Civil Engineering

The baccalaureate program in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

FACULTY Professors Elhouar, Khodair, Lee, Maillacheruvu, Schattler (chair); Associate Professors Hossain, Spelman; Assistant Professors Ashraf, Ghannad, Soltani, Terreno; Associate Professor in Residence Willis; Assistant Professors in Residence George, Li; Emeritus Professors Adrian, Al-Khafaji, Rebholz.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers undergraduate programs in both civil engineering (BSCE) and construction (BSC), a Construction Minor, and accelerated 4+1 programs leading to a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE/MSCE and BSC/MSCE).

Mission and Objectives

Produce graduates who possess a keen awareness of the global dimensions of our profession, leadership skills required to serve our society, and the technical knowledge to pursue multiple career paths, including advanced degrees. To achieve our mission, our department will strive to achieve the following civil engineering program objectives:

  1. Our alumni have the skills to become leaders and stewards in their chosen profession and in society through their contributions to professional practice, research, entrepreneurial initiatives, or policy.
  2. Our alumni apply ethics and sustainability principles in their profession and commit to life-long learning, earn licensure and become experts and mentors in their chosen profession.
  3. Our alumni have the needed awareness of relevant global issues and cultures in order to thrive in a complex and multicultural world.

Student Outcomes

In order to meet these program educational objectives, students graduating from Bradley’s civil engineering program will attain the following outcomes.

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to 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
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The Department


Facilities. The curriculum is supported by 11 cutting-edge laboratory and computer facilities equipped with modern hardware and software. Laboratories include fluid mechanics/hydraulics, environmental, concrete, asphalt pavement, construction, structural, geotechnical, two design projects, transportation, and the college machine shop. In addition, the college has three computer classrooms with a wide range of up-to-date software available through the university Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) platform. 

Scholarships. Currently nearly 30 annual and endowed scholarships are available to students through the department. The total endowed scholarship from industry of about 2 million dollars is dedicated specifically to CEC students. This reflects the faith and trust that industry has in the quality of our programs.

Placement. For the past 20 years, almost all of our civil engineering majors secure full-time jobs or continue to pursue graduate degrees after graduation. Starting salaries for CEC graduates are very competitive nationwide. Employers recognize that our students have the knowledge, experience, and intellectual curiosity to succeed in their profession. High placement and scholarship opportunities for our students are a direct benefit from the strong partnerships that CEC has developed with our professional partners in industry, government, and academe.

Leadership. A focus of the department is the development of leadership skills in our students. Students are encouraged to participate in student professional organizations and academic honorary organizations by being officers or committee chairs. Leadership skills are also developed through service and outreach programs that teach our students the value of giving back to the community. Our students have been involved in many different community outreach activities through their involvement in building school playground projects, Illinois River Sweep, Habitat for Humanity, and others. The CEC department offers scholarships for leadership to applicants whose academic and leadership skills meet or exceed the requirements:

Faculty Qualifications. CEC faculty have received numerous awards for teaching excellence and scholarship, as well as for their professional contributions. They have conducted research for national, state, and local sponsors, benefitting society and our students.

Graduation. To graduate, students must meet all university and college graduation requirements. Additionally, CE students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.25 in civil engineering courses. Every academic year, CE students are required to attend a number of seminars and other events that promote leadership and service.

Internationalization. The CEC department believes that exposure to different world cultures can expand the professional capabilities, stimulate intellectual growth, and broaden the personal perspective of all participants. The CEC department and the university are committed to giving all of our students the opportunity to study overseas. Arrangements have been made with universities around the world to send our students overseas to take courses either during an interim semester, or the Fall/Spring semesters.  Students with financial need have received financial support that enables them to study abroad for equal to or less than what it would cost to study on campus. As a part of the Study Abroad program, hundreds of CEC students have studied overseas in various countries including England, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Egypt, Jordan, and Malta.

Graduate Program. In addition to the undergraduate program described above, the Department offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) degree. Our undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated 4+1 program leading to a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.  The MSCE degree also provides students the ability to emphasize in Construction Management. Details of this program can be found in the Graduate Catalog and below for the 4+1 (BSCE/MSCE) program.  The graduate program allows talented undergraduate students to engage in scholarly research activities and to enroll in advanced courses to meet their special interests and needs.

Civil Engineering Program Emphases and Requirements

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 courses including structural engineering, water resources, environmental engineering, sustainability, transportation engineering, 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 Bradley Core Curriculum requirements. The curriculum gives students flexibility in selecting electives while meeting all accreditation requirements. The listed courses, an expected  total of 128 hours, must be completed to meet degree requirements and to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). The Civil Engineering curriculum consists of (1) Bradley Core Curriculum, (2)  Mathematics and Basic Science courses, (3) the required courses, and (4) the elective courses.

