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Fall 2007

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

417 Nedderman Hall • Box 19308 • 817-272-2201 •

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses


1301, 1302.


1426*, 2425, 2326, 3319.


CHEM 1441, 1442, PHYS 1443, 1444.

Civil Engineering

1104, 1105, 1350, 2312, 2313, 2331, 3301 (or IE 3301), 3305.

Electrical Engineering


Industrial Engineering


Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering


Other General Education Courses


Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing. For civil engineering majors COMS 3302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

Fine Arts

Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of social/cultural studies courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.**


1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Program Courses

Civil Engineering

3261, 3302, 3334, 3341, 3343, 4331, 4347, 4352, 4383, three hours of CE laboratory electives selected from 3131, 3142, 3143, or 3161, and twelve hours of senior technical electives. Nine hours of CE technical electives to be selected from three of the following five areas: Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical, Transportation or Water Resources. The remaining three hours may be from any area including Structures. Semester schedule for offering each course is available from the CEE Advising Office.

Construction: 4332, 4334
Environmental: 4333, 4350, 4356, 4357
Geotechnical: 4321, 4322
Transportation: 4311, 4312, 4313
Water Resources: 4358, 4359
Structures: 4324, 4325, 4348

Total (BSCE degree)***

130 hours minimum. (More hours may be required to strengthen student’s program or demonstrate proficiency. See Prior Preparation and Course Requirements.)

*The Mathematics Department requires MATH 1323 or passing a placement test provided by the Mathematics Department before enrolling.

**A list of approved social/cultural studies courses is available in the department office.

***Total hours will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, students who do not have two units of high school foreign language will be required to take modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics: Admission into Engineering, Admission into Pre-Engineering, Admission into the Professional Program, Counseling or Advising, Transfer and Change of Major Policies, Honors Program, Academic Regulations, Professional Engineering Registration, Cooperative Education, Academic Probation, Repeating Course Policy and Academic Dishonesty.

Suggested Pre-Professional Course Sequence (First two years of degree program)

See pre-professional admission requirements in the College of Engineering section. Students should obtain departmental requirements and policy from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Freshman Year

First Semester: MATH 1426; CHEM 1441; CE 1104; CE 1105; ENGL 1301; HIST 1311—Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: CE 1350; MATH 2425; PHYS 1443; CHEM 1442; ENGL 1302—Total Credit 18 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: MATH 2326; CE 2312; CE 2331; PHYS 1444; HIST 1312—Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: MATH 3319; CE 2313; MAE 3309; EE 2320; POLS 2311; COMS 3302—Total Credit 18 hours.

Suggested Professional Program Course Sequence

See professional program admission requirements in the College of Engineering section. Students should obtain departmental requirements and policy from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Junior Year

First Semester: CE 3305; CE 3341; CE 3343; CE 3261; CE Lab Electives, 2 hours; Social/Cultural Studies Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: IE 3312; CE 3334; CE 3302; CE 3301 (or IE 3301); CE Lab Elective, 1 hour; Literature Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 16 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: CE 4331; CE 4347; CE 4352; CE Technical Electives, 6 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: CE 4383; CE Technical Electives, 6 hours; POLS 2312; Fine Arts Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Frequency of Civil Engineering Course Offerings

CE 1104, CE 1105 and CE 1350 are offered in the fall and spring semesters. CE 2312 and CE 2313 are offered in the fall, spring and summer. CE 2331 is offered in the fall only. CE 3301 is offered in the spring only. Three of the four CE labs are offered each long semester with CE 3131 and CE 3142 always offered in spring and CE 3143 and CE 3161 always offered in fall. CE 4347 and CE 4383 are offered in fall and spring. All other 3000 and 4000 level required courses are generally offered once per year in the semesters shown.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission as a Civil Engineering major are governed by the requirements stated under the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

Admission to the Professional Program

Requirements for admission to the professional program in Civil Engineering are in accordance with those of the College of Engineering with the following added stipulations:

Application to the professional program is to be made to the Undergraduate Advisor during the semester that the advancement requirements are being completed.
No professional civil engineering courses may be taken until the student is admitted into the professional program or obtains the written consent of the Undergraduate Advisor.
Each student must complete all pre-professional courses stipulated under “Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering” with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.25 in (1) all courses, (2) in all math, science, and engineering courses, and (3) in all CE courses.
Upon receipt of the application, a student’s record is individually reviewed including grades, academic and personal integrity, record of drops and course withdrawals, the order in which courses have been taken, the number of times a student has attempted a course for credit, and any other aspect of the student’s record that may be deemed pertinent to admission.

The student must be admitted to the professional program and have an approved degree plan on file in order to graduate. The degree plan is generated upon entry to the professional program. Graduating seniors should apply to graduate during the next-to-last semester.

Prior Preparation and Course Requirements

The undergraduate baccalaureate degree in civil engineering is a four-year program and requirements for the degree are based upon prior high school preparation through either an honors or college track program. Students who have not had the appropriate prior preparation should contact the departmental advising office for a curriculum guide that will assist them in structuring a study plan that will include leveling courses. Students requiring leveling courses may require a period of time greater than four years to complete their undergraduate degree.

Program of Study Leading to Master’s Degree

Problems of increasing complexity in the modern technological world are challenging the engineering profession. More and more students are extending their education beyond the undergraduate degree to develop the qualifications required to assimilate and apply rapidly changing technology to the needs of a changing modern society in the 21st century. In many areas of civil engineering, the master’s degree is essential for the modern practice of engineering.

A recommended five-year plan of study leading to the master’s degree at the end of the fifth year of study is available in the departmental advising office. Academically strong and well-motivated students should explore the possibility of continuing their education by pursuing a master’s degree in one of the areas of concentration within civil engineering. The departmental graduate advisor is available to discuss options available to the student.

Minor Field of Study

The Civil Engineering program does not support the option of pursuing a minor in Civil Engineering by other engineering or non-engineering majors.

Academic Requirements

Academic performance requirements establishing satisfactory progress and grade point requirements are given in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

Departmental Policy


Civil engineering majors are required to be advised by an assigned advisor during the period set aside each semester by the College of Engineering for this purpose. Students are responsible for meeting with their advisors during the advising period. Periods set aside for advising and registration are entirely different, and students who do not meet with their advisors during the regular advising period may not be able to complete registration. All students should consult the departmental bulletin board for advisors’ names and periods set aside for advising.

Civil engineering students who have not been admitted to the professional program must register only for courses approved by their faculty advisor and obtain their advisor’s authorization for add/drops. Failure to do so is grounds for dismissal from the civil engineering program. Students, including those in the professional program, who enroll in courses before taking the proper prerequisites or co-requisites, will be subject to dismissal from the civil engineering program.

Transfer students registering for the first time are advised separately prior to the beginning of the semester they enroll in courses. They should contact the department to set up an appointment for advising with the departmental undergraduate transfer advisor prior to registration.

Transfer Students and Transfer Credit

When a student transfers, a loss of credit can occur and his/her academic plans may have to be changed. Courses that appear to be similar may be different in either content or level of difficulty and, as a result, cannot be used for degree credit. When a student’s record indicates weakness in certain areas of study, he/she will be required to retake courses or to take additional courses. Transfer students should contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering after admission and prior to registration.

Prior to advising, a transfer student should present to the Undergraduate Advisor a transcript (official or copy) from each school previously attended. Only the equivalent courses in a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or equivalent freshman and sophomore courses accepted by the department can be counted toward a degree in civil engineering. To be acceptable as an equivalent course, it must be equivalent to our corresponding course in credit value and course content. Transfer credit that constitutes a part of a continuing sequence in the same field will be validated only upon satisfactory completion of the following courses in the sequence at The University of Texas at Arlington. Junior and senior level courses taken at a college or university which does not have a civil engineering program accredited by ABET cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a degree in civil engineering.

A student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UT Arlington who wishes to enroll in courses at another college or university for transfer credit toward a degree in civil engineering must first obtain permission from the Chair of the Department. This permission will be limited to those courses in the Common Course Number Index listed elsewhere in this catalog.

Repeating Courses

Civil Engineering majors (CE-Intended or CE) may not attempt any course more than three times and apply that course toward a degree in civil engineering. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

Competence in Oral Communication and Computer Use

Completion of COMS 3302, Professional and Technical Communication, with a grade of C or better, is required to earn a degree in civil engineering. Also, successful completion of COMS 3302 meets the University’s oral communication requirement.

All civil engineering students are required to complete CE 1104, Introduction to Engineering, and CE 1105, Introduction to Civil Engineering, with a grade of C or better. Successful completion of these courses satisfies the University’s computer proficiency requirement.

Overview: Educational and Professional Career Paths

Civil engineering is the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. A civil engineer works with a wide spectrum of individuals in both the public and private sectors to meet today’s challenges of pollution, infrastructure rehabilitation, traffic congestion, floods, earthquakes, and urban development. Civil engineers plan, design, and construct facilities essential to modern, civilized human life. Projects requiring civil engineering expertise vary widely in nature, size, and scope, such as: space vehicles, launch facilities, offshore structures, bridges, tunnels, transportation systems, dams, airports, water treatment and distribution, buildings, skyscrapers, foundations, hazardous waste treatment, environmental remediation, environmental protection, and pollution control.

Civil engineering graduates are prepared for a wide range of career paths such as environmental; transportation systems; or the synthesis, planning, design, and construction of facilities essential for modern life, yet, delicately balanced with the natural environment. Or, they may take advantage of their strong, broad-based engineering education to pursue careers in professions such as medicine, law, business, or teaching.

Civil Engineering Degree Programs at UT Arlington

At the undergraduate level, the department offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. It is broad-based and designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in multiple areas of civil engineering practice; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems through synthesis, planning, and design. Elements of design are introduced at the freshman level. This is followed by an analysis and design component in professional program courses, culminating in a comprehensive design experience. The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits the undergraduate degree. ABET is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole agency responsible for accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering.

At the graduate level, the Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered. Graduate engineering degrees are concentrated in one of the areas of specialization available within the department: Construction; Environmental; Water Resources; Geotechnical; Structures and/or Applied Mechanics; Transportation; and Infrastructure Systems.

Educational Objectives of the Undergraduate Program

The purpose of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is to advance the cause of the profession through teaching and research and to produce technically knowledgeable, well rounded graduates who have the capability of developing into professionally competent engineers pursuing lifelong learning and assuming leadership roles in the profession. The CEE Department supports the University and College of Engineering mission by offering a broad-based undergraduate education leading to a degree of bachelor of science in civil engineering with emphasis on technical, professional, ethical, and societal responsibilities associated with the practice of engineering. Advanced masters and doctoral degrees are offered with emphasis on technical specialization and the advancement of knowledge in several areas of civil and environmental engineering.

The overall goal of the civil engineering undergraduate program is to promote intellectual development of those interested in the civil engineering profession, and to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, tools and traits necessary for a successful career, and for assuming a leadership role in the civil engineering profession. More specifically, the educational program objectives are to produce graduates who:

Program Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

From these Program Educational Objectives, the department designed its baccalaureate program to meet the following Program Outcomes, to ensure that its graduates have:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has active student chapters associated with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of both of these organizations. The Department also has an active chapter of the national civil engineering honor society, Chi Epsilon. Membership is by election and is limited to students in the upper third of the junior and senior classes who satisfy other requirements listed in the society’s bylaws.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty


Professor Yazdani


Ardekani, Matthys, Puppala, Williams

Associate Professors

Abolmaali, Crosby, Hoyos, Kruzic, Romanoschi

Assistant Professors

Chao, Hossain, Mattingly, McEnery, Najafi, Ramirez, Sattler

Senior Lecturers

Ghandehari, Leininger, Weatherton

President Emeritus


Professors Emeritus

Everard, Parker, Qasim

View Course Descriptions for: Civil Engineering (CE)

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