“The dual degrees in civil engineering and architecture provide students with the ability to better understand the needs of clients, contractors, and industry practitioners. Communication and teamwork are key components in the business world, and the skills acquired within the dual program encourage the development of solid, lasting relationships needed for students to mature into distinguished professionals.”
 Crystal Sapp, BSCE’07, BAr’07, MCEM’

quad-sm.jpgToday the art and science of building is a multifaceted endeavor that blends design and technological sophistication with  a concern for sustainability. The process of building any large structure is becoming increasingly complex, and the most successful projects rely heavily on a cross-disciplinary, team-oriented approach. The most valuable contributors in such an environment are individuals who have a broad understanding of aesthetics, design, engineering, and construction.

In recognition of the need for individuals with a wide-ranging set of professional skills, Lawrence Technological University offers a dual-degree program leading to both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Graduates with the dual degrees enjoy careers in both the civil engineering and architectural fields and are highly regarded by employers for their knowledge and practical training in both areas.

This unique and challenging program affords you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the role each discipline plays in the real world and a
correspondingly greater potential for productive work and stronger marketability in your professional career. You have ready access to professionals in both fields and exposure to the signature Lawrence Tech experience of theory and practice, which can include co-ops and internships.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering includes course work in construction, environmental, geotechnical,
hydraulic, and structural engineering. Also addressed are professional issues such as ethics, leadership, and sustainable design. By selecting specific technical electives, you can further specialize in a particular civil engineering subdiscipline.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture introduces the core skills of creative problem solving and provides a collaborative learning environment in which you explore the various disciplines involved in the creative design process, including urban planning, landscape architecture, building systems, interior architecture, lighting, and applied arts.
The program culminates in a two-semester capstone course in which you undertake challenging team research projects that combine both architecture and engineering.
Graduates holding the dual Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degrees are eligible for professional licensure as civil engineers; they will also have completed the course work necessary to pursue a master’s degree in architecture, the terminal degree required for licensure as an architect.

Why LTU?

Lawrence Tech has successfully educated leaders in the fields of design and construction for nearly 80 years. cimr-sm.jpg
    •    The University’s role as a leading research center with state-of-the-art facilities enables you to become involved in applied research projects and gives you access to cutting-edge concepts and the latest technologies.
    •    The dual degree curriculum  offers a broad understanding of the technical, aesthetic, economic, and social aspects of design and construction, positioning you as a valuable  contributor who will be attractive to a wide spectrum of employers.
    •    An emphasis on sustainability   and environmental, health, safety, and welfare concerns exposes you to some of the most pressing issues facing today’s engineers and architects.
    •    A focus on teamwork and communication provides excellent preparation for the realities of today’s collaborative workplace.

Dynamic Duo

Two Lawrence Tech dual degree students demonstrated the convergence of engineering and architecture in a senior design project that won the Parsons Brinckerhoff Environmental and Water Resources Student Design Competition. Bethany Bezak and Jhana Frederiksen focused their project on the concept of  “daylighting” – exposing a arch-back-sm.jpgwaterway that had been covered. Using their engineering and architecture skills, they designed a park-like rehabilitation scheme for the obscured Clinton River in downtown Pontiac, Michigan. The project goal was to rejuvenate the river, enhance the community, and celebrate water. As part of their award, the pair presented their design at the international World Water and Environmental Resources Congress in Anchorage, Alaska.


Curriculum Flowchart PDF image

Freshman Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar  1
COM 1103 English Composition
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1
ARC  1012 - AAA or (EGE 1001 + ECE 1011)    
ART 1113 Basic Design 1
ARC  1213 Visual Communication  1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1
   TOTAL 19


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM  2103 Tech & Prof Communication  3
GLG  1103 Geology
CHM 1221 University Chem Lab 1
ARC 2813 Visual Com 3 (EM1)
ART  1133 Basic Design 2
ARC  1223 Visual Communication  2
MCS 1424 Calculus 2
   TOTAL 20
Sophmore Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT  1213 World Masterpieces 1  3
ARC  3613 History/Designed Enviro 1
PHY  2413 University Physics 1
PHY  2421 University Physics 1 Lab
ARC  2116 Integrated Design Studio 1 6
ECE  1102 CE Computer Application Lab
   TOTAL 18


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT  1223 World Masterpieces 2  3
ARC  3623 History/Designed Enviro 2
PHY  2423  University Physics 2
PHY  2231 or 2431 University Physics 2 Lab
ARC  2126 Integrated Design Studio 2
MCS 2414 Calculus 3
   TOTAL 20
Junior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 2001 Leadership Models & Practices  1
SSC  2413 Foundations /American Exp
EGE  2013 Statics 
ARC  3116 Integrated Design Studio 3 6
ARC  2313 Building Systems 1
   TOTAL 16


