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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering Major

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BS degree

The academic preparation for a profession which is as varied as civil and environmental engineering requires considerable breadth as well as depth. The department provides this breadth and depth through its stated objectives. Each student’s program includes a sequence of technical electives which are a combination of engineering sciences and engineering design that culminates in a meaningful major design experience. To better prepare the student to take his or her place as a citizen as well as a professional, the curriculum is also designed to include a number of courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Calculation of the GPA in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Major

Students must have at least a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the University in order to graduate. 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 General Education Requirements, are counted. Any additional CEN courses taken by a student beyond those required in the program description in the catalogue (extra CEN technical electives) will also be counted toward the cumulative GPA in the major, but any other courses not in the catalogue requirements will not be counted.


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

First Semester: 14 credits

  • General Education Requirements (C) - 3 credits

Second Semester: 14 credits

  • Technical Electives - 6 credits
  • General Education Requirements (D) - 3 credits
  • General Education Requirements (G) - 3 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: 122

Distribution Requirements/General Education Requirements for Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Degree candidates in the College of Engineering must satisfy the university’s General Education requirements, as described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalogue.

  • General Education requirements in Areas M and S and the Tier 1 Writing/Information requirement are automatically satisfied by the courses shown as required for these majors.
  • The General Education requirements in Areas C, G, and D may be fulfilled by selecting courses from the approved lists in each area, using the General Education electives shown in the course requirement tables for each major.
  • The requirements for General Education areas E, I, W, and O will be specified within courses that are included in each major. Requirement tables for these areas are included for each major.

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Civil Engineering will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Alternative Paths Program Requirements

Depending on the results of placement testing, new freshman students may be placed into one of the following first-year curricula in lieu of the standard curriculum.

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