Civil Engineering

Program of Study

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an ABET-accredited BSCE program that provides students the necessary background for continued professional growth and prepares them for engineering careers. The program offers a broad spectrum of specialties including structures, water resources, environmental engineering, transportation, highway and pavement design, geotechnical engineering, and construction management. The curriculum is designed to give students the broad technical background required for modern civil engineering practice and/or to pursue higher education. Students are trained to be leaders who understand their critical roles in the development of sustainability and maintenance of society's infrastructure.

The program is founded on a strong core in mathematics as well as natural and engineering sciences. Design practices in civil engineering are integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a two-semester capstone design course sequence under the supervision of well-qualified faculty and industrial partners. A sequence of courses in the humanities and social sciences helps students understand the impact of engineering solutions on society and are chosen to meet University general education requirements. An approved list of courses that satisfy these requirements may be obtained from the student's academic advisor. The curriculum gives students as much flexibility in technical electives as possible while meeting all accreditation requirements.

Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose to take their electives in one of the following areas of emphasis. Students also have the flexibility of taking courses from each emphasis plus other courses approved as technical electives. Students not selecting any of the emphases below must still meet ABET requirements for their technical electives as explained in the section titled Typical Program below.

Internationalization

Students take two courses through the CEC Department Global Explorer Program and/or Bradley Study Abroad program, and take an approved semester abroad.

Sustainability

Students take four courses, chosen from:

CE 541 Pollution Modeling
CE 542 Advanced Water Treatment
CE 543 Advanced Wastewater Treatment
CE 546 Groundwater Hydrology
CE 555 Sustainability and Environmental Regulations
CE 558 Solid Waste Management
ME 537 Building Energy Management

Infrastructure

Students take four courses, chosen from:

BMA 395 Real Estate Principles
ECO 325 Urban Economics
CE 422 Foundation Analysis and Design
CE 430 Water Supply and Hydraulic Engineering
CE 465 Surface Water Hydrology
CE 508 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CE 515 Advanced Foundation Engineering
CE 560 Advanced Structural Analysis
CE 562 Advanced Steel Design
CE 565 Advanced Concrete Design
CE 567 Prestressed Concrete Design
CE 577 Seismic Design
CE 580 Highway Safety
CE 583 Geometric Highway Design
CE 587 Traffic Signal Design 
CE 588 Transportation Economics 
CON 526 Advanced Construction Estimating

Typical Program

Freshman Year

First Semester

CE 100 Intro. to Civil Engineering - 1 hr.
ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
COM 103 Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
1General Education—Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
1General Education—Non-Western Civilization - 3 hrs.

17 hours

Second Semester

CE 150 Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs.
PHY 110 University Physics I - 4 hrs.
CON 132 Construction Graphics - 2 hrs.
CE 124 Emerging Technologies in CEC - 1 hr.
2Basic Science—Biology/Astronomy - 3 hrs.

17 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester

CE 206 Surveying - 2 hrs.
CE 250 Mechanics II - 3 hrs.
CHM 110 General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
MTH 223 Calculus III - 4 hrs.
CE 224 CADD - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Second Semester

CE 210 Numerical Methods in CE - 3 hrs.
CE 270 Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
CE 260 Fluid Mechanics - 3 hrs.
1 General Education—Social Forces - 3 hrs.
MTH 224 Differential Equations - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Junior Year

First Semester

CON 326 Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
CE 359 Structural Analysis - 4 hrs.
CE 360 Introduction to Environmental Engineering - 4 hrs.
CE 350 Geotechnical Engineering - 4 hrs.

15 hours

Second Semester

CE 310 Probability, Statistics and Decision Making in CE - 3 hrs.
ENG 305 Technical Writing - 3 hrs.
CE 393 Sustainability and Public Policy - 2 hrs.
CE 365 Reinforced Concrete Design - 4 hrs.
CE 356 Pavement Design - 4 hrs.

16 hours

Senior Year

First Semester

CE 480 Transportation Engineering - 3 hrs.
CE 442 Design of Steel Structures - 3 hrs.
1General Education—Fine Arts - 3 hrs.
3CE Electives - 6 hrs.
CE 493 Senior Design Project I - 1 hr.

16 hours

Second Semester

CE 498 CE Design Project II - 3 hrs.
4Electives - 6 hrs.
1General Education—Human Values - 3 hrs.
1General Education—Social Forces - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Total Hours: 127

1 General education courses may be selected from an approved list for each category. They may be taken in any sequence, not necessarily in the semester indicated. Other University general education requirements are satisfied by specific courses required above.

2 Any biology or astronomy course.  See Technical Electives, I. Basic Sciences.

3 CE Technical electives must be selected from an approved list. See Technical Electives II. Civil Engineering Electives.

4 Technical electives may be Basic Science, Civil Engineering, or Program Electives as shown in approved lists. See Technical Electives I. Basic Science, II. Civil Engineering, or III. Program Electives.