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE  3523 Hydromechanics  3
SSC  2423 Development / American Exp
MCS  2423 Differential Equations
ARC  3423 HVAC & Water System
ARC  2323 Building Systems 2
ARC  2321 Build. Sys 2 Global  Lecture
   TOTAL 16
Senior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam  0
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis
ECE  4544 Hydraulic Engineering
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials for CE
EGE  3003 Thermodynamics (OR)
EME  3043 Dynamics (OR)
EME  4613 Intro. to Thermal Sys – Non ME
ARC 4443 Acoustical, Elec. & Illum. Sys
   TOTAL 21


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR  3000 Leadership Seminar Series  0
ECE  4243 CE Management Practice
ECE  3424 Soil Mechanics
ECE  3723 Theory of Structures
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics
ARC  3126  Integrated Design Studio 4
   TOTAL 19
Fifth Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE  3324 Environmental Engineering 1  4
ECE  4743 Concrete Design
ECE  4761 Structural Design Test Lab
ARC  4116 Arch Design Studio 5 6
ECE  4022 CE Design Project 1
   TOTAL 16 credits +3 credits of technical elective below


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR  4000 Leadership Capstone  0
ECE  4753 Steel Design
ECE  4051 Ethics & Professional Issues
ECE  4032 CE Design Project 2
LLT/SSC/PSY 3000/4000 level Elective LLT/SSC/PSY 3000/4000 level Elective  
   TOTAL 10 credits + 3 credits technical elective below


Choose two (2) technical electives (maximum of three course credits from each category)…sum of Design Credits must be a minimum of three:


Course Number Subject Design Cr. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4263 Cost Estimating, Bidding, & Contracting 0 3
  PROJECT AREA (Both Courses Required in Consecutive Semesters)    
ECE 4011 CE Design Competition 1 0 1
ECE 4012 CE Design Competition 2 0 2
ECE 4343 Environmental Engineering 2 1 3
ECE 4363 Environmental Engineering Design 3 3
ECE 4443 Foundations Engineering 3 3



Program educational objectives and outcomes

The mission of the Department of Civil Engineering is to offer a program focusing on a broad, high quality, contemporary, baccalaureate educational experience in the civil engineering discipline, in parallel with the University's guiding principle of Theory and Practice.

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

Outcome Number

and Title

To graduate with a B.S. 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.

                    Foundational Outcomes



Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems. 


Natural Sciences

Solve problems in calculus-based physics, chemistry and geology, and apply this knowledge to the solution of engineering problems. 



Demonstrate the importance of the humanities in the professional practice of engineering. 


Social Sciences

Demonstrate the incorporation of social sciences knowledge into the professional practice of engineering. 

                   Technical Outcomes


Materials Science

Use knowledge of materials science to solve problems appropriate to civil engineering. 



Analyze and solve problems in solid and fluid mechanics. 



Specify and design an experiment to meet a specified need; conduct the experiment and analyze, interpret and explain the resulting data. 


Problem Recognition 
and Solving

Develop problem statements and solve both well-defined and open-ended civil engineering problems by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools. 



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. 



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. 


Contemporary Issues and Historical Perspectives

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. 


Risk and Uncertainty

Apply the principles of probability and statistics and solve problems containing uncertainty. 


Project Management

Analyze a proposed project and formulate documents for incorporation into the project management plan. 


Breadth in 
Civil Engineering Areas

Analyze and solve well-defined engineering problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering. 


Technical Specialization

Apply specialized tools or technologies to solve problems in traditional or emerging specialized technical areas of civil engineering.

                       Professional Outcomes



Plan, compose and integrate the verbal, written, virtual and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences.


Public Policy

Discuss and explain key concepts and processes involved in public policy. 


and Public Administration

Explain key concepts and processes used in business and public administration. 



Explain global issues related to professional practice, infrastructure, environment and service populations as such issues arise across cultures and countries.



Explain leadership principles and attitudes and apply those principles and attitudes when making decisions and directing the efforts of a small group. 



Function effectively as a member of an intra-disciplinary team and evaluate the performance of the team and individual team members.



Explain attitudes supportive of the professional practice of civil engineering. 


Lifelong Learning

Demonstrate the ability for self-directed learning and identify additional knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for continued professional practice. 

and Ethical Responsibility

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. 

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