Civil Engineering Major

Bachelor of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 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.
  • 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.
    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
    or MTH 1010 Mathematical Analysis 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.
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
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.
  • 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.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 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.
  • 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.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
  • 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.
  • MAE 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • 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.
  • MAE 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.
  • MAE 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.
  • 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.
  • Business or Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CVE 3033 Hydraulics Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Offers experiments in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 3*
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CVE 401x Structures Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Environmental Engineering Elective Credit Hours: 3**
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.
  • 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.
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • CVE 4091 Design Project 1
    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 . Oral and written reports and a final team presentation are required.
  • Humanities Elective 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
    Credit Hours: 3
    Proposal developed in  is completed. Oral and written reports and a final team oral presentation and report required. Also includes discussion of professional and ethical issues.
  • 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.

*Approved Science Electives include BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 or BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2, ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course, OCN 1010 Oceanography, OCN 2407 Meteorology, OCN 2602 Environmental Geology and ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments.

**Approved Environmental Engineering Electives include CVE 3042 Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development or CVE 3052 Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems.

Humanities Core Courses