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Civil Engineering

1. Educational Objectives

This program is to educate students to:

(1) Successfully enter the civil and environmental engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants with prominent companies and organizations in diverse areas that include structural, transportation, geotechnical, materials, environmental, and hydrologic engineering; construction management; or other related or emerging fields;

(2) Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities in civil and environmental engineering, and related fields;

(3) Pursue professional licensure;

(4) Advance to leadership positions in the profession;

(5) Engage in continued learning through professional development;

(6) Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

2. Outcomes

Civil engineering is a profession that applies the basic principles of science in conjunction with mathematical and computational tools to solve problems associated with developing and sustaining civilized life on our planet. Civil engineering works are generally one-of-a-kind projects; they are often grand in scale; and they usually require cooperation among professionals of many different disciplines. The completion of a civil engineering project involves the solution of technical problems in which uncertainty of information and myriad non-technical factors often play a significant role. Some of the most common examples of civil engineering works include bridges, buildings, dams, airports, highways, tunnels, and water distribution systems. Civil engineers are concerned with flood control, landslides, air and water pollution, and the design of facilities to withstand earthquakes and other natural hazards, in addition to protecting our environment for a sustainable future.

3. Core Curriculum

The curriculum is organized into required courses, math and science electives, civil engineering technical courses, and other electives. The first two years of study for undergraduate students build the base needed for the civil and environmental engineering education: students take physics, math, chemistry, theoretical and applied mechanics, and some general engineering courses. Students can also take several electives at this time. The last two years of study involve primarily civil and environmental engineering courses. Students elect a major and secondary area of concentration within the department. Details of the curriculum are contained in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

4. Program Duration and Awarded Degree

Planned Duration of Program: Four Years Full-Time

Degrees Awarded: BSc of Zhejiang University and BSc of UIUC