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2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

Civil Engineering Supplemental Information


Civil Engineering Technical Electives (30 credits)


30 credits of Technical Electives required
 - 21 credits must come from CE designated courses
 - 9 credits may come from a combination of courses that are not CE-designated but have been approved for technical elective credit and from additional CE-designated courses.

Breadth (B) Required Courses - At least four (4) courses must be completed, guaranteeing sufficient breadth of study in at least four of the emphasis areas.
Design Content (D) Required Courses - At least three (3) courses must be completed guaranteeing sufficient design content.

*Completing four courses from a single CE area of emphasis does not meet this requirement.

1.) Total credit requirement: CE students must complete thirty (30) credits of technical electives. The technical elective plan of study must be consistent with career objectives. For instance, one can elect to emphasize a particular area of civil engineering by taking several courses in that area, or one can choose a general program in civil engineering by taking courses in several emphasis areas.

2.) Minimum CE credit requirement and associated rules: A minimum of twenty-one (21) credits of technical electives must come from CE-designated courses. The remaining nine (9) credit hours required may come from a combination of courses that are not CE-designated but have been approved for technical elective credit and from additional CE-designated courses. See below for details regarding approved technical electives that are not CE-designated courses. All technical electives must be selected in support of the career objectives of the student and be approved by the advisor.

3.) Breadth requirement:  (B) At least four (4) courses must be completed, guaranteeing sufficient breadth of study in at least four of the emphasis areas.

4.) Design content requirement:  (D) At least three (3) courses must be completed guaranteeing sufficient design content.

5.) Sequence requirement: A sequence is defined as a minimum of two (2) technical elective courses from a given CE emphasis area. Each student must complete at least two (2) such sequences of technical electives. (CEM and EEE courses may be used to satisfy the sequence requirement for technical electives in the areas of Construction Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, and Environmental Engineering, respectively. No other non-CE courses may be used to satisfy the sequence requirement.)

6.) CE Variable title courses:  CE 49700 and CE 59700 variable title courses are generally allowed for CE technical electives but require approval from your advisor.  Maximum of 6.0 credits of the following variable title courses:  CE 49900 Independent research (maximum 3.0 credits), CE 49700 Independent study courses that require instructor permission (maximum 6.0 credits), CE 49700 Short term study abroad variable titled course (maximum 3.0 credits)

7.) All technical elective courses must be taken for a grade. 

Note: Completing four courses from a single CE area of emphasis does not meet this requirement. The emphasis areas must be distinct. Certain non-CE designated courses may be used in satisfying this requirement (see Technical Elective Policies for non-Civil Engineering Courses below.)

Civil Engineering Technical Elective Courses by Area


Technical Elective Policies for non-Civil Engineering Courses


Students in the School of Civil Engineering are encouraged to choose technical electives that are consistent with their career objectives. In many cases, this can involve courses that are offered outside of the School. The purpose of the policies below is to provide general criteria for appropriate technical elective courses offered by other departments.

Pre-Approved Non-CE Technical Electives


See exceptions to the approved courses in the No Count list below.

Technical Elective No Count List


  • All courses outside of Civil Engineering having the Coop or Internship course attribute or associated with cooperative education, internships, industrial practice, etc. are not eligible to be considered as technical electives.
  • Courses not included in the approved courses list - A student may send a written request to the CE Undergraduate Office to initiate the process to have a specific course considered for technical elective credit.