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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 degree 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.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Bachelor in Civil Engineering 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. Each is explained next in detail.

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. PHY 1943 and PHY 1963 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements. ECO 2013 or ECO 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. CS 1173 may be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement, as well as a major requirement.

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  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
PHY  1963, 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory

Civil Engineering Degree Requirements

In addition to Core Curriculum and General Engineering requirements, students seeking a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering are required to take 70 semester credit hours of Civil Engineering courses. Of these 70 credit hours, 64 are from required courses, while the remaining 6 can be satisfied from CE elective courses.

  1. 64 semester credit hours of required courses:

    CE    1301  Introduction to Civil Engineering
    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    3603  Fluid Mechanics
    CE    4123  Highway Engineering
    CE    4313  Computer-Aided Design in Civil Engineering
    CE    4543  Project Design and Construction Management
    CE    4603  Water Resources Engineering
    CE    4633  Water and Wastewater Treatment
    CE    4813  Civil Engineering Design
    EGR  1403  Technical Communication
    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. (Department Chair approval required).

    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
    CE  4733  Applied Hydrology

    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 ( Graduates are expected to pursue life-long learning and obtain their Professional Engineering license.

This curriculum is designed to meet the student learning outcomes defined by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers. More specifically, it integrates design throughout the curriculum starting with the 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 Civil Engineering courses, such as CE 3213 Reinforced Concrete Design, CE 3233 Steel Design, CE 3413 Geotechnical Engineering and Applications, CE 4633 Water and Wastewater Treatment, CE 4123 Highway Engineering, and CE 4603 Water Resources Engineering. Design elements are also included in many technical elective courses. The design experience culminates in the senior capstone design course, CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design. In this course, students work in multidisciplinary teams involving three or more civil engineering areas and solve practical civil engineering problems drawing upon most of their prior coursework experience. These projects culminate in formal presentations evaluated by professional engineers.

The following provides a summary table of the recommended courses by semester for the Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.

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

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
CE 1301 Introduction to Civil Engineering 1
CE 2103 Civil Engineering Measurements 3
CHE 1103 General Chemistry I (core and major) 3
MAT 1214 Calculus I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
CS 1173 Data Analysis and Visualization using MATLAB (core) 3
EGR 1403 Technical Communication 3
MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core and major) 3
PHY 1951 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory 1
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Second Year
EGR 2103 Statics 3
EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I 3
PHY 1963 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (core and major) 3
PHY 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory 1
STA 2303 Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
American History core   3
CE 2633 Environmental Engineering 3
CE 3103 Mechanics of Solids 3
CE 3173 Numerical Methods 3
ECO 2013 or ECO 2023 Introductory Macroeconomics (core) 3
EGR 2513 Dynamics 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Third Year
CE 3113 Structural Analysis 3
CE 3233 Steel Design 3
CE 3243 Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
CE 3603 Fluid Mechanics 3
EGR 3713 Engineering Economic Analysis 3
American History core   3
CE 3213 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CE 3413 Geotechnical Engineering and Applications 3
CE 4633 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
GEO 4023 Engineering Geology 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Fourth Year
CE 4123 Highway Engineering 3
CE 4313 Computer-Aided Design in Civil Engineering 3
CE 4543 Project Design and Construction Management 3
CE 4603 Water Resources Engineering 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
CE 4813 Civil Engineering Design 3
CE Technical elective   3
CE Technical elective   3
Creative Arts core   3
Students must take FE exam during this semtester  
  Total Credit Hours: 128.0


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