University General Course Catalog 2015-2016 
    Mar 02, 2024  

Civil Engineering, B.S. in C.E.

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Civil engineers apply scientific and engineering principles to improve the built environment and to provide sustainable infrastructure systems. Civil engineers analyze and design structural components of buildings and bridges; improve seismic safety; investigate soil-structure interactions; design pavements and test new asphalt and concrete mixtures; implement strategies for improving traffic flow within a transportation network; and develop treatment strategies for water, wastewater, and environmental contaminants. Civil engineers use computer design and simulation to envision new systems and to retrofit existing ones.

Contact Information

105 Scrugham Engineering-Mines
(775) 784-6937

All Freshmen, Sophomores and Incoming transfer students: College of Engineering Advisement Center, SFB 100  775-682-7721

Juniors and Seniors: Assigned Faculty Advisor

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 129
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Units of Major Requirements at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 40 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 64.5


Progression Standards

This major includes requirements to monitor progress toward graduation in four years. Students must complete these progression requirements by the semester indicated to ensure that they are making minimal progress in their degree program. Students should meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester to monitor their academic progress.

Students must complete the first year progression requirement before enrolling in upper-division engineering coursework. Students may attempt critical courses up to three times. Withdrawals count as attempts. Students who exceed the repeat limit are not making good academic progress and will be placed on program probation.

First Year

* Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed with at least a “C”.

Second Year

The following courses must be completed with at least “C”:


Third Year

Select 3 courses from the following. These courses must be completed with at least a “C”:

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements (36-44 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy”.

A. English (3-8 units)

Refer to the “English” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

NOTE: Students who place in ENG 102  are not required to complete ENG 101 .

B. Mathematics (4 units)

  Refer to the “Mathematics” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

D. Social Sciences (3 units)

Refer to the “Social Sciences” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

E. Fine Arts (3 units)

Refer to the “Fine Arts” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. Must not be a skills course.

F. Core Humanities (9 units)

Refer to the “Core Humanities” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

H. Diversity (0-3 units)

Refer to the “Diversity” section of the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog.

NOTE: Students must take a three-credit course that satisfies the “Diversity” requirement. This can be a course that also satisfies either the “Fine Arts” or “Social Science” requirements.

II. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

III. Major Requirements (92-93 units)

D. Technical Electives–15 units

NOTE: List available from the department. At least two courses must contain design and all students are required to take either CEE 480  or CEE 481  .

IV. Electives (0-3 units)

V. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (12 units)


*In addition to the general university requirements of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, engineering students must earn at least a “C” in those courses designated with an asterisk (*) and must also maintain at least a “C” average in the Core Curriculum Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and the major requirements courses.

**Total number of credits is 18 for the Emphasis Capstone plus technical electives including CEE 480  and/or CEE 481 .

Students enrolled in civil and environmental engineering internship programs are required to take a one-credit seminar course ( CEE 225 CEE 325  , CEE 425  ) at the appropriate level each summer they are enrolled in the program. These credits are in addition to the total required for other engineering students.

Class attendance is mandatory in all civil and environmental engineering courses. Civil engineering students who need to repeat courses to meet the minimum grade-point average requirement set by the university or the college are allowed to repeat only those courses in which they received a grade lower than a “C” (2.0).

It is the policy of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to not accept transfer courses from outside the NSHE system with grades lower than a “C”.

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