University Bulletin 2020-2021

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Civil Engineering (BS)

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General Education Requirements (51 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (3 Courses, 9 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  2. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  3. 3 hours  CA 110

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7 Courses & Labs, 16 Hours)

  1. 4 hours from:  MA 125

  2. 12 hours from:  CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, PH 201 & PH 201L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Courses, 9 Hours)

  1. 3-6 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 3-6 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (3 Courses & Labs, 11 Hours)

  1.  11 hours from:  MA 126, MA 227, MA 238

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Major Requirements (80-81 Hours)

Civil engineering Requirements (33 Courses & Labs, 80-81 Hours)

  1. 2 hours: EG 101 or EG 201

  2. 3 hours: ST 315

  3. 15 hours from: EG 231, EG 283, EG 284, EG 315, EG 360

  4.  5 hours:  CE 102, CE 204, CE 205

  5. 25 hours:  CE 314, CE 315, CE 340, CE 341, CE 352, *CE 353, CE 360, CE 367, CE 370, CE 374, CE 384, CE 385

  6. 16 hours:  CE 431, CE 432, *CE 440, *CE 460, *CE 470, CE 471

Science elective (1 Courses & Lab, 4 Hours)

  1. 4 hours:  BLY 121 & BLY 121L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L

Civil engineering Structural Design (1 Course & Lab, 4 Hours)

  1. 4 hours:  *CE 480, CE 481 or *CE 485, CE 486

Civil Engineering Technical electives** (2 Courses, 6-7 Hurs)

  1. 3 hours:  CE 442, CE 474, CE 482, CE 490, CE 485/CE 486

  2. 3-4 hours:  CE 410, CE 412, EG 450, GIT 460

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program


Notes:

*Students must complete all 5 terminal subdiscipline courses (CE 353, CE 440, CE 460, CE 470 and structural design course) with a “C” grade or better. 

**Two technical electives are required, at least one of which must be a “design-oriented” course.  Students can take 2 courses from List A (design oriented) or one course from List A and one course from List B (non-design oriented).

CA 110, Public Speaking is required for all Civil Engineering students.


Additional Information 

It is important that students make adequate progress in the Civil Engineering program.  Satisfactory completion of a set of fundamental courses is required before a student is allowed to take advanced courses.  Professional Component Standing (PCS) is awarded by the chair of the department when the student completes the College of Engineering PCS requirements and the CCEE departmental PCS requirements.

College of Engineering PSC Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
EH 101 English Composition I 3 C
EH 102 English Composition II 3 C
CH 131 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 C
MA 125 Calculus I 4 C
MA 126 Calculus II 4 C
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab  4 C

Civil Coastal, and Environmental Engineering PCS Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
CH 132 General Chemistry II + Lab 4 C
MA 227 Calculus III 3 C
EG 283 Statics 3 C
CE 102 Intro to Civil Engineering 2 C
CE 204/CE 205 Survey Fundamental + Lab 3 C
Science Elective Biology, Geology, or Land Processes 4 C

Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses. 

Engineering (BS): Civil Engineering (131 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 125  Calculus I 4
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry and Lab 4
EG 101  Intro to Engineering 2
EH 101 English Composition I 3
General Education **Area II, Or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 16 

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 126 Calculus II 4
CH 132/CH 132L General Chemistry and Lab 4
EH 102  English Composition II 3
CE 102 Intro to Civil Engineering 2
PH 201 Calculus Based Physics I and Lab 4
     
     
      Total Hours  17

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 227 Calculus III 4
Science Elective BLY 121 or GY 111 or GEO 102 and Lab 4
CE 204 Surveying Fundamentals 2
CE 205 Surveying Fundamentals Lab 1
EG 283  Statics 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 17 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 238 Applied Differential Equations I 3
ST 315  Applied Probability & Statistics 3
EG 284 Dynamics 3
EG 315 Mechanics of Materials 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
General Education  **Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 18 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CE 314 CE Materials 3
CE 315 CE materials Lab 1
CE 352 Transportation Engineering 3
CE 384 Structural Analysis 3
CE 385 Structural Analysis Lab 1
EG 231 Intro to Ethics & Economics 3
EG 360 Fluid Mechanics 3
     
     
      Total Hours  17

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CE 340 Soil Mechanics 3
CE 341 Geotechnical Laboratory 1
CE 353 Transportation - Geometric Design 3
CE 360 Water Resources Engineering I 2
CE 367 Hydraulics Laboratory 1
CE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CE 374 Introduction to Environmental Engineering lab 1
General Education  **Area II or Area IV 3
      Total Hours 17 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CE 431  Civil Engineering Design I 2
CE 440 Intro to Geotech Engineering 3
CE 470 Water & Wastewater Treatment Design 3
CE 471 Water & Wastewater Treatment Design Lab 1
CE 480 or CE 485  Structural Design 3
CE 481 or CE 486 Structural Design Lab 1
CE 460 Water Resources Engineering II 3
      Total Hours  16

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CE 432 Civil Engineering Design II 4
Technical Elective **Civil Engineering Electives 3
Technical Elective **Civil Engineering Electives 3
General Education **Area II or IV 3
     
     
      Total Hours 13 
Notes
**See Degree Requirements 
Bold courses required for Professional Component Standing (PCS)  with a “C” grade or better
Students must make a 2.0 GPA in CE Major courses to graduate.
Students must complete all 5 terminal subdiscipline courses (CE 353, CE 440, CE 460, CE 470, and Structural Design) with a “C” grade or better.


