Civil engineering students are interested in how buildings are designed, how they are built and how they stand up against the forces of nature. They are concerned about the environment and how to provide clean water and improve air quality. They want to be part of the solution for traffic congestion and improve how to move people and goods locally, nationally and globally. They want to better protect people, their belongings, their homes and businesses from natural disasters and help to create a sustainable and resilient future through creative and technical solutions.
The objectives of The University of Alabama Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is to graduate students who are in demand by employers and graduate programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their abilities to:
- apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences in the professional practice of civil engineering
- synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve civil engineering problems
- demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in civil engineering
Student learning Outcomes
The BSCE student learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:
- Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science
- Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior
- Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials
- Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
- Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, including problems in – environmental, water resources, transportation, structural, construction, and geotechnical
- Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice
- Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems
- Design a system or process in more than one area within the discipline to meet desired needs, including sustainability, and within other realistic constraints such as: environmental, economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety and constructability
- Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of area of advanced specialization within the discipline
Professional Practice Outcomes
- Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal and ethical interests, and determine an appropriate course of action
- Organize and deliver effective written, verbal and graphic communications
- Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction
- Demonstrate attributes supportive of the professional practice of engineering; apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group to solve a relatively constrained problem; and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to solve open-ended engineering problems
- Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law and globalization
All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.
Civil Engineering Curriculum
Senior plan of study electives must be CE courses numbered 400 or above or other approved electives. Other courses may be approved by petition. At least six hours of the senior electives must be design-designated (D) courses. In addition, not more than two senior electives may be professional practice (P) courses, including any non-civil engineering courses. See the department for a list of approved senior design electives, including approved design-designated (D), professional practice (P) and general technical (G) electives.
|CE 121||1||ENGR 171||1|
|ENGR 103||3||MATH 126 or 146||4|
|MATH 125 or 145||4||PH 105 or 125||4|
|EN 101||3||EN 102||3|
|CH 101 or 117||4||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|CE 260||2||CE 262||3|
|AEM 201||3||AEM 250||3|
|MATH 227||4||AEM 264||3|
|Approved natural science (N) elective||4||MATH 238||3|
|GES 255||3||PH 106 or PH 126 or CH 102 or CH 118||4|
|CE 331||3||CE 320||3|
|CE 340||4||CE 366||3|
|CE 350||3||CE 378||3|
|AEM 311||3||ECE 320 or ME 216||3|
|History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|Senior (plan of study) electives||9||CE 401 or 403||4|
|COM 123||3||Senior (plan of study) electives||9|
|Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3||Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3|
|Total Hours: 124|
A six-hour sequence in either HI/SB or HU/L/FA core classes is required. Students are encouraged to consider EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics as an SB, CE 220 Society Infrastruct & Environm as an SB, and/or a foreign language as an HU.
Approved natural science (N) electives include: CH 102 General Chemistry, BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I /BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I, GEO 101 The Dynamic Earth, GEO 102 The Earth Through Time, GEO 105 Sustainable Earth, GY 101 Atmospheric Proc & Patterns, GY 102 Earth Surface Processes, GY 207 Field Studies in Water and Climate.
Senior (plan of study) electives must be CE courses numbered 400 or above or other approved electives. Other courses may be approved by petition. At least six hours of the senior electives must be design-designated (D) courses. In addition, not more than two senior electives may professional practice (P) courses, including any non-civil engineering courses. See the department list for a list of approved senior design electives, including approved design-designated (D), professional practice (P), and general technical (G) electives.
Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the department website and message boards.
Civil engineering provides a broad spectrum of career opportunities including water resources engineer, structural engineer, transportation engineer, environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer, construction engineer, site or urban planning engineer and architectural engineer. In addition, civil engineering graduates can use their technical knowledge and skills for entry into other professions such as medicine or law.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Graduates are design engineers and field engineers. They work in engineering sales and technical support. From small local firms to large multi-national firms, from specialty consulting to full-service design-build, from industry to government to public service, graduates accept offers from many different types of employers. Many get graduate degrees in civil or environmental engineering or go on to medical or law school.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Civil engineers often become community leaders. Understanding the built environment and how to make cities and structures more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, alumni are well positioned to lead society in resolving many of the issues important to the future. Graduates often own design firms, move into corporate management, become civic leaders through state and federal public service, become research and development engineers and are entrepreneurs in business development.