B.S. Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers are in the forefront of technology. They are the leading users of sophisticated high-tech products - applying the very latest concepts in computer-aided design, construction, project scheduling, and cost control. Civil engineering is about community service, sustainable development and environment, and improvement. It involves the conception, planning, analysis, design and construction of facilities essential to modern life, ranging from bridges to offshore structures to buildings to dams. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water, energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning.

The Civil Engineering degree builds on a foundation of engineering core courses to prepare students for leadership roles in industry and professional practice. The degree provides a broad education in engineering of civil infrastructure, including the following breadth areas:

Construction Engineering
Engineering Surveying
Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Water Resources Engineering

Near graduation, students can elect to take the Civil Engineering Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam. Licensure can be obtained as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Construction Engineering. Students can elect to take CEEN 360- Introduction to Construction Engineering, to gain an overview of construction means, methods and materials, as well as scheduling and contracting construction projects. Upper level courses include CEEN 423- Surveying for Engineers & Infrastructure Design.

Engineering Surveying. All students take CEEN 331- Civil Engineering Field Session, and may elect to take CEEN 423- Surveying for Engineers & Infrastructure Design.

Environmental  Engineering. Students can elect to take CEEN 301- Fundamentals of Environmental Science & Engineering I, and pursue advanced studies in water reclamation, wastewater treatment, ground-water remediation, and sustainable engineering design. 

Geotechnical Engineering. All students take CEEN 312- Soil Mechanics, CEEN 312L- Soil Mechanics Lab, and CEEN 415- Foundation Engineering. Elective courses enable students to study computational methods in geomechanics and environmental geotechnics, surface and subsurface excavations, geotechnical risk, and geohazard analysis. 

Structural Engineering. All Students take CEEN 314- Structural Theory, and either CEEN 443- Design of Steel Structures or CEEN 445- Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures. Students may elect to study Seismic Design, Timber & Masonry Design, and advanced structural analysis courses. 

Water Resources Engineering. All students take CEEN 310- Fluid Mechanics for Civil & Environmental Engineering, and may elect to take CEEN 381- Hydrologic & Water Resources Engineering.

Additional Information

Civil Engineering Degree Program Fact Sheet 2016-17 PDF versionText only version

Civil Engineering Degree Flowchart 2017-18PDF versionText only version

Degree Flowchart 2016-17PDF versionText only version

Degree Flowchart 2015-16PDF versionText only version

Degree Flowchart 2014-15PDF versionText only version

Degree Flowchart 2013-14PDF versionText only version

Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Catalog


Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):
Within three years of attaining the Bachelor's degree, graduates will be:

  • Situated in growing careers or will be successfully pursuing a graduate degree in civil engineering or a related field.
  • Advancing in their professional standing, generating new knowledge and/or exercising leadership in their field.
  • Contributing to the needs of society through professional practice, research, and/or service.

Student Outcomes (SOs):
Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Please note: These student outcomes are the same as those required for EAC/ABET accreditation.

The programs leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Civil Engineering program and other CSM programs can be found at the CSM Fact page.


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