Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Civil Engineering (ECE)

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

8 Semester Plan

131 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 14.0801

College of Engineering


Major Description

Civil engineers will be entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life. Civil engineers will serve as master: planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine, the built environment (i.e., infrastructure); innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors; managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats; stewards of the natural environment and its resources; and, leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students should complete the prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the University. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade.

Students qualify for direct entry to their intended department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all of the other admissions requirements of the University and College.

Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

The following are transferable courses from a Florida College System institution that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:


Courses at USF Courses at a Florida College System Institution
MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I MAC X311 or MAC X281
MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II MAC X312 or MAC X282
MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III MAC X313 or MAC X283
MAP 2302 Differential Equations MAP X302 or MAP X305

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USF Courses at a Florida College System Institution
CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with Lab CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or
CHS 2440/2440L General Chemistry for Engineers with lab CHS X440/X440L
PHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with Lab PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C
PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with Lab PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C

Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university, as well as the qualitative standards required.

Total Major Hours: 113 Hours

Major Core Courses - 98 Hours

Civil Engineering Track AND CAPSTONE DESIGN Requirements

Civil Engineering students take one of the 3 tracks next listed:

Structures/Materials/Geotechnical Track

  • CES 4702 Concepts of Concrete Design
  • CES 4605 Concepts of Steel Design
  • CGN 4851 Concrete Construction Materials
  • CEG 4012 Geotechnical Engineering II or TTE 4005 Transportation Engineering II
  • XXX XXXX Technical Elective
  • CES 4750 Capstone Structures/Materials/Geotechnical Design

Geotechnical/Transportation Track

  • CGN 4851 Concrete Construction Materials
  • CEG 4012 Geotechnical Engineering II
  • TTE 4005 Transportation Engineering II
  • XXX XXXX Technical Elective
  • XXX XXXX Technical Elective
  • CEG 4850 Capstone Geotechnical/Transportation Design

Environmental/Water Resources Track

  • ENV 4417 Water Quality and Treatment
  • CWR 4540 Water Resources Engineering I
  • CEG 4012 Geotechnical Engineering II or TTE 4005 Transportation Engineering II
  • XXX XXXX Technical Elective
  • XXX XXXX Technical Elective
  • CWR 4812 Capstone Water Resources/Environmental Design

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

  • 15 hours of Department Upper-Level Electives (CE Concentration Elective)

The Program supports the following technical elective courses:

**Please see academic advisor for selected special topics courses.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Required Prerequisites for Entering Engineering Programs/Majors

Students who have met the College of Engineering’s admission requirements carry a major code of ”Engineering” or “Pre-Information Technology” until they have completed the prerequisite requirements for departmental admission. (Please see below for departmental admissions requirements.) Students who have fully met the admission requirements for their intended major, and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in one of the following bachelor’s degree programs: Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Information Technology. The College of Engineering is not accepting new students for the four year Bachelor of Science program in Information Systems at this time. Departmental admissions requirements vary by program. Students considering transferring to USF should familiarize themselves with the requirements for their intended department as early as possible.

Students admitted to the University of South Florida and the College of Engineering must qualify for the program of their choice by successfully meeting the requirements below. Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in math and science prerequisites is a grade of C or higher (C- is insufficient).

Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental Engineering courses. Once admitted, individual departments may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses for the discipline which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  1. Completion of:
  2. A 2.3 GPA (based on best attempt) in these prerequisites
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  4. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

In addition to designated common coursework in engineering mechanics, civil, and environmental engineering, students undertake a concentration of 15 hours of coursework plus a 3-hour capstone design course and a 1 hour Professional and Ethical Issues in Engineering.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Continuation in the Civil & Environmental Engineering program requires a minimum grade of C- as well as a 2.5 GPA (based on best attempt) over the following courses:

Major State Communication and Computation Requirement (formerly Gordon Rule)

Gordon Rule (6A) is fully met through the mathematics courses required for the major, ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC 3246 and by selecting one technical or general education elective that is an approved 6A communication course or by completing an AA degree at a Florida College System institution.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

Foundations of Learning and Knowledge Core Curriculum: The math and science courses required for this major fully meet the math and science requirements of the FKL core curriculum. Students in the College of Engineering are exempt from the "Life Science" requirement.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

The writing intensive and capstone design exit requirements are fully met through ENC3246 and a Capstone Design Course.

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