Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering applies the laws and principles of the basic sciences, primarily mechanics, to the design, modification, construction, and building of structures of all kinds, to resist and harness the forces of nature, and to improve the quality of life. Civil engineers are responsible for planning, designing, and constructing onshore and offshore operating structures, water-supply and waste-disposal systems, air- and water- pollution-control systems, flood-control systems, and transportation systems. In essence, civil engineers are concerned with the environment of modern society.

Educational Objective of the Civil Engineering Program

Produce civil engineering graduates who are academically prepared to be successful civil engineers serving the needs of society by working in construction, consulting, government, industry, or academia.

This educational objective describes the career and professional accomplishments the Civil Engineering Program is preparing its graduates to achieve. This broad educational objective is further defined and measured as follows:

    1. Graduates of the Program will be academically prepared in the Civil Engineering areas of structures, geotechnical, water resources, and environmental engineering. According to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), licensure is the mark of a professional that demonstrates accomplishment of the high standards of professionalism to which the engineering profession subscribes. The prerequisite for licensure is ABET-accredited education, engineering experience, and passing the Principles of Practice of Engineering Exam. This examination includes a 4 hour breadth exam in Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources and Environmental areas in addition to a 4 hour depth exam in one of these areas. Maintaining licensure requires up to 15 hours of board-approved continuing professional development annually. UNO graduates will be surveyed to determine if they have earned their professional engineering license and whether they consider themselves academically prepared in each of these civil engineering areas.
    2. UNO Civil Engineering graduates are considered successful civil engineers if they attain professional advancement. Graduates of the Program will be surveyed to determine professional advancement.

UNO Civil Engineering graduates will serve the needs of society by working in construction, consulting, government, industry (i.e., industrial plant, manufacturing plant, etc.) or academia. Graduates of the program will be surveyed to determine the industry in which they are employed.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNO offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. The UNO Civil Engineering curriculum is accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The University also offers graduate programs leading to the Masters of Science in Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science.

Student Learning Outcomes
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Students upon securing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering will have the following abilities:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary 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 and social 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.

Curriculum in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

General Education Requirements6
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  ENGL 2152  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 21143 4  Humanities Elective2  3
MATH 21243 4  Social Sciences  
Science    ECON 2000 3
BIOS 3  Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, URBN) 3
PHYS 1061 3  Arts (Fine Arts, Music, FTA except 2650, 2660) 3
     Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
MATH 2134 4  ENCE 2302, 2303  4
MATH 2221 3  ENCE 2310  3
MATH 2314 3  ENCE 2350  3
CHEM 1017 3  ENCE 2351; ENCE 2311  4
PHYS 1065 1  ENME 2750  3
PHYS 1063 1  ENCE Electives5  6
    Total 404
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ENCE 3318  3  ENCE 4321, ENCE 4322, ENCE 4323  9
ENCE 3327, ENCE 3326  4  ENCE 4340  3
ENCE 3340 / ENCE 3341  4  ENCE 4358/4359  6
ENCE 3356  4  ENCE 4386  3
ENCE 3391  3  ENCE 4390; ENCE 4399  5
ENCE 4318 / ENCE 4319  4    
    Total 48
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  127
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all undergraduate coursework.
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 credits of Math satisfy listed in general education. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. Includes 2 credits of Math listed in General Education Requirements section. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Electives must be selected from 4000-level courses and must include a minimum of six design credits.
  6. To graduate with a degree in Engineering, the student must satisfy the General Degree requirements of the University.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or ENGL 1159  3
MATH 2114  4  MATH 2124  4
Biology Elective  3  PHYS 1061  3
ENCE 2302, ENCE 2303  4  PHYS 1063  1
ENCE 2310  3  CHEM 1017  3
UNIV 10011  1  Arts Elective  3
     PHYS 1065  1
Total Hours  181 Total Hours 18
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature Elective  3  Humanities Elective  3
MATH 2134  4  MATH 2221  3
PHYS 1062  3  ENME 2750  3
ENCE 2350  3  ENCE 2351  3
Social Sc. Elective  3  ENCE 2311  1
     ECON 2000  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 2152  3  ENCE 3390  3
MATH 2314  3  ENCE 4358  3
ENCE 3318  3  ENCE Elective  3
ENCE 3356  4  ENCE 3327, ENCE 3326  4
     ENCE 3340  3
     ENCE 3341  1
Total Hours  13 Total Hours 17
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Civil Engr. Elective  3  ENCE 4322  3
ENCE 4318  3  ENCE 4321  3
ENCE 4319  1 ENCE 4386  3
ENCE 4323  3 ENCE 4390  3
ENCE 4340  3 ENCE 4399  2
ENCE 4359  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 128
  1. UNIV 1000 is required for all first-time full-time students; it does not carry credit toward the bachelor of science in civil engineering degree which requires 127 credit hours.

Minor in Civil Engineering

Non-civil engineering students wishing to earn a minor in civil engineering must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of civil engineering courses. Of this total, 10 credit hours are required, and 14 credit hours are electives. Details of these courses are presented below.

Required Courses

Cr.

ENCE 2351 Mechanics of Materials

3

ENCE 2311 Mechanics of Materials Lab

1

ENME 2750 Dynamics

3

Principles of hydraulics or Fluid Mechanics

3

Total

10

   

Select two courses of the following

 

ENCE 3356 Structural Analysis

4

ENCE 3326/3327 Introduction to Env. Engineering with lab

4

ENCE 3340/3341 Geotechnical Engineering with lab

4

ENCE 4318/4319 Hydraulic Engineering with lab

4

Total

8

   

Select two courses of the following

 

ENCE 4321 Hydrology

3

ENCE 4322 Design of Water Supply and Wastewater Collection

3

ENCE 4323 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design

3

ENCE 4328 Air Pollution Control

3

ENCE 4340 Foundations Engineering

3

ENCE 4358 Structural Steel Design

3

ENCE 4359 Structural Concrete Design

3

Total

6

Grand Total

24