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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering (CIVJ)

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The Civil Engineering curriculum prepares students for entry level positions in the civil engineering profession. It was developed to provide students with knowledge in the areas of structural engineering, construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. Technical, communication, and human relation skills are developed throughout the curriculum. Design is emphasized from the beginning of the curriculum.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

(For up-to-date educational objectives and learning outcomes, see department web page at www.wmich.edu/cce/undergrad.php.


Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement


Students who have chosen the Civil or Construction Engineering curriculum will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing CCE 4830: Project Design and Control and CCE 4850: Senior Project.



Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering must complete the following program of 126 semester credit hours as well as University requirements stated elsewhere in this catalog.

  1. A “C” average or better must be earned in required courses with a CCE, IME or ME prefix.
  2. A student is required to earn a grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite courses for all CCE courses before enrollment is permitted in the next sequence course.
  3. No more than two grades of “D” or “DC” in courses presented for graduation may be counted for graduation.
  4. Complete the following program of 126 semester hours. The schedule below is an example of one leading to graduation in eight semesters. Pre-engineering requirements are indicated. 
  5. The Civil Engineering curriculum requires students to complete a course in General Education Area I, Area II, Area III, Area IV, Area V, and Area VIII. At least two of the General Education Area courses must be at the 3000/4000-level, and no more than two courses from any one department may be used to satisfy the Area requirements. Civil Engineering majors are required to take PHIL 3160 for Area II and Econ 2010 for Area V.

First Semester (15 hours)

The following courses are Pre-engineering requirements.

Third Semester (18 hours)

Fourth Semester (16 hours)

  • Area I - Fine Arts   Credits: 3 hours

Fifth Semester (15 hours)

Seventh Semester (17 hours)

  • CCE Construction Engineering Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • CCE Environmental Engineering Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Area IV - Other Cultures   Credits: 4 hours

Eighth Semester (14 hours)

  • CCE Engineering Science or Design Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • CCE Structural Engineering Design Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Area III - U.S. Cultures and Issues   Credits: 3 hours
  • Area VIII - Health & Well Being   Credits: 2 hours

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