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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to provide quality education to prepare nationally competitive undergraduate students for a successful career in civil engineering; to provide advanced skills and knowledge in state-of-the-art research and design in sub-areas of civil engineering for graduate students; and to provide service to the university, engineering profession, and the public.

The following program education objectives are consistent with the university, college, and department missions. Graduates of our B.S. in Civil Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  1. Established a mastery of fundamental knowledge, problem solving skills, engineering experimental abilities, and design capabilities for a civil engineering career and/or graduate school.

  2. Established the knowledge and skills necessary for identifying and assessing design alternatives and the related social, economic, environmental, and public safety impacts.

  3. Demonstrated their ability to deal effectively with ethical and professional issues, taking into account the broader societal implications of civil engineering.

  4. Obtained or made progress for obtaining professional licensure, assumed or made progress toward assuming leadership roles, and engaged in life-long learning.

Civil engineering includes the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of large and permanent projects of our civilization. Civil engineers are in demand wherever there are people. The major subdivisions of civil engineering at NDSU are structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and transportation engineering.

Civil Engineers are responsible for such projects as bridges, buildings, dams, and other river and harbor work, municipal water supply and sanitation facilities, streets, highways, and other transportation facilities. On many projects, civil engineers work in close cooperation with engineers and scientists from other fields. The Civil Engineering program at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET (

Civil Engineering Major

The Civil Engineering curriculum is designed to give students a thorough mathematical and scientific background in all of the subdivisions of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on his/her chosen subdivision through technical electives.

Twelve credits of the curriculum are available for technical electives. Students are required to choose three technical electives from the five major areas, while at the same time satisfying the ABET design requirement. All Civil Engineering students must take a capstone design course, CE 489, which is designed to bring concepts learned in different courses to culminate in a major design experience.

Students interested in structural engineering may choose courses such as finite element analysis, advanced reinforced concrete, advanced steel design, timber design, pre-stressed concrete, foundation engineering, and dynamics of structures.

Students interested in water resources, or environmental engineering may choose courses such as solid waste management, applied hydraulics and hydrology, ground water and seepage, water and wastewater engineering, properties of open channels, hazardous waste management, and water quality management.

Students interested in transportation engineering may choose courses such as transportation planning, airport planning and design, railway planning and design, geometric highway design, or traffic engineering and pavement design.

Students interested in geotechnical engineering may choose courses in foundation engineering, earth slopes, and geosynthetics.

The curriculum includes a core of social humanistic subjects to provide the student with a background essential to a proper understanding of the role of engineering in society.

Students in Civil Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Education program to enhance their classroom education with practical experience in engineering-related positions in industry.

Students transferring into Civil Engineering from other departments or institutions are encouraged to do so no later than the beginning of the junior year if they wish to complete the degree requirements within two academic years.

All Civil Engineering students at NDSU are required to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 and have received a grade of 'C' or better in Math 165, 166, 128, 259, 266; ME 221, 222, 223; and all prerequisites in sequence for these courses, before enrolling in any civil engineering courses that utilize these courses as prerequisites.

Graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in specialized fields. For more complete details, see the Graduate Bulletin online.


Note: Department permission required for graduate level courses. Credit may be earned only at the undergraduate level. Department permission is also required for some undergraduate courses. There are specific prerequisites and grade requirements to be allowed to take certain courses.

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7981 / Toll Free: +1 (800) 608-6378 / Fax: (701) 231-8959
Campus address: Ceres Hall 110
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:18:36 AM