Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
At a Glance…
Civil engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing many interdependent technical specialties. As a civil engineer, you plan, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of facilities such as space stations and launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, irrigation projects, distribution facilities for water, and collection and treatment facilities for wastewater and hazardous wastes. You will use technology's newest applications. Civil engineers are leading users of state-of-the art computer methods in design, construction, project scheduling, and cost control. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, a deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes, sustainable development, and community planning. As you develop your skills, you can move into engineering management, oversee the completion of entire projects, and work closely with architects, owners, contractors, government officials, and others involved in all aspects of construction.
The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Upon graduation you earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a BSCE. A graduate with a Civil Engineering degree is eligible for a variety of Air Force Specialties, to include civil engineer, general engineer, bioenvironmental engineer, developmental engineer, or rated (flying) Air Force Specialty Code.
To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation. These are:
The foundation that prepares graduates for attaining the Program Educational Objectives is provided by Student Outcomes. Student Outcomes describe what students must attain prior to graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These Student Outcomes are:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) 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.
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) an ability to communicate effectively.
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Incorporated within these outcomes, civil engineering majors must demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental concepts of civil engineering commonly applied to solve the types of complex, multidisciplinary problems they will face as Air Force civil engineers. In addition, graduates must also demonstrate design competence that includes integration of construction processes.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering requires 146 semester hours, broken down as follows:
Dean of Faculty Academic Core Courses (96 semester hours), including the following core substitutes
Director of Athletics Core Courses (5 semester hours)
Major's Courses (45 semester hours)
Math 243 - Calculus III or (Math 253, Math 344, Math 359)
Design Options (choose two from the following courses)
Civ Engr 463 Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
Any course of at least three semester hours taught by the Engineering Division that has not been used to satisfy another curriculum requirement.
Basic Science Option
Any course taught by the departments listed below
Additionally, Geo 351 (Introduction to Physical Geography) or Meteor 320 (Introduction to Meteorology and Aviation Weather) can satisfy the Basic Science Option.
Note: Although the Department of Computer Science is part of the Basic Sciences Division, Computer Science courses cannot be taken to fulfill the Basic Science Option.