The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.) degree. The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S.), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.) degrees are also offered by the Department.
MissionTo prepare graduates for successful careers, advanced studies at the graduate level, and lifelong learning based upon a solid foundation of technical ability, high standards of professional ethics, and strong communication skills.
Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Four program educational objectives (PEOs) have been developed to ensure the successful fulfillment of the program mission. Three to five years after graduation from the BS in Civil Engineering, graduates will :
(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, manufacturability, and sustainability
(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.
The curriculum provides the students with an excellent background to pursue graduate study or to enter directly into professional practice in industry or government after graduation. Students have flexibility in developing their own programs to meet their professional goals through the selection of electives in environmental engineering/water resources, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction management.
A unique element of our program is the award winning capstone course sequence. Students work in teams during the senior year, carrying out all tasks that a professional civil engineering firm would perform while designing a major project. Student "companies" are provided with office space in the newly upgraded Senior Design Studio where they complete their projects and present their work in front of panels of professional engineers.
The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http:/www.abet.org
Students can join the International Engineering Program (IEP) which is a five year program leading to a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a B.A. degree in a foreign language. Currently there are four language options: Chinese, French, German and Spanish.
Under the IEP program students spend one semester of their junior year abroad working with local engineering firms and one semester studying in a local partner university. The IEP option includes all courses required for the standard B.S. degree plus foreign language requirements.
For additional information consult the International Engineering Program (IEP).
This program allows qualified students to complete both the BS and MS degrees within 5 years. Students gain professional training by working at an engineering consulting firm or governmental agency. They also carry out research working closely with a faculty mentor.
For admission into the program students must have junior standing in Civil and Environmental Engineering (minimum of 62 credits) and have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 during their participation in the program and pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination.
For additional information as well as a representative curriculum check the FastTRAC5 brochure.
For online application or additional information about undergraduate studies at URI go directly to the URI admissions office.