Description

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a complete undergraduate program to students on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses of the University of Nebraska. Curriculum requirements are nearly identical on both campuses. The goal is to prepare students for entry into the civil engineering profession immediately after graduation or to pursue graduate-level studies.

The general educational objectives of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln civil engineering undergraduate program are to prepare our graduates so that, with a UNL BSCE degree, a few years beyond graduation, alumni will:
 

  • APPLY their solid foundation in civil engineering toward: the practice, advanced degree education, or a broad range of career choices;
  • PERFORM technical analysis or design of a complex system, component or process as acting representatives of governmental agencies, private consulting engineering firms, research organizations or industry;
  • EXPLAIN engineering concepts accurately and effectively to inform technical and non-technical audiences using appropriate verbal, written, virtual and graphical means;
  • APPLY basic project management and business concepts and processes;
  • ENGAGE in lifelong learning to foster technical growth, ethical conduct, and practice of professional communication, teamwork and leadership skills;
  • ACCOUNT for the impacts of their professional decisions on the quality of life and sustainability; and
  • OBTAIN professional licensure in an area of civil engineering practice.

As a professional discipline, civil engineering is closely related to the total human environment. In all professional endeavors, the civil engineer must consider ecological effects as well as the social, economic, and political needs of people. The civil engineer designs systems to control and manage our water resources to provide electric power, agricultural irrigation, flood control, recreation, water supplies and wastewater treatment systems for our urban and industrial needs.

The civil engineer plans, designs, and constructs our transportation systems including highways, railroads, waterways, and airports to connect rural, urban, and industrial areas. The civil engineer also designs and constructs housing and facilities for recreational, industrial, and commercial complexes, which comprise the urban environment. It is the responsibility of civil engineering to minimize air, water, and land pollution and protect the environment.

Instructional emphasis is placed on fundamental engineering principles derived from mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science. These subjects provide a sound background for the subsequent introductory courses in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. Students are introduced to design concepts in the freshman year. Design is incorporated throughout the curriculum that culminates in two senior-level courses, CIVE 385 Professional Practice and Management in Civil Engineering and CIVE 489 Senior Design Project.

Instructional laboratories in environmental engineering, hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, structures, and surveying provide each student with an opportunity to learn, through individual participation, the operation of the testing equipment used to establish engineering design criteria and to monitor and model engineering facilities such as water and wastewater treatment plants, river control systems, and structural systems.

Some students may desire to obtain a degree in construction management in addition to the degree in civil engineering. Because some civil engineering courses require prerequisites beyond those required for similar construction management courses, students should obtain the civil engineering degree first. Advising will be done by a civil engineering faculty member familiar with the construction management curriculum. After completing the civil engineering degree, the student will move to the construction management department to complete requirements for the second undergraduate degree in construction management.

The Departments of Civil Engineering and Architecture have a joint program awarding licensing degrees in both fields of study. A bachelors degree in civil engineering and masters degree in architecture are awarded, after approximately seven years of study. The departments work with individual students in tailoring a joint degree program. More information can be obtained from either department office.

Major Department Admission

Professional Admission Requirements

Criteria for Professional Admission to the Civil Engineering Degree Program

Pre-professionally admitted College of Engineering students majoring in civil engineering must have their academic records reviewed for professional admission to the Civil Engineering Degree Program during the fall, spring or summer immediately following the term in which:

  • at least 43 credits applicable to the degree have been earned, and
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I, MECH 223 Engineering Statics, MECH 325 Mechanics of Elastic Bodies and MECH 373 Engineering Dynamics have been completed with C letter grades or better.

It is likely a student may need to complete four full semesters of credits applying to the Program before these requirements are able to be completed.

To be considered for professional admission, the following College of Engineering general criteria must be met:

  • Completion of at least 12 credits (one semester) after admission to the College of Engineering,
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.4 or greater, and
  • No more than two declined admission requests to other engineering majors.

