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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering


The objective of the Civil Engineering program is to prepare graduates to enter and be successful in the civil engineering profession. Graduates are expected to become licensed professional engineers, and to reach responsible positions in a wide range of professional settings including consulting firms, industry, or government. This program will also prepare students to begin and successfully complete graduate studies in engineering and/or post-baccalaureate education in a professional degree program. The Civil Engineering program provides breadth in core sub-disciplines (including structures, transportation, and construction management) and depth in at least one area of specialization (at the discretion of the student and academic advisor).

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Program Description

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Civil Engineering is the oldest existing engineering discipline. With increasing global population, the growing complexity of industries, and changing urban centers, the civil engineer's task—applying science to the control and utilization of the environment for the total benefit of mankind—represents a challenge unsurpassed in all of engineering.

The civil engineer often is confronted with conditions so variable and complex that they cannot be precisely defined by science and mathematics. Therefore, a knowledge of the arts and social sciences, as well as the physical sciences, is essential. In addition, because civil engineering requires overall planning of very large projects whose components involve many other disciplines, it is also necessary to have knowledge of management techniques. The goal of the civil engineering degree program is to provide an education that enables graduates to make far-reaching decisions that draw not only from technical knowledge but also from integrity and judgment.

In your professional courses, classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory practice, including the study of materials, concrete, hydraulics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and surveying. The principal functional areas that are considered subdivisions of civil engineering are structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction management.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program provides introductory undergraduate education in these sub-disciplines of civil engineering and provides professional specializations in the areas of structural, geotechnical, transportation, civil-environmental, and construction engineering. The department also offers graduate degree programs and conducts research in these same areas and more.

Architecture students who plan to pursue a master's degree in structural engineering should take CAE 303, 304, 307, 431 and 432. Students should consult the Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering curriculum for additional details.

All Civil Engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The paper-based examination is offered by the State of Illinois in October and April while the computer-based examination is offered year-round. Students should contact the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for information concerning this examination.

We also offer co-terminal degree programs that combine the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with our professional master's degree programs. These are "fast-track" 1-year masters programs that allow you to share 9 credit hours between your bachelor and master degrees.