Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering (CIVE) offers a complete undergraduate program to students on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses of the University of Nebraska (www.engineering.unl.edu/civil/). Curriculum requirements are nearly identical on both campuses. The goal is to prepare students for entry into the civil engineering profession immediately after graduation or to pursue graduate-level work. The program educational objectives of the University of Nebraska civil engineering undergraduate program are to prepare our graduates to:

  • apply their solid foundation in civil engineering toward the practice and to obtain an advanced-degree education toward a broad range of career choices;
  • perform technical analysis or design of a complex system, component or process as acting representative of governmental agencies, private consulting engineering firms, research organizations or industry;
  • explain engineering concepts accurately and effectively to inform technical and non-technical audiences using appropriate verbal, written, virtual and graphical means;
  • apply basic project management and business concepts and processes;
  • engage in lifelong learning to foster technical growth, ethical conduct, and the practice of professional communication, teamwork and leadership skills; and
  • obtain licensure in a profession, such as civil engineering, after the requisite number of years of practice.

 

As a professional discipline, civil engineering is closely related to the total human environment. In all professional endeavors, the civil engineer must consider ecological effects as well as the social, economic, and political needs of people.

 

The civil engineer designs systems to control and manage our water resources to provide electric power, agricultural irrigation, flood control, recreation, water supplies and wastewater treatment systems for our urban and industrial needs.  The civil engineer plans, designs, and constructs our transportation systems including highways, railroads, waterways, and airports to connect rural, urban, and industrial areas. The civil engineer also designs and constructs housing and facilities for recreational, industrial, and commercial complexes, which comprise the urban environment.

 

It is the responsibility of civil engineering to minimize air, water, and land pollution and protect the environment. Instructional emphasis is placed on fundamental engineering principles derived from mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science. These subjects provide a sound background for the subsequent introductory courses in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.


Students are introduced to design concepts in the freshman year. Design is incorporated throughout the curriculum which culminates in CIVE 489Senior Design Project. Instructional laboratories in environmental engineering, hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, structures, and surveying provide each student with an opportunity to learn, through individual participation, the operation of the testing equipment used to establish engineering design criteria and to monitor and model engineering facilities such as water and wastewater treatment plants, highway systems, river control systems, and structural systems.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

(Lincoln and Omaha campuses)

Students should apply for formal admission to the degree program after completing 43 credit hours toward the degree. See College of Engineering Admission Requirements.

Degree Requirements - 130 hours

First Semester

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CIVE 112Introduction to Civil Engineering

1 credit

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

ACE Elective*

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

ACE elective: Choose one course from each ACE Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5,6,7,8 and 9 elective courses.

Second Semester

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4 credits

CMST 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3 credits

Computer Aided Design

2 credits

ACE Elective*

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Computer Aided Design: AE 2250 or equivalent.

ACE elective: Choose one course from each ACE Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5,6,7,8 and 9 elective courses.

(CMST formally known as SPCH)

Third Semester

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4 credits

CIVE 221/CONE 2210Geometric Control Systems

3 credits

ENGL 3980Technical Writing Across the Disciplines

3 credits

MENG 2230Engineering Statics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

PHYS 2120: CHEM 1190 & CHEM 1194 is an acceptable substitute.

ENGL 3980: ENGR 3000 is acceptable substitute.

CIVE 221: CONE 2210 is acceptable substitute.

Fourth Semester

MATH 2350Differential Equations

3 credits

CIVE 361Highway Engineering

3 credits

MENG 3250Mechanics of Elastic Bodies

3 credits

MENG 3730Engineering Dynamics

3 credits

Professional Development Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15
Professional Development Elective:  The Department has a list of acceptable courses.

