curriculum and advising
internship & career resources
Undergraduate Career and Internship Contacts:
Tammy Leso, Coordinator College of Engineering, Bliss Hall 102
Graduate Career and Internship Contact:
Alumni Resources: Career and Job Search*
* lifetime resources available to URI alumni
frequently asked questions
I will be freshman in civil engineering at URI next Fall. What computer should I purchase?
Any recent computer should be sufficient for your needs. Keep in mind that most civil engineering students use Windows-based machines since many of the relevant software, such as AutoCAD, Civil3D, STAAD, RAM, WaterCAD, etc, would require dual boot or Windows emulators to run on different systems.
I was admitted in the College of Engineering for B.S. in Civil Engineering but I am listed under University College. What is University College?
University College (UC) is where all new students are first enrolled. It is essentially an “advising” college. University College does not grant degrees; its purpose is to provide you with advising that will help you to make the appropriate academic choices. UC also oversees several special academic programs, including New Student Orientation, the Academic Enhancement Center, Service Learning, the Office of Experiential Learning and Internships, and International Education.
How do I transfer from the University College (UC) to the College of Engineering (COE)?
Effective Fall 2014 (Class of 2018 and beyond)
“To be admitted to the COE, students must complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, and must also complete the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-” or better in each course: CHM 101/102, EGR 105, EGR 106, MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203/273, and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.” [2014-2015 University Catalog]
Effective Through Summer 2014 (Class of 2017 and earlier years)
“To be admitted to the COE, students must not only complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, they must also have completed 20 credits from the following list of required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better: CHM 101/102, EGR 105, 106, MTH 141, 142, PHY 203/273, and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.” [2013-2014 University Catalog]
Students in University College cannot register for 300 level or higher civil engineering courses.
Any additional grade point requirements to continue in civil engineering?
Most 300 level courses in civil engineering have as prerequisite a grade point average of 2.0 (C or better) in five courses: CHM101, MTH141, MTH142, PHY203, PHY204. Unless students can satisfy this requirement they will not be able to continue in civil engineering. Also, students need to receive a C or better in CVE220 (Mechanics of Materials) in order to enroll in CVE354 (Structural Engineering).
I received D in MTH 141. Do I need to repeat it to continue in civil engineering?
It depends. The C or better requirement in the five courses listed above is average. If you receive D in MTH141 and B in MTH142 you should be OK.
I don’t like surprises. Are there any other GPA requirements for graduation?
To meet graduation requirements, students enrolled in the College of Engineering must obtain a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all required science, mathematics, and engineering courses (including professional electives).