Professional admission approval to the Civil Engineering Degree Program requires the following Departmental-specific criteria must also be achieved:

  • Earn a C letter grade or better in PHYS 211, MECH 223, MECH 325 and MECH 373, and
  • Earn a C letter grade or better in ALL math, science and engineering courses required for the bachelor of science in civil engineering degree if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.700.

Students approved for professional admission to the Program are then allowed to take 400-level civil engineering courses to complete their degree.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.
  2. 4 units of English.
  3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).
  4. 2 units of a single foreign language.
  5. 3 units of social studies.
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

student Outcomes

Graduates of the civil engineering program will have:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Lincoln and Omaha campuses)

Students must have completed the equivalent of the fourth semester before admission to the civil engineering program. Transfer students must have all transfer hours accepted before being considered for the degree program.
 

First Semester
CIVE 112Introduction to Civil Engineering1
CSCE 155NComputer Science I: Engineering and Science Focus3
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
MATH 106Calculus I5
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
ACE Elective
Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Second Semester
CIVE 130 / BSEN 130Computer-Aided Design 12
CIVE 221 / CONE 221Geometric Control Systems3
MATH 107Calculus II4
PHYS 211General Physics I4
ACE Elective
Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Third Semester
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
MATH 208Calculus III4
MECH 223Engineering Statics3
PHYS 212General Physics II4
or CHEM 110 General Chemistry II
ACE Elective
Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Fourth Semester
CIVE 361Highway Engineering3
COMM 286Business and Professional Communication3
MATH 221Differential Equations3
MECH 325Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3
MECH 373Engineering Dynamics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Fifth Semester
CIVE 310 / MECH 310Fluid Mechanics3
CIVE 319Hydraulics Laboratory1
CIVE 326 / BSEN 326Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
CIVE 327 / BSEN 327Environmental Engineering Laboratory1
CIVE 341Introduction to Structural Engineering4
MATH 380Statistics and Applications3
or MECH 321 Engineering Statistics and Data Analysis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Sixth Semester
CIVE 334Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4
CIVE 352Introduction to Water Resources Engineering3
CIVE 378Materials of Construction3
CIVE 385Professional Practice and Management in Civil Engineering3
ACE Elective
Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Seventh Semester
Technical Elective
A description of allowable technical elective courses is available from the civil engineering department3
Design Electives
A full list of approved elective courses is available from the civil engineering department6
ACE Elective
Choose one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 elective courses3
Science Elective
Approved science elective courses include:4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Dynamic Earth
CIVE 498Special Topics in Civil Engineering 21
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Eighth Semester
CIVE 489Senior Design Project3
Technical Electives
A description of allowable technical elective courses is available from the civil engineering department9
Design Elective
A full list of approved elective courses is available from the civil engineering department3
Professional Development Elective
A full list of approved professional development elective courses is available from the civil engineering department.3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours130
1

MECH 130 Introduction to CAD is an acceptable substitute.

2

A list of allowable alternative courses is available from the civil engineering department.

Design Electives

CIVE 419Flow Systems Design3
CIVE 425 / BSEN 425Process Design in Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment3
CIVE 426Design of Water Treatment Facilities3
CIVE 427Design of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Facilities3
CIVE 436Foundation Engineering3
CIVE 440Reinforced Concrete Design I3
CIVE 441Steel Design I3
CIVE 452Water Resources Development3
CIVE 462Highway Design3
CIVE 463Traffic Engineering3
CIVE112
Introduction to Civil Engineering

Description: Introduction to civil engineering as a career by use of case studies; alternate approaches to engineering designs illustrated by use of engineering principles.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CIVE125
Ecology, the Environment, and the Engineer

Description: Investigation into the nature of ecology, man's relation with the environment and man's chance of survival in that environment, and the potential influence, for good or bad, of modern man's activities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE130
Computer-Aided DesignCrosslisted with BSEN 130

Description: Use of computer-aided design software to communicate engineering ideas. Specifications, dimensioning, tolerancing, 2- and 3-D model development, topographic mapping, and process layout with environmental, bioprocess, and biomedical emphases.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 470, BSEN 470

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CIVE221
Geometric Control SystemsCrosslisted with CONE 221

