University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Civil Engineering Requirements

The curriculum in civil engineering provides a strong foundation in mathematics, and physical, natural and engineering sciences. Instruction in civil engineering disciplines includes structural engineering, soil mechanics, hydraulics, environmental engineering, and transportation engineering.

The B.S. in Civil Engineering requires a minimum of 122 credits.

A civil engineering degree from the University of Vermont is excellent preparation for immediate employment in engineering. Additionally, many of the program’s graduates continue their education in graduate engineering programs, or graduate programs in business, law, and medicine.

A systems approach to engineering problem solving is central to the curriculum and involves integrating the short and long-term social, environmental and economic aspects and impacts into engineering solutions. As part of this approach, service-learning projects with local communities and nonprofit groups are incorporated into some courses. Real-world engineering design culminates in a required major design experience in the senior year, which draws upon prior course work and focuses on technical and non-technical issues and expectations of professional practice. Other activities that enhance the undergraduate education of students include opportunities for laboratory and research experience, an increased Information Technology (IT) content in the courses offered, and a sense of community between students and the faculty.

Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the program are expected to:

  1. Practice civil engineering, use their program knowledge in other avenues, or enter graduate school;
  2. Apply engineering principles to analysis, design, construction, management, and preservation of engineered and natural systems;
  3. Participate in comprehensive design activities carried out in interdisciplinary settings that involve applying current and emerging practices in civil engineering;
  4. Actively participate in professional and/or community-based service (local, national or global) that benefit the profession and the public;
  5. Be capable of effective leadership and communication;
  6. Be capable of professional licensure, and eager and able to engage in further study and professional development;
  7. Consider the social, economic, and environmental aspects as part of the engineering solution and problem definition.
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