Bradley Core Curriculum (BCC) 24 hours

  • BCC Communications (BCC – CM) COM 103 Oral Communications Process - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Communications (BCC – W1) ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Communications (BCC – W2) ENG 300, 301, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Fine Arts (BCC – FA) - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Global Perspectives (BCC – GP) - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Humanities (BCC – HU) - 3 hrs
  • BCC Multidisciplinary Integration (BCC – MI) - 3 hrs.
  • BCC Social and Behavioral Sciences (BCC – SB) - 3 hrs

Mathematics and Basic Sciences 32 hours:

  • CHM 110 General Chemistry I — 3 hrs. (BCC – NS1)
  • CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab — 1 hr.
  • C E 210: Numerical Methods in CE - 3 hrs.
  • C E 310: Probability, Statistics and Decision Making in CE - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 121 Calculus I — 4 hrs. (BCC – QR1)
  • MTH 122 Calculus II — 4 hrs. (BCC – QR2)
  • MTH 223 Calculus III — 4 hrs.
  • MTH 224 Differential Equations — 3 hrs.
  • PHY 110 University Physics I — 4 hrs. (BCC – NS2)
  • Basic Science Elective - 3 hrs. (from approved list of courses shown below)
    • Any biology course
    • Any astronomy course
    • Any geological science course
    • Any environmental science course

        Required Courses 60 hours

        • CON 132: Construction Graphics - 2 hrs.
        • CON 326: Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
        • C E 100: Intro. to Civil Engineering - 1 hr.
        • C E 150: Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
        • C E 205: Computing in Civil Engineering - 1 hr.
        • C E 224: CADD - 3 hrs.
        • C E 250: Mechanics II - 3 hrs.
        • C E 260: Fluid Mechanics - 3 hrs.
        • C E 270: Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
        • C E 350: Geotechnical Engineering - 4 hrs.
        • C E 356: Pavement Design - 4 hrs.
        • C E 359: Structural Analysis - 4 hrs.
        • C E 360: Introduction to Environmental Engineering - 4 hrs.
        • C E 365: Reinforced Concrete Design - 4 hrs.
        • C E 383: Ethics and Sustainability - 1 hr.
        • C E 393: Sustainability and Public Policy - 2 hrs.
        • C E 422: Foundation Analysis and Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 442: Design of Steel Structures - 3 hrs.
        • C E 480: Transportation Engineering - 3 hrs.
        • C E 493: CE Design Project I (EL, WI) - 3 hrs.
        • C E 498: CE Design Project II (EL, WI) - 3 hrs.

        Elective Courses 12 hours

        • C E Elective Courses, see below - 6 hrs.
        • Technical Elective Courses, see below - 6 hrs.

        C E Elective Courses

        Students can tailor their program to their learning goals through technical electives with the following courses: Note: 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.