Prerequisites: MATH 106, 106B or 108H

Description: Introduction to the theory and application of mensuration and geometric information processing in civil engineering. Measurement of distance, direction, elevation, and location using mechanical, electronic, and satellite systems. Collection of field data and error propagation. Elementary geometric data bases for design, construction, operation, and control of civil works.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 361

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE252
Construction Materials Laboratory

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Introduction to ASTM and AASHTO standard procedures used to measure soil and concrete properties; common modifications to soil and concrete mixes are discussed and analyzed.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CIVE310
Fluid Mechanics

Prerequisites: MECH 373 and MATH 221

Description: Fluid statics, equations of continuity, momentum, and energy dimensional analysis and dynamic similitude. Applications to: flow meters; fluid pumps and turbines; viscous flow and lubrication; flow in closed conduits and open channels. Two-dimensional potential flow.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325; AGEN 344, BSEN 344; BSEN 425, CIVE 425; CIVE 352; MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE310H
Honors: Fluid Mechanics

Prerequisites: ENGM 373, MATH 221 and good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Honor students required to study beyond levels expected of students in normal sections and prepare a special report.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325; AGEN 344, BSEN 344; CIVE 352; MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE319
Hydraulics Laboratory

Prerequisites: MECH 310 or CIVE 310 or parallel

Description: Hydraulics experiments and demonstrations. Velocity, pressure and flow measurements; pipe flow, open channel flow; hydraulic structures and machinery, hydrologic and sediment measurements and student projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CIVE326
Introduction to Environmental EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 326

Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or 111 or 113 and MATH 221

Description: Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 425, CIVE 425

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE326H
Honors: Introduction to Environmental EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 326H

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; CHEM 110 or 111 or 113 and Math 221.

Description: Introduction to principles of environmental engineering including water quality, atmospheric quality, pollution prevention, and solid and hazardous wastes engineering. Design of water, air, and waste management systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE327
Environmental Engineering LaboratoryCrosslisted with BSEN 327

Prerequisites: Parallel CIVE/BSEN 326.

Description: Environmental engineering experiments, demonstrations, field trips, and projects. Experiments include the measurement and determination of environmental quality parameters such as solids, dissolved oxygen, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand, and alkalinity.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CIVE328
Concrete Materials

Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and MECH 223.

Description: Physical properties of cement and concrete. Sampling, testing, inspecting. Design of mixtures. Factors affecting strength. Specifications. Building forms and placing concrete.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

CIVE334
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

Prerequisites: ENGM 325 and Parallel CIVE 310.

Description: Soil composition, structure and phase relationships; soil classification. Principles of effective stress; loading induced subsurface stresses; load history; deformation and failure of soils. Elastic and limit analysis with applications to design for bearing capacity, settlement, retaining walls, and slope stability. Steady-state seepage.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CIVE341
Introduction to Structural Engineering

Prerequisites: ENGM 325.

Description: Introduction to the analysis and design of structural systems. Analyses of determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams, and frames, and design philosophies for structural engineering. Laboratory experiments deal with the analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CIVE352
Introduction to Water Resources Engineering

Prerequisites: CIVE/MECH 310.

Description: Introduction to water resources engineering design and planning, surface hydrology, ground water hydraulics, reservoirs, and other control structures. Introduction to field measurement and computational methods in water resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE361
Highway Engineering

Prerequisites: CIVE 221 and ENGM 223.

Description: Introduction to the principles of highway engineering and traffic operations and control.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE378
Materials of Construction

Prerequisites: ENGM 325.

Description: Introduction to the behavior, testing, and design of soil, portland cement concrete, steel, wood and composites. Experiments covering the concepts of stress and strain under axial, torsional, shear and flexural loading conditions. Common ASTM laboratory test procedures and specifications, field quality control tests and statistical applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE385
Professional Practice and Management in Civil Engineering

Prerequisites: Junior standing and CIVE major.

