Civil Engineering Major

7043
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog
Major Code: 7043 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The curriculum for the civil engineering major is designed to prepare students for professional careers and graduate school. Students begin preparing for a civil engineering career during the first semester. CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering is offered in the first semester and includes field trips, introduction to the key disciplines of civil engineering and hands-on activities in laboratories. The one-credit CVE 1001 Computer Applications Lab introduces students to AutoCAD software. During the freshman year, students learn how to use state-of-the-art civil engineering construction equipment and conduct data analyses. Therefore, students are well-equipped to undertake an internship following the freshman year. Emphasis is placed on foundation courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, technical writing, communication skills and engineering mechanics during the first two years.

The curriculum covers the entire breadth of civil engineering and requires students to take courses in all of the six main disciplines of civil engineering (construction engineering, construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering). Students are given the flexibility of taking additional courses in the disciplines of their choice by selecting appropriate restricted and design electives. Thus, students not only get a broad exposure to all major disciplines of civil engineering, but also develop specialization in selected disciplines. Civil engineering majors are required to take five civil engineering laboratory courses to understand fundamental concepts. Engineering fundamentals are emphasized in all courses so students are well-prepared to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during the senior year. Projects are assigned in each civil engineering design course, which prepares students to find solutions for real-world design problems using appropriate codes and incorporating all design and client-related constraints.

Each student is required to be part of a multidisciplinary design project team that identifies, formulates and designs a real-world project, while addressing sustainable societal and global needs. The team provides engineering and construction cost estimates and construction scheduling. Several courses in the curriculum hone student skills in leadership, teamwork, oral and written communication and ethics. Mandatory electives in the humanities and social sciences provide a broader understanding of the professional work environment, human history and culture.

Education Objectives

The educational objectives of the civil engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  • collaborate in teams and independently appraise and conduct work-related projects to serve their constituents;
  • continuously seek professional growth;
  • display ethical responsibility and leadership qualities; and
  • communicate effectively with their clients, constituents, peers, subordinates and supervisors.
Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.

    Prerequisite:

    CSE 1400  or MTH 1000  or MTH 1001  or MTH 1002 or MTH 1010 or MTH 1020 or MTH 1603  or MTH 1701  or MTH 1702  or MTH 2001  or MTH 2051  or MTH 2201  or (MTH 1011, and MTH 1012)

  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3

    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.

    Prerequisite:

    WRI 0100 or WRI 0110 

    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the civil engineering sub-disciplines, including professional aspects and ethics. Uses hands-on group projects, group presentations, field trips and lectures. Includes exposure to structures, soils, transportation, hydrology, construction and the environment. Emphasizes technical communication and computer skills through all coursework.

  • CVE 1001 Computer Applications Lab
    Credit Hours: 1

    Offers a broad background in computer applications, strongly emphasizing computer-aided design. Briefly discusses word processing, spreadsheet coding and PowerPoint® presentations.

  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1

    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.

  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1000 or MTH 1012 

    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1010 Honors Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Provides a rigorous treatment of differential calculus. Emphasizes proofs. Includes functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differentiation, chain rule, Taylor's formula, calculation of the limit of a differentiable function, applications to maxima and minima, constructing the graph of a function and the Riemann integral.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1000 


 

or 

Spring (18 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3

    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1001 or COM 1101 

  • CVE 2080 Construction Measurements
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers measurement of distances, elevations and angles; statistical errors and data adjustment; working with coordinates; topographic mapping and photogrammetry; global positioning systems (GPS); geographic information systems (GIS); and computer applications.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 1001 

  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

  • MTH 1020 Honors Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Provides a rigorous treatment of integral calculus. Emphasizes proofs. Includes integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, integrals depending on a parameter, sequences and series, uniform convergence of series and improper integrals.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1010 

  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.

    Prerequisite:

    (MTH 1001 or MTH 1010), and (MTH 1002 or MTH 1020)

  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1

    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in PHY 1001, to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001


 

or 


 

  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3

    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • MEE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes the elements of statics in co-planar and three-dimensional systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; simple structures, centroids and center of gravity; beam shear and bending moment; friction; and virtual work.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001 

  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4

    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

  • MTH 2010 Honors Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4

    Provides a rigorous treatment of multivariable differential and integral calculus. Emphasizes proofs. Includes vector functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, implicit function theorem, multiple integrals, Fubini's theorem, Gauss-Green theorem, and Stokes' theorem.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1020 

  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001

  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1

    Continues PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1. Includes experiments pertaining to PHY 2002 Physics 2.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 2091 and PHY 2002 


 

or 


 

Spring (17 credit hours)
  • AEE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3

    Stress and strain; mechanical properties of materials; Hooke's law; axial, torsion, pure bending and transverse loading of members; transformations of stress and strain; failure criteria; strain measurements; thin-walled pressure vessels; design for strength; energy methods; design for impact; column buckling and stability.

