Bachelor of Science in civil engineering


Summary

“Lawrence Tech’s implementation of the Body of Knowledge provided me with the foundation for a successful future in civil engineering.”– Mathew Hawley, BSCE’11, project engineer, Kiewit Construction, Omaha, NE

EdisonAwds-GOLD-2)-2012.jpgThe only program in Michigan and one of just a few in the United States designed around the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century

civil1.jpgLawrence Technological University prepares you to enter this exciting profession like no other program in the state, with a top-notch education focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. You’ll explore the latest technologies in state-of-the-art labs, guided by professors with international industry expertise.

Civil engineers are leaders in the design, construc-tion, and maintenance of the infrastructure society depends upon, including airports, bridges, buildings, highways, ports, and waterways. They use their analytical skills and professional judgment to solve today’s most pressing problems and build a more sustainable future.

Why LTU?


Diverse and In-Depth Technical Knowledge

Civil engineering is a high-growth profession.  Indeed, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over the next several years employment for civil engineers will rise 24%, civil-2-sm.jpghigher than most engineering disciplines.  A large part of this anticipated spike in job opportunities is likely the result of the poor condition of the country’s infrastructure.  To address this demand, the Civil Engineering program at Lawrence Tech offers a wide breadth of courses in the major civil engineering subdisciplines, providing students with a diverse technical background valuable to employers.  Program course topics include:

  • Water resources
  • Environmental
  • Construction
  • Structural
  • Geotechnical
  • Transportation

Highly-Qualified Faculty/Extensive Industry Practitioner Participation

In order to provide the engineering and construction industry with top-notch civil engineering graduates, Lawrence Tech has established a Department of Civil Engineering with a core group of well-qualified, full-time faculty members experienced in their respective civil engineering subdisciplines.  The adjunct faculty, another important component of the department, is comprised of highly respected practitioners from all areas of industry.  All faculty members provide instruction that adheres to the university’s main approach to education: Theory and Practice. Moreover, the department’s Industry Advisory Board, consisting of owners and principals of engineering firms, construction companies and public agencies, interact with faculty and students on a continual basis.  Students are thus provided with a quality academic experience along with substantial industry input and support. 

Laboratory Facilities

cimr-sm.jpgThe Civil Engineering laboratories are examples of the importance Lawrence Tech places on the Civil Engineering Program.  For example, the environmental and fire test chambers within the nationally recognized Center for Innovative Materials Research are considered state-of-the-art.  The Structural Testing Center, housing some of the largest testing equipment in the region, provides a high-tech facility for undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students to perform experiments and tests on various structural elements.  Other laboratories, such as Hydraulics/Hydrology and Environmental, feature equipment that is identical to that found in industry-based facilities. 

The Civil Engineering Vision

The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), the leading industry professional association, formed a committee comprised of engineering experts from around the world whose task was to define the skills and attributes a future civil engineer should possess.  The result was Vision 2025, which describes civil engineers as master planners, stewards of the environment and leaders in shaping public policy on infrastructure issues.  The Department of Civil Engineering, committed to exposing our students to the concepts underpinning Vision 2025, adopted and implemented the ASCE Body of Knowledge 2nd Edition, which sets forth detailed program outcomes for civil engineering students to attain the status of highly-qualified and well-rounded professionals.

Curriculum

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Your 132-credit-hour program consists of: 

Freshman Year

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
ECE 110 CE Computer Graphics Lab 1
ECE 1102 CE Computer Applications Lab 2
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
GLG 1103 Geology 3
ECE 1011 Civil Engineering Perspectives 1
EGE 1001 Fund. of Engr. Design Projects 1
  TOTAL 16

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
ECE 1413 Civil Engineering Materials 3

 

TOTAL 17
Sophomore Year

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical & Prof. Communication 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
ECE 1013 Surveying & Land Measurement 3
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
  TOTAL 17

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EGE 2013 Statics 3
ECE 2103 CAD Infrastructure Planning 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Exp. 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models & Practices 1

 

TOTAL 17
Junior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2303 Basic Economics 3
MCS 3403 Probability & Statistics 3
ECE 3523 Hydromechanics 3
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials 3
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
Engr. Science Elective* 3
  TOTAL 17

