The course sequence for the Civil Engineering major follows a pattern of successive building and bolstering of disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills, per the program goals for learning and student outcomes:
- ENST 201/L Environmental Science I: is the first in a series of two introductory environmental courses that introduces students to the concepts and principles of environmental science. Through a combination of field and laboratory experiences, students will be introduced to methods for assessing and monitoring the environmental health of ecosystems. Topics for discussion include weather and climate, biodiversity, ecosystem management, energy transfer and balance, population growth, bioremediation, and environmental toxicology.
- CE 200/L Introduction to Civil Engineering: is a broad introductory course that exposes students to topics directly related to civil engineering, such as structural design, forces in structures, civil engineering materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrological systems, and geotechnical and environmental engineering. This course also introduces students to the business aspects of the civil engineering profession, including project management, construction management, and asset management. Prerequisite ENGR 150.
- CE 300 Dynamics and Modeling: focuses on dynamics and dynamic systems typically experienced in civil engineering design and construction. Topics include kinematics, mass moments of inertia, force acceleration, impulse momentum and work, energy and power. Prerequisite PHYS 241.
- CE 320/L Civil Engineering Materials: is a material science course devoted to materials typically used in civil engineering design and construction. Materials of interest include concrete, asphalt, steel and other metals, wood, plastics and composite materials. Prerequisite ENGR 350/L.
- CE 340/L Hydraulics and Hydrology: focuses on fluids and fluid mechanics typically experienced in civil engineering design and construction. The course covers basic hydraulics (open-channel flow, pipe flow), basic hydrology (infiltration, rainfall, runoff, flood flows, watersheds), pumping systems, water retention systems and water distribution systems. Prerequisite ENGR 320/L.
- CE 360 Geotechnical Engineering: concentrates on the geological aspects of civil engineering design and construction. Topics include soils, air/water/solid phase relations, stability of retaining walls, shear strength, bearing capacity, foundation types, slope stability, drainage systems, erosion control and soil stabilization. Prerequisites CE 320/L and CE 340L.
- CE 400/L Structural Design and Analysis I: focuses on the design and analysis of civil engineering structures. Structural analysis includes the forces, deflection and stability of structures consisting of statically determinant beams, trusses and frames. Other topics include loads and load paths of structures, and analysis of statistically indeterminate structures. Prerequisites PHYS 241, PHYS 242, CE 300.
- CE 420 Transportation Engineering: focuses on the civil engineering design and construction of transportation systems. Particular areas of interest include road and highway design, materials and pavement systems, traffic flow theory and control, and traffic control. Prerequisites CE 320/L and CE 340L.
- CE 430 Environmental Engineering: focuses on the impact of human systems on the environment and the incorporation of environmental considerations in civil engineering design and construction. Topics include water quality and treatment, pollution control and treatment, and environmental regulations. Prerequisites ENST 201/L, CE 320/L and CE 340L.
- CE 440/L Structural Design and Analysis II: is the second course in the Structural Design and Analysis sequence. Special emphasis is placed on the design and construction civil engineering structures via steel components and reinforced concrete. Prerequisite CE 400/L.
- CE 480 Senior Civil Engineering Seminar: is the capstone design course that incorporates all the elements of CE previous courses. This is a senior design course where teams of students design a civil engineering system and perform appropriate design analyses. The overall structural design must consist of at least two of the following civil engineering technical areas: structural, geotechnical, environmental, transportation, hydraulics/hydrology, construction). Students will model the system in CAD and construct a scale model.
This course also serves as a career planning course and prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) – Civil Exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The FE is the first step in the process towards attaining Professional Engineer credentials.