Civil Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of the Program

Civil engineering includes a wide variety of technological areas, including construction, geotechnical, hydro-technical, structural, transportation, and water and environmental engineering. Civil engineers work with problems that directly impact the health and economic vitality of people and communities. These problems include waste disposal, environmental pollution, transportation systems analysis and design, water resource development, and the design, construction, and rehabilitation of constructed facilities such as dams, bridges, buildings, and highways.

The goal of the undergraduate curriculum in civil engineering is to prepare graduate civil engineers to meet the present and the future infrastructural and environmental needs of society.  This requires an education based on scientific and engineering fundamentals as well as one that incorporates experience in engineering design using modern technology.  Because the systems they design impact the public directly, civil engineers must be aware of the social and environmental consequences of their designs.  Graduates must be prepared to work and communicate with other professionals in a variety of associations and organizations.  Ethics and life-long learning are essential components in the education of civil engineers.

The associate degree program provides the foundation courses required to complete a bachelor program in civil engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

Civil engineers can gain employment in the public or private sectors involved in design, construction, research, and education, as well for state or local government. Civil engineers commonly work on the design and construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all MAE courses.
GEF Requirements (5, 6, or 7)3
ENGR 191First-Year Seminar1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
Select one of the following (GEF 8):4
Principles of Biology
Fundamentals of Chemistry
General Physics
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGR 1012MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGR 1023
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
ENGR 1911 
 14 14
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3MAE 2423
MAE 2413MAE 2433
Select one of the following (GEF 8):4MAE 3203
 GEF Elective (5, 6, or 7)3
 16 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Outcomes

civil engineering

Upon completion of the associate degree in civil engineering, students will be able to
  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Analyze and interpret data
  3. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  4. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in civil engineering.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering