B.S. in Civil Engineering

The demand for civil engineers educated in the fields of airports, transportation, aviation and aerospace planning, and analysis and design is strong and is expected to grow rapidly in the future. Air and ground transportation systems have substantially expanded in the last few years and are expected to continue to grow at an increasing pace. Space utilization and exploration initiatives are certain to produce further demand for civil engineers with aerospace interests. The Civil Engineering program at Embry-Riddle is uniquely designed to produce graduates with the types of skills and experiences that employers in these lucrative fields find highly desirable.

Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will leave the University with an understanding of the classical areas of civil engineering with emphasis on transportation, geotechnical, environmental, and structural design in aviation and aerospace fields developed through a carefully planned series of courses and laboratories. Small class size and personal attention allow the interjection of practical interdisciplinary design projects throughout the curriculum. The Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives are:

In a few years after graduation, Civil Engineering alumni are expected to have successful engineering careers as productive members or leaders within teams, or organizations, or as independent entrepreneurs, or will be engaged in advanced studies. As creative thinkers and practical problem solvers they will have contributed to finding solutions to civil, aerospace, or aviation design and construction projects to the betterment of modern society.

Furthermore, Civil Engineering alumni are expected to be responsible and ethical members of society and the engineering profession and to pursue professional licensure and personal development through continuing education and active participation in professional organizations.

The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Admission Requirements

To enter this program, students should have demonstrated competence in mathematics, physics, and chemistry in high school. They should be prepared to enter Calculus I, having demonstrated proficiency in algebra and trigonometry. Students who wish to strengthen their background in mathematics and physical science should consult the program chair for guidance before enrolling in the prescribed courses.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours. The program may be completed in eight regular semesters, assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed for all required CIV, AE, EE, EGR, and ES courses, including engineering electives.

Suggested Program of Study

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

See the Common Year One outline in the Engineering Fundamentals Program Introduction.

Year One
See the Common Year One outline in the College of Engineering introduction. 32
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Two
CIV 140 Engineering Measurements 1
CIV 140L Engineering Measurements Laboratory 1
CIV 222 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 107 Elements of Biological Science 3
PS 107L Biological Science Laboratory 1
PS 139 Principles of Chemistry 3
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Three
CIV 304 Structural Analysis 3
CIV 307 Civil Engineering Materials I 3
CIV 307L Civil Engineering Materials I Laboratory 1
CIV 311 Introduction to Transportation Engineering 3
CIV 320 Soil Mechanics 3
CIV 320L Soil Mechanics Laboratory 1
Civil Structures Elective 3
COM 219 Speech 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
Civil Environmental Engineering Elective 3
Civil Transportation Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Four
CIV 316 Hydraulics 3
CIV 470 Senior Project Preliminary Design 1
CIV 480 Senior Project Final Design 2
CIV 490 The Civil Engineering Profession 1
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I 2
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
Civil Geotechnical Elective 3
Civil Engineering Electives 9
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Technical Electives 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128.0
Civil Transportation Electives
CIV 330Computer Applications in Transportation2
CIV 447Airport Design I3
CIV 457Airport Design II3
Civil Structures Electives
CIV 431Reinforced Concrete Design3
CIV 432Structural Steel Design3
Civil Geotechnical Electives
CIV 421Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering3
CIV 422Design of Pavement Structures3
CIV 424Rehabilitation of Pavement Structures3
Civil Environmental Electives
See Advisor for course selection. CIV 1-4(99)1-6
Technical Electives
All CIV courses are acceptable. Other courses are to be selected from an approved list of courses maintained by the Civil Engineering program coordinator.
Up to 3 credits of Co-operative education may be used as Technical elective credits with department or Co-op advisor approval.