What Is a BSE in Civil Engineering?
Civil engineers design, plan, and improve the built environment and infrastructure systems, including buildings, power generation facilities, water supply networks, pollution control works, flood protection structures, dams, and canals, as well as vital network systems for commerce such as roadways, airports, railroads, and ports. Civil engineering encompasses several subdisciplines, including hydraulics and hydrology, structural, geotechnical, construction, environmental, civil engineering materials, and transportation engineering.
Coursework in the major builds especially on a strong foundation in math and physics, and exposes students to these subdisciplines. An emphasis in the sustainable engineering of civil infrastructure is also provided by the curriculum.
Main Focus Areas:
- Construction Engineering and Management
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Hydraulics and Hydrological Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- CEE 312 (4): Structural Engineering (F)
- CEE 331 (4): Construction Management (W)
- CEE 345 (4): Geotechnical Engineering
- CEE 351 (4): Civil Engineering Materials
- CEE 365 (4): Environmental Engineering Principles (F)
- CEE 421 (4): Hydrology and Floodplain Hydraulics (F)
- CEE 450 (4): Introduction to Transportation Engineering (W)
- CEE 482/582 (3): Environmental Microbiology (F)
- BIOLOGY 171 (3): Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution
- BIOLOGY 172 (3): Introductory Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
- BIOLOGY 174 (3): Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
- EARTH 119 (3): Introductory Geology Lectures
- EARTH 201 (3): Introduction to Environmental Science and Geology
- EARTH 222 (3): Introductory Oceanography
- EARTH 284 (3): Environmental Geology
- EARTH 320 (3): Earth Systems Evolution
- CEE 413 (3): Design of Metal Structures (F)
- CEE 415 (3): Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (W)
- CEE 428 (3): Groundwater Hydrology (F)
- CEE 435 (3): Building Information Modeling (F)
- CEE 465 (3): Environmental Process Engineering (W)
- CEE 480 (3): Design of Environmental Engineering Systems (F)
- CEE 526 (3): Design of Hydraulic Systems (W)
- CEE 534 (3): Construction Engineering, Equipment, and Methods (W)
- CEE 545 (3): Foundation Engineering (F)
- CEE 546 (3): Slopes, Dams and Retaining Structures (W)
- CEE 547 (3): Soils Engineering and Pavement Systems (F)
- CEE 551 (3): Traffic Science (F)
- CEE 552 (3): Travel Behavior Analysis and Forecasting (W)
- CEE 564 (3): Greenhouse Gas Control (W)
- CEE 574 (3): Materials Selection for Sustainable Design (W)
F – Course offer Fall Term
W – Course offer Winter Term
CoE Intellectual Breadth Requirement: Students need 16 total credits of Liberal Arts coursework. Of these 16 credits, 3 cr must be considered HUM and 3 cr must be 300+ level. ECON 101 or 102 are required.
CoE General Elective Requirement: Students need a total of 128 credits to graduate. The General Elective requirement uses courses that are not being counted in the Core Requirements, the Intellectual Breadth, or the Major.
The following set of objectives is consistent with ABET accreditation criteria and describes what our graduates are expected to achieve within several years of graduation:
- The graduates of the Civil Engineering Program at Michigan will have the necessary intellectual tools and technical skills to take on careers of leadership in the development of new technologies, construction of innovative and sustainable infrastructure, the design of engineered systems at the intersection of natural and built environments, and to contribute to society through participation in policy making and governance.
- Graduates will have a solid foundation in civil engineering and will achieve success in graduate education and a broad range of career opportunities.
- Our graduates will become team leaders, and will successfully address open-ended problems applying critical thinking.
- The U-M Civil Engineering graduates will become effective communicators of technical and professional information in written, oral, visual and graphical form.
- Professional careers of U-M graduates will be distinguished with a high degree of awareness of moral, ethical, legal and professional obligations to protect human health, human welfare, and the environment.
Undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering Contacts
Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan has a team of faculty and staff dedicated to providing guidance to undergraduate students.
Hear from an alum
Tamara Chism talks about a career in civil engineering.