Technical Electives — 15 credit hours

All electives selected by the student should be approved by the student's academic advisor. The student should select technical electives that reflect career objectives. Students wishing to enroll in a CEC graduate-level course must have a minimum 2.75 GPA overall. The advisor will select the appropriate elective category for each offering of project and topic courses: CE 481, CE 482, CE 491, CE 492, CE 591, CE 592, CE 593, and CE 594.

I. Basic Science

Students may apply up to a maximum of 9 semester hours but not less than 3 semester hours from the following courses:

Any biology course
Any astronomy course

II.  Civil Engineering Electives

Students must select a minimum of 6 semester hours.

Group A: Civil Engineering Science Courses
Students may apply up to a maximum of 9 semester hours.

CE 465 Surface Water Hydrology
CE 481 Projects I
CE 482 Projects II
CE 491 Special Topics I
CE 492 Special Topics II
CE 508 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CE 541 Pollution Modeling
CE 546 Groundwater Hydrology
CE 555 Sustainability and Environmental Regulations
CE 560 Advanced Structural Analysis
CE 570 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
CE 575 Structural Dynamics
CE 580 Highway Safety
CE 588 Transportation Economics
CE 591 Advanced Topics I
CE 592 Advanced Topics II
CE 593 Advanced Project I 
CE 594 Advanced Project II

Group B: Civil Engineering Design
Students may apply up to a maximum of 12 semester hours and not less than 3 semester hours.

CE 422 Foundation Analysis and Design
CE 430 Water Supply and Hydraulic Engineering
CE 481 Projects I
CE 482 Projects II
CE 491 Special Topics I
CE 492 Special Topics II
CE 515 Advanced Foundation Engineering
CE 542 Advanced Water Treatment
CE 543 Advanced Wastewater Treatment
CE 562 Advanced Steel Design
CE 565 Advanced Concrete Design
CE 567 Prestressed Concrete Design
CE 577 Seismic Design
CE 583 Geometric Highway Design
CE 587 Traffic Signal Design
CE 591 Advanced  Topics I
CE 592 Advanced  Topics II
CE 593 Advanced Project I

III. Program Electives

Students may apply up to a maximum of 6 semester hours.

Engineering Science

ME 301 Thermodynamics I
ME 302 Thermodynamics II
ME 521 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 537 Building Energy Management
ME 556 Mechanics of Composite Materials
ME 577 Finite Element Methods in Engineering
IME 301 Engineering Economy I
IME 313 Operations Research I
EE 205 Fundamentals of Circuit Analysis
EE 327 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
EE 328 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II

Mathematics, Business, and Computer Science

Any mathematics course above MTH 224
Any business, accounting, marketing or economics course
Any computer science course above CS 202

Other

CE 481 Projects I
CE 482 Projects II
CE 491 Special Topics I
CE 492 Special Topics II
CE 591 Advanced Topics I
CE 592 Advanced Topics II
CE 593 Advanced Project I
CE 594 Advanced Project II
CON 356 Construction Safety
CON 380 Construction Contracts
CON 392 Construction Scheduling
CON 394 Construction Labor and Unions
CON 395 Construction Claims and Change Orders
CON 489 Design of Wood and Masonry Structures
CON 494 Construction Practices
CON 520 Advanced Construction Practice
CON 522 Advanced CADD
CON 524 Building Information Modeling
CON 526 Advanced Construction  Estimating
CON 528 Advanced Construction Scheduling
CON 529 Advanced Construction  Contracts
CON 536 TQM Principles
CON 537 Construction Simulation
CON 540 Project and Company Management

Admission Requirements

Generally, minimum curriculum requirements for all entering freshmen are as follows: 4 units (years) of English (1/2 or 1 unit of which may be speech), 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 2 units of laboratory science, and 2 units of social sciences.

Additional requirements for the Civil Engineering Program

Candidates are urged to take as much mathematics and science as possible. Required: 2 units of algebra, 1 unit of plane geometry, 1/2 unit of trigonometry, 1 unit of physics. Recommended: 1/2 unit of solid geometry, 1 unit of pre-calculus, and 1 unit of chemistry; Applicants deficient in mathematics and science may be admitted. However, it is expected that the deficiency will be removed, preferably during the summer preceding entrance. ACT minimum scores of 24 composite, 24 in math or an SAT minimum combined score of 1100.

Career Prospects

Bradley’s Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program that provides students the necessary background for continued professional growth and prepares them for engineering careers.  U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Bradley’s civil engineering program among the nation’s finest. Design practices in civil engineering are integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a professional level capstone design course under the supervision of well-qualified faculty and industrial partners. Students are trained to be leaders who understand their critical roles in the development and maintenance of society’s infrastructure. The program offers a broad spectrum of specialties (listed below) with opportunities to emphasize in the areas of (1) Internationalization, (2) Sustainability and (3) Infrastructure.

Civil engineering graduates can have careers in any one of the following fields:

  • Structures,
  • Water resources and environmental engineering,
  • Transportation,
  • Highway and pavement design, and
  • Geotechnical engineering

Average starting salaries of new civil engineering graduates are near $50,000 per year.