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B.S. in Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers plan, design, and construct our nation’s physical infrastructure and take a leadership role in the responsible development and protection of our natural resources. Accordingly, the field of civil engineering encompasses several distinct disciplinary themes, including architectural engineering, construction engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering, among others.

Civil engineers always have been at the forefront of such activities as designing and constructing bridges, buildings, water and wastewater treatment facilities, hydropower stations, storm drainage systems, airports, aerospace structures, and other public works. They also have taken a leadership role in eliminating the hazardous and solid wastes of society, responsibly developing surface and groundwater resources for beneficial use, managing environmental quality and minimizing the effects of pollutants, mitigating earthquake damage in large structures, and using artificial intelligence to improve the operation of transportation systems.

Within the context provided by the broad profession of civil engineering described above, the mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, formally stated, is to educate talented and motivated men and women to become successful professionals through quality undergraduate and graduate programs that place a high priority on student access and interaction with faculty. This mission statement establishes the educational framework for the civil engineering degree program at Clarkson, and the curriculum objectives given below provide more detail about the program.

CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES
With an appreciation for the disciplinary diversity of Civil Engineering, Clarkson’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering actively pursues the educational goal of providing talented and motivated men and women with the knowledge and intellectual tools required to become successful civil engineers. It does so by permitting students to pursue individual disciplinary interests or to remain broadly based in all areas of Civil Engineering while obtaining an accredited BSCE degree (Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering). The program objectives may be stated as shown below:

  • Develop students whose engineering knowledge can meet the challenges of a successful professional career.
  • Ensure students acquire good communication and leadership skills.
  • Foster an intellectually stimulating environment for professional development.
  • Develop a relationship between students and faculty that produces a personal interest in the student’s education and professional development.

Moreover, the Department’s approach to the achievement of these objectives may be summarized as:

  • offering a quality undergraduate program that places a high priority on student access and faculty interaction within an environment that is intellectually stimulating and encourages professional development,
  • providing its graduates with the engineering knowledge needed to meet the life-long challenges of a successful professional career, and valuing good communication and leadership skills.

It is expected that graduates from the BSCE program will demonstrate achievement of these objectives within a few years after completing the program.

Science and engineering-science courses form the majority of the curriculum in the first two years. These courses provide the base for the professionally oriented courses in the junior and senior years. The curriculum is designed to provide all graduates with a theoretical foundation as well as design experiences in structural, geotechnical, water resources, and environmental engineering. This foundation is typically achieved in the junior year, enabling students to use the senior year to select elective courses in areas where their particular interests have developed. In the senior year a capstone design course culminates the development of design skills that were first introduced in the sophomore year and enhanced in subsequent courses.

Students can select elective courses in areas beyond the required courses, such as construction and transportation, or can use the elective portion of the curriculum to concentrate in selected areas such as architectural engineering, construction engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, or technical communications.

The guiding principle is that the student and faculty advisor together create a program of study that best satisfies the student’s individual career objectives.

 Civil Engineering Curriculum

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FIRST YEAR

(See Common First-Year Curriculum in Engineering)

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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES220  Statics
3
ES222  Strength of Materials
3
CE212 Intro. to Engineering
  ES Elective1 
3
  Design
3
MA232  Elem. Differential  
MA231  Calculus III
3
  Equations
3
  ES Elective1 
3
ES330  Fluid Mechanics 
3
  KA/UC Elective 
3
  KA/UC Elective 
3
   
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15
   
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Mathematics Geospatial Science 
CE310 Geotechnical
Elective w/lab 
3
  Eng. I w/lab 
3
CE320 Structural Analysis  
  ES Elective1
3
  w/lab
3
CE340  Environmental
CE330 Water Resources
  Eng. w/lab 
3
  w/lab 
3
CE301 Geospatial Science
  Professional Elective 
3
  w/ Lab
3
  KA/UC Elective 
3
CE441 or CE442 Structural
   
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  Design Elective
3
   
15
   
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15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
EC350  Engineering  
CE490  CE491, or CE492  
  Economics
3
  or CE493
  Professional  
  Senior Design
3
  Electives
12
  Professional Electives 
12
   
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15
   
15

Eligible ES electives are: ES223 Rigid Body Dynamics, ES250 Electrical Science, ES260 Material Science, ES340 Thermodynamics I

A total of 16.5 design credits are required to be accumulated. Required courses provide 11.5 design credits.

Professional Specializations
Through the selection of electives, students can achieve proficiency in particular areas of interest. Elective courses can be selected from those offered by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and by other departments. Those electives considered especially appropriate to the various areas of specialization in civil engineering are provided in the following topical listings. Not all courses are offered each year or each semester (see annual Courses publication). All 500-numbered courses are graduate level. Undergraduate students enrolled in 500-level courses must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0, and permission of their advisor and their department chair. To enroll in a 600-numbered course, undergraduates must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0, and must have permission of their advisor, department chair, and the dean of Engineering. See Professional Concentrations in Engineering.

ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURAL
CE446 Reinforced Masonry CE420 Computational Methods of
 CE447 Timber Design   Structural Analysis
CE448   Introduction to Architectural CE452 Advanced Mechanics
  Engineering   of Materials
CE455 Structural Damage, Rehabilitation CE453 Properties & Performance
  and Repair   of Concrete Materials
CE457 Environmental Degradation of CE457 Environmental Degradation
  Concrete Structures   of Concrete Structures
CE492 Senior Design CE512 Fundamentals of Dynamics
  (Building, Architectural)   & Vibrations
    CE521 Analysis of Advanced
CONSTRUCTION    Composite Structures
CE405  Construction Planning CE532  Engineering Elasticity
  Management CE538 Finite Element Methods
CE406  Construction Engineering CE541 Bridge Engineering
CE407  Construction Estimating CE542 Advanced Steel Design
  and Scheduling CE544 Advanced Design of
CE411  Construction Materials   Structural Concrete
  Engineering CE546 Prestressed Concrete
      Design
ENVIRONMENTAL  CE546 Reinforced Masonry Design
CE433  Human Exposure Analysis  CE547 Timber Design
CE477  Atmospheric Chemistry CE554 Continuum Mechanics
CE478  Solid Waste Management CE555 Optimum Structural Design
  and Landfill Design    
CE479  Water and Wastewater GEOTECHNICAL 
  Treatment Processes CE415 Foundations, Stability,
CE480  Chemical Fate and Transport   and Retaining Structures
  in the Environment CE512 Fundamentals of Dynamics
CE481  Hazardous Waste   & Vibrations
  Management Engineering CE514  Groundwater Flow
CE577  Atmospheric Chemistry CE516 Advanced Soil Mechanics I
CE580  Environmental Chemistry CE517 Laboratory and In-Situ
CE582  Environmental Systems   Shear Strength
Analysis and Design   Testing of Soil
CE583  Modeling Natural CE519 Advanced Foundation Design
Aquatic Systems    
CE584  Chemodynamics WATER RESOURCES 
CE586  Industrial Ecology CE430 Water Resources Engineering II
CE587  Contaminant Transport CE514 Groundwater Flow
in Groundwater CE570 Advanced Hydrology
 CE589  Limnology CE572 Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
CE573 Sediment Transport
TRANSPORTATION  CE574 Hydrodynamic Dispersion
CE461 Transportation Systems CE576 Hydraulic Engineering
Design   in Cold Regions
CE468 Traffic Engineering    
CE493 Senior Design    
(Transportation)     

Course Descriptions
Descriptions of all undergraduate and graduate courses will be supplied upon request or may be viewed online at www.clarkson.edu/sas.

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