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Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a profession that deals with the infrastructure of society. Civil engineers design bridges, buildings, and other structures; develop and design water resources, waste treatment and environmental management facilities; plan and design highway and transportation systems; and design foundations, earth and rock structures, and tunnels. Students completing a civil engineering program have an opportunity for professional employment with industry; utilities; consulting firms; contractors; local, state, and federal government agencies; research laboratories, and academia.

Mission Statement: The mission of the UWM undergraduate Civil Engineering Program is to educate students to become civil engineering professionals who plan, design, build, and manage the infrastructure needed for a modern urban society and the environment.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Civil Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates who have the necessary knowledge to apply and build upon the fundamentals of engineering.
  2. Graduates who have the necessary background for successful professional careers in civil engineering.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate professionalism.
  4. Graduates are able to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment.

Accreditation: The civilengineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Structural Engineering Minor

The minor in structural engineering is designed specially for students in the following majors: Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Materials, Geology, and Physics. This minor is not available to civil engineering majors. The 18-credit minor requires Civ Eng 335, 360, and 372, and one of the following two courses: Civ Eng 571 or 572. Choose any two additional courses from the following list: Civ Eng 401, 431, 456, 463, 502, 560, 566, 571, 572, 573, 574, 578, 579; and Arch 301, 510, and 516. More information on the minor may be obtained from the Civil Engineering department, 229-5422.

The Civil Engineering and Mechanics Department offers many elective courses which normally allow each student to concentrate in one of four areas: geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation and municipal engineering, or water resources and environmental engineering.

Geotechnical engineering deals with soil and rock as engineering materials. Geotechnical engineers may be involved in the analysis, design, and construction of foundations, retaining structures, earth and rock dams, excavations, tunnels, landfills, toxic waste remediation projects, and other areas related to construction.

Structural engineering deals with the analysis, design, fabrication, and construction of all types of structures, including buildings, bridges, tunnels, retaining walls, foundations, dams, and aerospace and pressure vessels. With recent advances in the area, the structural engineer must have considerable competence in the use of computers and understanding of structural materials.

Transportation and municipal engineering includes activities to carry out the public works programs of local government units, including the planning, design, construction, and management functions related to street, sewerage, and water supply systems. Transportation engineering deals with the planning, design, and operation of transportation systems, such as highways, public transit, airports, and railways.

Water resources and environmental engineering deals with problems of water resources and environment. It includes water resources development such as water supply systems for human, irrigation, energy, and industrial use; and environmental mitigation practices such as sewerage systems, contamination remediation, drainage, flood and erosion control as well as pollution control. It also includes natural resources management such as river, lake and groundwater restoration and management.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in civil engineering is 127. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 37 credits

EAS 100

CEAS Freshman Orientation (recommended only)


EAS 200

Professional Seminar


Ind Eng 111

Introduction to Engineering*


Ind Eng 112

Engineering Drawing & Computer-Aided Design/Drafting*


Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis


Civ Eng 280

Computer-Based Engineering Analysis


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202



Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials


MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


ElecEng 306

Introduction to Electrical Engineering


MechEng 301

Basis Engineering Thermodynamics


MechEng 320

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics


Civil engineering majors may take Civ Eng 431 (with
proper prerequisites) in place of MatlEng 201.

Civil Engineering Major: 23 credits

Civ Eng 250

Surveying for Construction


Civ Eng 335

Soil Mechanics


Civ Eng 372

Introduction to Structural Design


Civ Eng 411

Water Resources Design


Civ Eng 413 Environmental Engineering 3

Civ Eng 490

Transportation Engineering


Civ Eng 494

Principles of Civil Engineering Design


Civ Eng 495

Senior Design


Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:
Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering)

Chemistry Requirement: 5-10 credits1

One of the following sequences must be completed:
Chem 102-104 or
Chem 105 (Suggested)

Physics Requirement: 8 credits

Physics 209 - 210

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits


3 credits


6 credits

Social Science

6 credits

One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

Free Electives: 2 credits

English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits1

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

1. Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or

2. Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 credits (for students starting Fall 1999 or later)

• The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

• Two years of a single foreign language in high school

• Two semesters of a single foreign language in college

• Demonstrate ability by examination

1Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English and chemistry. Students with previous college level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible Math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 225, 116, 117, or 231. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101, or 102. Possible Chemistry placements are Chemistry 100, 102 or 105.

