The Civil Engineering program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to identify and solve the technical problems of society in a practical and ethical way. The faculty are committed to teaching, inspiring, and mentoring students who will meet the following objectives: (1) graduates will meet the expectations of employers of civil engineers; (2) qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if that is consistent with their career plans; and (3) graduates will assume/undertake leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.
Civil engineering graduates will engage in a broad range of self-development activities that benefit the civil engineering profession and the community. The civil engineering program is greatly enhanced by a diverse student body spanning a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and nationalities.
The Civil Engineering program of study provides an integrated educational experience that combines study in basic and engineering science, the humanities, and the social sciences with practical experience in laboratory experimentation, problem solving, and engineering design. Students may pursue a general course of study or may elect to specialize in water resources or one of the following concentrations: environmental, structural, geotechnical, transportation, or construction engineering.
ADMISSION: Students will be classified as pre-engineering or engineering based upon measures of preparedness for mathematics. See the Herff College of Engineering section of the catalog for more detail. A student may declare the Civil Engineering major if the student places into MATH 1910 Calculus 1, or upon earning a grade of at least “C” in MATH 1720 , MATH 1730 , or ENGR 1010 .
Monitoring of a student’s progress will be performed by the Herff College of Engineering academic advisor. A student will not be forwarded to the academic department for advising until the student has met the conditions to declare the Civil Engineering major. Exceptions to these criteria are at the discretion of the department chair.
GRADUATION: To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a student must satisfy general university and college requirements, have a minimum grade of “C” in all engineering, science, and mathematics courses that are applied toward the degree, and complete the course sequence outlined below. For credits transferred from another institution, only those civil engineering, science, and mathematics courses with a minimum grade of “C” may be applied toward the degree. Waiver of departmental graduation requirements for exceptional circumstances will be granted only upon approval of both the department chair and the Dean of the College of Engineering (or designee).
HONORS PROGRAM: Students are eligible for the honors program in Civil Engineering if they have an minimum overall GPA of 3.25 with a junior or senior standing or have received approval of the departmental honors committee. The honors program in civil engineering requires 12 hours of upper division honors courses. Those students who complete the program and the regular B.S.C.E. requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred “With Honors in Civil Engineering.” Moreover, the student’s diploma and record at the University of Memphis will reflect this accomplishment. Details concerning this program and honors course offerings are available in the Department of Civil Engineering.