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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Chair: Kevin D. White (251) 460-6174   
Professors: Douglass, White   
Associate Professor: Laier, Omar   
Assistant Professors: Cleary, Islam, Kang, Steward, Webb, Whelton   
Department of Civil Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/engineering/civil    
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.   
Program Educational Objects:   
The educational objectives of the Department of Civil Engineering's undergraduate program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates should be able to combine skills gained through academic preparation and post-graduation experience so they can:   
  1. Exhibit technical competence via advancement, professional licensure, and the application of engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills to multiple areas of civil engineering practice.

  2. Incorporate economic, environmental, social, and sustainability considerations into the practice of civil engineering.

  3. Exhibit effective communication, teamwork, leadership, and professional and ethical behavior as complements to technical competence.

  4. Continue their life-long technical and professional development, which may include graduate level education, continuing education, and participation in professional organizations.
Student Outcomes:   
By the time of graduation from the Civil Engineering Program, students should attain the following outcomes:   
  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, science, (including calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and one additional area of science), and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct civil engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret the resulting data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. An ability to apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering.
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 and 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 are covered in this Bulletin under College of Engineering.   
    The Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET, http://www.abet.org..   
    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING   
    FIRST YEAR          
    Fall     Spring    
    MA 125
    4
    MA 126
    4
    CH 131
    4
    CH 132
    4
    EG 101
    2
    EH 102
    3
    EH 101
    3
    CE 102
    2
    Gen Ed*
    3
    PH 201
    4
    16
    17
    SECOND YEAR
    Fall
    Spring    
    MA 227
    4
    MA 238
    3
    Sci Elective**
    4
    ST 315
    3
    CE 204
    3
    EG 284
    3
    CE 205
    1
    EG 315
    3
    EG 283
    3
    Gen Ed*
    3
    Gen Ed*
    3
    Gen Ed*
    3
    18
    18
    THIRD YEAR          
    Fall     Spring    
    EH 372
    3
    Gen Ed*
    3
    CE 314
    3
    CE 340
    3
    CE 315
    1
    CE 341
    1
    CE 384
    3
    CE 352
    3
    CE 385
    1
    CE 360
    2
    EG 231
    3
    CE 367
    1
    EG 360
    3
    CE 370
    3
    17
    CE 374
    1
    17
    FOURTH YEAR          
    Fall
    Spring    
    CE 431
    2
    CE 432
    4
    CE 443
    2
    Tech Elect****
    3
    CE 470
    3
    Tech Elect****
    3
    CE 471
    1
    Gen Ed*
    3
    Str Design***
    3
    Tech Elect****
    3
    Str Dsn Lab***
    1
    16
    CE 460
    3
    15
    *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)   
    ****Three Technical Electives from an approved list. A second structural design course may be taken to satisfy a technical elective requirement.   
    MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING    
    The program leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering focuses on civil engineering in the coastal environment and allows for specialization in several possible civil engineering sub-disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or Water Resources/Coastal Engineering. Program admission and MS Degree requirements, as well as plan of study options (thesis, project, and coursework only), are described under the College of Engineering section of this Bulletin. Most graduate courses in Civil Engineering are offered in late afternoon or early evening to accommodate practicing engineers. See degree requirements.    
    ADMISSION TO THE MSCE PROGRAM    
    The following criteria supplement the College of Engineering admission criteria (see ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAMS):    
    1.     Regular Admission   

    a)
    A grade-point average of 3.0 or greater (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.    
    b)
    A minimum combined score of 294 (1000, old scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE is required, with a minimum score of 148 (600, old scale) on the quantitative; section of the GRE is also required.    
    c)
    Names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who can evaluate the applicant's previous academic and professional work must be submitted with the application.    
    d)
    Verification of registration by examination as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) can be substituted for GPA, GRE and reference requirements.    
    e.
    International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 525 or above (197 on computer based test) or 71 on internet based test. IELTS band score of 6.0 or higher.   
    2.     Provisional Admission    

    a)
    A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) on all undergraduate work is required.    
    b)
    A minimum combined score of 294 (1000, old scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE is required, with a minimum score of 148 (600, old scale) on the quantitative section of the GRE is also required.   
    c)
    Names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who can evaluate the applicant's previous academic and professional work must be submitted with the application.    
    d)
    International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 525 or above (197 on computer based test) or 71 on internet based test. IELTS band score of 6.0 or higher.   

    Applicants to the MSCE program must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This requirement is waived for students who received the BSCE degree from USA. Those students may be required, however, to present GRE scores to be eligible for some assistantships or fellowships.    
    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR MSCE    
    The minimum credit hour requirements for the different options pertaining to the MSCE degree are:    
    Thesis Option:    31 credit hours      
    Project Option:     34 credit hours      
    Course Option:     33 credit hours      
    DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CIVIL ENGINEERING (CE) COURSES
    College of Engineering

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