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3213 Construction Engineering 3
ECE 3324 Environmental Engineering 1 4
ECE 3424 Soil Mechanics 4
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
ECE 3823 Transportation Engineering 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0

 

TOTAL 17
Senior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4022 CE Design Project 1 2
ECE 4051 Ethics & Professional Issues 1
ECE 4544 Hydraulic Engineering 4
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
Civil Engineering Electives** 6
  TOTAL 16

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4032 CE Design Project 2 2
ECE 4761 Structural Design/Testing Lab 1
LLT/SSC 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
ECE42X3 CE Management Practices 3
Civil Engineering Electives** 6

 

TOTAL 15


Up to six (6) credits of civil engineering graduate-level courses may also be used to fulfill technical electives subject to approval by the department.

See your academic advisor for elective requirements and further specific information on your degree program. 

Dual majors will be permitted a number of substitutions as approved by the department chair consistent with accreditation requirements.

Civil Engineering Advisors

All students should have an advisor-approved Plan of Work. Students should contact the Department of Civil Engineering, 248.204.2545, Room E023, for their assigned faculty advisor.

Course Descriptions

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Educational Objectives

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a program where students obtain the education and skill set so that, upon graduation, they are prepared to achieve the following professional objectives:

  • identify, analyze and solve today’s complex engineering challenges while creating a sustainable environment;
  • successfully serve as leaders and contributors on team-based projects;
  • improve the civil engineering profession by practicing in an ethical and responsible manner, and by participating in lifelong learning opportunities that lead to professional licensure; and
  • demonstrate professional expertise by communicating their engineering ideas and solutions to various audiences, including the general public, colleagues, clients and governmental policy makers.

Student Outcomes

To graduate with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and enter the practice of civil engineering, an individual must demonstrate competence in each of 24 Program Outcomes:

  1. Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems.
  2. Solve problems in calculus-based physics, chemistry, and geology and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems.
  3. Demonstrate the importance of the humanities in the professional practice of engineering.
  4. Demonstrate the incorporation of social sciences knowledge into the professional practice of engineering.
  5. Use knowledge of materials science to solve problems appropriate to civil engineering.
  6. Analyze and solve problems in solid and fluid mechanics.
  7. Specify and design an experiment to meet a specified need; conduct the experiment, and analyze, interpret, and explain the resulting data.
  8. Develop problem statements and solve both well-defined and open-ended civil engineering problems by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools.
  9. Design a system or process to meet desired needs within such realistic constraints as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.
  10. Apply the principles of sustainability to the design of traditional and emergent engineering systems and explain how civil engineers should strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties.
  11. Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification and formulation of solutions to engineering problems and explain the impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society.
  12. Apply the principles of probability and statistics and solve problems containing uncertainty.
  13. Analyze a proposed project and formulate documents for incorporation into the project management plan.
  14. Analyze and solve well-defined engineering problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering.
  15. Apply specialized tools or technologies to solve problems in traditional or emerging specialized technical areas of civil engineering.
  16. Plan, compose, and integrate the verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences.
  17. Discuss and explain key concepts and processes involved in public policy.
  18. Explain key concepts and processes used in business and public administration.
  19. Explain global issues related to professional practice, infrastructure, environment, and service populations as such issues arise across cultures and countries.
  20. Explain leadership principles and attitudes and apply those principles and attitudes when making decisions and directing the efforts of a small group.
  21. Function effectively as a member of an intra-disciplinary team and evaluate the performance of the team and individual team members.
  22. Explain attitudes supportive of the professional practice of civil engineering.
  23. Demonstrate the ability for self-directed learning and identify additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for continued professional practice.
  24. Explain the many aspects of professionalism and what it means to be a member of the civil engineering profession; analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional and ethical interests to determine an appropriate course of action.


Careers

BloombergBusinessweek, Forbes, and Money have all identified civil engineering as one of the top 10 careers for the near future.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for civil engineers in the next 10 years is 24 percent.

The average mid-career pay for a civil engineer is $98,700, with an average starting salary of $57,000 for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Get Started

For more information, including information for transfer and international students contact
Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu .

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This program is accredited by the 
Engineering Accreditation Commission
of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Learn more about ABET accredited programs in the College of Engineering