Civil Engineering Curriculum

The Civil Engineering curriculum provides an integrated educational experience in mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering sciences, and civil engineering design. The first two years of the Civil Engineering curriculum provide a strong foundation in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering sciences. During the next two years of the four-year program, the Civil Engineering curriculum integrates engineering sciences with design applications in the areas of structural, environmental, geotechnical, and water resources engineering. The curriculum culminates with a major senior-level design project that includes design applications from the major specialty areas of civil engineering.

Graduate study is offered leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. For detailed information on graduate studies, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

A tabular listing of the course requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is shown below.

Curriculum Requirements

Engineering Courses
CAE 111Introduction to Engineering I3
CAE 115Introduction to Engineering II (Surveying)1
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
CAE 211Mechanics of Solids II3
CAE 212Structural Laboratory1
CAE 310Structural Analysis3
CAE 320Concrete Structures3
CAE 321Steel Structures3
CAE 330Fluid Mechanics3
CAE 340Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CAE 350Transportation Engineering I3
CAE 370Geotechnical Engineering I3
CAE 371Geotechnical Laboratory1
CAE 402Professional Engineering Practice3
CAE 403Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design3
CAE 404Senior Design Project II - Construction Documents3
CAE 430Water-Resources Engineering I3
CAE 440Water Quality Control Systems3
CAE 450Transportation Engineering II3
CAE 470Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems3
CAE 530Water Resources Engineering II3
MAE 303Thermodynamics I3
IEN 311Applied Probability And Statistics3
CEN Tech Elective Course3
CEN Structural Design Elective3
Math and Science Courses
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 151Chemistry for Engineers3
CHM 153Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers1
PHY 205University Physics I3
PHY 206University Physics II3
PHY 207University Physics III3
PHY 208University Physics II Lab1
PHY 209University Physics III Lab1
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
GEG 198Geographic Information System for Engineers1
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Basic Science Elective3
Total Credit Hours127

* "Internships, Practical Training, or other types of practicum are neither required nor optional credit-earning components in the established undergraduate curriculum. Credit earned through these experiences via UMI 305 will not count towards any CAE degree requirements." 

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours14
CAE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 1 2
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CAE 211 Mechanics of Solids II 3
CAE 212 Structural Laboratory 1
IEN 311 Applied Probability And Statistics 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab 1
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours17
CAE 310 Structural Analysis 1 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers 1
Basic Science Elective 2 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
CAE 320 Concrete Structures 1 3
CAE 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
CAE 340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 1 3
CAE 350 Transportation Engineering I 1 3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics I 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours18
CAE 321 Steel Structures 1 3
CAE 370 Geotechnical Engineering I 1 3
CAE 371 Geotechnical Laboratory 1 1
CAE 430 Water-Resources Engineering I 1 3
CAE 440 Water Quality Control Systems 1 3
CAE 450 Transportation Engineering II 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
CAE 403 Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 1 3
CAE 470 Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems 1 3
CAE 530 Water Resources Engineering II 1 3
HA Cognate 2 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
CAE 404 Senior Design Project II - Construction Documents 1 3
CEN Tech Elective Course 3
CEN Structural Design Elective 3 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours127

Only offered once a year


To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates, Technical, CEN Technical, and Basic Science electives. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours)


CAE 520 or CAE 521