Civil Engineering

Degree Awarded

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

Nature of Program

Civil Engineering, the most diverse branch of engineering, is directly related to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the infrastructure that directly affects public life. The infrastructure includes bridges, buildings, foundations, dams, sanitary and solid waste disposal systems, highways, airport facilities, transportation systems, waterways, hydroelectric installations, pipelines, coal preparation and loading facilities, and other systems and structures. Civil engineering also involves the understanding of environmental issues and geotechnical principles and how they relate to the design of the infrastructure.

Engineering students get a sound basic knowledge of science and a set of core courses in the humanities and social sciences. The Civil Engineering curriculum has been designed to give the student a broad coverage of all fields of civil engineering with some flexibility to explore a particular field of choice. This approach gives the WVU Tech graduate a well - rounded background to handle civil engineering project.

Design is incorporated across the Civil Engineering curriculum with the design experience beg inning early with the Surveying and Mechanics of Materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years, with a minimum of 11 courses having design components for a total of 17.5 credit hours of design. Design content is incorporated in the required courses such as Introductory Soil Mechanic s, Hydraulic Engineering, Construction Materials, Transportation Engineering, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, the required structural design elective (Steel Design or Reinforced Concrete Design), the required geotechnical elective (Foundation Engineering, Earthwork Design, or Groundwater and Seepage), the required environmental elective (Advanced Sanitary Engineering, Solid Waste Management, Engineering Hydrology, or Advanced Hydraulic Engineering ), and the required transportation elective (Highway Engineering, Pavement Design, or Traffic Engineering). Two additional electives (one CE Elective and one Technical Elective ) must contain a minimum total of two credit hours of design content.

The design component is completed with a capstone design course (Integrated Civil Engineering Design) in which student teams are responsible for the completion of a comprehensive civil engineering project which involves several civil engineering disciplines with oral and written presentations of the project. Discussion and consideration of constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and environmental impact are incorporated as a normal part of most design courses. Aesthetics and environmental impact are stressed in the Introduction to Environmental Engineering course; and ethics, safety, and professional issues are covered in the Senior Engineering Seminar course. In addition to design, the Integrated Civil Engineering Design course includes principles of project and/or construction management, cost analysis and estimating, and scheduling.

Program Mission/Goals

  • To prepare students to be able to apply science and mathematics to the analysis of civil engineering problems and the design of infrastructure systems to increase human welfare and promote sustainable development
  • To prepare well - rounded students to practice engineering in a professional environment and to be successful in graduate school should they choose to attend
  • To help students recognize the role of the civil engineer in contemporary society, especially with respect to the societal and environmental contexts of civil engineering projects
  • To energize students to maximize individual potential, including acquisition of necessary skills and recognition of the need for continuing education and lifelong growth and development

Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates will obtain employment in the civil engineering field and will hold positions having significant professional responsibility.
  • Our graduates will obtain professional registration.
  • Our graduates will be prepared academically and those who choose advanced studies will be successful.
  • Our graduates will be equipped to learn new skills as they progress in their careers and, as a result, will possess their capabilities to move to positions having increased leadership, mentoring, and management responsibilities.

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

GEF Requirements9
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
DRET 120Drafting 12
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
ECON 401Managerial Economics (GEF 4)3
GEOL 312Geology3
A minimum overall 2.0 GPA is required.
ENGR 111Software Tools for Engineers3
ENGR 401Senior Engineering Seminar1
ENGR 402Fundamentals of Engineering Review2
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
MATH 448Probability and Statistics3
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 2)4
CE 204Surveying3
CE 312Construction Materials3
CE 331Transportation Engineering3
CE 347Introduction to Environmental Engineering4
CE 351Introductory Soil Mechanics4
CE 361Structural Analysis 14
CE 421Hydraulic Engineering4
CE 479Integrated Civil Engineering Design-Capstone3
CE Electives (select one from each area)15
Structural Analysis 2
Timber Design
Any other 300 or 400 level CE course *
Environmental/Water Resources
Advanced Hydraulic Engineering
Engineering Hydology
Advanced Sanitary Engineering
Solid Waste Management
Foundation Engineering
Groundwater and Seepage
Earthwork Design
Structural Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Pavement Design
Highway Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Technical Electives (see list below) *6
Total Hours125

 Out of these nine hours of electives (3 hours of required CE elective and 6 hours of Technical Electives), there must be at least 2 hours of ABET design content.

Technical Electives

Any 300 or 400 level CE course
BIOL 240Microbiology4
CHEM 215Introductory Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry3
EE 221Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
MATH 420Numerical Analysis 13
MATH 441Applied Linear Algebra3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 340Vibrations3
MAE 445Computer Applications in Engineering3
MAE 456Computer-Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis3
PHYS 112General Physics4

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
WVUE 1911MAE 2413
CHEM 115 (GEF 8)4ENGR 1113
DRET 1202CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
 14 17
Second Year
MAE 2423MAE 3313
MAE 2433CE 3614
CE 2043MATH 2614
MATH 2514CE 3313
PHYS 111 (GEF 2)4GEOL 3123
 17 17
Third Year
CE 3123CE 3514
CE 4214CE 3474
MATH 4483ENGL 3053
CE Elective3CE Elective3
GEF 53 
 16 14
Fourth Year
ECON 401 (GEF 4)3CE 4793
CE Elective3ENGR 4011
CE Elective3ENGR 4022
Technical Elective3CE Elective3
GEF 63Technical Elective3
 GEF 73
 15 15
Total credit hours: 125

Major Learning Goals

civil Engineering

Our graduates will demonstrate:

  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply sound safety practices in laboratory and design work.
  • An ability to develop and manage budgets and schedules.