B.S. in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is incredibly broad and diverse; there are more licensed civil engineers than in any other field of engineering.

Civil engineers typically build and maintain the built environment (buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, reservoirs, and water treatment facilities).

Careers

Structural Engineering – structural engineers analyze and design buildings, bridges, towers, tunnels, and more. They identify loads on a structure and then design steel, concrete, timber, or masonry structures that can safely resist those loads. They also maintain and rehabilitate existing infrastructure.

Water Resources – Water resource engineers assess water supply in lakes, rivers, streams and underground in order to provide for human use while minimizing impact to ecological systems. In this career track, engineers design water infrastructure such as dams, levees, and canals.

Geotechnical Engineering – Geotechnical engineers are responsible for using experimental and computational methods to assess the complex nature of soils and rocks that underlie a construction site. They are responsible for the overall foundation design of structures like buildings, bridges, tunnels, and more.

Construction Engineering – Construction engineers possess the skils to bring digital designs into the physical world. Construction engineers master scheduling, management and logistics to complete projects on time and under budget. They are experts in navigating the fast-paced and unpredictable world of construction projects.

Engineering Surveying – Land surveying makes use of electronic distance measurement technology and GPS to establish the boundaries of a site and trace linear infrastructure routes such as roads and railways.

Environmental Engineering – Environmental engineers balance human needs – such as clean drinking water and energy production – with environmental and ecological stewardship. These engineers are experts in air, water, and soil, and protect these resources from the effects of industry.

Curriculum

The curriculum requires 135.5 semester credit hours, which breaks down as follows: 41 credit hours of mathematics and basic sciences, 52 credit hours of engineering topics, and 42.5 credit hours of general education requirements, such as economics, design, and the humanities.

For the first 3 weeks of summer after the sophomore year, students take an intensive 3-week course called Field Session. In this course, students perform engineering surveying in the field and then recreate and manipulate that data in the digital environment. This signature experience is unique to Mines.

Over the course of the 4-year curriculum, students have the opportunity to be exposed to a number of Civil Engineering subfields, such as structural engineering, water resources (hydrologic) engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering surveying, construction engineering, and environmental engineering. The curriculum culminates in a 2-semester capstone design course in which students apply their technical knowledge and skills to a real-world design project.

The curriculum requirements may be viewed in detail in the Undergraduate Catalog. The advising flowcharts below provide a quick snapshot of the coursework in the curriculum.

Advising (Flowcharts)

Students: please be sure to follow the curricular requirements associated with your semester of admission. It is possible to change catalogs while enrolled – see the undergraduate program manager for details. Please note that the catalog contains the official curricular requirements. The flowcharts are provided for convenience, but they are not the official documents.

Minors

Coming soon! Contact Undergraduate Program Administrator Jaime Bachmeier at jbachmeier@mines.edu for details.

Combined Degree Program

Students can earn the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering with as little as one additional year of study after their undergraduate degree at Mines. For further information on this opportunity, contact Graduate Program Manager Tim VanHaverbeke at tvanhave@mines.edu.

Set Up a Visit

Current Mines students interested in the Civil Engineering program are welcome to visit with Jaime Bachmeier, the undergraduate program administrator, in Chauvenet Hall, Room 147.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend Preview Mines (Fall Semester) and Discover Mines (Spring Semester), or set up an individual appointment with Jaime Bachmeier at jbachmeier@mines.edu.

Accreditation

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

The Program Educational Objectives are:

  1. Graduates will be engaged in professional activities that address complex societal challenges.
  2. Graduates will be successfully employed in engineering, science, or other impactful careers.
  3. Graduates will be critical and creative innovators, motivators, and leaders.
  4. Graduates will engage in continual learning by pursuing additional educational opportunities such as graduate coursework and degrees, professional conferences and training, and participation in professional societies.
  5. Graduates will attain professional registration or other appropriate certifications.

The Student Outcomes are:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) 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; (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (g) an ability to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning; (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; and (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The enrollment and graduation data for the Civil Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the homepage of the Office of Institutional Research.