The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering. The B.S. degree in civil engineering may be accompanied by an option in environmental engineering, fluid systems engineering, or in construction engineering and management.
Civil engineers have been and still are the builders of our world, involved in the planning of our cities, communities, and larger regional areas. They are responsible for the conception, design, and construction of public works such as highways, streets, bridges, drinking water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, stormwater management systems, dams, reservoirs, power production, navigation and recreation, as well as the buildings, theaters, stadiums, factories and airports in which we live, work, and play.
The environment has long been the province and concern of civil engineers. Thus, civil engineers are continuously responding to society's ecological and environmental problems by joining with other engineers, as well as with physical, biological, chemical, and social scientists, to protect our natural resources and to create a sustainable physical and social environment for all people. Civil engineers are aware of the complexities of these problems and that they cannot merely focus on building and construction; they must understand the impact of engineering designs on society and the environment, and be prepared to play a vital role on interdisciplinary environmental teams.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a curriculum that provides a balanced program of technical and nontechnical courses to meet the needs of students interested in studying civil and environmental engineering. The curriculum includes basic courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, earth sciences, engineering sciences, as well as the fundamentals of civil engineering in the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering and management, transportation engineering, land information and surveying, water resources engineering and environmental engineering. Students may then choose elective courses in multiple areas or specialize in one or more areas of interest. Also, the department cooperates with interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including business, environmental studies, water resources management, oceanography and limnology, land resources, environmental monitoring, geological engineering, and environmental chemistry and technology.
In view of the increasing demands of modern technology, the traditional undergraduate curriculum can only offer the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering to the student. Qualified undergraduates are encouraged to pursue the civil and environmental engineering master's degree program as a means of incorporating additional courses on engineering analysis, design, and synthesis into their academic studies.The undergraduate degree is also sufficiently broad to prepare students for advanced degrees in other fields such as law, medicine, public health, and business.
Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Prepare BSCE graduates to contribute to their communities through the following career and professional accomplishments:
- Design and construct both natural and built processes and systems to meet determined needs using technical knowledge; computer tools; design principles; and communication, leadership, and team skills.
- Utilize measurement and analysis tools along with experimental data in investigating natural and built systems.
- Understand and incorporate economic, environmental, political, social, safety and global considerations in design, investigation and construction of natural and built systems.
- Maintain analysis and design tools and experience through life-ong learning and serve others through participation in professional and/or civic activities and responsibilities.
Admission to the College as a Freshman
Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.
Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering
UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers group information sessions for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.
Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering
With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
The College of Engineering has dual degree programs with select four-year UW System campuses. Eligible dual degree applicants are not subject to the 80 credit limit.
Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Coordinator in the College of Engineering: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-2473.
Second Bachelor's Degree
The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.
University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
|General Education|| |
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.
Summary of Requirements
The following curriculum applies to students who were admitted to the civil engineering degree program (classification changed to CEE) in fall 2016 or later.
|Introduction to Engineering||3|
|Mathematics and Statistics||19|
|Civil Engineering Mechanics||6|
|Civil Engineering Tools||5|
|Civil Engineering Breadth||23|
|Civil Engineering Design||10|
|Civil Engineering Electives||12|
Introduction to Engineering
|INTEREGR 170||Design Practicum||3|
Mathematics and Statistics Requirement
|MATH 221||Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1||5|
|or MATH 217||Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II|
|or MATH 275||Topics in Calculus I|
|MATH 222||Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2||4|
|or MATH 276||Topics in Calculus II|
|MATH 234||Calculus--Functions of Several Variables||4|
|One of the following courses:||3|
|Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers|
|Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics I|
|One of the following advanced mathematics courses:||3|
|Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations|
|Linear Algebra and Differential Equations|
Basic Science Requirement
|One of the following:||5|
| General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
|Advanced General Chemistry|
|One of the following:||5|
|One of the following:||3|
|Introductory Geology: How the Earth Works|
|One of the following:||3|
Engineering Mechanics Requirement
|E M A 201||Statics||3|
|E M A 202||Dynamics||3|
|or M E 240||Dynamics|
|E M A 303||Mechanics of Materials||3|
|or M E 306||Mechanics of Materials|
|E M A/M E 307||Mechanics of Materials Lab||1|
Civil Engineering Mechanics Requirement
|CIV ENGR 310||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|CIV ENGR/E M A 395||Materials for Constructed Facilities||3|
Civil Engineering Tools Requirement
|M E 170||Civil Engineering Graphics||2-3|
|or M E 231||Geometric Modeling for Design and Manufacturing|
|CIV ENGR/G L E 291||Problem Solving Using Computer Tools||3|
Civil Engineering Breadth Requirement
|CIV ENGR 311||Hydroscience||3|
|CIV ENGR 320||Environmental Engineering||3|
|CIV ENGR/G L E 330||Soil Mechanics||4|
|CIV ENGR 340||Structural Analysis I||4|
|CIV ENGR 370||Transportation Engineering||3|
|CIV ENGR 494||Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making||3|
|CIV ENGR 498||Construction Project Management||3|
Civil Engineering Design Requirement
|CIV ENGR 578||Senior Capstone Design||4|
|Every student must take at least one class in at least two of the following CEE disciplines, for a total of 6 credits. One of the two classes MUST be completed BEFORE taking CIV ENGR 578 Senior Capstone Design.||6|
|Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants|
|Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering|
|Water Treatment Plant Design|
|Hazardous Waste Management|
|Wood Structures I|
|Steel Structures I|
|Concrete Structures I|
|Seepage and Slopes|
|Geometric Design of Transport Facilities|
|Advanced Pavement Design|
|Note: If a student takes three or more courses from the above list, two of those courses will count toward this civil engineering design requirement and the other classes will count towards the electives requirement (see section below).|
Engineering Electives Requirement
- Students must take at least 3 credits of coursework from an ABET-accredited degree-granting program outside of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program. INTEREGR and E P D courses do not qualify for meeting this requirement; any courses cross-listed with Civil Engineering (CIV ENGR) do not qualify for meeting this requirement.
- Students must take at least 3 credits of CEE coursework in addition to the civil engineering design requirement. Note: Students in the Construction Engineering Management or Environmental Engineering option programs must select from a set of CIV ENGR courses approved for those options. 1,2
- Students must take at least 6 credits of coursework that meets at least one of the following1,2:
- Any course offered by an engineering department, including but not limited to CIV ENGR.
- Any Intermediate or Advanced level course with a breadth designation of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and/or Natural Sciences. These courses cannot also carry a breadth designation of Social Sciences, Humanities or Literature.
- Any of the following business courses: ACCT I S 300 Accounting Principles, FINANCE/ECON 300 Introduction to Finance, GEN BUS 301 Business Law, M H R 300 Managing Organizations, REAL EST/A A E/ECON/URB R PL 306 The Real Estate Process
Total Credits: 12
Up to three credits of CIV ENGR 1 Cooperative Education Program may be used towards Item 2 or 3.
|Communications A (choose one)||3|
|Introduction to College Composition|
|Science and Storytelling|
|Introduction to Speech Composition|
|Academic Writing II|
|Speech-Related Course (choose one)||2|
|Technical Presentations 1|
|Elements of Speech-Honors Course|
|Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate|
|Theory and Practice of Group Discussion|
|Writing-Related Courses (choose one)||3|
|Technical Communication 1|
Liberal Studies Requirements
|College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements|
|Complete Requirements 1||16|
|Requirements specific to Civil Engineering:|
|An economics course must be selected from the following list:|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Principles of Economics-Accelerated Treatment|
|A minimum of three credits of environmental studies course that meets the breadth designations of humanities, literature, and/or social science. Courses that also carry breadth designations of Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Physical Sciences will not count towards this requirement.|
All liberal studies credits must be identified with the letter H, S, L, or Z. Language courses are acceptable without the letter and are considered humanities. An economics elective and an environmental studies elective are required.
Note: See a CEE advisor for additional information.
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
1. (a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
2. (b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3. (c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
4. (d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
5. (e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
6. (f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
7. (g) An ability to communicate effectively.
8. (h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
9. (i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
10. (j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.
11. (k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
12. (l) An ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership.
13. (m) An ability to explain the importance of professional licensure.
14. (n) An ability to understand common failure mechanisms of a component, process, or system and their causes and prevention.
|MATH 221||5||MATH 222||4|
|CHEM 109||5||E M A 201||3|
|INTEREGR 170||3||M E 170 or 231||2|
|COMMUNICATIONS A||3||LIBERAL STUDIES||3|
|GEOSCI 100 or 106||3|
|MATH 234||4||MATH 319 or 320||3|
|E M A 202||3||E M A 303 or M E 306||3|
|CIV ENGR 320||3||E M A/M E 307||1|
|BIOLOGY ELECTIVE||3||E P D 275||2|
|STAT 324 or 311||3||CIV ENGR 310||3|
|ECON 101, 102, or 111||4|
|CIV ENGR 311||3||CIV ENGR/G L E 330||4|
|CIV ENGR 340||4||CIV ENGR/E M A 395||3|
|CIV ENGR/G L E 291||3||CIV ENGR 498||3|
|ETHNIC STUDIES||3||CIV ENGR 370||3|
|E P D 397||3||PHYSICS 202 or 208||5|
|CIV ENGR DESIGN ELECTIVE||3||CIV ENGR 578||4|
|CIV ENGR DESIGN ELECTIVE||3||APPLIED ENGR ELECTIVE||3|
|CIV ENGR ELECTIVE||3||APPLIED ENGR ELECTIVE||3|
|CIV ENGR 494||3||LIBERAL STUDIES||3|
|ENV STUDIES ELECTIVE||3||ENGR OUTSIDE OF CIV ENGR||3|
|Total Credits 128|
Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center.
Engineering Career Services
Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.
ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.
Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Note: Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes are made publicly available at the Departmental website. (In this Guide, the program's Student Outcomes are designated by our campus as "Learning Outcomes.")