Description: Basic elements of civil engineering practice. Roles of all participants in the process-owners, designers, architects, contractors, and suppliers. Basic concepts in business management, public policy, leadership, and professional licensure. Professional relations, civic responsibilities, and ethical obligations for engineering practice. Project management, contracts, allocation of resources, project estimating, planning, and controls.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE401
Civil Engineering SystemsCrosslisted with CIVE 801

Prerequisites: MATH 221.

Description: Systems analysis approach to civil engineering problems. Systems model elements and principles of systems theory with applications to civil engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE419
Flow Systems DesignCrosslisted with CIVE 819

Prerequisites: CIVE 326; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors, parallel CIVE 352.

Description: Application of hydraulic principles to the design of water distribution systems, wastewater and stormwater collection systems, channelized flow systems, and treatment facilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE421
Hazardous Waste Management and TreatmentCrosslisted with CIVE 821

Prerequisites: CIVE/BSEN 326; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Survey of the hazardous waste management system in the USA. State and federal hazardous waste regulations. Chemical characteristics of hazardous waste and unit operations and precesses used for treatment of soil, water, and air.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE422
Pollution Prevention: Principles and PracticesCrosslisted with BSEN 422, BSEN 822, CIVE 822

Prerequisites: Permission; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Introduction to pollution prevention (P2) and waste minimization methods. Practical applications to small businesses and industries. Legislative and historical development of P2 systems analysis, waste estimation, P2 methods, P2 economics, and sources of P2 information.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE424
Solid Waste Management EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 824

Prerequisites: CIVE 326, 334; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Planning, design and operation of solid and waste collection processing, treatment, and disposal systems including materials, resources and energy recovery systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE425
Process Design in Water Supply and Wastewater TreatmentCrosslisted with BSEN 425

Prerequisites: CIVE/BSEN 326 and CIVE/MECH 310; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Design of unit operations and processes associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE426
Design of Water Treatment FacilitiesCrosslisted with CIVE 826

Prerequisites: CIVE 425 or permission; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Analysis of water supplies and design of treatment and distribution systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE427
Design of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal FacilitiesCrosslisted with CIVE 827

Prerequisites: CIVE 425 or permission; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Analysis of systems for wastewater treatment and disposal.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE430
Fundamentals of Water Quality ModelingCrosslisted with CIVE 830

Prerequisites: CIVE 326; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Comprehensive study of water quality and the effects of various water pollutants on the aquatic environment; modeling of water quality variables.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE431
Small Treatment SystemsCrosslisted with CIVE 831

Prerequisites: Parallel CIVE/BSEN 425; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Design of small and decentralized waste water management systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE432
Bioremediation of Hazardous WastesCrosslisted with CIVE 832

Prerequisites: CIVE/BSEN 326 and CIVE/MECH 310; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Principles, applications, and limitations of bioremediation of hazardous wastes and design of some bioremediation systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE434
Soil Mechanics IICrosslisted with CIVE 834

Prerequisites: CIVE 334; professional admission tot he BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Application of the effective stress principle to shear strength of cohesive soil; analysis of stability of slopes. Development of continuum relationships for soil; solutions for stresses and displacements for an elastic continuum. Solution of the consolidation equation for various initial and boundary conditions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE436
Foundation EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 836

Prerequisites: CIVE 334; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Subsoil exploration and interpretation; selection of foundation systems; determination of allowable bearing capacity and settlement; design of deep foundations; pile driving analysis; control of groundwater.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE439
Introduction to Bridge EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 839

Prerequisites: CIVE 440 or 441; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Structural types, bridge loads, design of bridge slabs, steel girder bridges, and prestressed concrete girder bridges. Evaluation of existing bridges. Problems related to fatigue and corrosion Field testing of bridges.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE440
Reinforced Concrete Design ICrosslisted with CIVE 840

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Introduction to the design concepts of reinforced concrete building components. The design of flexural and compression members, simple walls, foundations, and floor systems using the latest American Concrete Institute (ACI) design requirements.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE441
Steel Design I

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Introduction to the design concepts for structural steel building components. Design of tension members, bolted and welded connections, column members, and beam members. Limit states design concepts used throughout, and emphasis on behavior of members and code design procedures.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE443
Advanced Structural AnalysisCrosslisted with CIVE 843

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Matrix analysis methods and computer solutions for indeterminate structures. Additional topics: static condensation, shear deformations, and non-prismatic members in matrix-based analyses, moment distribution method, load cases and load combinations for buildings and bridges, and influence lines and analysis for moving loads.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE444
Structural Design and PlanningCrosslisted with CIVE 844

Prerequisites: CIVE 440 and CIVE 441.

