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Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
(239) 590-7390

Civil Engineering concerns the study of the conception, design, construction, and maintenance of large public and private projects. Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise the building of bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment and distribution systems, buildings, and many other types of structures. Environmental considerations, such as water supply, pollution control, and preservation of soil quality, are also important.

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) focuses on the core competency areas: environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. This program employs a team-based interdisciplinary learning philosophy. This approach provides students with the critical thinking skills required for effective and innovative engineering practice. Students will be prepared to combine social awareness and an interest in humanity with the technical expertise of the engineering profession as they plan, design, and construct a built environment. B.S.C.E. students complete core courses common to the other engineering majors as well as specialized courses in civil engineering.

The Civil Engineering Program of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University will produce graduates who:

  • Pursue lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advanced degrees in civil engineering or other related fields,
  • Progress to professional registration, and
  • Continue to develop professionally through participation in professional organizations and/or participation in professional development activities in the industry.



Program Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal acceptance into a U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) major. As pre-majors, students may enroll in:

  • Lower level (1000-2999) courses to satisfy General Education and Common Program Prerequisite requirements;
  • Lower level electives; and
  • EGS 1006L  from the Engineering Common Core courses, if course pre-requisites are met.

Pre-majors may not enroll in Engineering Common Core classes beyond EGS 1006L without first being admitted to an Engineering Major or in any upper level (3000-4999) Required Courses for the Major without meeting the course pre-requisites and prior approval, where appropriate, by the WCE Academic Advisor.

Admission to Florida Gulf Coast University does not guarantee acceptance into a WCE major. Students are accepted into a WCE major upon satisfaction of the following:

  1. Admission to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing.
  2. Attendance at a Freshman Transition Workshop or Transfer Student Orientation session.
  3. Completion of Calculus I with a grade of C or higher.  Exceptions may be made for AP/IB credit with approval of the WCE Academic Advisor.
  4. Submission of the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering Application for Acceptance into a Major upon completion of the above steps 1 through 3 before the start of registration in any given semester.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.

    1. Communication (6 hrs)
      1. ENC 1101 (3)
      2. ENC 1102 (3)

    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
      1. MAC 2311 (4)
      2. STA 2037 (3) or STA 2023 (3)

    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
      1. HUM 2510 (3)

    4. Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)

    5. Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
      1. BSC 1010C (4) or GLY 1000C (4) or GLY 2030C (3)
      2. CHM 1046C (4)

        Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.

  2. Common Program Prerequisites (GEP +23)

    • CHM 1045C General Chemistry w/Lab I (4)
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I w/Analytical Geometry (GEP)
    • MAC 2312 Calculus II w/Analytical Geometry (4)
    • MAC 2313 Calculus III w/Analytical Geometry (4)
    • MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3)
    • PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)
    • PHY 2049C General Physics w/Lab II (4)

  3. Engineering Common Core (10 hrs)

    • EGS 1006L Intro to the Engineering Profession (1)
    • EGN 1041C Computational Tools for Eng (2)
    • EGM 3420C Engineering Mechanics (4)
    • EGN 3641C Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)

  4. Required Courses in the Major (54 hrs)

    • CCE 3101C Civil Engineering Materials (3)
    • CCE 4031 Project Planning & Regulations (3)
    • CEG 3011C Geotechnical Engineering I (3)
    • CEG 4012C Geotechnical Engineering II (3)
    • CES 3100C Structural Analysis (3)
    • CGN 3323C Surveying and Geomatics (3)
    • CGN 4802C Civil Engin Senior Design (3)
    • CWR 3201C Engineering Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • CWR 3202C Hydrology and Hydraulics (3)
    • CWR 4540C Water Resources Design (3)
    • EGN 2111C Engineering Computer Graphics (3)
    • EGN 3331C Mechanics of Materials (3)
    • ENV 3006C Fundamentals of Environ Engrg (3)
    • TTE 3002C Transportation Engineering (3)
    • XXX XXXX Restricted Electives (6)*

    • Select one:
      • CES 4702C Reinforced Concrete Design (3) OR
      • CES 4605 Steel Design (3)

    • Select one:
      • ENV 3502C Water Treatment Engineering (3)
      • ENV 4101C Atmospheric Pollution (3)
      • ENV 4330C Hazardous Waste Remediation (3)
      • ENV 4351 Solid Waste Management (3)
      • ENV 4509C Wastewater Engineering (3)
      • ENV 4612 Sustainability in Engineering (3)

        *The Restricted Electives must be approved by the College Advisor for engineering in consultation with the faculty. Restricted electives include the following courses:
        • CES 4101 Advanced Structural Analysis (3)
        • CES 4605 Steel Design (3)
        • CES 4702C Reinforced Concrete Design (3)
        • EES 3204C Environ Chem for Engineers (3)
        • ENV 3502C Water Treatment Engineering (3)
        • ENV 4101C Atmospheric Pollution (3)
        • ENV 4330C Hazardous Waste Remediation (3)
        • ENV 4351 Solid Waste Management (3)
        • ENV 4509C Wastewater Engineering (3)
        • ENV 4612 Sustainability in Engineering (3)
        • EVR 4043C Environmental GIS (3)
        • GIS 5306C Graphic Information Systems (3)
        • GLY 3420C Tectonics and Marine Geology (4)
        • GLY 4700C Coastal & Watershed Geology (3)
        • Other courses may be taken with approval

  5. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Unrestricted Electives (varies)
    • Recommended options include ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ENC 3025, MAN 2062, MAN 3025, MAS 3105, and MAP 3161


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • A minimum of 128 credit hours.
  • At least 48 of the 128 hours at the upper division (3000 and higher) level.
  • A minimum of 32 of the last 60 credit hours to be taken at FGCU, including 12 credit hours in the major. Also, CGN 4802C must be taken at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • A minimum grade of C for each course used to satisfy the following: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, common prerequisites, required courses in the major and technical electives in the major.
  • Satisfaction of Communication and Computation Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement. See
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • MAC 2311: may substitute MAC X311 or MAC X281 (4)
  • MAC 2312: may substitute MAC X312 or MAC X282 (4)
  • MAC 2313: may substitute MAC X313 or MAC X283 (4)
  • CHM 1045C: may substitute CHM X045C or CHM X045 and CHM X045L or CHS X440 (4)
  • PHY 2048C: may substitute PHY X048C or PHY X048 and PHY X048L or PHY X043 (4)
  • PHY 2049C: may substitute PHY X049C or PHY X049 and PHY X049L or PHY X044 (4)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Transfer credits will normally be accepted from regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credit received by The Office of Admissions will be evaluated for appropriate credit toward specific requirements in the students' degree program. Registration assistance will be provided at transfer orientation based on the evaluation of official transcripts and degree applicable transfer credit. Admitted students may view transfer credit and access a Degree Evaluation in the Student Records section of the Gulfline Accounts. Degree evaluation instructions may be found at this link:

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