Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
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
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.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida will provide undergraduate students with strong, broad-based, engineering education which gives them the basic intellectual and organization skills that allow them to work with complex systems with technological, social and environmental components.
As many of the major's graduates begin work upon graduation in industry or with governmental organizations, the curriculum is designed to prepare students for these roles by requiring a number of courses in the various fields of civil engineering and by providing limited specialization in one given area. The curriculum is designed to encourage lifelong learning and to prepare students for undertaking advanced studies in engineering or in other professional areas.
Major Educational Objectives
The Civil Engineering major and curriculum of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are designed to meet the needs of all students within the context of the Major's Mission Statement. The Major Educational Objectives associated with the Major's Mission Statement are:
- Graduates, within 3-6 years after graduation, can obtain positions in both public and private organizations.
- Graduates, within 3 to 6 years after graduation, are continuing their professional development by extending their professional knowledge through independent learning, continuing education courses, conferences, workshops, short courses, graduate study and involvement in professional societies.
- Graduates, within 3 to 6 years after graduation, who are working in public or private organizations which encourage professional registration, will have made appropriate progress towards achieving that registration.
Please refer to the mission statement on the department website for additional information.
Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Civil Engineering Major
College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Civil Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses. Once admitted, the Department may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses which must be met before further registration in the Department is granted.
Minimum Admission Requirements for the Civil Engineering Department
- Completion of:
- Calculus I (MAC 2311 or MAC 2281) and Calculus II (MAC 2312 or MAC 2282) and Calculus III (MAC 2313 or MAC 2283)
- Calculus-based Physics I with Lab (PHY 2048 and PHY 2048L)
- Calculus-based Physics II with Lab (PHY 2049 and PHY 2049L)
- General Chemistry I with Lab (CHM 2045 and CHM 2045L) or (CHS 2440 and CHS 2440L)
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
- A minimum USF GPA of 2.0
Minimum Continuation Requirements for the Civil Engineering Department
Continuation requires a minimum grade of C- as well as a 2.5 GPA (based on best attempt) for the following courses:
GPA and Grade Requirements
Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in all BSCE required math, science, engineering, and specialization courses is a C- or higher. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.
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.
In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:
- All students must participate in mandatory advising prior to each term.
- All students must participate in department assessment activities and successfully complete an exit interview before graduating.
- All students must consider the advice of the Department to complete and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (F.E. Exam).
- All students must periodically provide writing samples as part of the department’s writing assessment program.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
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.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
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.
The following are transferable courses from a Florida College System institution that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:
Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302 or MAP X305
Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C orCHS 2440/CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers with LabCHS X440/X440LPHY 2048/PHY 2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048L
PHY 2049/PHY 2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L
Total Major Hours: 110 Hours
Major Core Courses - 110 Hours
Math and Science (27 credit hours)
- MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I or MAC 2311 Calculus I
- MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II or MAC 2312 Calculus II
- MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III or MAC 2313 Calculus III
- MAP 2302 Differential Equations or EGN 3433 Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems
- CHS 2440 General Chemistry for Engineers or CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory or CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- PHY 2048 General Physics I
- PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory
- PHY 2049 General Physics II
- PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory
Basic Engineering (26 credit hours)
- EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
- EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering lab
- GLY 3850 Geology for Engineers
- EGN 1113 Introduction to Design Graphics
- EGN 3321 Dynamics
- EGN 4453 Numerical and Computer Tools I in Civil & Environmental Engineering
- EGN 3331L Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
- EGN 3343 Thermodynamics
- EGN 3443 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
- EGN 3615 Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications
- EGN 3373 Introduction to Electrical Systems I
Continuation Courses (12 credit hours)
- EGN 3311 Statics
- EGN 3365 Materials Engineering
- EGN 3331 Mechanics of Materials
- EGN 3353 Basic Fluid Mechanics
Specialization (21 credit hours)
- EGN 4454 Numerical and Computer Tools II in Civil & Environmental Engineering
- ENV 4001 Environmental Systems Engineering
- TTE 4004 Transportation Engineering I
- CES 3102 Structures I
- CWR 4202 Hydraulics
- ENV 4004L Environmental/Hydraulics Engineering Lab
- CEG 4011 Geotechnical Engineering I
- CEG 4011L Geotechnical/Transportation Laboratory
- CGN 4122 Professional and Ethical Issues in Engineering
Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
- ENC 3246 Communications for Engineers (WRIN)
Capstone Design (3 credit hours)
- Structures/Materials/Geotechnical Track: CES 4750 Capstone Structural/Geotechnical/Material Design
- Geotechnical/Transportation Track: CEG 4850 Capstone Geotechnical/Transportation Design
- Environmental/Water Resources Track: CWR 4812 Capstone Water Resources/Environmental Design
Civil Engineering Track and Capstone Design Requirements (part of the Specialization course)
Civil Engineering students choose one of the three tracks listed below:
- 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
- Technical Elective (three credit hours total, from the approved list of courses)
- CES 4750 Capstone Structural/Geotechnical/Material Design
- Geotechnical/Transportation Track
- Environmental/Water Resources Track
Additional Major Information
All incoming freshman and transfer students must meet with one of the college advisors in the Engineering Student Services (ESS).
Engineering Student Services
Office: Engineering Building III (ENC) 1302
Phone: (813) 974-2684
Students who have completed the entrance requirements and are accepted into the major: http://www.usf.edu/engineering/cee/about-us/contact-us.aspx.
Chairperson: M. Gunaratne; Professors Emeriti: M. W. Anderson, W. Carpenter, R.P. Carnahan, S. Kranc; Distinguished University Professor: A.A. Sagüés; State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar: J. Mihelcic; Professors: R. Bertini, S. Ergas, M. Gunaratne, F. Mannering, J. Mihelcic, A.G. Mullins, M. Nachabe, M.A. Ross, A.A. Sagüés, R. Sen, A. Zayed; Associate Professors: J. Cunningham, Q. Lu, A. Pinjari, D. Simkins, A. Tejada, M. Trotz, D. Yeh, Q. Zhang, Y. Zhang; Assistant Professors: M. Arias, X. Li; Instructor: K. Nohra; M. Stokes; Courtesy Faculty: N. Albergo, B. Behzadi, J. Lu, S.E. Polzin, N. Poor, A. Stuart.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
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