CIVE 844 is not available for graduate credit for civil engineering students.

Description: Principles of design of steel and reinforced concrete structural building systems, planning of building vertical and horizontal load resisting systems, and bridge systems. Several design projects involve indeterminate analysis and design concepts for both steel and reinforced concrete.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CIVE446
Steel Design IICrosslisted with CIVE 846

Prerequisites: CIVE 441; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: The principles and procedures used in design of steel buildings, design of plate girders, design and analysis of building systems, design and analysis of composite steel-concrete building systems, innovative building systems, introduction to seismic design of steel buildings. Plate buckling, beam, column and beam-column design, and frame stability. Introduction to connection design.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE447
Reinforced Concrete Design IICrosslisted with CIVE 847

Prerequisites: CIVE 440/840.

CIVE 447/847 is a continuation of topics covered in CIVE 440/840.

Description: Shear friction theory, strut-and-tie modeling, anchorage, deflection, slender and bi-axially loaded members, torsion, two-way action and punching shear, and footing design. Excel spreadsheets are developed and used for various design tasks.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CIVE452
Water Resources DevelopmentCrosslisted with CIVE 852

Prerequisites: CIVE 352; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Theory and application of systems engineering with emphasis on optimization and simulation techniques for evaluating alternatives in water resources developments related to water supply, flood control, hydroelectric power, drainage, water quality, water distribution, irrigation, and water measurement.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE454
Hydraulic EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 854

Prerequisites: CIVE 352; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Fundamentals of hydraulics with applications of mechanics of solids, mechanics of fluids, and engineering economics to the design of hydraulic structures. Continuity, momentum, and energy principles are applied to special problems from various branches of hydraulic engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE455
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 455, BSEN 855, CIVE 855

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Identification, characterization, and assessment of nonpoint source pollutants; transport mechanisms and remediation technologies; design methodologies and case studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE456
Surface Water HydrologyCrosslisted with CIVE 856

Prerequisites: CIVE 352 or 353 or permission; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Stochastic analysis of hydrological data and processes including rainfall, runoff, infiltration, temperature, solar radiation, wind, and non-point pollution. Space-time hydrologic modeling with emphasis on the application of techniques in the design of engineering projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE458
Groundwater EngineeringCrosslisted with BSEN 458, BSEN 858, CIVE 858

Prerequisites: CIVE 352 or AGEN/BSEN 350 or equivalent; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Application of engineering principles to the movement of groundwater. Analysis and design of wells, well fields, and artificial recharge. Analysis of pollutant movement.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE459
Reliability of StructuresCrosslisted with CIVE 859

Prerequisites: CIVE 341; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Fundamental concepts related to structural reliability, safety measures, load models, resistance models, system reliability, optimum safety levels, and optimization of design codes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE461
Urban Transportation PlanningCrosslisted with CIVE 861

Prerequisites: CIVE 361; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Development of urban transportation planning objectives and goals. Data collection procedures, land use and travel forecasting techniques, trip generation, trip distribution, modal choice analyses, and traffic assignment. Site development and traffic impact analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE462
Highway DesignCrosslisted with CIVE 862

Prerequisites: CIVE 361.

CIVE 462/862 has an emphasis on design projects.

Description: Design of roadways, intersections, interchanges, parking facilities, and land development site access and circulation. Emphasis on design projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE463
Traffic EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 863

Prerequisites: CIVE 361; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

CIVE 463/863 emphasizes design projects.

