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.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the University of Alabama’s Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCivE), program is to have graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are in demand and lead fulfilling professional careers, in their chosen area of professional practice, through their demonstrated abilities to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences; and
  2. Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems; and
  3. Employ their professional practice skills.

Student Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the BSCivE, program, will be able to:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to require and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.

Civil Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 121 or ENGR 1111ENGR 1711
ENGR 103 or 1233MATH 126 or 1464
MATH 125 or 1454PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 100, 101, or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 2643
Approved natural science (N) elective 24MATH 2383
GES 2553PH 106, 126, CH 102, or CH 1184
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3313CE 3203
CE 3404CE 3663
CE 3503CE 3783
AEM 3113ECE 320, ME 215, or ME 2163
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Senior (plan of study) electives39CE 401 or 4034
COM 123 or 1243Senior (plan of study) electives39
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43
 15 16
Total Hours: 124

The College of Engineering requires a grade of "C-" or better be earned in all courses that are a pre-requisite to classes used to fulfill degree requirements. If a grade lower than "C-" is received in a course that is a pre-requisite, that course must be repeated and a grade of "C-" or higher must be earned before enrolling in the subsequent course.

Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the department website.

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