University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 14, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

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. 

Accreditation information is available at—civil-engineering

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Contact Information

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
105 Scrugham Engineering-Mines
(775) 784-6937

For advising contact:
College of Engineering Advising Center
Scrugham Engineering and Mines, Suite 131
(775) 682-7721

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures are available at Only students who are eligible to enroll in MATH 181 (as demonstrated through placement tests) may enter specific major programs within the College of Engineering. Others may enter the undeclared engineering program. Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring).

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 126
  • 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 including ENGR 301  and CEE 427  
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • As per engineering accreditation requirements, students are required to have the following:
    • a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of a combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences with experimental experience appropriate to the program
    • a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of engineering topics appropriate to the program, consisting of engineering and computer sciences and engineering design, and utilizing modern engineering tools

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

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

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

  • (4 units) CO2 *
  • NOTE: Engineering students are expected to place in MATH 181 or higher. Entering students who do not place in MATH 181 may be required to take additional credits before declaring their major.

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6  courses.

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog. 

II. Additional Core Requirements (0 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (96-97 units)

A. Additional Mathematics and Sciences (21-22 units)

C. Restricted Electives (6 units)

D. Other Electives (9 units)

List available on CEE Department Website

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (0 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

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A. First Year

Fall Semester (17 units)

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (12 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 15 for the Design Elective plus technical electives including CEE 480  and/or CEE 481 .

ENGR 301  and CEE 427  must be taken in residence (no substitutions or waivers).

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