University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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BS in Civil Engineering

Graduates in Civil Engineering are likely to pursue career paths as: construction managers, engineering consultants (structural, environmental, transportation and others) or government policy developers.  

Marketable Skills

  1. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  2. Entrepreneurship: Develop, organize, and manage ideas and opportunities turning them into new products, services, firms, or industries
  3. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task
  4. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  5. Social responsibility: Act ethically and responsibly for the benefit of society and the public good
  6. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal

The Civil Engineering program at the undergraduate level is broadly based and provides courses in the major divisions of Civil Engineering.

Educational Objectives

  •  Will be successful contributors and leaders in their profession and communities.
  •  Will be effective at communicating as professionals to a diverse technical and non-technical population.
  •  Will have the ability to use their education to be lifelong learners and adapt to changes in technology and society.
  •  Will be able to solve engineering problems in the context of society’s dynamic environmental, social, political, and economic realities.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 128

Students are expected to satisfy all prerequisites and co-requisites for all required and elective courses at the time of registration. 

University Core Curriculum(All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Civil Engineering Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required courses:
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
General Chemistry
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))
Trigonometry and Conics
Calculus I
Introductory Mechanics
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Civil Engineering Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 1301Civil Engineering Fundamentals3
CE 1313Engineering Measurements3
CE 2315Statics3
CE 2334Mechanics of Materials3
CE 2335Geological Engineering3
CE 2338Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
or MECH 2340 Mechanics II -Dynamics
or PHYS 3331 Thermal Physics
CE 2343Structural Analysis3
CE 2373Engr Probability & Statistics3
CE 2375Intro to Fluid Mechanics3
CE 2385Environmental Engr Fundamental3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
Civil Engineering Major
Required Courses:
CE 3334Construction Management3
CE 3336Civil Engineering Materials3
CE 3342Water & Waste Water Engr3
CE 3345Design of Concrete Structures3
CE 3348Geotechnical Engineering3
CE 3361Design of Steel Structures3
CE 3456Hydrology & Hydraulic Engr4
CE 4188Senior Design I1
CE 4195Jr.Professional Orientation1
CE 4288Senior Design II2
CE 4339Geostructural Design3
CE 4340Transportation Engineering3
CE 4375Adv. Topics in Civil Engr.3
CE 4376Adv Topics in Civ Engr II3
Lower Division Technical Elective:
Select one course from the following (Only 3 hours apply towards the requirement):3
General Biology
General Chemistry
Matrix Algebra
Introductory Electromagnetism
and Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Upper Division Technical Elective:
Select one course from the following or any other upper division course from the College of Engineering (excluding CE) or College of Science (Only 3 hours apply towards the requirement). 3
Principles of Accounting I
Adv Topics in Civil Engr III
General Chemistry
Matrix Algebra
Intro to Public Administration
The Public Policy Process
Urban Planning
Technical Writing
Total Hours129

University Core Curriculum

The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl
Total Hours6

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-African Amer Studies
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours 6

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Asian American Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
Community Service
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Chicana/o Fine Arts Appreciat
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Introduction to Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6