    Prerequisite:

    MEE 2081 

  • MEE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Analyzes kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Discusses absolute and relative motion approaches. Employs force-mass-acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods.

    Prerequisite:

    MEE 2081 

  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4

    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

  • MTH 3200 Honors Differential Equations
    Credit Hours: 4

    Provides analysis of differential equations. Emphasizes proofs. Includes existence and uniqueness theorems, Lyapunov stability theory, differential and integral inequalities, Gronwall-Bellman lemma, matrix exponential, differential equations depending on a parameter, continuity, and differentiability or a solution with respect to a parameter.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1020 and MTH 3102 


 

or 


 

  • Business or Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
Select first HUM Core Course:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2141 World Art History 1: Pre-History to Early Global Awareness
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys world art history and methodology from pre-history to circa 1500. Emphasizes analyzing and understanding works of painting, sculpture, textiles and decorative arts in their respective historical and cultural contexts.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2211 British Literature and Culture
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys British literature from early 900 A.D. to the early 17th century. Emphasizes the interpretation of texts that represent the development of a British literary tradition and culture from its origins to the Restoration.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys British and American literature of the late 18th to early 20th century, from the French Revolution to World War I. Emphasizes the interpretation of texts that reflect changing ideas about individual and national identities during revolutionary times.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys some of the basic problems in U.S. history through the Civil War era. Emphasizes origins, social characteristics and competing cultural values of the people that formed the American nation.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2551 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys key philosophical problems that occupied philosophers in the ancient and medieval periods. Emphasizes the analysis of theories by ancient and medieval philosophers on issues such as skepticism, universals, the existence of God, and free will in their historical context.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

Junior Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CVE 3012 Engineering Materials
    Credit Hours: 3

    Addresses stress-strain concepts and the relationship between internal structure and engineering properties as the basis for selection of materials. Materials studied include metals, concretes, timber, plastics and fiber composites.

  • CVE 3013 Civil Engineering Materials Lab
    Credit Hours: 1

    Offers experiments in measurement techniques, materials testing and engineering applications.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 2091 and CVE 3012 

  • CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces modeling of structures; elastic analysis of statically determinate trusses, beams and frames; influence lines for determinate and indeterminate structures; deflections by the method of virtual work and other methods; analysis of indeterminate structures.

    Prerequisite:

    AEE 3083

  • CVE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes pressure distribution in flowing and static fluids; integral expressions for conservation of mass and momentum; energy equation; similitude; and flow through conduits.

    Prerequisite:

    MEE 2081 and MTH 2201 

  • CVE 3033 Hydraulics Lab
    Credit Hours: 1

    Offers experiments in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3030 

Select second HUM Core Course:
  • HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
    Credit Hours: 3

    Similar in purpose and method to HUM 2051, continues the interpretation of primary texts, emphasizing the Renaissance period, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Modern Age.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys world art history and methodology from circa 1500 to present day. Emphasizes analyzing and understanding works of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, decorative arts, alternative art forms and new media in their respective historical and cultural contexts.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
    (may not be repeated for credit)
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys British and American literature of the late 18th to early 20th century, from the French Revolution to World War I. Emphasizes the interpretation of texts that reflect changing ideas about individual and national identities during revolutionary times.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys British and American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries, from World War I to the present. Emphasizes the interpretation of texts that represent the development of the modern world and modern selves.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines the major ideas, ideals and events that have determined the American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • HUM 2552 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys key philosophical problems that occupied philosophers in the modern period and today. Emphasizes the analysis of theories by modern and contemporary philosophers on issues such as the nature of knowledge, facts versus values, personal identity, and consciousness in their historical context.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

Select one Science Elective:
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cell biology. Emphasizes the structure and function of macromolecules and how they are integrated into cells. Includes the structure and regulation of gene expression, and the synthesis and structure of proteins.

  • BIO 1030 Introduction to Biotechnology
    Credit Hours: 1

    Introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cell biology through a hands-on approach. Complements BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1010 

  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles of evolution, biodiversity, physiology and ecology. Provides an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living organisms and communities.

  • BIO 1040 Introduction to Biodiversity and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 1

    Provides a hands-on approach to teaching concepts of biodiversity and physiology. Complements BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1020 

  • MAR 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cell biology. Emphasizes the structure and function of macromolecules and how they are integrated into cells. Includes the structure and regulation of gene expression, and the synthesis and structure of proteins.

