Edison Awards GoldThe only civil engineering program in Michigan and one of just a few in the United States that adopted and received accreditation base on the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, 2nd Edition (BOK2) and Vision for 2025.

Lawrence 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, construction, 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.

“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 

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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 engineeringhigher 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 sub-disciplines, 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

CIMRThe 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.

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Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Flowchart 2018-19 PDF 

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Flowchart 2017-18  PDF 

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Flowchart 2016-17  PDF 

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Flowchart 2015-16 PDF

Capstone Prerequisites  PDF 

Your 132-credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 College Composition 3
ECE 1101 CE Computer Graphics Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
ECE 1011 Civil Engineering Perspectives 1
EGE 1001 Fund. of Engr. Design Projects 1
ECE 1013 Survey & Land Measurement 3
GLG 1103 Geology 3
   TOTAL 16

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry Lab 1 1
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
ECE 1413 Civil Engineering Materials 3
ECE 1102 CE Computer Applications Lab 2



First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EGE 2123 Entrep. Engr. Design Studio 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 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
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
COM 2103 Tech. & Prof. Communication 3
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2



First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3523 Hydromechanics 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials for CE 3
ECE 3011 Mechanics of Materials for CE Lab 1
ECE 3823 Transportation Engineering 3
ECE 3821 Transportation Engineering Lab 1
EME 3043 Dynamics 3
MCS 3403 Probability & Statistics 3
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3213 Construction Engineering 3
ECE 3211 Construction Engineering Lab 1
ECE 3324 Environmental Engineering 1 4
ECE 3424 Soil Mechanics 4
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
EGE 3022 Leadership & Professional Development for Engineers 2
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam* 0



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
  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
ECE 4243 Construction Project Mgmt 3
  Civil Engineering Electives** 6



Writing Proficiency Exam*
Take WPE on completion of three of the following: LLT1213, LLT1223, SSC2413 & SSC2423

Technical Electives**

Course Number Subject Design Cr. Hrs. Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4343 Environmental Engineering 2 1 3
ECE 4443 Foundation Engineering 3 3
ECE 4563 Hydrology 1 3
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3 3
ECE 4011 CE Design Competition 1 0 1
ECE 4263 Cost Estimating 0 3
ECE 4363 Environ. Engr. Design 3 3
ECE 4733 Adv. Struct. Analysis 1 3
ECE 4843 Highway Engr. 3 3
ECE 4012 CE Design Competition 2 0 2

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.




Educational Objectives (PEO)

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering offers a Civil Engineering program where students acquire the education and skill set so that, as alumni, they achieve the following professional objectives:

  • Identify, develop, and analyze realistic options for solving complex engineering challenges to create sustainable solutions.
  • Serve as leaders and contributing members in collaborative work environments.
  • Enhance the civil engineering profession by practicing in an ethical and responsible manner, engaging in lifelong learning, and earning professional licensure.
  • Engage stakeholders, such as public and private clients, government agencies, other design professionals, and the general public, by effectively communicating engineering perspectives and solutions.

Student Outcomes (BOK2)

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. 

True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, civil engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships or cooperative education (co-op). This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers.

A majority of LTU engineering students participate in internships and co-ops starting as early as the sophomore year. LTU co-op students may choose to alternate semesters working and attending classes on a full-time basis, or pursue paid full time work and school in parallel.

Other students pursue less structured job experiences such as part-time or summer employment. A student who has been offered a co-op position may seek academic credit through the Office of Career Services, which will evaluate the work assignment(s) and approve registration.

Internships, an alternative to co-op, are known for the flexibility they can provide.

Internships are paid, like co-op, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. All engineering internships are paid, provide real job experiences, including part-time employment, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. Internships and co-ops can be great confidence builders and strong facilitators of the school-to-work transition. They are excellent opportunities for students to gain experience working in their field and provide insights about potential employers, their products, and work environment.

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Enrollment and Graduation Data for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Civil Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data


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


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.


For more information visit the Career Services page.

The civil engineering 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