Sep 26, 2018  
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering Major

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BS degree

Civil and environmental engineering requires a preparation with breadth as well as depth. Each student’s program includes a sequence of technical electives that combine engineering sciences and engineering design that culminates in a major design experience. The curriculum is also designed to include courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Calculation of the GPA in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Major

In order to graduate, students must have at least a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the university.

Students must also have at least a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the major. For purposes of this computation, all courses taken by CEN majors that are shown in the CEN catalogue requirements for the second year, third year, and fourth year (irrespective of when the courses are taken by the student), aside from the University Studies requirements, are counted. Any additional CEN courses taken by a student beyond those required in the program description in the catalogue (such as extra CEN technical electives) will also be counted toward the cumulative GPA in the major. 


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Second Semester: 14 credits

  • Technical Electives - 6 credits
  • University Studies Requirements - 6 credits
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

In addition to the curriculum requirements, all Civil Engineering majors must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam by the spring semester of their senior year.

Total Credits: 120

University Studies Requirements for Civil Engineering

Degree candidates for the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering must satisfy the University Studies requirements, as described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalogue.

  • University Studies requirements in Clusters 1, 2, 4B, and 5 are automatically satisfied by the courses shown as required for this major.
  • The University Studies requirements in Clusters 3, 4A, and 4C may be fulfilled by selecting courses from the approved lists in each cluster.

University Studies Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Civil Engineering will meet their departmentally-determined University Studies requirements as follows:

Cluster 5

Alternative Paths Program Requirements

Depending on the results of placement testing, incoming first-year students may be placed in MTH 131 Pre-Calculus, whose successful completion is required before moving on to MTH 113 Calculus. Some students may be placed in MTH 100, whose successful completion is required before moving on to MTH 131 Pre-Calculus. These students may require an additional year to complete the degree.

First Year Courses for Precalculus-Ready Freshmen

First Year Courses for Algebra-Ready Freshmen

First Semester: 12 credits

  •  University Studies requirements - 6 credits

Second Semester: 13 credits

  •  University Studies requirement - 3 credits


* Students receive 3 administrative credits for Math 100. Administrative credits do not count towards the total credits required for graduation.

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