Civil Engineering concerns the conception, design, construction, and maintenance of large public and private projects. Civil Engineers are responsible for creating sustainable infrastructure that ensures the safety and welfare of the public.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) integrates core courses common across engineering programs as well as specialized courses in the various technical areas including construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources, and others. The program employs a team-based active learning philosophy that provides students with critical thinking skills required for effective and innovative engineering practice.
Undergraduate students have multiple opportunities throughout their academic journey to get involved in engineering projects, research and student organizations.
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Civil Engineering Facilities
Pictured below are a few the of the spaces that Civil Engineering students frequent.
The Machine Lab provides equipment for student projects. The Machine Lab is used both by staff and students. Our lab managers and coordinators construct and repair equipment for research and classes. Students undergo safety training and are taught how to work the various pieces of equipment before they can use them for course assignments.
Students engaged in the Civil Engineering Materials Lab use both this room as well as the High Bay. During the spring semester the room is shared by a Mechanics of Materials class that determines fundamental properties of different materials and geotechnical engineering, which determines properties to classify soil as well as determine how water flows through soil and how soil responds to different loads. Some undergraduate and graduate research is also conduct in this space.
In this area faculty conduct materials research with undergraduate Civil Engineering students including asphalt, concrete, and other material property tests. Student organizations use the space to construct the concrete canoe, steel bridge, and cardboard boat – all of which compete in annual events locally or regionally each spring.
The construction of the concrete canoe is made in the High Bay. The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. The concrete canoe is a great highlight of can be produce out of the High Bay.
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