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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Civil Engineering, B.S.C.E.


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Professor Joseph Owino, Head

Program Mission:

The mission of Civil Engineering Program is to educate civil engineering students for professional practice or further study, contribute to the body of knowledge in civil engineering education, and create a supportive environment that enables students and faculty to achieve their best.

Program Educational Objectives:

In support of this mission, the civil engineering program prepares students to

  • achieve success within the civil engineering discipline that includes both professional and intellectual growth and development,
  • demonstrate professional competence through continuing education and/or advanced degrees, and
  • be effective and positively contributing members within their professional, local, and global societies.
Program Student Outcomes:

In support of the program education objectives, each chemical engineering graduate from UTC will have demonstrated prior to graduation:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The civil engineering program curriculum provides an opportunity to obtain a firm foundation in engineering science and develops the techniques of analysis and design which are basic for the successful practitioner. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving skills. The students’ experiences culminate in a year-long civil engineering team project supported by industry.

The civil engineering program faculty have degrees in civil engineering and is committed to delivering a civil engineering curriculum that has strong emphasis on engineering analysis and utilization of modern engineering tools.

Degree and Accreditation:

Civil Engineering program graduates obtain a B.S.C.E. degree. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

General Education (36 hours)


(see General Education  for list of approved courses) 

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering only require 2 courses/6 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Program and Related Courses


Additional Information and Notes


128 hours (138 for co-op graduates).

Minimum 39 hours at the 3000-4000 level.

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program (JUMP)


Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who are classified as seniors and are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 are eligible to participate in a joint undergraduate to masters program. Please refer to the specific JUMP program requirements as some GPA requirements are higher. This Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program allows a student to take graduate classes early and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less cost than the traditional graduate program which is completed after the undergraduate degree is awarded. 

Find more information in Academic Regulations .

Specific JUMP Requirements


Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) who are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree and have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 are eligible to participate in the combined undergraduate to graduate programs. A combined undergraduate to graduate program allows a student to gain early admission to and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less money than required of traditional graduate students. Application to the combined undergraduate to graduate program and the Graduate School, including all program specific requirements, may be submitted for review during a student’s junior year. With the approval of the program coordinator, department head, the dean of the college housing the graduate program, and the dean of the Graduate School, the student will be admitted to the program as a rising senior, after completion of 90 credit hours. With the permission of the program coordinator and department head, a student may enroll in up to a total of 9 hours of graduate course work. Programs may limit the number of graduate credit hours taken; refer to specific information in the program section of this catalog. Undergraduate students must complete all undergraduate major requirements. All graduate courses for which a grade of B or better is earned may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, provided the academic program completes and submits a course substitution for the graduate hours. Subsequent admission to the graduate program as a regular graduate student will require completion of the undergraduate degree, an application to Graduate School, and approval of the program coordinator, department head and dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate courses eligible to apply to both degree programs:

ENCE 5420 - Finite Element Analysis
ENCE 5640 - Advaned Strutural Analysis and Design
ENCE 5680 - Infrasturcture Systems and Analysis
ENCE 5700 - Advanced Statistics and Design of Elements

ClearPath for Advising


The ClearPath for Advising provides students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Advisement website.

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