CIVIL ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 101* English Composition I   3 Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4  
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective General Education Course List    3  
      16  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 102 English Composition II EH 101 or
test score
3 MA 125
MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4 CH 131/131L
CH 132/CH 132L General Chemistry II CH 131 4 EH 101 or EH 105*
PH 201/PH 201L Physics I MA 125 and
MA 126 (cc)
4  
CE 102 Intro to Civil Engineering ACT Math 24+ or MA 112 2  
      17  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 227 Calculus III MA 227 (cc) 4 PH 201/201L
CE 204 Surveying Fundamentals CE 102  2 MA 126
CE 205 Surveying Fundamentals Lab CE 102  1 CH 132/132L
EG 283 Statics MA 126 and
PH 201
3  
Science Elective See advisor for approved course list   4  
History (US or Western Civ.) General Education Course List   3  
      17  
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 238 Differential Equations MA 227 (cc) 3 MA 227
EG 284 Dynamics  EG 283 3 EG 283
EG 315 Mechanics of Materials EG 283 and MA 227 3 EH 102
ST 315 Apps Prob and Statistics MA 125 3 Science Elective
CA 110 Public Speaking   3 CE 204
English Literature General Education Course List   3 CE 205
      18  
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 314 Civil Engineering Materials EH 102, EG 315 and
CE 315 (cc)
3  
CE 315 Civil Engineering Materials Lab EH 102, EG 315 and
CE 314 (cc)
1  
CE 384 Structural Analysis EG 315 3  
CE 385 Structural Analysis Lab EG 315 1  
EG 231 Engineering Economics and Ethics MA 126 3  
EG 360 Fluid Mechanics MA 238 and EG 284 3  
CE 352 Transportation CE 204 and CE 205 3  
      17  
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 340 Soil Mechanics EG 315, EG 360, and CE 341 (cc) 3 Apply for graduation
CE 341 (W) Geotechnical Lab CE 340 (cc) 1  
CE 353 Transportation Geometric Design CE 352 3  
CE 360 Water Resources Engineering I EG 360 and CE 205 2  
CE 367 (W) Hydraulics Lab EG 360 and
CE 360 (cc)
1  
CE 370 Intro to Environmental Engineering CH 132 and
MA 238
3  
CE 374 Environmental Engineering Lab CH 132 and
MA 238
   
Social/Behavioral Elective General Education Course List   3  
      17  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 431 CE Design I   2  
CE 440 Geotechnical Engineering CE 340/CE 341 3  
CE 460 Water Resources Engineering II CE 360 3  
CE 470 Water/Wastewater CE 360, CE 370, and CE 374  
CE 471 Water/Wastewater Lab CE 360, CE 370, and CE 374 1  
Structural Design Elective See advisor for approved course list   4  
      16  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 432 CE Design II   4  
Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
Social/Behavioral Elective General Education Course List   3  
      13  
     **TOTAL 131  
         
All bolded courses meet general education requirements.
Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain the Professional Component Standing (PCS).
Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.
*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 610, can opt out of EH 101.
**Students not Term 1 - Calculus I ready will exceed the 131 hours required for this degree. If math is not started prior to Fall -Year 1, you are likely extending your four-year graduation time table. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.
Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.
The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections.  This information provides only a suggested schedule.  Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor. 
Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering Staff   (251) 460-6174
Chair Kevin D. White 
Professors White, Webb
Associate Professors Omar, Islam, Steward, Cleary, Kang
Assistant Professors Macdonald, Pandit, Smallegan, Wu

Department of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/ce/index.html

Civil Engineering involves the design and construction of systems necessary for our modern society to function. It encompasses many technical specialties whose focus is the design of large, normally one-of-a-kind, facilities such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, dams, waterways, airports, flood control systems, coastal protection systems, water supply networks, and waste treatment plants. As our society expands, challenging opportunities will continue to be available for Civil Engineers practicing in their own private firms, in large companies, or in governmental agencies.

BSCE Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates will have used the knowledge and skills gain through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they have:

  1. Advanced in the civil engineering profession, obtained professional licensure, and applied engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multi-disciplinary projects.

  2. Incorporated economic, environmental, social, regulatory, constructability, and sustainability considerations into the practice of civil engineering.

  3. Exhibited effective communication, teamwork, leadership, initiative, project management, and professional and ethical behavior as complements to technical competence.

  4. Continued their technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.

BSCE Student Outcomes:

By the time of graduation from the BSCE Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

The curriculum builds on a strong base in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences, and humanities developed primarily during the freshman and sophomore years. During the junior year, students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of each area of Civil Engineering. The specialty areas include:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources/Coastal Engineering

The senior year focuses on design, construction practices, and the integration of more advanced knowledge in civil engineering. A comprehensive project with students participating in a design team prepares them to enter professional practice.

Satisfactory completion of the program outlined in this Bulletin leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Students must also comply with the College of Engineering Requirements for a Degree which is covered in this Bulletin under College of Engineering.

BSCE Accelerated Bachelor's – Master's (ABM) Degree Option

The Department of Civil, Coastal, & Environmental Engineering allows well-qualified undergraduates in the program to follow an “Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s” study plan.  This plan permits up to six credit hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the bachelor’s (as Technical Electives) and the master’s degrees, so that the master’s degree is earned faster than usual.  (The coursework concerned must individually satisfy the requirements of both degrees.)  See a departmental advisor for specific details.