Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVE) offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in civil engineering. The civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. ( The department also offers a minor in environmental engineering and the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in civil and environmental engineering.

Faculty: Associate Professor Gindy, Chairperson. Professors Baxter, Boving, Lee, Tsiatas, Veyera, and R.Wright; Associate Professors Bradshaw, Craver, Hunter, Thiem, and Thomas; Assistant Professors Akanda, Das, and Goodwill; Adjunct Professor Harr; Adjunct Assistant Professors Badorek, George, Morgan, and Scalora; Professors Emeriti Kovacs, Marcus, McEwen, Poon, Silva, and Urish.

Department Mission Statement. Consistent with the missions of the University of Rhode Island and the College of Engineering (COE), the department of civil and environmental engineering seeks to prepare students to practice professionally in the national and international marketplace in the field of civil and environmental engineering through the provision of high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs and research opportunities; provide an environment that encourages and supports faculty career development and professional/community service; actively promotes diversity; and maintain a nationally recognized research program.

Program Mission Statement. Consistent with the mission of the department of civil and environmental engineering, the B.S. in civil engineering (BSCE) program will prepare graduates for successful careers, advanced studies at the graduate level, and lifelong learning based upon a solid foundation of technical ability, high standards of professional ethics, and strong communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives.

Three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in civil engineering, graduates will :

  1. Practice and actively contribute to the civil engineering profession in one or more of the technical areas of environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.
  2. Practice civil engineering with an awareness of and commitment to ethics and social responsibility, sustainability, and diversity both as individuals and in team environments.
  3. Pursue life-long learning through graduate education, professional licensure, or advanced training in civil engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes. Civil engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. which are listed in the college’s student outcomes section of this catalog.

Program Description. Civil engineers are responsible for researching, developing, planning, designing, constructing, and managing many of the complex systems and facilities essential to modern civilization. These include environmental engineering systems; water supply and pollution control systems; all types of transportation systems, from pipelines to city streets; structural systems from residential buildings to city skyscrapers, power plants, and offshore platforms; and all types of geotechnical systems from foundations to dams. Civil engineers play important roles in planning and administration with government agencies at all levels, especially those dealing with public works, transportation, environmental control, water supply, and renewable energy.

The curriculum provides students with an excellent background to pursue graduate study or to enter directly into professional practice in industry or government after graduation. The first year is devoted largely to courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science common to all engineering curriculums. During the sophomore year, students take three courses in civil engineering including mechanics of materials and two laboratories. In their last two years, students develop a proficiency in environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. They can also meet their own professional goals through the selection of professional electives in these areas as well as construction management. Professional electives are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

The civil engineering major requires 124 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); ECN 201 (3); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Second semester: 17 credits
EGR 106 (2); GEO 103 (4); MTH 142 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 15 credits
CVE 205 (2); MCE 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); and PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); and WRT 332 (3).

Second semester: 16 credits
CHM 112 (3); CVE 220 (3), 230 (1); MCE 263 (3); MTH 244 (3); and STA 409 (3).

Junior Year First semester: 17 credits
CVE 346 (3), 354 (3), 355 (1), 374 (3), 381 (3), 382 (1); and MCE 354 (3).

Second semester: 14 credits
CVE 347 (3), 348 (1), 370 (3), 375 (1); ISE 304 (3) ;and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits
CVE 400 (1), 465 (3), 483 (3), 497 (2) [capstone]; and professional electives2 (6).

Second semester: 15 credits
CVE 498 (3) [capstone]; professional electives2 (9); general education outcome(s)1 (3); and take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination3.

1 General Education Outcomes (A1-D1): if all outcomes are satisfied in fewer spaces than provided, you must take a course of your choice (Free Elective) to fill each remaining space in order to meet the required earned credit total of your degree plan. A complete detailing of these requirements are listed in the college’s curriculum requirements section of this catalog.

Professional Elective Requirements: Three (3) of the fifteen (15) credits must be selected from the following courses: CVE 470, 471, 475, 477. The remaining twelve (12) credits can be any 300-level and above CVE courses and may include three (3) credits from the following courses: CHE 333, ELE 220, MCE 341, or MTH 215. A maximum of six (6) credits of Special Problems (CVE 491 or 492) may be taken.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination: All CVE majors are required to take the FE Examination offered by NCEES as a part of graduation requirements. Official NCEES proof of having taken the exam is required.

International Engineering Program (IEP). In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the COE offers a five-year program in which students earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in a foreign language. The foreign languages currently offered by the IEP are Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. The five-year program includes a year studying abroad. The first semester abroad is spent at the IEP’s partner university taking engineering, language, and culture courses in the host language.  The second six months abroad are spent in a paid professional internship working at an international engineering company or engaged in a research institute in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to compete in the global marketplace and are highly sought after by employers both in the U.S. and abroad. Interested students should contact the IEP director at the Texas Instruments (TI) House on Upper College Road. The IEP has received several awards for excellence in international engineering education.

Minor in Environmental Engineering. Environmental engineering involves the study of clean water, clean air, waste management, and preservation of resources, in ways that minimize effects detrimental to the earth’s environment. Qualified engineering students may pursue a minor in environmental engineering. Requirements for the minor can be found in the college’s minors section of this catalog. Additional information can be found at

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program (FastTRAC5). The FastTRAC5 program allows qualified students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years. Students gain professional experience by working at an engineering consulting firm or governmental agency. They also carry out research working closely with a faculty mentor. For admission into the program, students must have junior standing in civil and environmental engineering (minimum of 62 credits) and cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 while in the program and pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination. Additional information about this program can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.