University Bulletin 2019-20

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Civil Engineering (BS)

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
MA 125 4 hrs  
CH 131 4 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
EH 101 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   17
MA 126 4 hrs  
CH 132 4 hrs  
EH 102 3 hrs  
CE 102 2 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
MA 227 4 hrs  
Sci Elective**  4 hrs  
CE 204 2 hrs  
CE 205 1 hrs  
EG 283 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   18
MA 238 3 hrs  
ST 315 3 hrs  
EG 284 3 hrs  
EG 315 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
CE 314 3 hrs  
CE 315 1 hrs  
CE 352 3 hrs  
CE 384 3 hrs  
CE 385 1 hrs  
EG 231 3 hrs  
EG 360 3 hrs  
Spring   17
CE 340 3 hrs  
CE 341 1 hrs  
CE 353***** 3 hrs  
CE 360 2 hrs  
CE 367 1 hrs  
CE 370 3 hrs  
CE 374 1 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Fourth Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
CE 431 2 hrs  
CE 440***** 3 hrs  
CE 470***** 3 hrs  
CE 471 1 hrs  
Str Design*** 3 hrs  
Str Dsn Lab*** 1 hrs  
CE 460***** 3 hrs  
Spring   13
CE 432 4 hrs  
Tech Elect**** 3 hrs  
Tech Elect**** 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  

*Students must complete eighteen credit hours of courses in Humanities and Fine Arts and History, Social and Behavioral Sciences that satisfy both college and university General Education requirements. CA 110, Public Speaking is required for all Civil Engineering students.

**BLY 121, GY 111, or GEO 102

***Either CE 480 and CE 481 (Steel Design) or CE 485 and CE 486 (Concrete Design)

****Two Technical Electives from an approved list. A second structural design course may be taken to satisfy a technical elective requirement.

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

Professional Component Standing (PCS) 

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 PCS 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 204/205 Surveying Fundamentals + 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. 


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 131/131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective     3  
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 132/132L General Chemistry II CH 131 4 EH 101 or EH 105*
PH 201/201L Physics I MA 125 and
MA 126 (cc)
CE 102 Intro to Civil Engineering ACT Math 24+ or MA 112 2  
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 and MA 113 2 MA 126
CE 205 Surveying Fundamentals Lab CE 102 and MA 113 1 CH 132/132L
EG 283 Statics MA 126 and
PH 201
Science Elective See advisor for approved course list   4  
History (US or Western Civ.)     3  
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     3 CE 204
English Literature     3 CE 205
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 314 Civil Engineering Materials EG 315 and
CE 315 (cc)
CE 315 Civil Engineering Materials Lab EG 315 and
CE 314 (cc)
CE 384 Structural Analysis EG 315 3  
CE 385 Structural Analysis Lab EG 315 1  
EG 231 Engineering Economics and Ethics EG 283 3  
EG 360 Fluid Mechanics MA 238 and EG 284 3  
EH 372 Technical Writing EH 102 3  
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 352 Transportation Engineering CE 204 and CE 205 3  
CE 360 Water Resources Engineering I EG 360 and CE 205 2  
CE 367 (W) Hydraulics Lab EG 360 and
CE 360 (cc)
CE 370 Intro to Environmental Engineering CH 132 and
MA 238
CE 374 Environmental Engineering Lab CH 132 and
MA 238
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 431 Senior Design List   2  
CE 443 Geotechnical Engineering CE 340 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  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
CE 432 Senior Design II   4  
Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
Technical Elective See advisor for approved course list   3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
     **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

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,

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 below 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.

Exceptional and motivated BSCE students (seniors) have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace via an accelerated Bachelor’s to Masters Process.  Students should see their Department Advisor for details.