ABETThe 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.

Edison AwardsThe 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.

“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’

quadToday 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.

Lawrence Tech has successfully educated leaders in the fields of design and construction for nearly 80 years.
  • 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.


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


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 and civil engineeringwaterway 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.


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



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

Dual Degree (BSCE + M. Arch) Flowchart 2019 - 20 PDF 

Dual Degree (BSCE + M. Arch) Flowchart 2018 - 19 PDF 

Dual Degree (BSCE + M. Arch) Flowchart 2017 - 18  PDF

Dual Degree (BSCE + M. Arch) Flowchart 2016 - 17 PDF

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 College Composition 3
DES 1022 or (EGE 1001 + ECE 1011)   2
ECE 1102 CE Computer Applications Lab 2
ARC 1213 Intro. to Visual Communication 3
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
DES 1213 Design Principles 3
  TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
GLG 1103 Geology 3
DES 1223 Design Methodologies 3
ARC 1223 Visual Communication 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
  TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
ARC 2813 Information Modeling & Simulation 3
ARC 2313 Construction Systems 1 3
  TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical and Professional Communication 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of the American Experience 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2231 or 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
ARC 3823 Prototyping & Fabrication 3
ARC 2323 Construction Systems 2 3
  TOTAL 19

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of the American Experience 3
ARC 3613 History of the Designed Enviroment 1 3
EGE 2013 Statics 3
ARC 2116 Integrated Design 1 6
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
  TOTAL 18

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
ARC 3623 History of the Designed Environment 2 3
EME 3043 Dynamics 3
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials for CE 3
ARC 2126 Integrated Design 2 6
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
  TOTAL 18

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 4022 CE Design Project 1 2
ECE 3424 Soil Mechanics 4
ECE 3523 Hydromechanics 3
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
ARC 3116 Integrated Design 3 6
ARC 3423 HVAC and Water Systems 3
  TOTAL 21

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ARC 4183 20th Century Architecture 3
ECE 4032 CE Design Project 2 2
ECE 4544 Hydraulic Engineering 4
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
ARC 4443 Acoustical, Electrical & Illumination Systems 3
ARC 3126 Integrated Design 4 6
  TOTAL 21

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3324 Environmental Engineering 1  4
DES 4112 or EGE 3022 2
ECE 4051 Ethics and Professional Issues 1
ARC 4116 Integrated Design 5 6
ECE 4243 Construction Project Management 3
  TOTAL 16 credits + 3 credits
of technical elective below

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
ECE 4761 Structural Design Test Lab 1
ARC 4126 Comprehensive Design 6
3000/4000 Jr./Sr.
  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
(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


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

Program educational objectives (PEOs)

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 and architecture 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.

Visit LTU's Office of Career Services

Civil Engineering and Architecture Co-Op
For more information contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or admissions@ltu.edu.


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.