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 100Intro to Engg Drawing & Design2
CAE 101Intro to AutoCAD Draw 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 323Intro to Geotechnical Engineer3
CAE 419Intro Transportation Engg/Dsgn3
CAE 431Steel Design3
CAE 432Concrete and Foundation Design3
CAE 457Geotechnical Foundation Dsgn3
CAE 470Constrctn Methods&Cost Estmg3
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 & Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Diff Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
Capstone Design Requirement (3)
CAE 495Capstone Senior Design3
Chemistry Requirement (4)
CHEM 124Princ of Chemistry I with Lab4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Intro to Comp Prgrm for Engrs2
or CS 105 Intro to Computer Programming
Engineering Course Requirements (9)
CAE 286Theory&Concpt of Struct Mechcs3
CAE 287Mechanics Structural Materials3
MMAE 305Dynamics3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours131

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

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 Engineers3
Intro Environmental Enginrng3
Water & Wastewater Engineering3
Intro Air Pollution Control3
Total Credit Hours9

Construction Engineering and Management

CAE 471Construction Plan & Scheduling3
CAE 472Construction Site Operation3
CAE 473Construction Contract Admin3
Total Credit Hours9

Geotechnical Engineering

CAE 401Hydraulics, Hydrology, & Appl3
CAE 415Pavement Design4
CAE 486Soil Site Improvement3
Total Credit Hours10

Structural Engineering

CAE 411Structural Analysis II3
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:6
Bridge Structural Design3
Intro to Wind/Earthquake Engg3
Experimental Anlys Structures3
Dsgn Masonry/Timber Structures3
Homeland Security Concerns3
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 Engrg Studies Design3
Pavement Design4
Faclty Dsgn Trnsprtn Syst3
Railroad Engineering & Design3
Probability Cncpt Ce Dsgn3
Total Credit Hours9