Oct 26, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Civil Engineering Major (BSE)

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Civil Engineering Major- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

Please see the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering web page at www.unlv.edu/engineering for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

The Civil Engineering curriculum covers four technical areas of Civil Engineering. The areas, and the required course work in each respective area, are:

  • Environmental/Water Resources Engineering — CEE 250, CEE 367, CEE 413, CEE 450.
  • Geotechnical Engineering — CEE 334, CEE 346.
  • Structural Engineering — CEE 346, CEE 370, CEE 381, CEE 480.
  • Transportation Engineering — CEE 346, CEE 362.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advising Center at www.engineering.unlv.edu/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology www.abet.org

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Civil Engineering undergraduate degree program are:

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of civil engineers
  • Qualified graduates will be capable of pursuing advanced study
  • Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities

Student Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct civil engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

University Graduation Requirements

Civil Engineering Degree Requirements - Total: 135-136 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-38 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

          (see note 2 and note 8 below)

Constitutions - Credits: 4

          (see note 2 below)


Mathematics - Credits: 4

          (see note 2 below)

Distribution Requirements - Credits:18

Please see Distribution Requirement  for more information.

(see note 3 below)

Multicultural and International

(see note 2 below)

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements

Major Requirements - BS in Civil Engineering - Subtotal: 68 Credits

Other Required Courses (can be taken as Pre-Major or Advanced Standing) - Credits: 14

Advanced Standing - Credits: 54

Total Credits: 135-136


  1. Must take as a Civil Engineering Pre-Major.
  2. Can be taken as a Civil Engineering Pre-Major or in Advanced Standing.
  3. UNLV requires six credits of humanities, three credits of fine arts and nine credits of social science. Six of these 18 credits must be taken before the student can achieve Advanced Standing status. Of the remaining 12 credits,   must be taken after achieving Advanced Standing. The remaining nine credits may be taken either as pre-program or advanced standing.
  4.   may not replace a required course in the curriculum, may not count for more than three elective credits toward the degree, and may not be used for work experience.
  5. Civil engineering elective courses are required in at least two technical areas with a minimum of two courses in one area.   should be taken as one of the technical electives if a student elects the structural technical area.
  6. Three credits of Cooperative Training (  ,   , and   may be used in place of one three-credit civil engineering elective. No more than one of these credits may be  .
  7. To earn required credits for graduation, transfer students lacking laboratory credit for any CEE laboratory course (  ,  ,   or  ), must, for each lab course in which they lack credit, register simultaneously for both the corresponding zero-credit laboratory course and for a one-credit   independent study course.
  8.    will simultaneously satisfy both a humanities requirement and the Second Year Seminar requirement for students obtaining a degree from the College of Engineering that requires more than 120 credits.

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