Design Project

Senior Seminar

CEN 4900

Senior Seminar

Depth Electives

Select a minimum of 16 credit hours of depth electives as shown below. At least one course must be selected from each of the four lists shown. 

Environmental Engineering

CEN 5030

Environmental Design

CEN 5032

Applied Hydrology

Geotechnical Engineering

CEN 5020

Foundation Engineering

CEN 5022

Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures

Structural Engineering

CEN 5012

Steel Analysis and Design

CEN 5016

Concrete Analysis and Design

Transportation Engineering

CEN 5040

Geometric Design of Highways

CEN 5042

Traffic Engineering

CEN 5044

Transportation Planning and System Analysis

Technical Elective

Select a minimum of four credit hours in a technical area that supports and/or expands your interest in engineering. The choice of course must be approved by your adviser.

Senior Seminar

CEN 4900

Senior Seminar

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

You must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, in order to graduate.

NOTE: Student must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate. Limited course substitutions are permitted students having sound educational plans which, in the judgment of the department, justify the substitutions.

Departmental Academic Policies

  • In order to satisfy the prerequisite requirements for any mathematics, science, or engineering courses, students must achieve a grade of “C-” or higher in the prerequisite course. (This policy applies to all students beginning the B.S.C.E. program on or after Fall 2016.)


You’re automatically part of the Innovation through Engineering and Computer Science program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Designed to offer you academic support, iTEC features a peer and faculty mentoring program, specialized seminars, study groups and tutoring sessions. It’s everything you need to succeed in college — and in your career.