UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Civil Engineering


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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 apply broad-based knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering science for solving engineering problems and creating engineering designs in the civil engineering profession.
  2. Graduates demonstrate leadership in infrastructure design by creating solutions for complex urban problems by synthesizing and implementing knowledge from multiple disciplines.
  3. Graduates are leaders in the workplace and in professional organizations by demonstrating effective communication skills, ethical responsibility, and social awareness.
  4. Graduates adapt to changes in the urban and global environment by exhibiting intellectual curiosity, innovating, pursuing continuous education, and embracing diverse ideas.

Objective 1. Graduates apply broad-based knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering science for solving engineering problems and creating engineering designs in the civil engineering professional field.

This objective implies that graduates will have a solid preparation that includes the knowledge of mathematics, sciences, statistics, engineering science disciplines, and computer applications as a foundation for later studies and lifelong learning. Through a rigorous program preparation, graduates will also be well-versed in different ways of addressing engineering problems.

Objective 2
. Graduates demonstrate leadership in infrastructure design by creating solutions for complex urban problems by synthesizing and implementing knowledge from multiple disciplines.

This objective implies that graduates will have the necessary breadth and depth of technical knowledge and professional training to sustain a lengthy career as a civil engineer. It also encompasses broad knowledge of four traditional fields of civil engineering such as with an in-depth specialization knowledge in one focus area, as well as proficiency in experimentation, design, professional tools, communication skills, relationships between the engineering design and legal, environmental, and societal concerns.

Objective 3
. Graduates are leaders in the workplace and in professional organizations by demonstrating effective communication skills, ethical responsibility, and social awareness.

This objective relates to the non-technical aspects of professional practice. Included in professional preparation are ethics, participation in professional organizations, interactions between professionals, and integrating non-engineering factors in designs and decisions.

Objective 4
. Graduates adapt to changes in the urban and global environment by exhibiting intellectual curiosity, innovating, pursuing continuous education, and embracing diverse ideas.

This objective recognizes the speed of technological change, changing professional environments, and the need to keep the program up-to-date, both in terms of the knowledge transmitted and the means by which it is transmitted.

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

Structural Engineering Minor

The minor in structural engineering is designed especially 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, (414) 229-5422.

The Civil Engineering and Mechanics Department offers many elective courses that 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.

CIVIL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM

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: 33 credits

EAS 100

CEAS Freshman Orientation (recommended only)

1

EAS 200

Professional Seminar

1

Ind Eng 111

Introduction to Engineering

3

Ind Eng 112

Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design/Drafting

3

Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis

3

Civ Eng 280

Computer-Based Engineering Analysis

3

Civ Eng 201

Statics

3

Civ Eng 202

Dynamics

3

Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials

4

MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials*

4

MechEng 301

Basic Engineering Thermodynamics

3

MechEng 320

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

3

Civil Engineering Major: 23 credits  
     

Civ Eng 250

Surveying for Construction

3

Civ Eng 335

Soil Mechanics

3

Civ Eng 372

Introduction to Structural Design

4

Civ Eng 411

Water Resources Design

3

Civ Eng 413

Environmental Engineering

3

Civ Eng 490

Transportation Engineering

3

Civ Eng 494

Principles of Civil Engineering Design

1

Civ Eng 495

Senior Design

3


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


Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:

Math 231-232-233
or
Math 221-222 (Honors)
and
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

Other Natural Sciences (3 credits)
Any Geo Sci course 300 level or above, or
Any Bio Sci course 150 level or above, or
Any Atm Sci course 200 level or above

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits

Arts

 

3

Humanities

 

3

English 310

Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century

3

Social Science

 

3

 

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

Free Electives: 3 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:

  1. Two years of a single foreign language in high school;
  2. Two semesters of a single foreign language in college; or
  3. Demonstrate ability by examination.

1 Placement 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.

Technical Electives - Civil Engineering Major: 21 Credits Required. The Civil Engineering and Mechanics Department offers numerous elective courses that 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 Geo Sci 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 15-21 credits of Group A Electives. All non-required Civ Eng courses 400-699 are Group A Electives.

Group B Technical Electives: Select no more than 6 credits from this list.
Cr
EAS 001 Co-op Work Period
3
English 206 Technical Writing
3
Geog 403 Remote Sensing
3
CompScie 250 Introductory Computer Programming
3
ElecEng 301 Electrical Circuits
3
Ind Eng 367 Intro Statistics for Physical Sciences & Engineering
3
Ind Eng 455 Operations Research I
3
Ind Eng 465 Operations Research II
3
Ind Eng 475 Design Experiments
3
MatlEng 431 Welding Engineering
3
MechEng 321 Basic Heat Transfer
4
UrbPlan 591 Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems
3
Geog 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3
Any Mathematics course 400-level or above, Math 313, 321, 322
Any Chemistry course 200-level or above, Chem 104
Any Physics course 300-level or above, Physics 214, 215

 

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

* Students who take Chemistry 104 to satisfy 3 credits of Group B Electives

 


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