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  Jan 20, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering Concentration, B.S.C.E.

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The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)  with a Concentration in Geotechnical Engineering is intended for students to gain a solid foundation in civil engineering through a selection of core required courses supplemented with elective courses that increase their depth in the concentration and meet their professional aspirations. Traditionally, geotechnical engineering focuses on the design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining walls, and earthen structures.  However, today the scope of this discipline has dramatically expanded to include geo-environmental engineering, design and construction of tunnels, landfills, waste management facilities, site and amended geo-material characterization, design of pavements and geo-pavements, as well as natural hazards assessment and mitigation.  

Through careful course selection and scheduling, students can obtain the Concentration in Geotechnical Engineering within the required 128 credit hour B.S.C.E. curriculum.  Students completing the requirements described in this program receive a special designation on their transcripts showing they have completed the Concentration in Geotechnical Engineering.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (21 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  Elective courses should be chosen to satisfy University General Education requirements, meet the objectives of a broad education consistent with the educational goals of the profession, and complement the student’s overall educational plan.  To avoid taking “extra” elective courses, students must select their elective courses carefully after consulting with their faculty advisor. 


*A grade of C or above is required.

Elective Courses (24 credit hours)

Civil Engineering Design Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select one course in at least two technical areas (Options):

Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two of the following:

Civil Engineering Restricted Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following (that hasn’t already been taken):

Civil Engineering Unrestricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two from the following:

  • CEGR 3000-3999
  • CEGR 4000-4999

Technical Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select one technical elective course from the list below.  Any course not appearing on this list requires written permission from the Undergraduate Program Director prior to registering for the course.  Any non-listed courses must be at the 3000-level or above and must come from one of the departments listed below.


Computer Science

  • ITCS 3000-4999

  • CEGR 3000-4999
  • ECGR 3000-4999
  • MEGR 3000-4999
  • SEGR 3000-4999
Management Information Systems

  • INFO 3000-4999

  • PHYS 3000-4999

  • STAT 3000-4999

Concentration Requirements (15 credit hours)

Of the 128 required credit hours in the BSCE degree, students opting for this concentration must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours that satisfy the following requirements:

Degree Total = 128 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

A grade of C or above in General Education courses UWRT 1101  and UWRT 1102  is required for entry into the major.  A grade of C or above is required for select Major Courses, as noted above.  Students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA in the selected Concentration Courses. 

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at  Consultation with an advisor is required.

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