Curriculum - Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Program


Freshman Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Ma 111 Calculus I4
Ch 110 General Chemistry3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving3
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science3
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions3
Total credits fall semester18


Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 113 Calculus II4
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics4
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry3
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New3
Total credits spring semester15.5


Sophomore Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 223 Vector Calculus2
Ma 224 Probability2
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena4
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Laboratory1.5
ESC 200 Engineering Mechanics3
ESC 210 Materials Science3
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Total credits fall semester18.5


Spring Semester:Credits
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
ESC 220 Principles of Electrical Engineering3
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
ESC 201 Solid Mechanics3
CE 220 Fundamentals of Civil Engineering3
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Total credits spring semester18


Junior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
CE 321 Structural Engineering4.5
CE 344 Environmental Systems Engineering4.5
ESC 330 Engineering Thermodynamics3
ESC 140 Fluid Mechanics and Flow Systems3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total credits fall semester18


Spring Semester:Credits
CE 322 Structural Engineering II3
CE 331 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4.5
CE 343 Water Resources Engineering4.5
CE 341 Design of Steel Structures3
Humanities/Social Sciences Elective3
Total credits spring semester18


Senior Year Credits

Fall Semester:Credits
CE 342 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures3
CE 351 Urban Transportation Planning3
CE 363 Civil Engineering Design I3
Engineering or Science Electives6
Total credits fall semester15


Spring Semester:Credits
CE 361 Civil Engineering Experimental Projects2
CE 364 Civil Engineering Design II3
Engineering or Science Electives9
Total credits spring semester14
Total credits required for degree135


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