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What is Civil Engineering?

(revised 11/2016)

In the exciting field of civil engineering, you not only create and maintain the infrastructure of modern industrialized society but you conceive, design, and construct magnificent structures, such as bridges, stadiums, treatment plants, highways, airports, and many more! Civil engineers are employed in technical and managerial positions in environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering by consulting firms, government agencies, and manufacturing companies.

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives, Student Learning Outcomes, Enrollment and Graduation Data

The Program Objectives, Outcomes, and Data are shown here.

Professional Engineering Licensure

As a civil engineer, it is important to obtain your professional engineer (PE) license. For structural engineers it is also important to obtain your structural engineer (SE) license. To help you along the road to your PE and SE, the Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, So by completing your degree with us and by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in your senior year, you will be on the road to earning your license. You can find information about registering for the exam in Illinois and Missouri on the NCEES website, and the ISPE website.

What does SIUE Civil Engineering have to offer you?

We offer a curriculum that provides you with a rigorous background in mathematics, physical science, and civil engineering that will prepare you for an entry-level position in industry or government or to pursue graduate study. We offer courses in environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering. Along with our new Engineering Annex Building nearing completion, we have state-of-the art facilities for conducting basic soil mechanics procedures such as soil classification, permeability, compaction, direct shear, and triaxial tests.

What courses will I take if I major in Civil Engineering?

A typical schedule is shown in the curriculum guide. On that page, please click on the Civil Engineering link.

You can download a flowchart showing prerequisites.

What is the minimum number of credit hours needed to receive my Bachelor's degree?

You need 126-128 credit hours to receive your civil engineering Bachelor's degree.

When and how do I declare my major?

Students interested in any of the majors offered by the School of Engineering should seek advisement from the School of Engineering when they initially enroll at SIUE and should declare a major as soon as possible. Students admitted to programs offered by the School of Engineering shall have met university admission requirements, successfully completed any required academic development and high school deficiency courses, completed MATH 120 - College Algebra (or high school equivalent) with a grade of C or better, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in any completed university coursework. Students with high school deficiencies, those with AD (academic development) requirements, and those starting in a mathematics course before MATH 150 - Calculus I, will require more than the eight academic semesters shown in this curriculum guide.

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