Civil Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Civil Engineering


department catalog page: Civil & Environmental Engineering

department website: Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

department faculty:


overview of college admissions & requirements: Engineering Catalog

college website: https://engineering.illinois.edu/


Civil engineering is a profession that applies the basic principles of science in conjunction with mathematical and computational tools to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining civilized life on our planet. Civil engineering works are generally one-of-a-kind projects; they are often grand in scale; and they usually require cooperation among professionals of many different disciplines. The completion of a civil engineering project involves the solution of technical problems in which uncertainty of information and myriad non-technical factors often play a significant role. Some of the most common examples of civil engineering works include bridges, buildings, dams, airports, highways, tunnels, and water distribution systems. Civil engineers are concerned with flood control, landslides, air and water pollution, and the design of facilities to withstand earthquakes and other natural hazards, in addition to protecting our environment for a sustainable future.

The civil engineering program comprises seven areas (construction engineering and management, construction materials engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental hydrology and hydraulics, structural engineering, and transportation engineering) and three interdisciplinary programs (sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems; energy, water, and environmental sustainability; and societal risk management). Although each area has its own special body of knowledge and engineering tools, they all rely on the same fundamental core principles. Civil engineering projects often draw expertise from many of these areas and programs.

CEE’s Program Education Objectives are to educate CEE students to:

  1. Successfully enter the civil and environmental engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants with prominent companies and organizations in diverse areas that include structural, transportation, geotechnical, materials, environmental, and hydrologic engineering; construction management; or other related or emerging fields.
  2. Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities in civil and environmental engineering, and related fields.
  3. Pursue professional licensure.
  4. Advance to leadership positions in the profession.
  5. Engage in continued learning through professional development.
  6. Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

Program Review and Approval

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, each student's academic program plan must be reviewed by a standing committee of the faculty (the Program Review Committee) and approved by the Associate Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering in charge of undergraduate programs. This review and approval process ensures that individual programs satisfy the educational objectives and all of the requirements of the civil engineering program, that those programs do not abuse the substantial degree of flexibility that is present in the curriculum, and that the career interests of each student are cultivated and served.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Civil Engineering


Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

CEE 195About Civil Engineering1
CEE 495Professional Practice0
ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours34

Civil Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of civil engineering.

CEE 201Systems Engrg & Economics3
CEE 202Engineering Risk & Uncertainty3
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Total Hours25

Science Elective

This elective allows the student to gain additional depth in science. The course should be selected according to the requirements and recommendations for the selected area of study, which is subject to approval by the faculty Program Review Committee.

Science elective, selected in accord with recommendations for the chosen primary field in civil engineering as outlined in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. 13

Civil Engineering Technical Electives

This course work is designed to give each student a broad background in the areas of civil engineering through the core courses and to allow each student to develop a focused program through advanced technical electives in chosen primary and secondary fields. There are seven areas of study which include:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Construction Materials Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

In addition to the areas of study, three interdisciplinary programs can be chosen by students. They include:

  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems
  • Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability
  • Societal Risk Management

The fundamental principles of civil engineering design and the behavior of civil engineering systems are emphasized throughout the course work. The specific choices of courses in this category are made through the submission of the Plan of Study, which is subject to approval by the faculty Program Review Committee.

Civil engineering technical courses, selected as follows, to at least include: 34
Civil Engineering Core Courses
The courses that are required and recommended for the primary and secondary fields are listed in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. Select at least 5 courses from the following list: 115-16
CEE 300Behavior of Materials4
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
CEE 320Construction Engineering3
CEE 330Environmental Engineering3
CEE 340Energy and Global Environment3
CEE 350Water Resources Engineering3
CEE 360Structural Engineering3
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
Primary Field Advanced Technical Electives. Select courses from approved lists for appropriate programs of study within the seven areas or three interdisciplinary programs of civil engineering. Design experience is distributed in 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level CEE courses including integrated design courses. Course lists can be found in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. 112-13
Secondary Field Advanced Technical Electives. Select courses from approved lists to complement the primary area and add breadth to the program of study. Course lists can be found in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. 16

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102Microeconomic Principles (Recommended)3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western culture(s) course, and (iii) one U.S. Minority Culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western,  non-western, and US minority lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm (satisfies the Advanced Composition requirement)3
Total Hours7

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.6

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CEE 1951About Civil Engineering1
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
SE 101 or RHET 1052Engineering Graphics Design3-4
MATH 2213Calculus I4
Liberal education elective43
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
RHET 105 or SE 1012Writing and Research4-3
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Year
First Semester
CEE 201Systems Engrg Economics3
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 211Statics3
Free elective3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
CEE 202Engineering Risk Uncertainty3
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Liberal education elective43
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Civil engineering technical courses56
Science elective63
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm3
Civil engineering technical courses510
Liberal education elective43
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
CEE 495Professional Practice0
Civil engineering technical courses59
Liberal education electives46
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
Civil engineering technical courses59
Liberal education elective43
Free elective3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 128