    Requirement(s):
    High school biology and chemistry recommended.
  • MAR 1030 Introduction to Biotechnology
    Credit Hours: 1

    Introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cell biology through a hands-on approach. Complements MAR 1010 Biological Discovery 1.

    Prerequisite:

    MAR 1010 

  • MAR 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles of evolution, biodiversity, physiology and ecology. Provides an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living organisms and communities.

    Requirement(s):
    High school biology and chemistry recommended.
  • MAR 1040 Introduction to Biodiversity and Physiology
    Credit Hours: 1

    Provides a hands-on approach to teaching concepts of biodiversity and physiology. Complements MAR 1020 Biological Discovery 2.

    Prerequisite:

    MAR 1020 

  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 3

    Consists of six interrelated modules (cosmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, anthroposphere) taught by faculty of the College of Engineering, College of Aeronautics and College of Science. Emphasizes the interactions and interdependence of Earth systems. Includes the role of humans in global change.

  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
    Credit Hours: 3

    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Covers dispersion modeling, federal and state legislation, source control and monitoring.

  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys oceanography including biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the ocean. Includes field trips.

  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Reviews the internal and external processes that have shaped Earth's surface and how an understanding of these processes can be used to successfully manage modern problems of organization and mineral exploration. Successful management of environmental and geological hazards relies on an understanding of the basic principles of physical geology.

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Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 3020 Soils and Foundations
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the application of mechanics and hydraulics to the analysis of soils. Includes engineering geology, index properties, classification, compaction, effective stress, permeability, consolidation, and shear strength behavior of soil, as well as application to the design of foundations and retaining walls.

    Prerequisite:

    AEE 3083  

  • CVE 3021 Soil Mechanics Lab
    Credit Hours: 1

    Offers experiments in the sampling and testing of soil as an engineering material, to support topics in soil mechanics.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3020 

  • CVE 4032 Hydraulics and Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes steady flow in open channels, analysis of water surface profiles, channel design; measurements and estimation of components in the hydrologic cycle; unit hydrograph theory; statistical design methods; and hydrologic routing.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3030

  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

Select one Environmental Engineering Elective:
  • CVE 3042 Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the topics necessary to design potable water and domestic wastewater utility systems for land development projects. Includes the treatment and distribution of potable water and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1101 and CVE 1001 and CVE 3030 

  • CVE 3052 Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the topics necessary to design and develop large-scale potable water and domestic wastewater treatment facilities. Includes site planning; physical, chemical and biological treatment; sludge processing and advanced treatment methods.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1101 and CVE 1001 

Select one Structures Elective:
  • CVE 4013 Steel Structures
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the design of various elements of steel structures including tension members, beams, columns, beam-columns and connections. Introduces the AISC codes. Includes a design project.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3015

  • CVE 4016 Reinforced Concrete Structures
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the basic mechanics of reinforced concrete and the design of reinforced concrete structures and structural elements. Introduces the design practices and procedures of the ACI code. Includes a design project.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3015

Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 4060 Transportation Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    Modes of transportation are reviewed with emphasis on highways, including vehicle characteristics, geometric alignment, traffic analysis, queuing theories, signal timing, levels of service, traffic forecasting, pavement design and airport runway design and layout.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 2080  

  • CVE 4070 Construction Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3

    The fundamentals of construction engineering from a project management point of view. Focus on basics of construction project management principles including scope, quality control, planning and scheduling, cost engineering, risk management and loss prevention, local environment, information and communications, and stakeholder relations.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 3012 and CVE 3013 

    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • CVE 4091 Design Project 1
    (Q)
    Credit Hours: 1

    Develops a real world, peer reviewed, team design project. Students review alternatives and present a schedule and cost estimate. Professional and ethical issues are discussed. Project is completed in CVE 4092. Oral and written reports and a final team presentation are required.

  • Humanities Elective (HU) 3000-level or higher recommended Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CVE) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
    Credit Hours: 3

    Presents economic evaluation of engineering alternatives. Includes time value of money, replacement alternatives, benefit/cost analysis, minimum cost analysis, depreciation, taxes and inflation.

  • CVE 4074 Leading Construction Operations
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers specialized application of leadership fundamentals and team building to construction operations. Focuses on the basic principles of leadership including motivation, organizational dynamics, team formation and conflict resolution. Examines construction operations, work practices and ethics in the business environment.

  • CVE 4092 Design Project 2
    (Q)
    Credit Hours: 3

    Proposal developed in CVE 4091 is completed. Oral and written reports and a final team oral presentation and report required. Also includes discussion of professional and ethical issues.

    Prerequisite:

    CVE 4091

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
  • Restricted Electives (CVE) Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 131

Note: A list of approved design and restricted electives is available from the department office.