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Civil Engineering

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Program description

Civil Engineering

The civil engineering curriculum begins with a basic education in the physical, engineering, mathematical and computer sciences. This foundation supports further development of engineering topics that prepare the engineer to address critical societal needs. To meet these needs, the civil engineer designs and builds bridges, buildings, dams and hydraulic structures, pipelines and canals, power plants, transportation facilities, sanitary and environmental engineering facilities, surveying and mapping systems, space and ocean platforms, as well as numerous other engineering systems. The civil engineer must also be aware of the social, humanistic, and political aspects of their projects. Therefore, course work in the humanities and social sciences is required to better understand the social aspects of public works. During the last two years of their program, students may pursue several areas of civil engineering or, depending upon their interests, more specialized courses in one or more of the specific technical areas listed below. All students must have a comprehensive design experience.

Civil engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in courses required for the major. Students must complete a minimum of 42 upper division (junior/senior) or graduate-level semester credit hours.

Structural engineering

Analysis and design of structural systems including buildings, bridges, towers and other structures. Structural engineering also includes the study of solid mechanics and advanced structural materials.

Environmental engineering

Analysis, design and development of engineering systems to provide potable water supplies, treat municipal, industrial and hazardous wastes and protect human health and the environment.

Water resource engineering

Planning, analysis and design of hydraulic and hydrologic systems with respect to watersheds, municipalities, irrigation and drainage, and flood control. Conservation and management of groundwater and surface water are emphasized.

Transportation engineering

Planning, analysis and design of highways, traffic engineering and control, traffic safety, and pavement maintenance, design and rehabilitation.

Geotechnical engineering

Design and analysis of foundations, dams, embankments, slope stability and construction practices in soil and rock.

The civil engineering curriculum prepares the graduate to engage in professional practice, and upon completion of post-graduate requirements, to obtain registration as a Professional Engineer. It also provides the graduate with an excellent preparation for graduate studies in engineering, business or law.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program

Areas of study in the master of science program include: building mechanical systems engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. The master of science degree in each of these areas requires completion of 12 to 18 hours of engineering courses related to the particular program area.

Plan A (thesis)

The degree of master of science, Plan A, requires a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and a minimum of 4 hours thesis research in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework for approval by the departmental graduate studies committee (CEGS), and the department head. The Office of the Registrar will load the approved program into CAPP.

Plan A is required of all state or contract supported graduate assistants.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and a Plan B paper, in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework and the course number that the Plan B paper covers for approval by the CEGS, the department head, and subsequently, the Office of the Registrar.

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Program content

  • VISTA Studio I
  • Civil Engineering Tools
  • VISTA Studio II
  • Real Property Law
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Engineering Surveying Lecture
  • Engineering Surveying Laboratory
  • Ethics for the Professional Surveyor
  • Records Research for Surveyors
  • GIS for Surveyors
  • Public Land Surveys
  • Writing Land Descriptions
  • Basic Geodesy for Today's Land Surveyor
  • GPS for Land Surveyors
  • VISTA Studio III
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics I
  • Advanced Surveying
  • Survey Boundary Control and Legal Principles
  • Surveying Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location
  • Applied Least Squares Adjustments
  • Engineering Honors Program Research Methods
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Structural Analysis II
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Structural Concrete Design
  • Prestressed Concrete Design
  • Masonry Design
  • Structural Timber Design
  • Design of Water Treatment Facilities
  • Design of Wastewater Treatment Facilities
  • Green Chemistry and Global Environmental Problems
  • Solid Waste Engineering
  • Pavement Design for Airports and Highways
  • Traffic Engineering: Operations
  • Geometric Design of Highways
  • Traffic Simulation
  • Honors Undergraduate Research
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Soil and Rock Slope Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Instrumentation in Civil Engineering
  • Coastal Water Boundaries
  • Inland Water Boundaries
  • Advanced Public Land Surveys
  • Remote Sensing/Photogametry for Surveyors
  • Hydrology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Senior Civil Engineering Problems
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Wyoming D.O.T. Design Squad Cooperative Experience
  • Civil and Architectural Engineering Internship
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Advanced Materials
  • Structural Systems Design
  • Advanced Steel Design
  • Highway Bridge Engineering
  • Behavior of Reinforced Concrete
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Open-Channel Hydraulics
  • Engineering and Environment Geophysics
  • Water Treatment
  • Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • Environmental Transport Processes
  • Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
  • Advanced Physical-Chemical Treatment
  • Traffic Control
  • Transport Network Analysis
  • Traffic Safety
  • Transportation Planning
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Pavement Management Systems
  • Pavement Materials
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Problems I
  • Civil Engineering Seminar I
  • Civil Engineering Problems II
  • Civil Engineering Seminar II
  • H.T. Person Seminar
  • Design of Small Earth Dams
  • Flow in Porous Media
  • Advanced Subsurface Hydrology
  • Deterministic Hydrology
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Probalistic Hydrology
  • Advanced Hydrology
  • Hydrometeorology
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research


Civil Engineering Objectives

CE Objectives Three to six years after graduation, graduates of the University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Program will:

  • CE-OB1 Be able to successfully practice the profession of Civil Engineering.
  • CE-OB2 Be prepared and motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.
  • CE-OB3 Demonstrate successful career growth.

CE Outcomes

The Civil Engineering department regularly evaluates the following student skills. Specifically, every University of Wyoming Civil Engineering graduate shall have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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