Missouri State University

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering (2009-2010 School Year)

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise construction of many essential facilities and structures such as bridges, dams, interstate highways, and buildings. Service to the community, its development, and improvement are all fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career. Civil engineers are problem solvers, applying the latest in high-tech equipment and sophisticated procedures to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructure.

Structural and Geotechnical Engineering

Structure and Geotechnical Analysis are principle areas of Civil Engineering. Engineers begin by studying the geology and the soil at the site and develop a plan for the foundation. The foundation must support the weight of the superstructure and prevent it from sinking into the soil or tipping over.  The superstructure is the visible part of the structure, which might be a building, bridge, tower, or other large structure. Civil engineers work with city planners, architects, and business people to develop a superstructure that is attractive, functional, cost-effective, safe, and durable. 

Included in the study of civil engineering are courses in environmental engineering that are directly related to the solution of hazardous waste and pollution problems, providing potable and economical water supply systems, and maintaining a safe environment. Water resources engineering is related to hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, flood control, rainfall, runoff prediction, and the transport in flows. Studies in geotechnical engineering address the bearing capacities of soils, settlement of foundations, and the design of both deep and shallow foundations. Courses in structural analysis and design are directed toward providing reliable and economical structures like bridges, buildings, port facilities, and intricate lock and dam facilities. The principles involved in this sequence of courses are also applicable to the design of automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, and future space structures. Transportation engineering involves the movement of people and cargo from place to place, the design of airports and highways, and traffic studies to maintain efficient flows. Courses in construction engineering include studies in construction techniques, cost estimating, quality control/quality assurance, and contract administration. Materials engineering involves the production, quality control, use, and property analysis of construction materials like asphalt, concrete, aggregate, wood, masonry, and steel. 

 
Environmental Engineering

Protecting our environment is an important part of Civil Engineering. When we consider how human populations damage the environment, the largest source is water pollution. Civil Engineers design cost-effective water treatment facilities to clean the water before we put it back in the streams and rivers. The United States does a good job of treating water, but water quality is a huge problem in many parts of the world. Environmental Engineers also work on air quality, especially in cleaning the emissions from smokestacks used in power plants and other industries. The future looks very bright for engineers who emphasize Environmental Engineering.  These engineers will have the opportunity to work on projects around the world that will help protect our environment.

 

Civil engineering is a broad field of endeavors. Because of this breadth, courses are required in each of the above areas. Although you, as a civil engineer, may specialize within a given area, by the very nature of the profession you will be required to interact with specialists in other areas. You may also find that you will work with engineers in other disciplines like mechanical, electrical, or geological engineering in the planning, design, and construction of complex facilities.

  

Water Resources

Water resources engineering involves protecting and maintaining our water supply. Engineers work on large projects that ensure water supply for human use and protect our land and facilities from flooding.

Civil engineers also must be effective in communicating with the public. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys, and even medical doctors for concerns related to public health measures.  

  

  

  

 

Transportation Engineering

Civil Engineers who emphasize Transportation Engineering are responsible for designing intersections, exchanges, and stoplight systems. Engineers collect data on traffic requirements and develop solutions that keep the traffic flowing

The results of your work as a civil engineer will be seen everywhere. Projects in which you will become involved must be economical, provide an adequate factor of safety for a particular use, and provide a reasonable life expectancy. To do this adequately and within a reasonable time frame, you will find that, with the exception of your engineering training, the computer is one of the most important and valuable tools you will use to produce a proper design or to complete a specific project. You may find that your courses taken in civil engineering will require the use of computer hardware and software related to the different areas of study.

Mission Statement

The Cooperative Civil Engineering Program will prepare students for professional performance in the global society, and for life-long learning and continued professional development in the civil engineering profession through a comprehensive, forward-looking, and broad-based curriculum in civil engineering, emphasizing fundamentals and practical applications, oral and written communication skills, computer applications skills, and professional practice issues and ethics.

Cooperative Civil Engineering Program Objectives

Consistent with the mission of the Cooperative Civil Engineering Program, graduates of the program will have:

  • A strong and broad fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base that will provide the necessary tools to begin a career in civil engineering
  • The ability to identify, formulate, develop, and execute practical, innovative, high quality, and cost-efficient solutions for civil engineering problems
  • An awareness and understanding of the moral, ethical, legal, and professional obligations needed to function as part of a professional enterprise while protecting human health and welfare and the environment in a global society
  • An awareness and understanding of the need for personal and professional growth through continuing education, professional development, professional licensure, and increased community in the global marketplace
  • An awareness and understanding of the need to develop leadership and team building skills to maximize the benefits of an engineering education and its application to solving world problems
Cooperative Civil Engineering Program Outcomes

Consistent with the program educational objectives listed above, the Cooperative Civil Engineering Program graduate will have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as those in economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability aspects
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Acknowledge and understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context
  • Recognize the need for, and be able to engage in, life-long learning
  • Retain knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice                                                                                 
Cooperative Civil Engineering Admission Requirements

All entering students must satisfy the enrollment restriction for the program. Entering freshmen desiring to study Civil Engineering will declare a major in Engineering, and will be advised by faculty in the Cooperative Engineering Program at Missouri State University. Students will apply for admission to the Civil Engineering program after completing the courses in the Freshman Engineering Curriculum. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 after completing the Freshman Engineering Curriculum in order to be admitted to the Cooperative Civil Engineering program.

Cooperative Civil Engineering Credit Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a minimum of 131 credit hours is required.  These requirements are in addition to credit received for algebra, trigonometry, and basic ROTC courses. An average of at least two grade points per credit hour must be obtained. At least two grade points per credit hour must also be obtained in all courses taken in Civil Engineering.

General Education Requirements

Each student's program of study must contain a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in general education and must be chosen according to the following rules:

  1. All students are required to take one American history course, one economics course, one humanities course, and English 110. The history course is to be selected from History 121, History 122, or Political Science 101. The economics course must be Economics 155 or 165. The humanities course must be selected from the approved list for Art, English, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech and Media Studies, or Theater.
  2. Depth requirement: 3 credit hours must be taken in humanities or social sciences at the 200 level or above and must be selected from the approved list. Students may receive humanities credit for foreign language courses in their native tongue only if the course is at the 300 level or higher. All courses taken to satisfy the depth requirement must be taken after graduating from high school.
  3. The remaining two courses are to be chosen from the list of approved humanities/social sciences courses and may include one communications course in addition to English 110.
  4. Any specific departmental requirements in the general studies area must be satisfied.
  5. Special topics, special problems, and honors seminars are allowed only by petition to, and approval by, the student's department chairman.
Cooperative Civil Engineering Curriculum

The Cooperative Civil Engineering Program is characterized by its focus on the scientific basics of engineering and its innovative application; the underlying theme of this educational program is the application of the scientific basics to engineering practice through attention to problems and needs of the public. The necessary interrelations among the various topics, the engineering disciplines, and the other professions as they naturally come together in the solution of real world problems are emphasized as research, analysis, synthesis, and design, and are presented and discussed through classroom and laboratory instruction.

Sophomore Engineering Curriculum

Courses First Semester

Credits

 

Courses Second Semester

Credits

GRY 2752 Fundamentals of Surveying

3

 

ME 150 Engineering Dynamics

2

CE 3 Engineering Communications

2

 

MTH 345 Statistics for Science and Engineering

3

CE 502 Engineering Statics

3

 

GLG 110 Introduction to Geology

4

MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus

3

 

CE 1102 Mechanics of Materials

3

PHY 204  Physics 2

5

 

CE 120 Materials Testing Lab

1

 

 

 

MTH 303 Differential Equations

3

Total

16

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Engineering Curriculum

Courses First Semester

Credits

 

Courses Second Semester

Credits

EMGT 1372  Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects

2

 

CE 216  Construction Materials

3

CE 2172  Structural Analysis 1

3

 

CE 242  Building Systems

3

CE 215  Elementary Soil Mechanics

3

 

CE 211  Transportation Engineering

3

CE 2302 Elementary Fluid Mechanics

3

 

CE 234  Water Resources Engineering

4

CE 261  Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering

3

 

CE 223  Reinforced Concrete Design

3

General Education Elective1

3

 

Total

16

Total

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Engineering Curriculum

Courses First Semester

Credits

 

Courses Second Semester

Credits

CE 210  Senior Seminar

1

 

CE 298  Civil Engineering Design Project

3

CE Tech Elective3,5

3

 

CE Tech Elective3,5

3

CE Depth Elective3,4

3

 

CE Tech Elective3,5

3

CE 248  Contracts and Construction Engineering

3

 

CE Depth Elective3,4

3

CE 221  Structural Design in Metals 

3

 

General Education Elective1

3

General Education Elective1

3

 

General Education Elective1

3

Total

16

 

Total

18

  1. All general education electives must be approved by the student's advisor. One general education elective must be from ENG 210, 221, 310, 321 or COM 115. One general education elective must satisfy the depth requirement.
  2. A grade of 'C' or better is required to satisfy graduation requirements.
  3. A grade of 'C' or better may be required in CE technical and depth elective prerequisite courses. Refer to the Missouri University of Science & Technology undergraduate catalog for this prerequisite information.
  4. Choose depth electives using Guidelines for Depth and Technical Electives.
  5. Choose technical electives using Guidelines for Depth and Technical Electives.

NOTE: All Civil Engineering students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to graduation. A passing grade on this examination is not required to earn a B.S. degree; however, it is the first step toward becoming a registered professional engineer. This requirement is part of the Missouri S&T assessment process as described in Assessment Requirements found elsewhere in this catalog. Students must sign a release form giving the University access to their Fundamentals of Engineering Examination score.

Cooperative Civil Engineering Guidelines for Depth and Technical Electives

Please consult the Program's Advising Center or your academic advisor for guidelines regarding the selection of depth and technical electives.

Course Listings by Area

Construction Engineering

  • 345 Construction Methods
  • 346 Management of Construction Costs
  • 348 Green Building
  • 349 Engineering and Construction Contract Specifications

Materials Engineering

  • 312 Bituminous Materials
  • 313 Composition and Properties of Concrete
  • 317 Pavement Design

Environmental Engineering: 

  • 265 Water/Wastewater
  • 360 Environmental Law and Regulations
  • 361 Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil
  • 362 Public Health Engineering
  • 363 Solid Waste Management
  • 366 Indoor Air Pollution
  • 367 Introduction to Air Pollution
  • 368 Air Pollution Control Methods
  • 369 Sanitary Engineering Design

 Geotechnical Engineering: 

  • 229 Foundation Engineering
  • 314 Geosynthetics in Engineering
  • 315 Intermediate Soil Mechanics
  • 316 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • 329 Foundation Engineering II

Water Resources Engineering

  • 330 Hydraulic Transients
  • 331 Hydraulics of Open Channels
  • 335 Water Infrastructure Engineering
  • 337 River and Harbor Engineering
  • 338 Hydrologic Techniques

Structural Engineering: 

  • 221 Structural Design Metals
  • 223 Reinforced Concrete
  • 318 Smart Materials and Sensors
  • 319 Applied Mechanics in Structural Engineering
  • 322 Analysis and Design of Wood Structures
  • 323 Classical and Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis
  • 326 Advanced Steel Structures Design
  • 327 Advanced Concrete Structures Design
  • 328 Prestressed Concrete Design
  • 374 Infrastructure Strengthening with Composites
  • 375 Low-Rise Building Analysis and Design

Transportation Engineering: 

  • 311 Geometric Design of Highways
  • 351 Transportation Applications of Geophysics
  • 353 Traffic Engineering
  • 373 Air Transportation