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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Course Descriptions | Program Educational Objectives | Student Outcomes

Degree Requirements | Historical Enrollment Data

At a Glanceā€¦

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.

Degree Accreditation

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.

Program Educational Objectives

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation. These are:

  1. Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    1. Rapidly acquire required knowledge.
    2. Lead others effectively.
    3. Effectively apply ethical and moral standards.
    4. Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills.
    5. Make sound decisions based on critical thinking.
    6. Communicate effectively.
  2. Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility.
  3. A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems.
  4. Success in continuing education.
  5. Success in contingency operations.

Student Outcomes

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.

Degree Requirements

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

Required Core Substitute

Substitutes for

Engr 311 - Electrical Power

Systems Option

Math 356 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Math 300

ECE 231 - Differential Equations with Circuit Applications I

ECE 315

Core Replacement

Replaces

Civ Engr 480 - Project Management and Contract Administration

Mgt 400

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)
Math 245 - Differential Equations
Civ Engr 330 - Elementary Structural Analysis
Civ Engr 351 - Civil Engineering Practices - Field Engineering
Civ Engr 361 - Fundamental Hydraulics
Civ Engr 362 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Civ Engr 372 - Behavior and Analysis of Structures
Civ Engr 373 - Behavior and Design of Steel Members
Civ Engr 390 - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
Civ Engr 474 - Behavior and Design of Concrete Members
Civ Engr 488 - Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
Civ Engr 405 - Civil Engineering Seminar
Design Option (6 semester hours)
Engineering Option
Basic Sci Option

Design Options (choose two from the following courses)

Civ Engr 463 Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
Civ Engr 464 Architectural Design
Civ Engr 467 Water Treatment Principles and Design
Civ Engr 468 Solid & Hazardous Waste Facilities Design
Civ Engr 469 Design of Air Pollution Controls
Civ Engr 473 Structural Design
Civ Engr 485 Construction Project Management
Civ Engr 491 Foundation Engineering
Civ Engr 492 Earth Structures: Embankments/Slopes/Buried Structures

Engineering Option

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

Department of Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics

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.

Civil Engineering Program Historical Enrollment

Cadet Year
Total Undergrad Enrolled
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
Class of
Enrolled
2013 - 2014
2017
3
2016
53
2015
42
2014
58
156
Class of 2014
56
2012 - 2013
2016
4
2015
42
2014
57
2013
70
173
Class of 2013
69
2011 - 2012
2015
2
2014
63
2013
69
2012
66
200
Class of 2012
64
2010 - 2011
2014
1
2013
76
2012
67
2011
48
192
Class of 2011
48
2009 - 2010
2013
0
2012
71
2011
51
2010
37
159
Class of 2010
37

 

 
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