Description: Design of signalized intersections, arterial street and network signal systems, and freeway control systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE468
Airport Planning and DesignCrosslisted with CIVE 868

Prerequisites: CIVE 361; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Planning and design of general aviation and air carrier airports. Land-side components include vehicle ground-access systems, vehicle circulation parking, and terminal buildings. Air-side components include aircraft apron-gate area, taxi-way systems, runway system, and air traffic control facilities and airspace. Emphasis on design projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE469
Computer-Aided Interchange DesignCrosslisted with CIVE 869

Prerequisites: CIVE 462; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Principles of high-speed traffic operations, safety, and decision making related to critical design parameters used for optimal interchange geometric designs.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE471
Bituminous Materials and MixturesCrosslisted with CIVE 871

Prerequisites: CIVE 378 or equivalent

Description: Understanding of the physical, chemical, geometrical, and mechanical characteristics and practical applications of bituminous materials and mixtures. Fundamental mechanics for elastic and inelastic materials and basic theories associated with mechanical data analyses and designs. Recent advances and significant research outcomes for further discussions. Applications of theories to laboratory and field testing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE472
Pavement Design and EvaluationCrosslisted with CIVE 872

Prerequisites: CIVE 334; professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program for BS CIVE majors.

Description: Thickness design of flexible and rigid pavement systems for highways and airports; design of paving materials; evaluation and strengthening of existing pavements.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from non-point sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies. Capstone course.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CIVE476
Construction Cost Controls

Prerequisites: ACCT 306 or 201 and 202

Description: Development of cost accounting principles and financial controls appropriate for construction contractors. Includes purchasing policies and procedures, labor and equipment cost reporting techniques, accounting procedures for control of materials and supplies, billing methods, principles of financial reporting and analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE481
Computational Problem Solving In Civil EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 881

Description: Introduction of numerical methods to solve problems in civil engineering, including finding roots of equations, solving linear algebra equations, optimization, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, and finite difference method. Computational methods in numerical integration, matrix operations and ordinary differential equations as they apply to civil engineering problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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CIVE489
Senior Design Project

Prerequisites: Senior standing and CIVE 385.

CIVE 489 requires the formulation and completion of a civil engineering design project.

Description: Course provides senior civil engineering students with the opportunity to apply engineering concepts and principles to a comprehensive design project of multiple sub-disciplinary nature. The principal objectives are for students to develop an understanding of the entire life-cycle of civil engineering projects with emphasis on the development of a unified and sustainable design that addresses the client¿s needs; project team work; strong engineer-client relationships; and effective project communications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CIVE489H
Honors: Senior Design Project

Prerequisites: Senior standing; parallel CIVE 385; good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

CIVE 489H requires study beyond the level expected of non-honors section and rquires the preparation of a special report.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CIVE498
Special Topics in Civil EngineeringCrosslisted with CIVE 898

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Special problems, topics, or research in civil engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

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CIVE499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Senior standing in civil engineering, professional admission to the BS CIVE degree program and admission in the University Honors Program.

Description: Honors thesis research project meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in the presentation of an honors thesis to the Department and College.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

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PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Engineer I, Nebraska Department of Roads - Lincoln NE
  • Design Engineer in Geotechnical Group, Alfred Benesch Company - Lincoln NE
  • Assistant Traffic Engineer, Olsson Associates - Omaha NE
  • Water Resources Engineer, Boulder Associates, Inc. - Atlanta GA
  • Civil Engineer-In-Training, SRF Consulting - Minneapolis MN

Internships

  • Roadway Design Intern, HDR Inc - Omaha NE
  • Materials Engineering Summer Student, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - Livermore CA
  • Fuel Conservation Representative, Union Pacific - Omaha NE
  • CIVE Co-op, LES - Lincoln NE
  • Structural Engineering Intern, Valmont Industries - Valley NE

Grad Schools

  • Masters in Structural Engineering, Colorado State University - Fort Collins CO
  • Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Stanford University - Stanford CA
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas AM University - College Station TX
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, M.S., University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles CA
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE