Welcome Class of 2024! The Department of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE) has developed a curriculum that aspires to prepare you for careers requiring engineering solutions to address our greatest societal challenges, including resilient cities, human safety and security, space exploration and habitation, decision-making and health, and future energy infrastructure. Addressing such grand challenges will require students to have a strong foundation in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals, as well as space for meaningful experiences that will help them make connections between that fundamental knowledge and its application to both professional practice and scholarly research.
The curriculum is organized in two documents for both you and your advisor. The Degree Checkout Sheet acts as a checklist as you work your way through the curriculum, and is organized in blocks of courses (e.g. Basic Science, Mathematics, CaSE Fundamentals, etc.). You should keep your Degree Checkout Sheet current and bring it to every advising meeting; both pdf and excel versions are provided below. The second document is the sample program. You may find this document easier to use when planning your course schedules for a particular semester, though you should note that the ordering of courses in the sample program may change slightly as other factors (AP credits, H/S elective availability, minor / other major requirements, etc.) will contribute to your course selections each semester.
The maximum number of credits that you can register for per semester is 19.5 (18 for freshmen). Exceptions to this rule may be made if you have a GPA above 3.5, and in cases where overload is a result of an independent study or research.
Please be sure to read the Course Catalog for more information.
Sample Civil Engineering Program » pdf
Basic Science (16 credits)
To gain fundamental knowledge in the natural sciences that form the basis of all engineering disciplines, CaSE students take courses in Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science. In addition to these required courses, students have the opportunity to select an additional course in the natural sciences that aligns with their personal interests. The only requirement is that the course have an associated N distribution credit. Unsure of what to choose? We recommend AS.270.220 Dynamic Earth or AS.270.205 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis.
Mathematics (16 credits)
Like natural sciences, mathematics is fundamental to engineering theory and practice. The CaSE curriculum includes courses in Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Humanities and Social Sciences (18 credits)
This Whiting School requirement recognizes that human-centered engineering design relies not only on strong technical skills, but on an understanding of the humanities and social sciences as well. Any six 3-credit H or S elective courses may be used to fulfill this requirement, but to support students’ written communication skills, one of these courses must be either 060.113/114 Introduction to Expository Writing or a 300-level, Writing-Intensive, H or S elective course.
Free Electives (12 credits)
Recognizing that students need opportunities to explore their interests outside of any requirements – whether those be in the humanities, music, or engineering management – we’ve built 12 credits of free electives (no strings attached!) into your curriculum.
CaSE Fundamentals (41 credits)
These courses make up the most significant part of the CaSE curriculum, preparing students for the Grand Challenges of the future by guiding them through the engineering fundamentals necessary for four Civil Engineering disciplines – Geotechnical, Mechanics, Structures, and Systems. No substitutions of courses in this area are permitted.
CaSE Experiences (3 credits)
These six 0.5 credit experience courses offer students an opportunity to collaborate and learn new skills through hands-on projects, learn about professional practice through invited speakers, and learn how to develop and conduct a research program. No substitutions of courses in this area are permitted.
CaSE Professional Practice (12 credits)
To prepare students for professional practice, we require students to take two courses from the Center for Leadership Education (CLE) and a two course design sequence in the senior year that first introduces them to design theory and practice, and then provides an integrated design experience, similar to what one can expect in professional practice. Though it comes with no formal credit, students are also required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year, which is the first step towards professional licensure in the United States. No substitutions of courses in this area are permitted.
CaSE Technical Electives (9 credits)
Technical electives are designed to provide students with opportunities to explore the field of civil engineering in greater depth. To that end, these courses must have E distribution credits and be at or above the 300-level. 300-level courses with N or Q distribution credits may be allowed with advisor permission.