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2015-2016 University Catalog 
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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of

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Department Chair

Uksun Kim

Department Office/Website

Engineering 100


Hakob Avetisyan, Pinaki Chakrabarti, Pratanu Ghosh, Harmonie Hawley, Uksun Kim, Kristijan Koszvari, Jeff Kuo, Sudarshan Kurwadkar, Joel Lanning, Phoolendra Mishra, David Naish, Chandrasekhar Putcha, Mallela Prasada Rao, Deepak Sharma, Garrett Struckhoff, Binod Tiwari


The primary goal of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department’s degree program is to provide students with the educational background and tools required for them to excel in their intended profession in Civil Engineering. The areas of focus in the civil engineering program are structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, environmental, construction, transportation and architectural engineering. Most course topics are well integrated with computer-aided analysis and design tools.

The undergraduate engineering program is designed to impart knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences to students so that they learn to use the forces of nature and materials economically, while maintaining engineering ethics and high professional standards.

One of the major objectives of this program is to provide design experience to students gradually from the very beginning years until they graduate, through a variety of courses. During this time, they also learn about safety, reliability, ethics, and socially and globally sensitive problems.

The graduate engineering program is designed for specialization in the areas (also called tracks) of construction, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Technical Growth - Graduates will be successful in multidisciplinary engineering practice and being well integrated into the workforce
  2. Professional Skills - Graduates will demonstrate professional skills necessary to be competent employees and leaders
  3. Professional Attitude and Citizenship - Graduates will have high ethical and professional standards toward advancement of the profession and society

Student Outcomes

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. The ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. The ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

High School Preparation

The entering freshman’s preparation should include two years of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and one year of physics or chemistry. Students deficient in mathematics or chemistry must take special preparatory courses, which will not carry credit for the major. (See Mathematics Section  for Entry Level Mathematics test and Math-Science Qualifying Examination requirements)

Transfer Students

A transfer student shall complete a minimum of 30 units in residence, 15 of which shall be taken in upper-division engineering courses. Work taken at another college or university on which a “D” (1.0) was earned may not be substituted for upper-division courses.

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of Science


      Civil and Environmental Engineering

      Courses are designated as EGCE in the class schedule

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