Dec 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, B.S.

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The student of civil engineering has a broad field of study to provide a strong foundation for entry into the profession or graduate school. Major areas include construction engineering and project management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, humanitarian/sustainable engineering, materials engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering.

The program educational objectives for the civil engineering program reflect the mission of the Department of Civil Engineering. They are important for successful professional practice and the ability to pursue advanced degrees. Within a few years  of graduation, civil engineering graduates from the University of Kentucky will:

  1. Excel in Civil Engineering or a related career.
  2. Create ethical and sustainable solutions.
  3. Seek professional licensure.
  4. Embrace life-long learning.

Degree Requirements

The following curriculum meets the requirements for a B.S. in civil engineering, provided the student satisfies the graduation requirements listed earlier.

Each student must complete the following:

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements.  The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 45

Other Course Work Required for the Major

B. Technical

Choose 3 hours at the 300+ level of Civil Engineering courses not listed above and not fulfilling A. Design Credit(s): 3

C. Math Science Technical

Choose 3 hours from the following: 

Subtotal: Major hours: 62


  • Engineering Science Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Statistics Elective Credit(s): 3

Subtotal: Electives: 6

Total Hours: 128


§ Transfer students will take  EGR 215 - INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS , in place of EGR 101  and EGR 103 .

ΔStudents must complete both EGR 101  and EGR 103  to fulfill the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement. Transfer students may satisfy the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement by taking EGR 215 .

*Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course.

[1] STA 296  and STA 381 .

[2] ME 220  or EM 313 .

[3] Students are required to select two design electives from different areas. Choose from: CE 508 CE 531  or CE 533 CE 534 CE 549 CE 551  or CE 599  , CE 579 CE 589 Design elective courses are typically taught once a year.

[4] Technical Electives are to be chosen from any of the courses at the 300-level or above that carry a CE prefix and in which a student is qualified to enroll, exclusive of required courses. Engineering elective courses are typically taught once a year.

[5] Math/Science/Technical Elective Options: MA 321 , MA 322 , CHE 230 , CHE 236 , EE 305 , EES 550 , EES 585 , MNG 551 , or the other half of the Engineering Science Elective in [2], or Technical Elective as defined in [4].

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Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

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