School of Engineering Common First-Year Curricula

All students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) take courses which are part of a common curricula during the first year. Therefore, students may defer the selection of a major field of study until the sophomore year. Beginning with the junior year, a significant amount of specialized material is incorporated into each curriculum. In the senior year, coursework is concentrated in the student’s chosen field. Courses in humanities and social sciences are taken throughout the 4-year program as part of the Clarkson Common Experience.

During the first year, students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) must complete the following courses:

  • CM131 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CM132 General Chemistry II(4 credits)
  • ES100 Introduction to Engineering Use to the Computer (2 credits)
  • ES110 Engineering & Society (3 credits)
  • MA131 Calculus I (3 credits)
  • MA132 Calculus II (3 credits)
  • PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PH132 Physics II (4 credits)

Core Requirements for Civil Engineering

Students majoring in civil engineering are required to complete the following courses:

  • CE212 Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • CE301 Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)
  • CE310 Geotechnical Engineering I: Soil Mechanics (3 credits)
  • CE320 Structural Analysis (3 credits)
  • CE330 Water Resources Engineering I (3 credits)
  • CE340 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CE441 Reinforced Concrete Design (3 credits)
  • CE490 Senior Design (Structures, Transportation, Geotechnical) (3 credits)
  • EC350 Economic Principles & Engineering Economics (3 credits)
  • ES220 Statics (3 credits)
  • ES222 Strength of Materials (3 credits)
  • ES330 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • MA231 Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MA232 Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)

Students are required to complete the following Professional Experience:

  • ES499 Professional Experience (0 credits)

Core Electives for Civil Engineering

The following are electives students are required to complete for the civil engineering major.

Professional Electives

Professional elective courses enable students to create a program of study that satisfies their particular interests. These courses are also intended to provide both depth and breadth in the student's preparation for professional practice. Regarding the acceptability of courses as professional electives, the itemized rules given below should be applied within PeopleSoft. Any other course can be considered on a case-by-case basis on the condition that both the student and advisor agree that the course is professionally relevant, is of reasonable rigor, and does not contain a significant amount of material already in the student’s program. The department chair or the executive officer make the final endorsement in any case-by-case matter. The “Professional Elective Approval Form” needs to be processed and filed in the student’s departmental file, as well as with Student Administrative Services, with a "Request for Exception" form for such cases to document that the student has satisfied the graduation requirements. An accompanying justification statement, explaining the reasons why the course that is not listed as a normally acceptable professional elective is required to satisfy specific career objectives, is also needed. Courses counted as Professional Electives:

  1. Any ES2xx course
  2. Any 3-credit (or greater) 3xx, 4xx, or 5xx course with the designator CS, AE, ES, ME, CE, CH, EE, BY, CM, EHS, MA, STAT or PH, except for ES300
  3. Maximum of three courses from the School of Business. Professional electives from the School of Business should be 3-credit (or greater) courses and can have the designators of AC, EM, FN, IS, LW, MK, OM, OS, and SB. Professional electives from the School of Business need not have the BUS designator.
  4. Any one 3-credit (or greater) COMM course with communication points (C1 or C2). For example: COMM210, COMM217, COMM313, COMM417
  5. CM221, CM241 & 242, BY222 & BY224, BY240, PHIL370, EV305, EV314, EV341, EV390, EV430, EV435, CS141 or EE261, CE313, CH210, CH220, POL470 & POL471
  6. Any CE002, 004, 006, etc., transfer course (even numbers only)
  7. Any one 3-credit (or greater) MP3xx or 4xx course or a total of 3 credits from the list of courses that are determined to be credit-bearing MP courses (see next item)
  8. HP300, HP390
  9. HP490 if the student completes the Honors program
  10. Any two 4xx courses with the designator MS or AS for a maximum total of 6 credits if the student completes the ROTC program. Students must still fulfill the minimum 16.5-design-credit requirement for graduation.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in civil engineering will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Clarkson Common Experience Curriculum (CCEC): Each student must complete six courses (18 hours) in the required knowledge areas (KA). The 6 courses include UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar and EC350 Micro and Engineering Economics. University courses (UC) are interdisciplinary and cover at least two knowledge areas. The six knowledge areas are

  1. The nature of cultures and societies (CSO)
  2. Contemporary and global issues (CGI)
  3. The imaginative arts and their role in society (IA)
  4. Science and technology, including their relationship to society (STS)
  5. Economic and organizational concepts and decision-making (EC)
  6. Methods for studying and explaining individual and group behavior (IG)

The list of appropriate KA associations of courses is listed at under Master Schedule Fall or Spring, under Knowledge Area, Communication and Technology Courses.

In addition to UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar, students are required to take at least five courses that have KA designators. At least one of these five courses must be a UC that has two KA designators. At least four of the six Knowledge Areas must be covered.

EC150 Microeconomics should not be taken as a KA elective by civil engineering or environmental engineering majors, as it duplicates most of the material covered in EC350. Students who transfer to civil or environmental engineering after taking EC150 or a similar introductory course that may be designated as EC2 may satisfy the EC350 graduation requirement by taking EC200, which is simply the engineering economics portion of EC350 (typically the last one-third of the semester). EC200 is a 1-credit course. Civil and environmental engineering (CEE) students who take EC151 as a KA elective still need to take EC350 to satisfy their graduation requirements. For more information, please see the CEE Executive Officer in Rowley 140A. In addition to the KA and UC requirements, the Clarkson Common Experience curriculum requires a minimum of 6 communication points to be accumulated before graduation. At least 2 communication points should be from 300- and 400-level courses within the student’s major. The following CEE courses have 1 communication point: CE212, CE310, CE320, CE330, CE380, CE490, CE491 and CE492.

Free Electives
Students majoring in civil engineering will have approximately 18 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.