Civil Engineering Department
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Undergraduate Programs We Offer
For a complete listing of courses – visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter “Duluth” in the Institution and Campus fields; and enter "CE" for Subject Area, then click “Search”.
Areas of Specialty
Within our curriculum, students have multiple Civil Engineering technical electives. Students must take two courses from the elective courses within a focus group (Environmental/Water Resources, Geotechnical, Structures, or Transportation) to complete a focus. Students may fulfill more than one focus group. Basic information about each focus group is listed below. When selecting a focus and courses, students are encouraged to tailor their selection of technical electives with input from their advisor. You can check out a sample plan for the B.S.C.E. degree if you'd like more details on courses.
Environmental engineering is a facet of civil engineering known as the "wet side" which focuses on sustainability, environmental remediation, environmental impact, and managing resources. Water resource engineering is directed towards managing water resources (drinking water, waste water, storm water, etc). Environmental/Water Resources Engineering includes hydrology (surface water and groundwater), hydraulic engineering, water resources analysis, and environmental fluid mechanics.
Geotechical engineering specializes in the science of soil and rock mechanics in order to apply it to engineering projects. Projects that emphasize geotechnical specialization include foundations, slopes, tunnels, landfills, etc.
Geotechnical Engineering includes the study of mechanical behavior of geomaterials (soils and rocks), in relation to design and construction of civil engineering structures such as foundations, embankments and excavations.
Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that involves the design, review, and creation of structures; from bridges to skyscrapers to schools.
Structural Engineering is the planning, analysis and design of structures including buildings, bridges, parking structures, and stadiums.
Transportation engineering focuses on the design, control, and maintenance of transportation systems and the movement of people and goods from one place to another.
Transportation Engineering focuses on traffic systems operations and safety, highway planning and design, and the maintenance and operation of transportation facilities.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
We strive to create engineers with a solid understanding of technical courses that can be applied to a variety of fields. Students are challenged to engineer solutions and solve problems using the knowledge gained in the classroom. The University of Minnesota Duluth offers a program that provides students with the following upon graduation:
an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
an ability to communicate effectively
the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
a knowledge of contemporary issues
an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
ability to apply mathematics through differential equations; probability and statistics; calculus-based physics; general chemistry; and geology
ability to apply knowledge in the following four recognized major civil engineering areas: structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering with a depth of focus in one or more of the four areas
ability to perform civil engineering design by means of design experiences integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum culminating in a senior design experience
ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership; and explain the importance of professional licensure
ability to apply knowledge of sustainability to civil engineering practice