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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Major

The Civil Engineering curriculum is designed to give students a strong mathematical, scientific and engineering background in all of the areas of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on his/her chosen areas through technical electives.

Twelve credits of technical electives are required.  Students are required to choose three technical electives from the five major areas, while at the same time satisfying the ABET design requirement. All Civil Engineering students must take a capstone design course, CE 489 Senior Design, which is designed to bring concepts learned in different courses to culminate in a major design experience.

Students interested in structural engineering may choose courses such as finite element analysis, advanced reinforced concrete, advanced steel design, timber design, pre-stressed concrete, foundation engineering, and dynamics of structures.

Students interested in water resources, or environmental engineering may choose courses such as solid waste management, applied hydrology, watershed modeling, ground water and seepage, water and wastewater engineering, open channel flow, hazardous waste management, and water quality management.

Students interested in transportation engineering may choose courses such as transportation planning, airport planning and design, railway planning and design, geometric highway design, or traffic engineering and pavement design.

Students interested in geotechnical engineering may choose courses in foundation engineering, earth slopes, and geosynthetics, earthquake engineering and advanced soil mechanics.

The curriculum includes a core of social humanistic subjects to provide the student with a background essential to a proper understanding of the role of engineering in society.

Students in Civil Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in internships to enhance their classroom education with practical experience in engineering-related positions in industry.

Students transferring into Civil Engineering from other departments or institutions are encouraged to do so no later than the beginning of the junior year if they plan to complete the degree requirements within two academic years.

All Civil Engineering students at NDSU are required to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 for graduation and have received a grade of 'C' or better in the following courses and all prerequisites in sequence for these courses, before enrolling in any civil engineering courses that utilize these courses as prerequisites.

MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 128Introduction to Linear Algebra1
MATH 259Multivariate Calculus3
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
ME 221Engineering Mechanics I3
ME 222Engineering Mechanics II3
ME 223Mechanics of Materials3

Graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in specialized fields. For more complete details, see the Graduate Bulletin online.

Major Requirements

Major: Civil Engineering

Degree Type: B.S.C.E.
Minimum Credits Required for Degree: 133

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

Civil Engineering Core Requirements
CE 111Introduction to Civil Engineering2
CE 204Surveying4
CE 212Civil Engineering Graphic Communications3
CE 303Civil Engineering Materials2
CE 303LCivil Engineering Materials Laboratory1
CE 309Fluid Mechanics3
CE 310Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1
CE 316Soil Mechanics3
CE 343Structural Engineering and Analysis4
CE 370Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CE 371Environmental Engineering Laboratory1
CE 404Reinforced Concrete3
CE 408Water Resources and Supply3
CE 418Transportation Engineering4
CE 444Structural Steel Design3
CE 483Contracts and Specifications3
CE 489Senior Design3
MATH Courses Required*:
MATH 128Introduction to Linear Algebra1
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 259Multivariate Calculus3
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
Other Required Courses :
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
ENGR 311History of Technology in America (May satisfy general education category A)3
ENGR 312Impact of Technology on Society (May satisfy general education category B)3
ENGL 321Writing in the Technical Professions (May satisfy general education category C)3
GEOL 105Physical Geology (May satisfy general education category S and G)3
IME 440Engineering Economy2
IME 460Evaluation of Engineering Data3
ME 221Engineering Mechanics I *3
ME 222Engineering Mechanics II *3
ME 223Mechanics of Materials *3
ME 350Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer3
PHYS 252University Physics II4
Technical Electives Required: Select 12 credits from the following:12
Design of Pre-stressed Concrete (Design Credits 1.0)
Bridge Evaluation and Rehabilitation (Design Credits 1.5)
Timber and Form Design (Design Credits 1.5)
Finite Element Analysis (Design Credits 1.0)
Advanced Steel Design (Design Credits 1.0)
Basic Dynamics of Structures (Design Credits 1.0)
Stability of Structures (Design Credits 1.5)
Bridge Engineering and Management (Design Credits 1.5)
Water Resources:
Open Channel Flow (Design Credits 1.5)
Watershed Modeling (Design Credits 1.5)
Applied Hydrology (Design Credits 1.5)
Water and Wastewater Engineering (Design Credits 1.5)
Environmental Nanotechnology (Design Credits 1.5)
Solid Waste Management (Design Credits 1.5)
Air Pollution (Design Credits 1.5)
Water Quality Management (Design Credits 1.5)
Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment (Design Credits 1.5)
Special Topics (Design Credits 1.5)
Pavement Design (Design Credits 1.5)
Geometric Highway Design (Design Credits 2.0)
Airport Planning and Design (Design Credits 1.0)
Railroad Planning and Design (Design Credits 1.5)
Pavement Management Systems (Design Credits 1.0)
Bituminous Materials and Mix (Design Credits 1.5)
Special Topics (Design Credits 1.0)
Slope Stability and Retaining Walls (Design Credits 1.5)
Foundation Engineering (Design Credits 1.0)
Designing with Geosynthetics (Design Credits 1.0)
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (Design Credits 1.5)
Advanced Soil Mechanics (Design Credits 1.0)
Advanced Materials:
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (Design Credits 0.0)
Total Credits115

No grades less than a "C" are accepted in any of the math courses, as well as ME 221 Engineering Mechanics I, ME 222 Engineering Mechanics II, and ME 223 Mechanics of Materials for this curriculum.

 Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the college.  Students transferring into the college from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU.
  • Students must complete courses in a minimum of three technical areas with a minimum of 6 credits in design for a minimum total of 12 technical electives.
  • Transfer students are required to take ENGR 311 History of Technology in America or ENGR 312 Impact of Technology on Society regardless of General Education completion.

Note: Department permission required for graduate level courses. Credit may be earned only at the undergraduate level. Department permission is also required for some undergraduate courses. There are specific prerequisites and grade requirements to be allowed to take certain courses.

CHEM 1213CE 1112
CHEM 121L1CHEM 1223
ENGL 1104CHEM 122L1
ENGL 1203COMM 1103
MATH 1654MATH 1664
 18 16
CE 2044IME 4603
CE 2123MATH 2663
GEOL 1053ME 2233
MATH 128 (129)1PHYS 2524
ME 2223 
 17 15
CE 3093CE 3032
CE 3163CE 303L1
ENGL 3213CE 3434
ENGR 4021CE 3703
ME 3503CE 3711
ENGR 3113CE 4083
 16 18
CE 3101CE 4833
CE 4043CE 4893
CE 4443IME 4402
ENGR 3123Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 2 
Technical Elective 2 
 17 16
Total Credits: 133