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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an ABET-accredited bachelor’s program that, in terms of graduating class size, ranks in the 80th percentile nation-wide. The Department is committed to providing a learning environment which encourages discovery and advancement for the betterment of its students and the community. Through its research, public service, and instructional programs, the Department seeks to serve the needs of San Antonio and South Texas by providing educational and research opportunities contributing to the technological and economic development of the region.

Civil Engineering Educational Objectives

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines Civil Engineering as “The profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the progressive well-being of humanity in creating, improving, and protecting the environment; in providing facilities for community living, industry, and transportation; and in providing structures for the use of humanity.”

The faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has established a specific set of program objectives to support the mission and the goals of the Department and to meet the requirements of ABET accreditation under the Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (2009). The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate program are to produce Bachelor of Science graduates who:  

  • meet the expectations of their employers, 
  • will endeavor to become licensed professional engineers, and
  • are able to pursue graduate studies, if so desired.

Civil Engineering students must first complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and the Department’s General Engineering requirements. The University Core Curriculum requirements consist of 42 semester credit hours and provide the scientific foundation required for advancing successfully to the General Engineering requirement courses. They include courses in Communications, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and World Issues.

The General Engineering requirements consist of 25 semester credit hours geared toward advancing the technical abilities and skills necessary to meet the educational objectives of the College of Engineering. They include a number of the Core Curriculum required courses, namely MAT 1214 Calculus I, CHE 1103 General Chemistry I, PHY 1903 Engineering Physics I, and PHY 1911 Engineering Physics I Laboratory. Students are also encouraged to take ECO 2013 Introductory Macroeconomics or ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics. In addition, General Engineering requirements include MAT 1224 Calculus II, PHY 1923 Engineering Physics II, PHY 1931 Engineering Physics II Laboratory, EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I, and EGR 3713 Engineering Economic Analysis.

Subsequently, students need to take 70 additional semester credit hours of Civil Engineering courses. Courses for 64 of these credit hours are required, while the remaining 6 credit hours can be selected from among CE elective courses. The elective courses allow some specialization in one of the traditional Civil Engineering areas, namely, Environmental Geotechnical, Hydraulics, Structures and Transportation. Senior Civil Engineering students, in their last semester of study, are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination as administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (www.ncees.org). Graduates are encouraged to further pursue life-long learning and obtain their Professional Engineering license.

Design is integrated throughout the curriculum starting with a freshman introductory course, CE 1301 Introduction to Civil Engineering, and ending with the senior capstone Civil Engineering Design course CE 4813. Design components are contained in most required engineering topics courses. These include CE 3213 Reinforced Concrete Design, CE 3233 Steel Design, CE 3413 Geotechnical Engineering and Applications, CE 3633 Water and Wastewater Treatment, CE 4123 Highway Engineering, and CE 4603 Water Resources Engineering. Design is also included in many of the technical elective courses. The design experience culminates in the senior capstone design course, CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design. The capstone design project is multidisciplinary in that it involves three or more civil engineering areas and draws upon most prior coursework. The course involves teamwork, both oral and written presentations, a final design report, and a formal presentation.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 128, including at least 39 at the upper-division level. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the Civil Engineering degree requirements prior to graduation.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering must fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both major requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3–5 of this catalog.

MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics, as well as one of the General Engineering requirements. CHE 1103 and PHY 1903 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements. COR 1203 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2013 or ECO 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Economics.

General Engineering Requirements

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, all degree-seeking Civil Engineering students must complete the following 25 semester credit hours:

CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
EGR  2323  Applied Engineering Analysis I
EGR  3713  Engineering Economic Analysis
MAT  1214  Calculus I
MAT  1224  Calculus II
PHY  1903, 1911  Engineering Physics I and Laboratory
PHY  1923, 1931  Engineering Physics II and Laboratory

Civil Engineering Degree Requirements

In addition to the Core Curriculum and the General Engineering requirements described above, all degree-seeking candidates in Civil Engineering must complete the following 70 semester credit hours:

  1. 64 semester credit hours of required courses:

    CE    1301  Introduction to Civil Engineering
    CE    1403  Engineering Communication
    CE    2103  Civil Engineering Measurements
    CE    2633  Environmental Engineering
    CE    3103  Mechanics of Solids
    CE    3113  Structural Analysis
    CE    3173  Numerical Methods
    CE    3213  Reinforced Concrete Design
    CE    3233  Steel Design
    CE    3243  Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials
    CE    3413  Geotechnical Engineering and Applications
    CE    3543  Project Design and Construction Management
    CE    3603  Fluid Mechanics
    CE    3633  Water and Wastewater Treatment
    CE    4123  Highway Engineering
    CE    4313  Computer-Aided Design in Civil Engineering
    CE    4603  Water Resources Engineering
    CE    4813  Civil Engineering Design
    EGR  2103  Statics
    EGR  2513  Dynamics
    GEO  4023  Engineering Geology
    STA  2303  Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers

  2. 6 semester credit hours of Civil Engineering technical electives must be selected from the list below. Alternatively, students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher may choose to satisfy this requirement by taking graduate courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    CE  3723  Applied Hydrology
    CE  4013  Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
    CE  4103  Advanced Steel Design
    CE  4133  Advanced Reinforced Concrete
    CE  4153  Prestressed Concrete
    CE  4253  Introduction to Masonry and Timber Design
    CE  4293  Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    CE  4303  Hydrometeorology
    CE  4403  Advanced Characterization of Highway Materials
    CE  4453  Transportation Engineering
    CE  4463  Foundation Engineering
    CE  4613  Environmental Chemistry
    CE  4723  Hydraulic Systems Design

B.S. in Civil Engineering – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Semester Second Semester
CE 1301 1 CE 2103 3
CE 1403 3 MAT 1224 4
CHE 1103 (core and major) 3 PHY 1903 (core and major) 3
COR 1203 (core) 3 PHY 1911 1
MAT 1214 (core and major) 4 WRC 1023 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 U.S. History & Diversity core 3
Total semester hours 17 Total semester hours 17
Third Semester Fourth Semester
EGR 2103 3 CE 2633 3
EGR 2323 3 CE 3103 3
PHY 1923 3 CE 3173 3
PHY 1931 1 ECO 2013 or 2023 (core) 3
STA 2303 3 EGR 2513 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3    
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 15
Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
CE 3113 3 CE 3233 3
CE 3213 3 CE 3413 3
CE 3243 3 CE 3633 3
CE 3603 3 GEO 4023 3
EGR 3713 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3    
Total semester hours 18 Total semester hours 15
Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
CE 3543 3 CE 4813 3
CE 4123 3 CE Technical elective 3
CE 4313 3 CE Technical elective 3
CE 4603 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Literature core 3 World Society & Issues core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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