Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The objective of the civil engineering program is to prepare graduates to enter and be successful in the civil engineering profession. Graduates are expected to become licensed professional engineers, and to reach responsible positions in a wide range of professional settings, including consulting firms, industry, or government. This program will prepare students to begin and successfully complete graduate studies in engineering and/or post-baccalaureate education in a professional degree program. The civil engineering program provides breadth in core sub-disciplines and depth in at least one area of specialization.This degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Civil engineering is the original of the engineering disciplines. With the increase in population, the growing complexity of industries, and changing urban centers, the civil engineer’s task—applying science to the control and utilization of the environment for the total benefit of mankind—represents a challenge unsurpassed in all of engineering. 

The civil engineer often is confronted with conditions so variable and complex that they cannot be precisely defined by science and mathematics. Therefore, a knowledge of the arts and social sciences, as well as the physical sciences, is essential. In addition, because civil engineering requires overall planning of very large projects whose components involve many other disciplines, it is also necessary to have knowledge of management techniques. The goal of the civil engineering program is to provide an education that enables graduates to make far-reaching decisions that draw not only from technical knowledge but also from integrity and judgment.

In the professional courses, classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory practice, including the study of materials, structural engineering, hydraulics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and surveying. The principal functional areas that are considered sub-divisions of civil engineering are structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, and construction management.

Students may choose a professional specialization as described on the following pages, or one of the following minors: Air Force Aerospace Studies, Military Science, Naval Science, and other approved minors.

Architecture students who plan to pursue a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering degree should take the following courses:

CAE 303Structural Design I3
CAE 304Structural Analysis I3
CAE 307Structural Design II3
CAE 431Steel Design3
CAE 432Concrete and Foundation Design3

Students should consult the Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering curriculum for additional details.

Required Courses

Civil Engineering Requirements (42)
CAE 100Introduction to Engineering Drawing and Design2
CAE 101Introduction to AutoCAD Drawing and Design2
CAE 105Geodetic Science3
CAE 110Professional Practice I1
CAE 111Professional Practice II1
CAE 302Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics3
CAE 303Structural Design I3
CAE 304Structural Analysis I3
CAE 307Structural Design II3
CAE 315Materials of Construction3
CAE 323Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering3
CAE 419Introduction to Transportation Engineering and Design3
CAE 431Steel Design3
CAE 432Concrete and Foundation Design3
CAE 457Geotechnical Foundation Design3
CAE 470Construction Methods and Cost Estimating3
CAE Technical Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours. 112
CAE Additional Science Requirement (3)
CAE 221Engineering Geology3
Mathematics Requirements (21)
CAE 312Engineering Systems Analysis3
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Capstone Design Requirement (3)
CAE 495Capstone Senior Design3
Chemistry Requirement (4)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
or CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming
Engineering Course Requirements (9)
CAE 286Theory and Concept of Structural Mechanics3
CAE 287Mechanics of Structural Materials3
MMAE 305Dynamics3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours131
1

All technical electives must be CAE or EG courses at the 400-level or above.

All civil engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the State of Illinois multiple times during the year. Students should contact the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering for information concerning this examination. 

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 1002CAE 1012
CAE 1101CAE 1111
CAE 1053MATH 1525
MATH 1515CS 104 or 1052
CHEM 1244PHYS 1234
Humanities 200-level Course3Social Sciences Elective3
 18 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 2514MATH 2524
CAE 2863MMAE 3053
CAE 2213CAE 2873
PHYS 2214CAE 3123
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 3023CAE 3073
CAE 3033CAE 3233
CAE 3043CAE Technical Elective13
CAE 3153IPRO Elective II3
IPRO Elective I3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 4193CAE 4323
CAE 4313CAE 4953
CAE 4573CAE Technical Elective13
CAE 4703CAE Technical Elective13
CAE Technical Elective13Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3 
 18 15
Total Credit Hours: 131
1

All technical electives must be CAE or EG courses at the 400-level or above.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

All civil engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the State of Illinois multiple times during the year. Students should contact the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering for information concerning this examination.

Professional Specializations in Civil Engineering

Students who select an area of specialization must take a minimum of nine credit hours from the following technical electives listed under the respective area of specialization.

Three additional credit hours may be any 400-level CAE course taken with prior approval of the student’s adviser and chair.

Civil-Environmental Engineering

Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9
Statistical Tools for Engineers3
Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
Water and Wastewater Engineering3
Introduction to Air Pollution Control3
Total Credit Hours9

Construction Engineering and Management

CAE 471Construction Planning and Scheduling3
CAE 472Construction Site Operation3
CAE 473Construction Contract Administration3
Total Credit Hours9

Geotechnical Engineering

CAE 401Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Their Applications3
CAE 415Pavement Design, Construction and Maintenance4
CAE 486Soil and Site Improvement3
Total Credit Hours10

Structural Engineering

CAE 411Structural Analysis II3
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:6
Bridge and Structural Design3
Introduction to Wind and Earthquake Engineering3
Experimental Analysis of Structures3
Design of Masonry and Timber Structures3
Homeland Security Concerns in Engineering Systems3
Other 400- or 500-level courses may be used towards the specialization with the prior approval of the student's adviser.
3
Total Credit Hours9

Transportation Engineering

Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9
Traffic Engineering Studies and Design3
Pavement Design, Construction and Maintenance4
Facility Design of Transportation Systems3
Railroad Engineering and Design3
Probability Concepts in Civil Engineering Design3
Total Credit Hours9