Jul 08, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering B.S.

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Program Director:

Dr. William Gonwa
Office: CC27C
Phone: (414) 277-7320
Fax: (414) 277-7415
Email: gonwa@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 able 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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Civil Engineering B.S. Track v3.3

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

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

Total: 51 credits

Third Year

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


ConM and Transpo: 12 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 14 credits

EWRE: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits

StrE: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits


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

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


ConM: 46 credits

EWRE and StrE: 48 credits

Transpo: 47 credits

Fourth Year



ConM: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 14 credits 

StrE, EWRE: 12 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 12 credits

Transpo: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits



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

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


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


ConM: 46 credits

EWRE, StrE: 44 credits

Transpo: 45 credits

Total Program: 191 Credits


1 A minimum of 10 credits total from these courses is required for graduation. The physics/chemistry elective is satisfied by taking either PH 2031  or both CH 302  and CH 303 . The math/science elective may be selected from (1) any MA 300-level and above course (except MA 315 , MA 340 , MA 390 , MA 3501 , MA 3502 , and MA 3611 ), (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 .

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). Students in the Air Force ROTC program can make the following substitution: AF 4141  for SS 45X course.

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. The ConM specialty requires 8 credits of undergraduate technical electives.  EWRE, StrE, and 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, which are construction management and environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering. Any course containing the term “design” in the course title plus CM 3210 CM 3250 , CM 5045  and CV 3320  satisfies this requirement.

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

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

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