Civil Engineering majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Math 121 or other calculus-sequence course, depending on calculus placement
  2. Introduction to Engineering Design and Professionalism (ENGR 102)
  3. Computer Programming (CSC 113)

1 st Semester Courses

While all civil engineering freshmen take calculus and an engineering lab, the final course you choose will depend on the concentration you want to pursue. These three courses along with your Learning Community classes will help you sharpen and broaden your thinking while giving you some of the technical tools you will need to attack more sophisticated problems.

Register for "Introduction to Engineering Design (ENGR 102), a general introduction to the design process for all the engineering disciplines.

Take the calculus placement exam and register for the course into which you place. To help you place as high as possible, before taking the exam you should review:

  • algebra: expanding and collecting terms; simplifying expressions; solving for a variable; solving simultaneous linear equations
  • functions and graphs of functions
  • elementary plane geometry
  • analytic geometry including equational descriptions of lines, conic sections, circles, and spheres
  • trigonometric functions (defined as circular functions in terms of radians; also as they relate to right triangles); exponential and logarithmic functions
  • recognizing algebraic relationships expressed in ordinary prose and translating those relationships into their symbolic equivalents

If you want to concentrate in structural, construction, or geotechnical civil engineering, take "Computer Programming" (CSC 113). If you want to concentrate in environmental engineering, you should take "Mechanisms of Life I" (BIOL 105). If you're not sure, choose CSC 113, since environmental engineering students will eventually need to take computer programming too.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.