2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Civil Engineering

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(907) 474-7241

B.S., M.C.E., M.S. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 133

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Civil engineers plan, design and supervise the construction of public and private structures such as space launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, irrigation projects, and water treatment and distribution facilities.

Civil engineers use sophisticated technology and employ computer-aided engineering during design, construction, project scheduling and cost control. They are creative problem solvers involved in community development and the challenges of pollution, deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes and urban planning.

The civil engineering program at UAF began in 1922 and graduated its first major in 1931. Many of the more than 800 men and women who have graduated since then work in a wide range of positions all over Alaska. More than 60 percent of Alaska’s professional engineers practice in civil engineering. The program at UAF has been accredited since 1940 and currently by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. All engineering programs in the department give special attention to problems of northern regions.

Graduate students may enter one of two programs: the master of civil engineering is for students whose goal is broad professional practice, and the master of science degree is for those who favor an emphasis on research and specialized study.

In addition to general civil engineering courses, the department offers specialties in transportation, geotechnical, structures, water resources, hydrology and environmental studies. These courses emphasize principles of analysis, planning and engineering design in northern regions.

A master’s degree program can include courses in environmental engineering, engineering management and other areas. An advanced degree in environmental engineering administered within the civil engineering department is available.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X, CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X; PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*

    CE 112—Elementary Surveying 3 credits

    CE 326W—Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 4 credits

    CE 334—Properties of Materials 3 credits

    CE 344—Water Resources Engineering 3 credits

    CE 400—FE Exam 0 credits

    CE 402—Introduction to Transportation Engineering 3 credits

    CE 431—Structural Engineering I 3 credits

    CE 432—Structural Engineering II 3 credits

    CE 438W,O—Design of Engineered Systems 3 credits

    CE 441—Environmental Engineering 4 credits

    DRT 170—Beginning AutoCad 3 credits

    ES 101—Introduction to Engineering 3 credits

    ES 201—Computer Techniques 3 credits

    ES 209—Statics 3 credits

    ES 210—Dynamics 3 credits

    ES 301—Engineering Analysis 3 credits

    ES 331—Mechanics of Materials 3 credits

    ES 341—Fluid Mechanics 4 credits

    ESM 450W—Economic Analysis and Operations 3 credits

    GE 261—General Geology for Engineers 3 credits

    MATH 202X—Calculus 4 credits

    MATH 302—Differential Equations 3 credits

    Technical electives** 15 credits
  4. Minimum credits required 133

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Technical electives must include 9 credits of CE or ENVE or ESM courses, 3 credits credits of either ES 3 credits 07 or ES 3 credits 4 credits 6, and 3 credits credits of approved technical courses. Students should consult their advisor. Four out of 5 electives must be taken from approved CE electives or ENVE elective graduate courses. Only 1 graduate-level course may count toward graduation as a technical elective and the student must be within 3 credits 0 credits of graduation and have at least a 3 credits .0 GPA to enroll. Students must earn a C grade or better in each technical elective course.
Note: The ability to utilize computers for normal class work is expected in all engineering classes above the 100-level.

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