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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jul 24, 2024
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Civil Engineering, BSE

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Students will explain basic concepts in management, business and public policy.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Students will recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning, and explain the importance of professional licensure.
  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Students will explain basic concepts in leadership. 

Academic Standards

Entrance Requirements

See College of Engineering and Computing for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

Program GPA

Program GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Program GPA for the Civil Engineering B.S.E. program: all Civil Engineering Lower Division courses, all Civil Engineering Major courses and all courses used to satisfy an ECIV Laboratory Elective, ECIV Distribution Elective, and ECIV Elective.

Professional Development Requirement

This requirement is satisfied by completing one or more program-accepted Carolina Core courses for CMS and VSR, by ENGL 462, ENGL 463, PHIL 323, PHIL 324, or SPCH 230.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Civil Engineering, BSE

Degree Requirements (130-144 hours)

  1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)
  2. College Requirements (0 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (71-73 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (25 hours)

1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (8 hours) 

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Scientific Literacy — SCI (8 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (0-3 hours)

Select from the following:

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

Select from the following:

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours for this program must add up to a minimum of 34 hours.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (71-73 hours)

Supporting Courses (71-73 hours)

Foundational Courses (17 hours)

Lower Division Engineering (19-21 hours)

ECIV Laboratory Courses (2 hours): Select two of the following:

ECIV Distribution Courses (12 hours): Select one course from four of the following five areas:  

ECIV Elective Courses  (12 hours)

  • Four ECIV electives selected from ECIV courses 300-level and above 

Science Electives (3 hours)

Engineering, Science, or Mathematics (ESM) Electives (6 hours)