Fifth Semester

STAT 3800/STAT 8805Applied Engineering Probability and Statistics

3 credits

CIVE 310/MENG 3100Fluid Mechanics

3 credits

CIVE 319Hydraulics Laboratory

1 credit

CIVE 326Introduction to Environmental Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 327Environmental Engineering Laboratory

1 credit

CIVE 341Introduction to Structural Engineering

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Sixth Semester
CIVE 378Materials of Construction

3 credits

CIVE 334Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

4 credits

CIVE 352Introduction to Water Resources Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 385Professional Practice and Management in Civil Engineering

3 credits

CIVE Technical Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Technical elective:  The department has a list of acceptable courses.

Seventh Semester

Science Elective**

4 credits

Technical Elective*

3 credits

CIVE Design electives

6 credits

ACE Elective*

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

ACE Elective: Choose one course from each ACE Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 elective courses.

Eighth Semester

CIVE 489Senior Design Project

3 credits

Design Elective

3 credits

Technical Electives*

6 credits

ACE Electives

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

ACE Elective: Choose one course from each ACE Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5,6,7,8 and 9 elective courses.

CIVE Design Electives

CIVE Design Electives:  Nine (9) credits must be taken from courses designated as Design Electives.  CIVE Design electives must be taken from at least two sub-disciplines.
CIVE 419/CIVE 819Flow Systems Design

3 credits

CIVE 425Process Design in Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment

3 credits

CIVE 426/CIVE 826Design of Water Treatment Facilities

3 credits

CIVE 427/CIVE 827Design of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Facilities

3 credits

CIVE 436/CIVE 836Foundation Engineering

3 - 4 credits

CIVE 440/CIVE 840Reinforced Concrete Design I

3 credits

CIVE 441Steel Design I

3 credits

CIVE 452/CIVE 852Water Resources Development

3 credits

CIVE 462/CIVE 862Highway Design

3 credits

CIVE 463/CIVE 863Traffic Engineering

3 credits

Civil Engineering Technical Electives

Technical Electives: Technical electives will be selected by the student in consultation with his/her adviser to formulate a coherent program in civil engineering. Two technical electives (up to six credits) can be taken from MENG-2000, ELEC-2110, CONE-2060 or any approved course in science, mathematics, or other engineering areas approved by the department. The department has an approved list.
CIVE 421/CIVE 821Hazardous Waste Management and Treatment

3 credits

CIVE 422/CIVE 822Pollution Prevention: Principles and Practices

3 credits

CIVE 424/CIVE 824Solid Waste Management Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 430/CIVE 830Fundamentals of Water Quality Modeling

3 credits

CIVE 431/CIVE 831Small Treatment Systems

3 credits

CIVE 432Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes

3 credits

CIVE 434/CIVE 834Soil Mechanics II

3 credits

CIVE 439/CIVE 839Introduction to Bridge Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 443Structural Analysis

3 credits

CIVE 444/CIVE 844Structural Design and Planning

3 credits

CIVE 446/CIVE 846Steel Design II

3 credits

CIVE 447/CIVE 847Reinforced Concrete II

3 credits

CIVE 451/CIVE 851Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

3 credits

CIVE 452/CIVE 852Water Resources Development

3 credits

CIVE 454/CIVE 854Hydraulic Engineering

3 - 4 credits

CIVE 455/CIVE 855Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 456/CIVE 856Surface Water Hydrology

3 credits

CIVE 458/CIVE 858Ground Water Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 459Reliability of Structures

3 credits

CIVE 461/CIVE 861Urban Transportation Planning

3 credits

CIVE 463/CIVE 863Traffic Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 468/CIVE 868Airport Planning and Design

3 credits

CIVE 469/CIVE 869Computer-Aided Interchange Design

3 credits

CIVE 472/CIVE 872Pavement Design and Evaluation

3 credits

CIVE 475Water Quality Strategy

3 credits

CIVE 481/CIVE 881Computational Problem Solving in Civil Engineering

3 credits

CIVE 498/CIVE 898Special Topics in Civil Engineering

1 - 6 credits

For more information…

Call 402-554-2462 or visit www.engineering.unl.edu/civil/