Civil Engineering

Program Course Requirements

Degree Requirements and Academic Advising Documents

This page provides the Civil Engineering degree requirements (both major requirements and General Education requirements) by means of several documents designed to help students plan their coursework.

CE Course Sequence Flowcharts: These flowcharts illustrate the sequence of courses. Since most courses in the Civil Engineering degree have corresponding prerequisite courses, it is very important to take courses in the correct order.

CE Course Matrix 2022-2023(opens in new window): Curriculum requirements and preapproved substitutions.

CE Course Matrix 2021-2022(opens in new window): Curriculum requirements and preapproved substitutions.

CE Course Matrix 2019-2020(opens in new window): Curriculum requirements and preapproved substitutions.

CIVL 500 Electives (PDF):This file lists the 500-level CIVL courses, including CIVL 500C capstone courses, planned over the next several semesters. These courses may be used to satisfy the "engineering elective," the "technical elective," or the "capstone" requirement. 

Technical Electives (PDF): This file lists all approved "technical elective" courses.

General Education Requirements for CE Students: CE majors have modifications to some General Education course requirements, which are summarized in this modified GE Planning Sheet. Refer to the university's General Education Website(opens in new window) for the most recent copy of the GE Planning Sheet, which lists the currently available GE courses by classification.

CE Course Matrix 2018: Curriculum requirements and preapproved substitutions for 2018 catalog.

Previous Requirements for Students Beginning College Prior to Fall 2018

Both the Civil Engineering degree requirements and the General Education requirements were updated effective Fall 2018. If you have been doing college-level work continuously since before Fall 2018, you may choose to graduate based on either the updated requirements (available in the files in the previous section) or based on the older degree requirements that were in effect when you began college.

CE Course Matrix Pre 2018 - older curriculum requirements and the pre-approved substitutions.

When using the older degree requirements, there are pre-approved substitutions that will enable you to take our newly offered courses. Transitioning to the new curriculum is confusing, so please review this file and then discuss this in person with your CE faculty academic advisor. 

Other forms used in the Civil Engineering department

Petition a CE Program Requirement: Students may petition to make a substitution or change to CE program requirements. These requests usually involve substituting an unapproved course a student has already taken or plans to take against a similar but approved course. It is always better to file a petition before taking a substitute course, whenever possible. Petition requests are approved or denied by majority vote of the CE faculty. Students must consult with their major academic advisor when considering a petition.

Request to Change Academic Advisor (PDF): Every CE major must have a major academic advisor. All permanent faculty in the CE program do academic advising. You may select an advisor of your choice or let the department choose one for you.

Declare or Change a Major or Minor: It is usually a simple matter to declare a major if you are currently "undeclared" or to change from your current major to another one.