Civil Engineering Major

7043
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7043 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The curriculum for the civil engineering major is designed to prepare students for professional careers and graduate school. During the first two years, emphasis is placed on foundation courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering mechanics, augmented by practice-oriented civil engineering courses. The introductory civil engineering courses include field trips and introduction to various disciplines of civil engineering. The CAD lab course, using the latest CAD software, provides knowledge that is applied in the rest of the curriculum, as do the engineering materials and construction measurement courses.

During the second and third years, emphasis is on courses in the main disciplines of civil engineering (construction, environmental/water resources, geotechnical, structures and transportation) that further develop analytical skills in preparation for design courses in the last two years. The emphasis in the third and fourth years is on design. The curriculum provides flexibility in the form of restricted electives and a technical/business elective that allow further depth in a discipline of choice, or further breadth.

Altogether, civil engineering majors are required to take five civil engineering laboratory courses to understand concepts and to learn, firsthand, what works and what does not. Each student is also required to be part of a multidisciplinary design project team that identifies, formulates and designs a real-world project. In this course, students must assemble information from previous courses. To enhance the application of their engineering skills to accomplish societal goals, technical courses in the third and fourth years incorporate leadership, teamwork, oral and written communication and ethics. Mandatory electives in the humanities and social sciences provide a broader understanding of the professional work environment, human history and culture.

Education Objectives

The educational objectives of the civil engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  • collaborate in teams and independently appraise and conduct work-related projects to serve their constituents;
  • continuously seek professional growth;
  • display ethical responsibility and leadership qualities; and
  • communicate effectively with their clients, constituents, peers, subordinates and supervisors.
Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 1001 Computer Applications Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (18 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 2080 Construction Measurements
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Business or Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
Junior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CVE 3012 Engineering Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3013 Civil Engineering Materials Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3033 Hydraulics Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3*
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 3020 Soils and Foundations
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 3021 Soil Mechanics Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4032 Hydraulics and Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 401x Structures Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Environmental Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3**
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 4060 Transportation Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4070 Construction Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4091 Design Project 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CVE) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4074 Leading Construction Operations
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CVE 4092 Design Project 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
  • Restricted Electives (CVE) Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 131

Note: A list of approved design and restricted electives is available from the department office.

*Approved Science Electives include Biological Discovery 1 (BIO 1010) or Biological Discovery 2 (BIO 1020), The Whole Earth Course (ENS 1001), Oceanography (OCN 1010), Meteorology (OCN 2407), Environmental Geology (OCN 2602) and Atmospheric Environments (ENS 3101).

**Approved Environmental Engineering Electives include Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development (CVE 3042) or Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems (CVE 3052).