Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle means students benefit from ERAU’s high-technology atmosphere, offering unique hands-on opportunities whether they pursue a civil engineering career in transportation, aerospace, or elsewhere. This program provides the foundation necessary to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and become a professional engineer.
The demand for civil engineers educated in the fields of airports, transportation, aviation and aerospace planning, and analysis and design is strong and is expected to grow rapidly in the future. Space utilization and exploration initiatives are certain to produce further demand for civil engineers with aerospace interests.
Civil Engineering graduates are sought-after candidates for jobs in many fields, including airport design and construction, roadway infrastructure, alternative energy development, municipal systems, and more.
A Civil Engineer can work in just about any populated part of the planet. Graduates are not limited to following an industry; every municipality employs Civil Engineers, for example.
Students can participate in the annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ steel bridge contest, complete a senior design project, and explore opportunities in research.
The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Housed in the Civil Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, the B.S. in Civil Engineering program gives students the tools they need to make an impact in tomorrow’s world, engineering transportation networks, and other infrastructure.
The program takes advantage of ERAU’s advanced technological capabilities to give students the following unique opportunities:
Embry-Riddle offers combined and accelerated degree programs that allow well-qualified students the chance to begin graduate work in a master's program while finishing their bachelor's degree. Learn more about our Combined and Accelerated Degree Programs.
The demand for civil engineers educated in the fields of airports, transportation, aviation and aerospace planning, and analysis and design is strong and is expected to grow rapidly in the future. Air and ground transportation systems have substantially expanded in the last few years and are expected to continue to grow at an increasing pace. Space utilization and exploration initiatives are certain to produce further demand for civil engineers with aerospace interests. The Civil Engineering program at Embry-Riddle is uniquely designed to produce graduates with the types of skills and experiences that employers in these lucrative fields find highly desirable.
Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will leave the University with an understanding of the classical areas of civil engineering with emphasis on transportation, geotechnical, environmental, and structural design in aviation and aerospace fields developed through a carefully planned series of courses and laboratories. Small class size and personal attention allow the interjection of practical interdisciplinary design projects throughout the curriculum. The Civil Engineering Program Educational Objectives are:
In a few years after graduation, Civil Engineering alumni are expected to have successful engineering careers as productive members or leaders within teams, or organizations, or as independent entrepreneurs, or will be engaged in advanced studies. As creative thinkers and practical problem solvers they will have contributed to finding solutions to civil, aerospace, or aviation design and construction projects to the betterment of modern society.
Furthermore, Civil Engineering alumni are expected to be responsible and ethical members of society and the engineering profession and to pursue professional licensure and personal development through continuing education and active participation in professional organizations.
The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
To enter this program, students should have demonstrated competence in mathematics, physics, and chemistry in high school. They should be prepared to enter Calculus I, having demonstrated proficiency in algebra and trigonometry. Students who wish to strengthen their background in mathematics and physical science should consult the program chair for guidance before enrolling in the prescribed courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours. The program may be completed in eight regular semesters, assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed for all required CIV, AE, EE, EGR, and ES courses, including engineering electives.
Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.
See the Common Year One outline in the Engineering Fundamentals Program Introduction.
|See the Common Year One outline in the College of Engineering introduction.||32|
|BIO 120||Foundations of Biology I||3|
|BIO 120L||Foundations of Biology I Laboratory||1|
|CHM 110||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 110L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|CIV 140||Engineering Measurements||1|
|CIV 140L||Engineering Measurements Laboratory||1|
|CIV 222||Introduction to Environmental Engineering||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
|ES 202||Solid Mechanics||3|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|MA 345||Differential Equations and Matrix Methods||4|
|PS 250||Physics for Engineers III||3|
|PS 253||Physics Laboratory for Engineers||1|
|CIV 304||Structural Analysis||3|
|CIV 307||Civil Engineering Materials I||3|
|CIV 307L||Civil Engineering Materials I Laboratory||1|
|CIV 311||Introduction to Transportation Engineering||3|
|CIV 320||Soil Mechanics||3|
|CIV 320L||Soil Mechanics Laboratory||1|
|Civil Structures Elective||3|
|Civil Environmental Engineering Elective||3|
|Civil Transportation Elective||3|
|Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective||3|
|CIV 470||Senior Project Preliminary Design||1|
|CIV 480||Senior Project Final Design||2|
|CIV 490||The Civil Engineering Profession||1|
|EE 335||Electrical Engineering I||2|
|MA 412||Probability and Statistics||3|
|Civil Geotechnical Elective||3|
|Civil Engineering Electives||9|
|Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective||3|
|Civil Transportation Electives|
|CIV 330||Computer Applications in Transportation||2|
|CIV 447||Airport Design I||3|
|CIV 457||Airport Design II||3|
|Civil Structures Electives|
|CIV 431||Reinforced Concrete Design||3|
|CIV 432||Structural Steel Design||3|
|Civil Geotechnical Electives|
|CIV 421||Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering||3|
|CIV 422||Design of Pavement Structures||3|
|CIV 424||Rehabilitation of Pavement Structures||3|
|Civil Environmental Electives|
|See Advisor for course selection. CIV 1-4(99)||1-6|
|All CIV courses are acceptable. Other courses are to be selected from an approved list of courses maintained by the Civil Engineering program coordinator.|
|Up to 3 credits of Co-operative education may be used as Technical elective credits with department or Co-op advisor approval.|
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Traffic-related fatalities are the leading cause of death among on-duty police, emergency medical services personnel and towing operators, yet scientific research into how to prevent such tragedies is scant or non-existent, Embry-Riddle Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Dr. Scott Parr reported at the 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting. Parr and 17 other Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professors and students attended the TRB meeting to make a case to secure funding to study such crucial challenges as how to make transportation issues related to emergency response safer. Such funding can go toward research opportunities and training for students, preparing them to implement solutions.