Aug 21, 2018  
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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 in CEN and EGR are included. Any additional CEN courses taken by a student beyond those required in the program description in the catalog (such as extra CEN technical electives) will not be counted toward the cumulative GPA in the major. 


First Year

Second Year

First Semester: 17 credits

  • BIO/BNG Requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 1 below)

Second Semester: 16 credits

  • University Studies Requirement - 6 credits (see Footnote 2 below)

Third Year

First Semester: 16 credits

  • University Studies requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 2 below)

Second Semester: 14 credits

  • Technical Electives - 9 credits (see below)

Fourth Year

First Semester: 15 credits

  • Technical Electives - 9 credits (see below)

Second Semester: 14 credits

  • Technical Electives - 9 credits (see below)
  • University Studies Requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 2 below)

Technical Electives

Students are required to take 27 credits of Technical Electives as follows:

12 cr. CEN Core Technical Electives

Must select any 4 of the following 5 core course options:

15 cr. CEN Technical Electives

To satisfy the 15 credits of general Technical Electives required (beyond the Core Technical Elective requirement), students may choose from any of the following:

  • Any CEN course offered at the 400 level, which is not used to satisfy another requirement.
  • Any of the allowed Core Technical Electives, which are not used to satisfy the Core requirements.
  • Any CEN course offered at the 500 level or above, with permission of the course instructor.
  • Up to 3 credits of the 15 credit requirement may be satisfied by a Science Elective. A Science Elective can be any BIO, BNG, CHM, MLS, or MAR course; or any PHY course numbered above 150. Independent study, seminars, internships, and courses used to satisfy other CEN requirements do not qualify. If BIO 143 or BNG 255 were used to satisfy the BIO/BNG Requirement, then they may not also be used as the Science Elective.

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: 122


[1] BIO/BNG Requirement must be either BIO 143 or BNG 255. Satisfies University Studies 2B requirement.

[2] See University Studies 3A, 3B, 4A, and 4C requirement.

[3] To be eligible to enroll in CEN 491, students must have completed 4 of the following 5 core groups:

  • CEN 209 + CEN 334 (or CEN 419)
  • CEN 305 + CEN 323
  • CEN 306 + either CEN 307 or CEN 408 (as prerequisite or corequisite)
  • CEN 303 + CEN 325
  • CEN 304 + enrolled in CEN 411

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 Catalog.

  • 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:

Alternative Paths Program Requirements

Students not starting in Calculus (MTH 153) will be placed in Pre-Calculus (MTH 150) or Pre-Calculus Enhanced (MTH 150E) in the first semester. This delays the start of Calculus to the spring semester, which may then extend the program beyond four years. 

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