Technical Electives - Civil Engineering Major: 21 Credits Required. The Civil Engineering and Mechanics Department offers numerous elective courses which allow students to work in one of four areas of concentration. Normally a minimum of 12 credits will be taken in an area of concentration. Students who do not follow one of the four areas of concentration will require approval by the Department chairperson for their programs.

Students interested in geotechnical engineering should take Civ Eng 456 and select at least three courses from Civ Eng 360, 412, 463, 492, and 598. Students also are strongly recommended to take GeoSci 470.

Students interested in municipal and transportation engineering should select at least three courses from Civ Eng 492, 590, 592, 594, 596, 598, and 610.

Students interested in structural engineering should take Civ Eng 360, 463, 571, and 572, and select at least two courses from Civ Eng 456, 560, 573, 574, 578, and 579.

Students interested in water resources and environmental engineering should take at least three courses from Civ Eng 412, 511, 521, and 610.

Group A Technical Electives: Take minimum of 12 credits of Group A electives, or minimum of 9 credits of Group A electives and 3 credits of Group B electives.


Civ Eng 412

Applied Hydrology


Civ Eng 456

Foundation Engineering


Civ Eng 463

Introduction to Finite Elements


Civ Eng 492

Environmental Impact Assessment


Civ Eng 511

Water Supply and Sewerage


Civ Eng 521

Water Quality Assessment


Civ Eng 571

Design of Concrete Structures


Civ Eng 572

Design of Steel Structures


Civ Eng 573

Design of Masonry Structures


Civ Eng 574

Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures


Civ Eng 578

Design of Wood Structures


Civ Eng 579 Earthquake Engineering 3

Civ Eng 590

Urban Transportation Planning


Civ Eng 592

Traffic Control


Civ Eng 594

Physical Planning and Municipal Engineering


Civ Eng 596

Transportation Facilities Design


Civ Eng 598 Pavement Analysis and Design 3

Civ Eng 610

Introduction to Water and Sewage Treatment


Civ Eng 614

Hazardous Waste Management


Group B Technical Electives: Select no more than 9 credits from this list.


Civ Eng 360

Introduction to Structural Analysis


Civ Eng 401

Intermediate Strength of Materials


Civ Eng 431

Materials of Construction


Civ Eng 502

Experimental Stress Analysis


Civ Eng 560

Structural Analysis


Civ Eng 580

Engineering Analysis in Applied Mechanics


Group C Technical Electives: Select 3 to 6 credits from this list of science and math courses with a minimum of 3 credits from Group C1.


Group C1: Technical Electives: Take a minimum of 3 credits of Group C1 electives.

Geo Sci 414

Structural Geology


Geo Sci 463

Physical Hydrogeology


Geo Sci 464

Chemical Hydrogeology


Any Biology course 150-level or above


Any Atmospheric Science course 200-level or above


Group C2: Select no more than 3 credits form the C2 list.


Ind Eng 467

Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students


Any Mathematics course 400-level or above, Math 313, Math 321, Math 322


Any Chemistry course 200-level or above, Chem 104*


Any Physics course 300-level or above, Physics 214, Physics 215


Students who take Chemistry 102 (or 117) may use Chemistry 104 (118) to satisfy three credits of the Group C technical elective requirement.

Group D Technical Electives: Select no more than 3 credits from this list.


EAS 001

Co-op Work Period


English 206

Technical Writing


Geog 403 Remote Sensing 3
Geog 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences 3

Comp Sci 201

 Introductory Computer Programming


Ind Eng 455

Basic Optimization Techniques


Ind Eng 465

Operations Analysis


Matl 431 Welding Engineering 3

MechEng 321

Basic Heat Transfer


UrbPlan 591

Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems


*Students who earn 3 or more credits of Co-op may use 3 of those
credits as approved technical electives.
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