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CIVIL ENGINEERING

Civil engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing many interdependent technical specialties. As an Air Force civil engineering officer you might find yourself responsible for the sustainable construction and maintenance of facilities; mechanical, electrical and waste disposal systems; hazardous waste management; runways and roads. Within these areas, you’ll perform tasks like technical design, project planning and programming and possibly managing the maintenance workforce of civilian and military personnel.

Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, a deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes, sustainable development and community planning. They use state-of-the-art computer methods in design, construction, project scheduling and cost control.

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 major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

We immerse our cadets in challenging, yet rewarding courses that are complemented by hands-on experiences in surveying, construction methods, and construction materials at the Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL). This lab also provides the leadership skills, motivation, and technical competence needed to be future leaders in the Air Force.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 32E – Civil Engineer
  • 62E – Developmental Engineer
Outside the Air Force
  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Construction Engineer

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Sustainability and Green Engineering
  • Structural Design
  • Earth Structures
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Project Management
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Com Sci 110
English 111
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Biology 215
Chem 200/Physics 215
Civ Engr 330
Econ 201
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Law 220
Math 243
Math 245
MSS 251
Aero Engr 315
Civ Engr 361
Civ Engr 362
Civ Engr 372
Civ Engr 390
ECE 315
Engr 311
Engr Option
History 300
Pol Sci 211
Structural Design Opt
Adv Sociocultural Opt
Astro Engr 310
Basic Science Opt
Civ Engr 461
Civ Engr 480
Civ Engr 488
Design Option 1
Design Option 2
Math 356
Philos 310
Soc Sci 311

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Civil Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Civil Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
Class Enrolled Graduated
2020 43
2019 42
2018 36
2017 44 44
2016 41 41
2015 41 41
2014 56 56
CONTACT US

Maj Kim Kays
Executive Officer and Assistant Professor
kimberly.kays@usafa.edu
(719) 333-9117

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