Undergraduate Program

B.S. in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a broadly based discipline that encompasses many specialties. The civil engineering curriculum provides students with a strong background in engineering and applied sciences. The B.S. Program in Civil Engineering at UIC is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The objectives and outcomes for the B.S. in Civil Engineering at UIC were approved by the Departmental faculty, Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (CEPAC), and student representatives of the Department, and they are stated in the following paragraphs. The Program Objectives pertain to the expected accomplishments of our graduates during the first few years after graduation. The Program Outcomes describe the expected knowledge and technical capabilities of our students by the time of graduation.

Civil Engineering Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Civil Engineering Program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics and science in engineering problems
  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Design civil engineering systems
  • Function effectively in multidisciplinary design teams
  • Identify and formulate engineering problems
  • Understand their ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Recognize the importance and need to engage in life-long learning
  • Understand the societal and global impact of engineering solutions
  • Comprehend the significance of contemporary issues
  • Communicate their engineering designs and solutions in a professional and effective manner
  • Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools for efficient practice of civil engineering
A majority of the graduates should pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

Civil Engineering Program Objectives

The operational goals of the Civil Engineering Program are to graduate civil engineers:

  • Who have the fundamental knowledge and modern tools necessary for civil engineering practice in industry and government in the following areas of specialization: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering and transportation engineering
  • Can apply their knowledge and skills to formulate and solve civil engineering problems, both well-defined and ill-defined
  • Are sufficiently proficient in their areas of specialization to achieve professional licensure in civil engineering, and in structural engineering, if desired, in view of the special role of civil engineers in the design and operation of public works and public buildings
  • Are prepared and motivated to pursue graduate study, and are cognizant of the role of basic and applied research in civil engineering
  • Understand the role and importance of effective communication in working effectively in multidisciplinary teams and have the leadership potential to become team leaders
  • Appreciate and understand their ethical, professional, and community responsibilities tosociety.
A majority of graduates from the department who enter the engineering profession should pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination (PE) five years after graduation. Those who are interested in practicing structural engineering in Illinois should also pass the Illinois Structural Engineering Examination (SE) in five to ten years.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.
All students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE Exam) before graduation.

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