        • C E Elective Courses (6 hours)
        • CON 206: Surveying - 3 hrs
        • C E 430: Water Supply and Hydraulic Engineering - 3 hrs.
        • C E 465: Surface Water Hydrology - 3 hrs.
        • C E 481: Projects I - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 482: Projects II - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 491: Special Topics I - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 492: Special Topics II - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 508: Advanced Soil Mechanics - 3 hrs.
        • C E 515: Advanced Foundation Engineering - 3 hrs.
        • C E 520: Advanced Numerical Methods – 3 hrs.
        • C E 541: Pollution Modeling - 3 hrs.
        • C E 542: Advanced Water Treatment - 3 hrs.
        • C E 543: Advanced Wastewater Treatment - 3 hrs.
        • C E 546: Groundwater Hydrology - 3 hrs.
        • C E 555: Sustainability and Environmental Regulations - 3 hrs.
        • C E 558: Solid Waste Management - 3 hrs.
        • C E 560: Advanced Structural Analysis - 3 hrs.
        • C E 562: Advanced Steel Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 565: Advanced Concrete Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 567: Prestressed Concrete Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 570: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 3 hrs.
        • C E 575: Structural Dynamics - 3 hrs.
        • C E 577: Seismic Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 580: Highway Safety - 3 hrs.
        • C E 582: Traffic Flow Theory - 3 hrs.
        • C E 583: Geometric Highway Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 584: Urban Transportation Planning - 3 hrs.
        • C E 585: Pavement Management Systems – 3 hrs.
        • C E 586: Advanced Pavement Design – 3 hrs.
        • C E 587: Traffic Signal Design - 3 hrs.
        • C E 588: Transportation Economics - 3 hrs.
        • C E 591: Advanced Topics I - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 592: Advanced Topics II - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 593: Advanced Project I - 1-3 hrs.
        • C E 594: Advanced Project II - 1-3 hrs.
        • Technical Elective Courses
          • Students should select the remaining 6 hours of technical electives from the courses listed below
        • Any CE Elective course listed above
        • CON 352: Sustainable Urban Environment - 3 hrs.
        • CON 356: Construction Safety - 3 hrs.
        • CON 388: Contract Administration- 3 hrs.
        • CON 392: Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
        • CON 394: Construction Labor and Unions - 3 hrs.
        • CON 494: Construction Practices - 3 hrs.
        • CON 520: Advanced Construction Practice - 3 hrs.
        • CON 522: Advanced CADD - 3 hrs.
        • CON 524: Building Information Modeling - 3 hrs.
        • CON 526: Advanced Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
        • CON 528: Advanced Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
        • CON 529: Advanced Construction Contracts - 3 hrs.
        • CON 536: TQM Principles - 3 hrs.
        • CON 537: Construction Simulation - 3 hrs.
        • CON 540: Project and Company Management - 3 hrs.
        • CON 591: Advanced Topics I - 1 to 3 hrs.
        • CON 592: Advanced Topics II - 1 to 3 hrs.
        • CON 593: Advanced Project I - 1 to 3 hrs.
        • CON 594: Advanced Project II - 1 to 3 hrs.
        • ME 301: Thermodynamics I- 3 hrs.
        • ME 302: Thermodynamics II- 2 hrs.
        • ME 521: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics – 3 hrs.
        • ME 536: Industrial Pollution Prevention – 3 hrs.
        • ME 537: Building Energy Management- 3 hrs.
        • ME 556: Mechanics of Composite Materials- 3 hrs.
        • ME 577: Finite Element Methods in Engineering- 3 hrs.
        • IME 301: Engineering Economy I - 3 hrs.
        • IME 313: Operations Research I - 3 hrs.
        • ECE 227: Electrical Engineering Fundamentals – 4 hrs.
        • Any BUS, BSA, ATG, ECO, BLW, BMA, ENT, MIS, FIN, ML, MTG, or IB course
        • Any computer science course above CS 202
        • Any biology course
        • Any astronomy course
        • Any geological science course
        • Any environmental science course
        • Any mathematics course above MTH 224
        • Any physics course above PHY 110
        • Any chemistry course above CHM 110

        Internship Options

        With support from the Bradley University Smith Career Center, students are strongly encouraged to engage in at least one internship by the time they are ready to graduate. Internships are managed by the Smith Career Center through one of the following courses, which can be taken during the summer session right before the associated class year:

        • EGT 210 - Sophomore Engineering Internship (Bradley Core: EL), 0 hours
        • EGT 310 - Junior Engineering Internship (Bradley Core: EL), 0 hours
        • EGT 410 - Senior Engineering Internship (Bradley Core: EL), 0 hours

        4 + 1 BSCE/MSCE Program

        Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program 


        Bradley University Civil Engineering undergraduates may enroll in the 4 + 1 BSCE/MSCE program while completing their bachelor’s degree and meet the following requirements:

        Students will be considered for the BSCE/MSCE program during the spring of the student’s junior year (preferred date: April 1) or in fall of the student’s senior year, at the latest. Students will not be admitted to the program after the first day of spring semester of their senior year. The student must follow the application procedures consistent with application to Graduate Education and the Civil Engineering Graduate Program with the following exceptions. The student:

        • does not need to have completed the bachelor's degree to be admitted to the program,
        • has a 3.0 overall GPA or greater,
        • has a minimum of 79 hours completed at the time of admission to the program if admitted before completion of junior year, or 95 hours if admitted at the beginning of the senior year,
        • does not need to submit letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts, or GRE scores.

        Graduation Requirements 

        Students admitted to the graduate program pursuing the MSCE degree as an undergraduate student as stipulated above will need to complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work (with 9 hours dual counted in the BSCE program). A minimum of 18 hours will be in CE and/or CON designated courses (with a minimum of 6 hours of CE graduate courses required); the remaining hours may include courses from other related departments, per the approved Elective Courses list. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during the last semester of their graduate program.

        Undergraduates will apply for graduation for their bachelor's degree in the semester that they will achieve a minimum of 128 approved semester hours and complete all undergraduate degree requirements. Following graduation with the BSCE degree, students are considered graduate students. Students who are admitted to the BSCE/MSCE program will have up to 9 graduate hours taken during the final year of the bachelor's degree dual counted for the BSCE and MSCE degrees. In the student’s senior year of their undergraduate program, they will take:

        • 2 graduate courses, 6 hours of 500-level Civil Engineering courses, and
        • 1 graduate course, 3 hours of 500-level courses in Civil Engineering, or Construction, or graduate level approved elective course.

        In the remaining two semesters in the MSCE program, the graduate student will take:

        • 12 hours of graduate courses in the first semester of Year 5
        • 9 hours of graduate courses in the second semester of Year 5, plus the comprehensive exam

        This is the official catalog for the 2023-2024 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.