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Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

BS in Civil Engineering

Minor in Civil Engineering


2095 Engineering Research Facility (ERF)
(312) 996-3428
cme@uic.edu
http://www.cme.uic.edu
Administration:
Head, Farhad Ansari
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Karl Rockne, krockne@uic.edu

 


BS in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a broadly based discipline that encompasses many specialties. The civil engineering curriculum provides students with a strong background in engineering and applied sciences.

Civil Engineering Program Objectives

The operational goals of the Civil Engineering Program are to graduate civil engineers who have the fundamental knowledge and modern tools necessary for civil engineering practice in industry and government in the following areas of specialization: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering; can apply their knowledge and skills to formulate and solve civil engineering problems, both well-defined and ill-defined; are sufficiently proficient in their areas of specialization to achieve professional licensure in civil engineering, and in structural engineering, if desired, in view of the special role of civil engineers in the design and operation of public works and public buildings; are prepared and motivated to pursue graduate study, and are cognizant of the role of basic and applied research in civil engineering; understand the role and importance of effective communication in working effectively in multidisciplinary teams and have the leadership potential to become team leaders; appreciate and understand their ethical, professional, and community responsibilities to society. A majority of graduates from the department who enter the engineering profession should pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination (PE) five years after graduation. Those who are interested in practicing structural engineering in Illinois should also pass the Illinois Structural Engineering Examination (SE) in five to ten years.

Civil Engineering Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program will be able to: apply knowledge of mathematics and science in engineering problems; design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data; design civil engineering systems; function effectively in multidisciplinary design teams; identify and formulate engineering problems; understand their ethical and professional responsibilities; recognize the importance and need to engage in lifelong learning; understand the societal and global impact of engineering solutions; comprehend the significance of contemporary issues; communicate their engineering solutions in a professional and effective manner; use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools for efficient practice of civil engineering. A majority of the graduates should pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) upon graduation.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

All students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE Exam) by graduation.

BS in Civil Engineering Degree Requirements Hours
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements 54
Required in the College of Engineering 65
Technical Electives 9
Total Hours—BS in Civil Engineering 128


Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Courses Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Exploring World Cultures coursea 3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursea 3
Understanding the Past coursea 3
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea 3
MATH 180—Calculus Ib 5
MATH 181—Calculus IIb 5
MATH 210—Calculus IIIb 3
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations I 3
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics)b 4
PHYS 142—General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)b    4
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry Ib 5
   

Choose one of the following courses:

4
EAES 101—Global Environmental Change (4)b  
EAES 111—Earth, Energy, and the Environment (4)b  
Total Hours—Nonengineering and General Education Requirements 54

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

Required in the College of Engineering

Courses Hours
ENGR 100—Orientationa 0a
CS 109—C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CME 201—Statics 3
CME 203—Strength of Materials 3
CME 205—Structural Analysis I 3
CME 211—Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3
CME 216—Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CME 260—Properties of Materials 3
CME 300—Composition and Properties of Concrete 2
CME 301—Behavior and Design of Metal Structures 3
CME 302—Transportation Engineering 3
CME 310—Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
CME 311—Water Resources Engineering 3
CME 315—Soil Mechanics and Laboratory 4
CME 396—Senior Design I 3
CME 397—Senior Design II 2
CME 402—Geometric Design of Highway Facilities 3
CME 405—Foundation Analysis and Design 3
CME 434—Finite Element Analysis I 3
IE 201—Engineering Economy 3
ME 210—Engineering Dynamics 3
ME 250—Engineering Graphics and Design 3
   
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ECE 210—Electrical Circuit Analysis (3)  
ME 205—Introduction to Thermodynamics (3)  
Total Hours—Required in the College of Engineering 65

a ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

 

Technical Electives

Courses Hours
At least two courses (6 hours) to be chosen from the following list to strengthen the design content: 6
CME 400—Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete (3)  
CME 401—Advanced Design of Metal Structures (3)  
CME 403—Hydraulic Design (3)  
CME 406—Bridge Design (3)  
CME 408—Traffic Engineering and Design (3)  
CME 409—Structural Analysis II (3)  
CME 410—Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures (3)  
CME 415—Environmental Geotechnology (3)  
CME 421—Water Treatment Design (3)  
CME 422—Wastewater Treatment Design (3)  
CME 425—Environmental Remediation Engineering (3)  
CME 427—Engineering Hydrology (3)  
CME 428—Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport Modeling (3)  
CME 454—Structural Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings (3)  
   
An additional 3 or 4 credit 400-level CME course (except CME 493 and CME 494), including any of the courses listed above. CME 496 may be used under some circumstances only after receiving prior departmental approval. 3
Total Hours—Technical Electives 9

Note: Students who are interested in taking the Illinois Structural Engineering Licensure Examination must take two courses in the structural design area. This statement is not a degree requirement and the availability of the structural design courses varies from time to time.

Sample Course Schedule

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I 5
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
ENGR 100—Orientationa 0a
Total Hours 16
a ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.  
   
Second Semester Hours
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ME 250—Engineering Graphics and Design 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 18
   
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
MATH 210—Calculus III 3
PHYS 142—General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CS 109—C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CME 201—Statics 3
IE 201—Engineering Economy 3
Total Hours 16
   
Second Semester Hours
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations 3

EAES 101—Global Environmental Change

OR

EAES 111—Earth, Energy, and the Environment

4
CME 203—Strength of Materials 3
ME 210—Engineering Dynamics 3
CME 211—Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3
Total Hours 16
   
Junior Year
First Semester Hours
CME 205—Structural Analysis I 3
CME 216—Environmental Engineering 3
CME 302—Transportation Engineering 3
CME 315—Soil Mechanics and Laboratory 4
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 16
   
Second Semester Hours
CME 310—Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
CME 311—Water Resources Engineering 3
ME 205—Introduction to Thermodynamics
OR
ECE 210—Electrical Circuit Analysis
3
CME 260—Properties of Materials 3
CME 300—Composition and Properties of Concrete 2
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 17
   
Senior Year
First Semester Hours
CME 301—Behavior and Design of Metal Structures 3
CME 396—Senior Design I 3
CME 434—Finite Element Analysis I 3
CME Technical Elective I 3
CME Technical Elective II 3
Total Hours 15
   
Second Semester Hours
CME 397—Senior Design II 2
CME 402—Geometric Design of Highway Facilities 3
CME Technical Elective III 3
CME 405—Foundation Analysis and Design 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 14

 

Minor in Civil Engineering

For the minor, 18–19 semester hours are required, excluding prerequisite courses. Students outside the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering who wish to minor in Civil Engineering must complete the following:

Prerequisite Courses—Civil Engineering Minor Hours
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I 5
CS 109—C++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
MATH 210—Calculus III 3
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
CME 201—Statics 3
Total Hours—Prerequisites for Civil Engineering Minor 31

 

Required Courses—Civil Engineering Minor Hours
CME 203—Strength of Materials 3
CME 211—Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3
   
Three courses from the following list: 9–10
CME 205—Structural Analysis I (3)  
CME 216—Environmental Engineering (3)  
CME 260—Properties of Materials (3)  
CME 302—Transportation Engineering (3)  
CME 311—Water Resources Engineering (3)  
CME 315—Soil Mechanics and Laboratory (4)  
   
One course from the following list: 3
CME 301—Behavior and Design of Metal Structures (3)  
CME 310—Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (3)  
CME 402—Geometric Design of Highway Facilities (3)  
CME 405—Foundation Analysis and Design (3)  
CME 422—Wastewater Treatment Design (3)  
Total Hours—Required Courses for Civil Engineering Minor 18–19