4-Year Sample Degree Plan

BS Civil Engineering (Starting with Pre-Calculus)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
Summer
(if needed)
Precalculus 7
Trigonometry and Conics
FRESHMAN
Fall
CE 1301Civil Engineering Fundamentals 13
MATH 1411Calculus I 14
PHYS 2320Introductory Mechanics3
PHYS 2120Laboratory for PHYS 23201
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I 13
UNIV 1301Seminar/Critical Inquiry 13
Spring
CE 1313Engineering Measurements 13
CE 2315Statics 13
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305 1
4
MATH 1312Calculus II 13
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 2 13
SOPHOMORE
Fall
CE 2334Mechanics of Materials 13
CE 2375Intro to Fluid Mechanics3
CS 1320Computer Programming Sci/Engr 13
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 13
MATH 2313Calculus III 13
Lower Division Technical Elective 23
Spring
CE 2335Geological Engineering3
or GEO 3321
CE 2343Structural Analysis 13
CE 2385Environmental Engr Fundamental 13
MATH 2326Differential Equations 13
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 13
Dynamics Electice (3 hrs. towards degree) 33
JUNIOR
Fall
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists 13
CE 2373Engr Probability & Statistics3
CE 3336Civil Engineering Materials3
CE 3345Design of Concrete Structures3
CE 3456Hydrology & Hydraulic Engr4
CE 4195Jr.Professional Orientation1
Spring
CE 3334Construction Management3
CE 3342Water & Waste Water Engr3
CE 3348Geotechnical Engineering3
CE 3361Design of Steel Structures3
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
SENIOR
Fall
CE 4188Senior Design I1
CE 4339Geostructural Design3
CE 4340Transportation Engineering3
CE 4375Adv. Topics in Civil Engr.3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Spring
Creative Arts Elective *,4,13
CE 4288Senior Design II2
CE 4376Adv Topics in Civ Engr II3
Upper Division Technical Elective 53
Language Phil. & Cult. Elective *,6,13
Notes:
*Prerequisite Course
*+Corequisite if scheduled for the same semester.
1 A grade of "C" or better must be achieved for all Lower-Division courses, including the Arts and Humanities electives, as well as CE 2373 (IE 3373) & CE 2335 (GEOL 3321)
2 MATH 3323, PHYS 2421, CHEM 1306 OR BIOL 1305
3 CE 2338 or MECH 2340 or PHYS 3331 (PreRequisite for CE 2338 is CE 2315 and MATH 1312)
4 Select an ART course from ART 1300; ARTH 1305, 1306; DANC 1304; MUSL 1324, 1327, 2321; THEA 1313; FILM 1390
5 CE 4377, POLS 3350, POLS 3351; POL 4359, RWS 3359, ACCT 2301, MATH 3323, CHEM 1306
6 Select a Lang. Philosophy and Culture course from ENGL 2311, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2318; FREN 2322; HIST 2301, 2302; PHIL 1301, 2306; RS 1301; SPAN 2340; WS 2300, 2350
7 Not required for Calculus I ready students
Total Hours128

BS Civil Engineering (Starting with Calculus)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
FRESHMAN
Fall
CE 1301Civil Engineering Fundamentals 13
MATH 1411Calculus I 14
PHYS 2320Introductory Mechanics3
PHYS 2120Laboratory for PHYS 23201
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I 13
UNIV 1301Seminar/Critical Inquiry 13
Spring
CE 1313Engineering Measurements 13
CE 2315Statics 13
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1105
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1305 1
4
MATH 1312Calculus II 13
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 2 13
SOPHOMORE
Fall
CE 2334Mechanics of Materials 13
CE 2375Intro to Fluid Mechanics3
CS 1320Computer Programming Sci/Engr 13
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 13
MATH 2313Calculus III 13
Lower Division Technical Elective 23
Spring
CE 2335Geological Engineering3
or GEO 3321
CE 2343Structural Analysis 13
CE 2385Environmental Engr Fundamental 13
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 13
MATH 2326Differential Equations 13
Dynamics Electice (3 hrs. towards degree) 33
JUNIOR
Fall
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists 13
CE 2373Engr Probability & Statistics3
CE 3336Civil Engineering Materials3
CE 3345Design of Concrete Structures3
CE 3456Hydrology & Hydraulic Engr4
CE 4195Jr.Professional Orientation1
Spring
CE 3334Construction Management3
CE 3342Water & Waste Water Engr3
CE 3348Geotechnical Engineering3
CE 3361Design of Steel Structures3
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
SENIOR
Fall
CE 4188Senior Design I1
CE 4339Geostructural Design3
CE 4340Transportation Engineering3
CE 4375Adv. Topics in Civil Engr.3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Creative Arts Elective *,4,13
Spring
CE 4288Senior Design II2
CE 4376Adv Topics in Civ Engr II3
General Elective (3 hrs. towards degree) 53
Language Phil. & Cult. Elective *,6,13
Notes:
*Prerequisite Course
*+Corequisite if scheduled for the same semester.
1 A grade of "C" or better must be achieved for all Lower-Division courses, including the Arts and Humanities electives, as well as CE 2373 (IE 3373) & CE 2335 (GEOL 3321)
2 MATH 3323, PHYS 2421, CHEM 1306 OR BIOL 1305
3 CE 2338 or MECH 2340 or PHYS 3331 (PreRequisite for CE 2338 is CE 2315 and MATH 1312)
4 Select an ART course from ART 1300; ARTH 1305, 1306; DANC 1304; MUSL 1324, 1327, 2321; THEA 1313; FILM 1390
5 CE 4377, POLS 3350, POLS 3351; POL 4359, RWS 3359, ACCT 2301, MATH 3323, CHEM 1306
6 Select a Lang. Philosophy and Culture course from ENGL 2311, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2318; FREN 2322; HIST 2301, 2302; PHIL 1301, 2306; RS 1301; SPAN 2340; WS 2300, 2350
7 Not required for Calculus I ready students
Total Hours128