Dwight Look College of Engineering

Curriculum in Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, supervise the construction, operate, maintain, inspect, retrofit, and manage many of the facilities and systems in both public and private sectors that are essential to modern life. The civil engineering profession is one of the most stable and most diverse of the engineering disciplines. Civil engineers are employed by consulting firms, public agencies, and start and run their own business. Workplaces range from construction sites to design offices. Most civil engineers work with some engineering or construction aspect of private and/or public facilities, such as airports, bridges, buildings, coastal structures, dams, environmental remediation of contaminated sites, harbors, highways, offshore structures, pipelines, railroads, transportation systems, tunnels, water collection systems, water distribution systems, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and waterways. Civil engineers are in the forefront of applying the newest high technology innovations in engineering and construction.

Civil engineering projects are unique because they require individual planning, analysis, design, construction supervision, performance monitoring, management and retrofitting. Civil engineering projects often require technical, governmental, legal, financial, and social evaluations. The primary objective is to provide the best service for the users while minimizing costs and other undesirable impacts.

The mission of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University is to prepare our graduates to become professional engineers and leaders in the civil and ocean engineering profession by providing our students with a solid education that will enable them to integrate fundamental scientific engineering principles and that will couple with the latest technological advances to facilitate the development of their problem solving skills. Additionally, the department provides opportunities for enhancement of the students' educational experience through meaningful interactions with the profession, professionally- centered student activities and exposure to the broad field of civil engineering through seminars, practitioner visits, and Professional Day activities.

The faculty of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering strives to ensure that our ever-evolving educational programs accomplish several objectives. First, our faculty must prepare the students to address the current and future civil and/or ocean engineering needs of the State of Texas, the nation and the world by being able to recognize the important geopolitical and public policy needs; and solve technical problems. In addition, the Department provides a curriculum that integrates scientific and technical knowledge with an appreciation for social, economic and political concerns. The curriculum and programs provide opportunities for our students to:

  1. build leadership skills,
  2. learn professionalism and ethical responsibility, and
  3. develop and understanding of the need to engage in lifelong learning.

Finally, the faculty of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University promotes the highest academic standards of excellence, quality, and ethics in both our undergraduate and graduate programs, and in doing so create both a culture of excellence and a community of scholars. Through our programs, our faculty and graduates provide local, state, national, and international leadership to a profession that must solve the civil and/or ocean engineering problems facing an increasingly complex society.

The program educational objectives for the undergraduate civil engineering program within the Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University are to produce graduates:

  1. who are prepared to enter civil engineering practice and/or continue their education in graduate and professional programs,
  2. most will become practicing civil engineers with most of these becoming registered professional engineers, and
  3. many of whom will pursue advanced studies.

The first two years of the civil engineering curriculum build a solid foundation in mathematics, science and engineering science which are the necessary building blocks for a successful career in engineering. The third year provides an introduction to the various civil engineering disciplines and engineering principles, methods of analysis, and design. The fourth year provides the opportunity to pursue either a broad based program in general civil engineering or pursue more depth in one of the following areas of specialization: coastal/ocean, construction and management, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, or water resources. The curriculum also includes courses in history, political science, social sciences and humanities that help students: 1) understand the need for considering the global and societal context in which engineering solutions are completed, 2) understand professional and ethical responsibility, and 3) be knowledgeable of contemporary issues.

Students are encouraged to participate in cooperative education or to intern with civil engineering agencies during their undergraduate education.

The Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Graduate programs in civil engineering are also available. These programs allow further specialization and offer more in-depth study to address more complex technical and management issues. Graduate degrees also offer additional employment opportunities.

(See Freshman Year)

For admission to the upper division, a grade of C or better in the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses (CHEM 107; ENGL 104; ENGR 111 and 112; MATH 151 and 152; and PHYS 208 and 218) and a GPR in these courses which meets departmental standards is required.


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
CVEN 207 Intro. to Civil Engineering Profession (1-0) 1   CVEN 302 Computer Applications (3-0) 3
CVEN 221 Engr. Mech: Statics (2-2) 3   CVEN 305 Engineering Mech. of Materials (3-0) 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III (3-0) 3   CVEN 306 Materials for Civil Engineers (2-2) 3
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I (3-0) 3   MATH 308 Differential Equations (3-0) 3
Directed elective1   3   Directed elective1   3
Writing skills elective 2   3       15


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
CVEN 311 Fluid Dynamics (3-0) 3   BAEN 320 Engineering Thermodynamics
ECEN 215 Principles of Electrical Engr.
MEEN 315 Principles of Thermodynamics
(2-2) 3
CVEN 322 Civil Engineering Systems (3-0) 3   Technical electives 3   9
CVEN 345 Theory of Structures (3-0) 3   Directed elective1   3
CVEN 363 Engr. Mech: Dynamics (2-2) 3       15
Science elective 4   3        


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
CVEN 424 Civil Engr. Professional Practice (1-2) 2   ENGR 482 Ethics and Engineering (2-2) 3
Technical electives 3   12   Technical electives 3 12
Directed elective1   3    
    17       15
  1. Of the 18 hours shown as directed electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history, and 6 from POLS 206 and 207. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses (see University Core Curriculum, item 6).
  2. This elective is to be selected from ENGL 203, 210, 241 and 301.
  3. A total of 33 hours of technical electives is required. Technical electives are divided into three categories: breadth courses, focus courses and design courses. The choice of courses to be taken in each of the three categories depends on the specialty area chosen and must be made in consultation with the student's advisor and/or the Civil Engineering Student Services Office. Design courses must include more than one civil engineering context.
  4. Science electives to be selected from an approved list and with approval of advisor.
  5. Civil Engineering students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all basic science, mathematics and engineering courses taken to satisfy degree requirements.
  6. Civil engineering students should note that this curriculum specifies the minimum number of credits required for graduation. Additional hours may be taken.

Civil engineering students should note that this curriculum specifies the minimum number of credits required for graduation. Additional courses may be taken.

The Safety Engineering Certificate is available for students pursuing this degree.