Nov 20, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Civil Engineering B.S.


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Program Director:

Dr. Francis Mahuta Jr.
Office: CC-60D
Phone: (414) 277-7599
Fax: (414) 277-7415
Email: mahuta@msoe.edu

Civil engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the infrastructure necessary to support modern society. The design of MSOE’s civil engineering degree program was guided by the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge requirements developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). These requirements call for civil engineers to be proficient in both technical and professional skills, including familiarity with issues of business and public administration, public policy, leadership, and teamwork. Addressing these requirements will equip students to meet the proposed new licensing requirements advocated by ASCE that call for a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for professional engineering licensure.

MSOE students will be ale to specialize in one of the following four civil engineering specialty areas: structural engineering (StrE), environmental and water resources engineering (EWRE), construction management (ConM), and transportation engineering (Transpo). Students may choose to use their technical electives taking classes from other specialty areas, or to pursue a minor in a related discipline such as mathematics, chemistry, or physics.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation, and are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.” The program objectives of the Bachelor of Science (BSCVE) program are as follows:

  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to pursue and achieve registration as a professional engineer after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to advance their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g., attaining advanced degrees, attending conferences and seminars, achieving specialty certifications)
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate a commitment to their profession and to their community by participating in and providing leadership for professional society and/or public service activities
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate an appreciation for sustainability in civil engineering design and construction by considering and including sustainable aspects in many of their completed projects
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program are expected to demonstrate appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests
  • Graduates of the BSCVE program who desire to do so are expected to move into management positions within their company or business, demonstrating the business, communications, leadership, and teamwork skills required for the positions

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that “describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These student outcomes relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.” The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science (BSCVE) program are as follows:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An 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. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Civil Engineering B.S. Track v3.2


First Year


Totals: 14 lecture hours- 4 lab hours- 16 credits

Totals: 14 lecture hours- 4 lab hours- 16 credits

Totals: 14 lecture hours- 4 lab hours- 16 credits

Total: 48 credits


Second Year


Totals: 15 lecture hours- 6 lab hours- 17 credits

Totals: 15 lecture hours- 4 lab hours- 17 credits

Spring


Totals:

ConM and Transpo: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

EWRE and StrE: 12 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 14 credits

Total:


ConM and Transpo: 50 credits

EWRE and StrE: 48 credits

Third Year


Totals: 14 lecture hours- 6 lab hours- 16 credits

Totals:

ConM and Transpo: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

EWRE: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

StrE: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Spring


Totals:

ConM: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

EWRE, StrE and Transpo: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Total:


ConM: 47 credits

EWRE and StrE: 49 credits

Transpo: 48 credits

Fourth Year


Fall


Totals:

ConM, StrE, EWRE: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits

Transpo: 17 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Winter


Totals:

ConM, EWRE, StrE: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Transpo: 11 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 13 credits

Spring


Totals: 13 lecture hours- 6 lab hours- 16 credits

Total:


ConM, EWRE, StrE: 47 credits

Transpo: 46 credits

Total Program: 192 Credits


Notes:


1 The physics/chemistry elective is satisfied by taking either PH 2031  or both CH 302  and CH 303 ; the science elective may be selected from BI or SC prefixed courses (CH or PH prefixed courses do not count) or CV 502 ; the math/science elective may be selected from (1) any MA 300 level and above course (except MA 340, MA 3501, and MA 3502), (2) any BI or SC prefixed course, (3) any CH 200 level and above course, (4) any PH 300 level and above course, or (5) CV 502 . A minimum of 10 credits total from these courses is required for graduation. 

2 All students must choose one of the four specialization tracks within civil engineering prior to the winter quarter of their junior year: ConM- Construction Management, EWRE- Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Transpo-Transportation Engineering, or StrE- Structural Engineering. 

3 These are 15 credits of humanities and social sciences (HU/SS) electives; 6 credits minimum from HU-prefixed courses and 6 credits minimum from SS-prefixed courses. At least 3 credits must be selected from the political science series (SS 45X). 

4 Technical electives may be selected from the engineering, science, math, technical communications, or business areas (200-level or above). A course used to satisfy the science, physics/chemistry, or math/science elective requirements cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  EWRE, StrE and ConM specialties require 8 credits of undergraduate technical electives.  Transpo specialty students must complete 6 credits of undergraduate technical electives.  Students must use one of their three undergraduate technical electives to take a 300-level or above design course from a second specialty area within civil engineering; for EWRE, StrE, Transpo and ConM courses, any course containing the term “design” in the course title satisfies this requirement.

5 May substitute BA 1221 or BA 2222  for BA 2220 .

6 ConM students only. 

7 EWRE and StrE students only. 

Students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in their senior year, as a condition of graduation. 

Students in the Air Force ROTC program can make the following substitution: AF 401 for SS 45X course. 

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