Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
(239) 590-7390

2015-2016 Catalog Year

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 Prerequisite requirements, lower level electives, and EGS 1006L.

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: admission to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing; attendance at a Freshman Transition Workshop or Transfer Student Orientation session; and 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.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Program Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHMX045C or (CHSX440 and CHSX440L)

    FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX311 or MACX281

    FGCU Course: MAC 2312 Calculus II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX312 or MACX282

    FGCU Course: MAC 2313 Calculus III (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MACX313 or MACX283

    FGCU Course: MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MAPX302 or MAPX305

    FGCU Course: PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: (PHYX048 and PHYX048L) or PHYX048C or (PHYX043 and PHYX048L) or (PHYX041 and PHYX048L)

    FGCU Course: PHY 2049C Gen'l Physics w/Lab II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: (PHYX049 and PHYX049L) or PHYX049C or (PHYX044 and PHYX049L) or (PHYX042 and PHYX049L)

  3. Engineering Common Core (10 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

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

  4. Required Courses in the Major (42 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course except CGN 4802.

    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 4802 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)

  5. Restricted Electives in the Major (12 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    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)

    Select two from the following:
    Must be approved by the College Advisor for engineering in consultation with the faculty.
    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 Advanced GIS: Spatial Analysis (3)
    GLY 3420C Tectonics and Marine Geology (4)
    GLY 4700C Coastal & Watershed Geology (3)
    Other courses may be taken with approval

  6. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  7. Additional Electives (as needed to reach total credits required for the degree)
    Recommended options include ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ENC 3250, MAN 2062, MAN 3025, MAS 3105, and MAP 3161


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 128 credits.
  • At least 48 of the 128 credits at the upper division (3000 and higher) level.
  • A minimum of 32 of the last 60 credits to be taken at FGCU, including 12 credits in the major. Also, CGN 4802C must be taken at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfaction of College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement. See

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 11/25/2015.