Civil engineering is a people-oriented profession that has long been in existence to serve the needs of mankind. It evolved as a formal discipline at the start of the 19th century with the advent of society's need for increased mobility and convenience. The role of the civil engineer has always been one that deals primarily with public works: the planning, design, and construction of airports, bridges, buildings, and transportation, irrigation, flood control, water supply and waste disposal systems. These civil engineering works not only manage our environment, but are part of the environment itself and, by their very nature, have important social and economic impacts.

The civil engineering curriculum is designed to give the student a sound education in preparation for this role. The first two years include courses that deal with the principles of mathematics, physical and engineering sciences on which engineering concepts are based, as well as courses in humanities and social sciences and introductory courses in engineering and design. The last two years are devoted to developing the necessary technical competence, as well as the ability to apply the knowledge that the student has acquired to the design and synthesis of complex civil engineering projects.  Project-based learning is an essential ingredient, and a year-long, client-based capstone design project highlights the senior year.

The entire curriculum is oriented to develop a student's ability to think critically and logically. Upon graduation the student will be able to adapt this ability to the engineering environment of his or her choice. The curriculum in civil engineering will provide the student with the capacity for professional growth, either by advanced study or as a practicing professional engineer. A student may also use this academic background as a stepping stone to a position in management, administration, law, or some other non-engineering field.

Civil Engineering Department's Mission Statement

To provide an excellent civil engineering education that prepares graduates to develop into professionals who will exceed the needs of their employers, clients, and community in a continually changing world.

Civil Engineering Department's Program

Educational Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes*

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to perform essential engineering functions in the design, management, or construction industry.  Supporting learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Technical Core – Solve problems in mathematics (through differential equations), probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and an additional area of science.
  • Experiments – Design an experiment or experimental program to meet a need; conduct civil engineering experiments, and analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  • Engineering Problems – Develop problem statements and solve well-defined engineering problems in four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering. 
  • Engineering Impact – Explain the impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society; apply the principles of sustainability to the design of engineering systems.
  • Contemporary Issues – Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems. 

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design/construct complex engineering systems in the broad-based engineering industry.  Supporting learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Design – Design a system or process in more than one civil engineering context to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability. 
  • Multidisciplinary – Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Professional/Ethical –Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional and ethical interests to determine an appropriate course of action and explain the importance of professional licensure.
  • Communication – Organize and deliver effective verbal, written, and graphical communications. 
  • Engineering Tools – Apply relevant techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to solve engineering problems.

Graduates will demonstrate their potential for technical leadership and management.  Supporting learning outcomes are as follows:

  • Life Long Learning – Explain the need for and demonstrate the ability to learn on their own, without the aid of formal instruction. 
  • Leadership – Apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group. 
  • Service – Use one's time and skills to benefit an individual or community without cost to the recipient. 
  • Project Management – Explain key concepts in project management, and develop solutions to well-defined project management problems. 
  • Business and Public Administration – Explain key concepts and processes used in business, public policy, and public administration. 
  • Cultural and Global Awareness – Analyze and interpret cultural perspectives and social systems that define human characteristics.

The civil engineering program uses the term “educational objective” to describe the expected accomplishments of our students in three to five years following graduation.  The term “student learning outcome” is used to describe knowledge and skills at the time of graduation. 

Civil Engeneering Plan of Study

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

MA 111 Calculus I 5
PH 111 Physics I 4
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition  
       or  
    Elective (HSS) 4
EM 104 Graphical Communications. 2
CLSK 100 College and Life Skills 1
      16
       
Winter Term

Credit

MA 112 Calculus II 5
PH 112 Physics II 4
    Elective (HSS)  
       or  
RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition 4
CE 110 Computer Applications and GIS 4
      17
       
Spring Term

Credit

MA 113 Calculus III 5
EM 103 Introduction to Design 2
EM 120 Engineering Statics 4
CE 101 Engineering Surveying I 2
    Elective (Science) 4
      17
Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

MA 221 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra I  4
CHEM 105 Engineering Chemistry I 4
EM 202 Dynamics 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
CE 201 Engineering Surveying II 2
      18
       
Winter Term

Credit

MA 222 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra II 4
EM 203 Mechanics of Materials 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
CHEM 107 Engineering Chemistry II 4
      16
        
Spring Term

Credit

MA 223 Statistics for Engineers 4
EM 301 Fluid Mechanics 4
CE 210 C.E. Computer Applications 2
CE 320 C.E. Materials 4
      14
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CE 321 Structural Mechanics I 4
CE 336 Soil Mechanics 4
ECE 206 Elements of Electrical Eng or  
CHE 201 Conservation Principles and Balances  4
CE 371 Hydraulic Engineering 4
      16
       
Winter Term

Credit

ME 201 Thermodynamics  
      or  
CHE 202 Basic Chemical Process  
       Calculations 4
CE 441 Construction Engineering 2
CE 432 Concrete Design I 3
CE 471 Water Resources Engineering  4
    Elective (Science) 4
      17
       
Spring Term

Credit

CE 310 Civil Engineering Numerical Methods
CE 431 Steel Design I 3
CE 460 Environmental Engineering 4
RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication 4
CE 461 Environmental Engineering Lab  2
      15
Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

CE 489 C.E. Design & Synthesis 2
    *Elective (Technical) 4
CE 450 C.E. Codes & Regulations 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
      18
       
Winter Term

Credit

CE 489 C.E. Design & Synthesis  
        4
CE   **C.E. Elective 4
    *Elective (Technical) 4
CE 303 Engineering Economy 4
      16
       
Spring Term

Credit

CE 489 C.E. Design & Synthesis 2
    *Elective (Technical) 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
    Elective (HSS) 4
CE 400 Career Preparation Seminar 0
      14
   

Total credits required:  194

*A Technical elective is any four (4) credit course in chemistry, computer science, engineering, life science, geology, mathematics, or physics. **Student shall choose 1 of the following courses as the CE elective: CE 421 Structural Mechanics II CE 442 Cost Engineering CE 563 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Area Minor

The Environmental Engineering Area minor includes 3 required courses and 3 elective courses. The required courses provide an introduction to the overall field of environmental engineering. The elective courses allow the student to tailor the minor to their academic majors and special interests.

The 3 required courses are as follows:
  CHEM 264 Introduction to Environmental Science
  CE 460 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  CE 471 Water Resources Engineering

And 3 electives from the following list:

  • CE 561/CHE 450 Air Pollution Control
  • CE 562 Treatability Studies
  • CE 563/CHE 461 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering
  • CE 564 Environmental Chemistry
  • CE 565 Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulation and Treatment
  • CE 566 Environmental Management
  • CE 567 Applied Hydrologic Modeling
  • CE 568 Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling
  • CE 569 Environmental Systems Optimization
  • CE 573 Groundwater Analysis
  • CE 590 Special Problems
  • CHE 470 Safety, Health, and Loss Prevention
  • VA 452 Environmental Economics
  • ME 331 Energy-Material Resource Recovery and Utilization
  • ME 513 Environmental Noise
  • AB 320 Ecology and Environmental Biology

Advisor:

Dr. Michael A. Robinson,
Department of Civil Engineering
Olin 225D, 812/877-8286
michael.robinson@rose-hulman.edu