Civil engineering students are interested in how buildings are designed, how they stand up against the forces of nature, and how they are built. 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.

Program Objectives

The objectives of The University of Alabama bachelor of science in civil engineering (BSCE) and bachelor of science in construction engineering (BSConE) programs are 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 or construction engineering
  • synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve civil or construction engineering problems
  • demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in civil or construction engineering

Student Learning Outcomes

The BSCE and BSConE student learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:

Foundational Outcomes

  1. Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and one additional area of science.
  2. Explain the importance of
    1. humanities, literature and fine arts, and
    2. history and social behavior in the professional practice of civil or construction engineering.

Technical Outcomes

  1. Analyze and solve problems in material science and engineering mechanics.
  2. Select and conduct program-relevant civil or construction engineering experiments to meet a need, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
  3. Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, including: 
    • for the BSCE – problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
    • for the BSConE – problems in construction processes, communications, methods, materials, systems, equipment, planning, scheduling, safety, economics, accounting, cost analysis and control, decision analysis, and optimization
  4. Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on civil or construction engineering.
  5. Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems within civil or construction engineering.
  6. Design a system or process in more than one program-relevant civil or construction engineering specialty field to meet desired needs, including sustainability and within other realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and constructability.
  7. Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging program-relevant area of advanced specialization.

Professional Practice Outcomes

  1. Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal and ethical interests to determine an appropriate course of action.
  2. Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, graphical and virtual communications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction.
  4. 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.
  5. Explain the importance of licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, public administration, public policy and globalization as related to the professional practice of civil or construction engineering.

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.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 1211ENGR 1711
ENGR 103 or ART 1313MATH 1264
MATH 1254PH 1054
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 1014History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 2274AEM 2643
Approved natural science (N) elective 4MATH 2383
Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3PH 106 or CH 1024
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3313CE 3203
CE 3404CE 3663
CE 3503CE 3783
AEM 3113ECE 320 or ME 2163
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Senior (plan of study) electives9CE 401 or 4034
COM 1233Senior (plan of study) electives9
GES 2553Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 16
Total Hours: 124
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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.

2

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, and GEO 104 Hazardous Earth.

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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.

Students must take either CE 121 Intro Civil Constrctn Envir Eg or ENGR 111 Engineering for the Future (1 hour). Prerequisite for ENGR 111 Engineering for the Future is MATH 110 Finite Mathematics (so students are taking MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra or MATH 113 Precalculus Trigonometry or MATH 115 Precalc Algebra & Trig or Calculus or higher).

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.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center