Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics focuses on two broad areas of instruction and research. The first, the classical field of civil engineering, deals with the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of structures and the infrastructure. These include buildings, foundations, bridges, transportation facilities, nuclear and conventional power plants, hydraulic structures, and other facilities essential to society. The second is the science of mechanics and its applications to various engineering disciplines. Frequently referred to as applied mechanics, it includes the study of the mechanical properties of materials, stress analysis of stationary and movable structures, the dynamics and vibrations of complex structures, aero- and hydrodynamics, micro- and nanomechanics, and the mechanics of biological and energy systems.

Program Objectives

  1. Graduates with a broad and fundamental technical base will be able to enter the professional civil engineering workforce either with a B.S. to develop specialized expertise by way of apprenticeship or through the increasingly common path of a specialized M.S.
  1. Graduates with a firm foundation in the basic math, science, and engineering science which underlie all technological development will be well equipped to adapt to changing technology in the profession.
  1. Graduates equipped with a broad technical background will be able to follow other technical or nontechnical career paths.
  1. Graduates will practice their profession with effective writing and communication skills, with professional ethics, as well as with awareness of societal issues.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty>/li>
  13. Demonstrated proficiency in the four civil engineering practice areas: Structural Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Construction Management; Water-Resources/ Environmental Engineering
  14. An understanding of professional practice issues such as: procurement of work; bidding versus quality based selection processes; how the design professionals and the construction professions interact to construct a project; the importance of professional licensure and continuing education; and / or other professional practice issues

Engineering Mechanics

The prerequisites for this program are the courses listed in the First Year–Sophomore Program or their equivalents, with the provision that ENME E3105: Mechanics be taken in the sophomore year and that the student have obtained a grade of B or better.

Civil Engineering

The prerequisites for this program are the courses listed in the First Year–Sophomore Program or their equivalents. The civil engineering program offers three areas of concentration: civil engineering and construction management, geotechnical engineering or structural engineering, and water resources/environmental engineering. In the junior and senior years, 15 credits of technical electives are allocated.

Minor in Architecture

Civil engineering program students may want to consider a minor in architecture.