College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is an ABET-accredited program that provides students with educational and research opportunities that will contribute to the technological and economic development of the region and beyond.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines Civil Engineering as “The profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the progressive well-being of humanity in creating, improving, and protecting the environment; in providing facilities for community living, industry, and transportation; and in providing structures for the use of humanity.”

The faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has established a specific set of program objectives to support the mission and the goals of the Department and to meet the requirements of ABET accreditation under the Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (2009). The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate program are to produce Bachelor of Science graduates who:

  • meet the expectations of their employers,
  • will endeavor to become licensed professional engineers, and
  • are able to pursue graduate studies, if so desired.

Design

Design is integrated throughout the curriculum starting with a freshman introductory course, CE 1301 Introduction to Civil Engineering, and ending with the senior capstone CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design.

Design components are contained in most required engineering topics courses.

These include:

Design is also included in many of the technical elective courses. The design experience culminates in the senior capstone design course, CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design. The capstone design project is multidisciplinary in that it involves three or more civil engineering areas and draws upon most prior coursework. The course involves teamwork, both oral and written presentations, a final design report, and a formal presentation.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 128, including at least 39 at the upper-division level. Civil Engineering students must first complete the University Core Curriculum requirements (42 semester credit hours) and the General Engineering requirements. The General Engineering requirements consist of 25 semester credit hours geared toward advancing the technical abilities and skills necessary to meet the educational objectives of the College of Engineering. Subsequently, students need to take 70 additional semester credit hours of Civil Engineering courses. Courses for 64 of these credit hours are required, while the remaining 6 credit hours can be selected from among CE elective courses. The elective courses allow some specialization in one of the traditional Civil Engineering areas, namely:

  • Environmental Geotechnical
  • Hydraulics
  • Structures and Transportation

Senior Civil Engineering students, in their last semester of study, are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examinations administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (www.ncees.org). Graduates are encouraged to further pursue life-long learning and obtain their Professional Engineering license.

Core Curriculum Requirements

The Core Curriculum requirements are listed below. Students are to select courses to satisfy the required number of credit hours in each of the component areas to a total minimum of 42 credit hours. It should be noted that a number of courses identified on this table satisfy both the Core Curriculum and the General Engineering requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Courses that Satisfy Core Curriculum and Degree Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement

First Year Experience (3 semester credit hours)

  • AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core component area 090)
Communication

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

All students must take the following six hours to meet this core requirement

Mathematics

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

MAT 1214 Calculus I may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Mathematics, as well as for one of the General Engineering requirements to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Life and Physical Sciences

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

CHE 1103 General Chemistry I and PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements for Life and Physical Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Language, Philosophy, & Culture, and Creative Arts

Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

American History, Government-Political Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Any six hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

  • POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics, plus
  • POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

  • EGR 1343 The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society
Component Area Option

Component Area Option (3 semester credit hours)

General Engineering Requirements

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, all degree-seeking Civil Engineering students must complete the following 25 semester credit hours:

Civil Engineering Degree Requirements

In addition to the Core Curriculum and the General Engineering requirements described above, all degree-seeking candidates in Civil Engineering must complete the following 70 semester credit hours:

  1. 64 semester credit horus of required courses:
  2. 6 semester credit hours of Civil Engineering technical electives must be selected from the list below: Alternatively, students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher may choose to satisfy this requirement by taking graduate courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    • CE 4253 Introduction to Masonry and Timber Design
    • CE 4733 Applied Hydrology
    • CE 4013 Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
    • CE 4103 Advanced Steel Design
    • CE 4133 Advanced Reinforced Concrete
    • CE 4153 Prestressed Concrete
    • CE 4293 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • CE 4303 Hydrometeorology
    • CE 4403 Advanced Characterization of Highway Materials
    • CE 4453 Transportation Engineering
    • CE 4463 Foundation Engineering
    • CE 4613 Environmental Chemistry
    • CE 4723 Hydraulic Systems Design

    Recommended degree plans and current ABET requirements may be obtained from the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center’s Degree Plans webpage.