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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. As well, this program will 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 and depth in at least one area of specialization.

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Program Description

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Civil engineering is the original of the engineering disciplines. With the increase in population, the growing complexity of industries, and changing urban centers, the civil engineer's task is 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 the 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, water resources engineering, and construction management.

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering provides introductory undergraduate education in these six sub-disciplines of civil engineering and provides professional specializations in the areas of structural, geotechnical, transportation, civil-environmental, construction engineering and architectural engineering. The department also offers graduate degree programs and conducts research in the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering and management. In addition, the department provides undergraduate service courses to the College of Architecture in the area of structural engineering and through minors in construction management and fire protection and safety engineering.

Students may choose a professional specialization as described on the following pages, or one of the following minors: Air Force Aerospace Studies, Military Science and Naval Science (see pages 131-133).

Architecture students who plan to pursue a master's degree in structural engineering should take CAE 303, 304, 307, 310, 315, 431 and 432 in place of CAE 287, 351 and 352. Students Should consult the IIT Bulletin: Graduate Programs for additional details.

All civil engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the State of Illinois in October and April. Students should contact the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering for information concerning this examination.

We are now offering co-terminal degree programs that combine the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with five of our professional master's degrees. For more information, click here.
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