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Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering


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After completing the core engineering sequence, a student enters this curriculum and follows a baccalaureate program leading to the B.S. degree or a professional program leading to the M.Eng. degree as well as the B.S.

Undergraduate concentrations include construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation engineering. Following the sample four-year schedule is the recommended collection of courses for each of these concentrations.

Subject to other requirements, students may use core engineering electives to accelerate their entrance into the program. Students also may take courses in related fields. Courses bearing the following codes are suggested for particular consideration in consultation with the student’s adviser: ARCH, ECSE, MANE, ENVE, MATH, CSCI, ERTH, and ISYE.

The following represents a typical four-year civil engineering program. Students who are convinced that they want to become civil engineers are urged to follow this plan of study in lieu of the general core engineering program presented earlier. Required or strongly recommended core engineering electives are shown for optimum scheduling.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Electives Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Basic Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


Spring


  • CE Design Elective Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnote 6 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


Fall


  • CE Design Elective Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Math and Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 7 below)

Spring


  • CE Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for this curriculum.


Additional Requirements


Nonengineering courses graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not included within this 128-credit-hour requirement. The Pass/No Credit option can be used only for free electives with something other than a CIVL or ENVE code and the humanities, arts, and social sciences electives. All other courses used to satisfy the degree requirements must be taken on a graded basis.

Civil Engineering Design Electives and Concentrations


Six credit hours of civil engineering design electives are required. These must be selected from the following list. Any pair of courses can be selected providing that prerequisites are met, but students most often select a combination focused on a specific area of concentration. Furthermore, design electives must be selected such that the prerequisites associated with CIVL 4920 (Civl Engineering Capstone Design) are met. The terms in which courses are typically offered are listed in parentheses.

Structural Engineering


Geotechnical Engineering


Transportation Engineering


Footnotes


  1. CIVL 1200 may be replaced with ENGR 1200 or ENGR 1400.
  2. Any 4-credit course in the School of Science with a prefix of ASTR, BIOL or ERTH.
  3. CIVL 1100 may be replaced with ENGR 1300.
  4. CSCI 1190 may be replaced with CSCI 1100.
  5. Text below lists the allowable courses.
  6. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of the semester.
  7. Any 4-credit course in the School of Science with a prefix of ASTR, BCBP, BIOL, CHEM, ERTH, MATH, or PHYS.
  8. Can be taken either semester of the senior year.

Civil Engineering Technical Elective


Any of the design electives listed above can be taken as a CE technical elective, provided the necessary prerequisites are met. The following other civil engineering courses can also be selected:

Additional Courses


With adviser approval, courses from related disciplines can also be taken. These include architecture, environmental engineering, earth and environmental sciences, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, and operations research. Graduate level courses (6000-level) are allowable under certain circumstances. A representative list of such courses is as follows:

 

Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences Electives


In this area, the electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Students are urged to select humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.

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