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Objective

The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering offers accredited programs leading to BS degrees in Civil Engineering (BSCE). The program provides a strong background in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and civil engineering. Students are exposed to theory and practice, as well as hands-on laboratory work. The BSCE program is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The objectives of the BSCE program is to prepare graduates who, within the first four to six years after graduation are, either:

  • Working as a professional or as an entrepreneur in an area closely related to civil engineering, or
  • Exhibit lifelong learning by pursuing or having completed a graduate or professional degree and/or demonstrated professional development

Curriculum

Students enrolled in BSCE program are required to complete 127 course credits.

Plan of Study

Freshman Year

Fall

CAE 111 - Introduction to Engineering I

Use of engineering tools for problem solving. Computer techniques for data acquisition, analysis and presentation, software design, and computer aided drafting are covered. Development of design skills is achieved through several design and building competitions. Introduction to professional ethics and intellectual property rights, MATLAB, AutoCAD, and programming in C++ is also included.

3 credits

ENG 105 - English Composition I

Introduction to written academic argument and inquiry. Not for major or minor.

3 Credits.

MTH 151 - Calculus I for Engineers

Analytic geometry, limits and continuity, derivatives, the definite integral, and applications relevant to engineering.

5 Credits.

PHY 205 - University Physics I

Mechanics through gravity and harmonic motion, intended for science and engineering students.

3 Credits.

Spring

CAE 112 - Introduction to Engineering II

Hands-on applications of various surveying instruments for leveling, angles and distance measurements, and other engineering applications. Hands on application of Geographic Information Systems, including ArcView and extensions.

2 credits

ENG 107 - English Composition II: Science and Technology

Advanced approaches to written academic argument, with emphasis on textual analysis and incorporating source material using readings and approaches connected to science and technology.

3 Credits.

MTH 162 - Calculus II

Transcendental functions, methods of integration,improper integrals, infinite series, polar coordinates, and introduction to differential equations.

4 Credits.

PHY 206 - University Physics II

Fluids, waves, optics, thermal phenomena.

3 Credits.

PHY 208 - University Physics II Lab

Laboratory to accompany PHY 206.

1 Credit.

CAE 210 - Mechanics of Solids I

Vectors, force systems, equilibrium, analysis of frames, machines, trusses for internal forces, friction, centroids, moment of inertia, and shear and bending moment diagrams are discussed.

3 Credits.

Sophomore Year

Fall

CAE 211 - Mechanics of Solids II

Fundamental material behavior including stresses, strains, and deformations associated with axial, bearing, flexural, shear, thermal, and torsional loading. Composite beams, elastic buckling of columns, combined loading, Mohr's Circle, and statically indeterminate analysis of axial members is also included.

3 Credits.

CAE 212 - Structural Laboratory

Laboratory techniques, tests for tension, compression, shear, bending, and torsion are discussed. Models, similitudes, buckling of columns, and review of current research are also included. Laboratory 3 hours.

1 Credit.

IEN 311 - Applied Probability And Statistics

This course covers fundamental probability concepts, random variables, mathematical expectation, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression and correlation. The use of Minitab, a statistical software application, is emphasized. Examples are drawn from various disciplines.

3 Credits.

PHY 207 - University Physics III

Electromagnetism through Maxwell's equations.

3 Credits.

PHY 209 - University Physics III Lab

Lab to accompany PHY 207.

1 Credit.

MTH 211 - Calculus III

Vectors in space, partial differentiation, multiple integration.

3 Credits.

HA Cognate

To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates, to be selected from the list of available cognates. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours)

3 Credits.

Spring

CAE 310 - Structural Analysis

Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures for internal forces, external reactions, displacements, including influence lines.

3 Credits.

MTH 311 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

Theory and applications of first-order differential equations. Theory and applications of higher order linear equations and first order linear systems, including matrix methods.

3 Credits.

CHM 151 - Chemistry for Engineers

Fundamental principles of chemistry for engineering students. Not recommended for students that plan to enter Medical School. Lecture, 3 hours.

3 Credits.

CHM 153 - Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers

An introductory laboratory course to accompany CHM 151. The techniques of chemistry for engineering students.

1 Credit.

PHY 209 - University Physics III Lab

Lab to accompany PHY 207.

1 Credit.

Basic Science Elective

3 Credits.

HA Cognate

To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates, to be selected from the list of available cognates. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours)

3 Credits.

Junior Year

Fall

CAE 320 - Concrete Structures

Course topics include design of concrete beams, columns, structural systems one-way slabs, and isolated footings by ultimate design methods.

3 Credits.

CAE 330 - Fluid Mechanics

Properties of fluids, gas systems, pressure distribution in static fluids, and hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surfaces are discussed. Kinematics and dynamics of fluid motion, dimensional analysis and similitude, flow in closed conduits, pumps, design of water distribution systems, and an introduction to flow in open channels is also included.

3 Credits.

CAE 340 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Environmental mass and energy balances, introduction to environmental chemistry , air pollution, water pollution, sustainable solid waste management, risk asse ssment, and global atmospheric change are discussed.

3 Credits.

CAE 350 - Transportation Engineering I

Transportation systems and organizations. Characteristics of driver, vehicles and roads. Basic probability and statistics. Traffic studies and data collection. Signal timing design, basic capacity and analysis. Basic geometric design and route surveying. Highway safety. Sustainable transportation systems.

3 Credits.

MAE 303 - Thermodynamics I

Thermodynamic properties of materials; the first and second laws of thermodynamics; application to thermodynamic processes; introduction to heat transfer.

3 Credit.

PS Cognate

To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates, to be selected from the list of available cognates. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours)

3 Credits.

HA Cognate

To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) cognates, to be selected from the list of available cognates. Students take a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) in HA cognate and 3 courses in PS Cognate (9 credit hours)

3 Credits.

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