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 areas 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 infrastructure, 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 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 professional courses, classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory practice, including the study of materials, structural engineering, fluid mechanics and 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 and water resources engineering, and construction management.

Students may choose a professional specialization as described on the following pages, or one of many 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 (48)
CAE 100Intro to Engg Drawing & Design2
CAE 101Intro to AutoCAD Draw Design2
CAE 105Surveying3
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 312Engineering Systems Analysis3
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 496FE Exam Prep 10
ENVE 401Introduction to Water Resource3
CAE Technical Electives (9)
Select 9 credit hours 29
CAE Additional Science Requirement (3)
ENVE 201Earth Environ Sci 33
or CAE 221 Engineering Geology
or BIOL 105 Introduction to Biology
or PHYS 360 Introduction to Astrophysics
Mathematics Requirements (18)
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
1

All civil engineering students are required to register for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) throughout the year. 

2

All technical electives must be CAE, ENVE, or EG courses at the 400-level or above. A maximum of one EG course can be used as a CAEE technical elective.

3

Students are encouraged to take ENVE 201 but other listed additional science electives are acceptable with advisor approval. 

 

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 2863CAE 2873
ENVE 201, CAE 221, BIOL 105, or PHYS 36013CAE 3123
PHYS 2214MMAE 3053
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 3023CAE 3073
CAE 3033CAE 3233
CAE 3043ENVE 4013
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 4960
CAE 4703CAEE Technical Elective23
CAEE Technical Elective23CAEE Technical Elective23
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 18 15
Total Credit Hours: 131
1

Students are encouraged to take ENVE 201 but other listed additional science electives are acceptable with advisor approval. 

2

All technical electives must be CAE, ENVE, or EG courses at the 400-level or above. A maximum of one EG course can be used as a CAEE technical elective.

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 register for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) throughout the year. 

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.

Environmental Engineering

Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9
Intro Geographic Info Syst3
Introduction to Environmental3
Occup Environ Health Safety3
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
Faclty Dsgn Trnsprtn Syst3
Railroad Engineering & Design3
Homeland Security Concerns3
Intro Geographic Info Syst3
Total Credit Hours9