Civil Engineering

major

Civil Engineering is the oldest and most diverse branch of engineering. In its broadest sense, the civil engineer adapts the physical features of the earth to the needs of society. Civil engineering engages approximately one out of four engineers.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

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Curriculum

Civil engineering includes the design and construction of bridges, buildings, dams, waterways, coastal protection works, airports, pipelines, space launching facilities, railroads, highways, sanitary systems, ocean structures and facilities, foundations, harbors, waterworks and many other systems and structures upon which modern civilization depends.

Department Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses marked below. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all civil engineering courses. Before graduating, all BSCE students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

The basic program provides the minimum education for practice. Beyond the bachelor's degree, advanced degrees are available in geosensing, transportation, water resources, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction, public works, civil engineering materials, and coastal and oceanographic engineering.

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in civil engineering will prepare graduates to

  • Meet the needs and expectations of civil engineering employers and proceed toward the attainment of a Professional Engineering (P.E.) license;
  • Continue their education and pursue advanced degrees if they so desire.

Goals

  • To develop civil engineering professionals with proficiency in the fundamentals of science and engineering;
  • To develop an understanding of the planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering projects;
  • To develop enhanced communication skills;
  • To develop an appreciation of professionalism and ethics in the practice of engineering.

Mission

The department strives to build upon a leading program of exceptional teaching, innovative research and dedicated service by maintaining a strong curriculum, a highly qualified and committed faculty, outstanding facilities and essential funding.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses (lower division)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses (lower division)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses (lower division)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete final lower division critical-tracking course and EGM 3400 with minimum grades of C
  • Complete EGM 3520 with minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Complete CGN 4806 or CGN 4910
  • Complete all remaining Civil Engineering required courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 1 3
EGN 2020C Engineering Design & Society 2
Select one: 3
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
Chemistry for Engineers 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 1 3
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
 Credits16
Semester Two
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 1 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 1 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
 Credits17
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical/Biological Science or Science Elective - Select one): 2 3
Special Topics (Climate Change Science and Solutions; Gen Ed Physical Sciences with International)
Special Topics (Energy and Society; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
Special Topics (Communities and Climate Change; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Special Topics (Unintended Consequences in the Environment; Gen Ed Physical Sciences with International)
Special Topics (Water for the Future; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Special Topics (Water for People and Nature; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Special Topics (Living with Rising Seas; Gen Ed Physical Sciences with Diversity)
Special Topics (Can Big Data Save the Earth?; Gen Ed Biological Sciences; 2000 words)
COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1 3
STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization 3
CGN 3710 Experimentation and Instrumentation in Civil Engineering 3
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 1 3
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences with International; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
CGN 3501C Civil Engineering Materials (Critical Tracking) 4
CGN 4160 Civil Engineering Practice 1 3
CGN 3510 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering 3
EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics (Critical Tracking) 1 2
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials (Critical Tracking) 1 3
Select one: 3
Building Information Modeling
Structural Modeling
Geographic Information Systems
Geomatics
GIS in Soil and Water Science
Survey of Planning Information Systems
 Credits18
Semester Six
CEG 4011 Soil Mechanics (Critical Tracking) 4
CES 3102 Mechanics of Engineering Structures (Critical Tracking) 1 4
CWR 3201 Hydrodynamics (Critical Tracking) 1 4
TTE 4004C Transportation Engineering 1 4
 Credits16
Semester Seven
CGN 3421 Computer Methods in Civil Engineering 3
EGS 4034 Engineering Ethics and Professionalism 1
Second-Level Core courses (Critical Tracking) 9
Approved Technical elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Eight
Second-Level Core course 3
CGN 4806
Transportation-Water-Materials Design (Critical Tracking)
or Structures-Geotechnical-Construction Comprehensive System Design
3
Approved Design elective 3
Approved Technical electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits128
1

Minimum grade of C required.

2

Science Elective Requirement:  Upper division transfer students exempt from the Quest 2 course requirement must select one of the following to meet the Science Elective Requirement:  BSC 2005, BSC 2010, BSC 2862, GEO 2242, GEO 3250, GLY 2030C, GLY 2038, OCE 1001, SWS 2007, WIS 2552.


Second-Level Core Classes

CEG 4012Geotechnical Engineering3
CES 4702Analysis and Design in Reinforced Concrete3
CWR 4202Hydraulics3
EIN 3354Engineering Economy3
TTE 4106Urban Transportation Planning3
or TTE 4824 Transportation Facility Design

Technical Electives

CCE 4015Civil Engineering Estimating3
CCE 4811Construction Engineering Design3
CEG 4104Retaining Wall and Embankment Design3
CEG 4111Foundation Engineering Design3
CES 4605Analysis and Design in Steel3
CGN 4600Public Works Engineering and Management Practices3
CWR 4306Urban Stormwater Systems Design3
CWR 4542Water Resources Engineering3
SUR 4463Subdivision Design3
TTE 4201Traffic Engineering3
TTE 4300Transportation Systems Analysis3
One technical class at 3000/4000 level from outside CE department in geology, environmental engineering, building construction/architecture or urban and regional planning (or other as approved by advisor)3

Design Electives | Select at Least One

CCE 4811Construction Engineering Design3
CEG 4104Retaining Wall and Embankment Design3
CEG 4111Foundation Engineering Design3
CES 4605Analysis and Design in Steel3
CGN 4503Pavement Design3
CWR 4306Urban Stormwater Systems Design3
SUR 4463Subdivision Design3
TTE 4201Traffic Engineering3

Civil engineering is the oldest and most diverse branch of engineering and includes the design and construction of bridges, buildings, dams, waterways, coastal protection works, airports, pipelines, space launching facilities, railroads, highways, sanitary systems, ocean structures and facilities, foundations, harbors, waterworks and many other systems and structures upon which modern civilization depends. In its broadest sense, the civil engineer adapts the physical features of the earth to the needs of society. Approximately one out of four engineers is engaged in civil engineering.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET EAC Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes, and Enrollment and Graduation Numbers can be found on the college website.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an assessment by two or more faculty and/or industry practitioners of performance on a major design experience.
  • Pass an assessment in two courses of individual assignments targeted to each learning outcome. Assessment will be provided by the instructor of the course according to department standards.
  • Complete the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
  • Complete an exit interview in your final semester.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to civil engineering problems.
  2. Conduct civil engineering experiments, analyzing and interpreting the data.

Critical Thinking

  1. Design a civil engineering system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.

Communication

  1. Communicate technical data and design information effectively in writing and in speech to other civil engineers.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
CEG 4011 A
CES 3102 A R
CES 4702 A A
CGN 3501C R R R
CGN 4806 A A
CGN 4910 A A
CWR 3201 A A
EGM 2511 I I
EGM 3520 R R
ENC 3254 I
PHY 2048L I
FE Exam A A
Exit, Employer Surveys A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Laboratory reports
  • Exams
  • Design projects
  • Presentations
  • Additional assessments include:
    • The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
    • The exit and employer surveys