Undergraduate Program for Civil Engineering


Undergraduate Overview

The Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD, 21201-4012 - telephone (410) 347-7700.

Lower Division Program

  1. A student entering the College of Engineering must complete the designated lower division course block prior to enrolling in the upper division engineering sequence or any junior/senior classes.
    • Enrollment in the upper division courses prior to completion of the lower division requires permission of the student's department chairperson.
    • Substitutions for the lower division course requirements require the permission of the student's department chairperson.
  2. Completion of the lower division block also requires a minimum 2.0 GPA for the lower division courses designated by the department and a "C" or better in certain specified courses.
  3. Any student who does not satisfy the "C" minimum rule in the appropriately designated courses must repeat those courses.
  4. Any student who has not met the requirements for satisfactory completion of the lower division block as stated above or who fails to make satisfactory progress toward a degree will be denied subsequent enrollment in the College of Engineering.

Pre-Engineering Program

Students wishing to major in engineering or computer science will be classified as pre-engineering students until they have received a grade of "C" or better in MATH 1411 or have demonstrated an equivalent mathematics background.

Limit on Engineering Course Enrollments

The maximum number of times an engineering course can be taken is three. All enrollments in a course that result in a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or W will be counted. Once a student has reached the maximum of three enrollments, he or she will not be allowed to enroll in the course a fourth time. If the course is required in the student's degree plan, the student will not be able to complete the requirements for that degree. Once a student has obtained a "C" or better in an engineering course that course may not be repeated for credit.

Enrollment in Engineering/Computer Science Courses by Non- Majors Enrollment in nearly all engineering and computer science courses is restricted to students with the appropriate majors. Students from outside the engineering college wishing to take engineering/computer science courses should request permission from the chairperson of the department offering the course.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is a program which integrates a student's formal academic study with special periods of practical work experience in business, industry, government, professional, or service organizations. These work experiences are an integral part of the student's education, supplementing academic knowledge and promoting and encouraging personal development and professional preparation. The academic value of work completed under the cooperative education program is recognized by allowing credit to be earned for completion of three work periods and submission of required reports. Contact the Dean of Engineering for information on the availability of co-op work assignments.

Five-Year Bachelor/Master of Science Program

The College of Engineering provides an opportunity for qualified students to participate in a five-year bachelor/master of science degree program. The program is structured to allow qualified engineering students to enter a graduate research or design program during the senior year of the bachelor's degree. During this fourth year the student may reserve certain courses for graduate credit, work actively on a research project for nine months, and may be considered for employment as a teaching or research assistant at the appropriate salary. Both the bachelor's and master's degrees can be completed in five academic years.

Graduate Study

Students who rank high in their undergraduate class should give serious consideration to developing their full intellectual potential in engineering by continuing with advanced studies at the graduate level. For those students interested in the practice of professional engineering, the master of science in engineering (MSE) degree should be given serious consideration. The program involves 33 hours of coursework without a thesis. Possible areas of specialization include business management, operations research, computer science and others.

The more traditional master of science (MS) degree is available in civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, and metallurgical/material engineering. This degree is more research-oriented, normally requiring a thesis and up to 27 hours of graduate coursework. A Ph.D. degree is offered in electrical engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

Our graduates from the Department of Civil Engineering:

  1. Will be successful contributors and leaders in their profession and communities.
  2. Will be effective at communicating as professionals to a diverse technical and non-technical population.
  3. Will have the ability to use their education to be lifelong learners and adapt to changes in technology and society.
  4. Will be able to solve engineering problems in the context of society's dynamic environmental, social, political, and economic realities.

Program Student Outcomes

Our graduates from the Department of Civil Engineering:

  1. Apply mathematics, science and engineering principles.
  2. Design and conduct experiments and interpret data
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Communicate effectively
  8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Understand contemporary issues
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and
  12. Understand professional practice

Enrollment and Graduation Data

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