BS in Civil Engineering

General

Program Description

Civil engineering at Florida Tech is a rigorous, accredited curriculum that prepares students to enter the workforce with a minimum of additional training and a maximum of opportunity or for admission to top graduate schools. The program has six areas of engineering specialization available:

  • Construction Management
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

Whether you want to engage in land development or design your dream house, bridges, foundations, water distribution systems, water, and wastewater treatment plants, canals, highways, or transportation systems, a civil engineering degree from Florida Tech will help you develop a strong background in engineering with hands-on experience in computer-aided design and construction management.

Gain Practical Experience

During your first two years of your civil engineering degree program at Florida Tech, the emphasis is placed on foundation courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering mechanics, augmented by practice-oriented civil engineering courses. Classroom study is enhanced through field trips and lab work.

As a junior and senior, you will be completing several real-world design projects as part of course assignments and will culminate with a two-course sequence called a capstone design project in collaboration with a team of your peers. During the capstone design project sequence, you will design a large-scale, real-world project, using good sustainability concepts, while paying attention to local and global issues. You will learn to work in a multidisciplinary team, and greatly enhance your communication skills by writing a technical report and making presentations to industry leaders and prospective employers.

Why Pursue A Civil Engineering Degree At Florida Tech? 

The ABET-accredited civil engineering program at Florida Tech offers a small student-to-faculty ratio, with an average of 18 students per class within the department. The supportive community of teachers and peers at Florida Tech is conducive to academic success even in the face of a challenging academic environment. Qualified students are encouraged by professors to get involved in research projects. About 80% of our students have at least some internship experience before they graduate; 90% are offered jobs at their place of internship, further supporting our reputation for being one of the best civil engineering schools.

Accreditation

The undergraduate civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Internationally Recognized Faculty Of Professional Engineers

Florida Tech’s civil engineering department is staffed with experienced instructors who are professional engineers—another reason that students consider us one of the best civil engineering schools. All faculty members have experience in real-world design and conduct research. Many hold several awards such as the College of Engineering (COE) Teacher of the Year Award, Florida Tech Researcher of the Year Award, COE Research Award, and Florida Tech Service Award.

High-Tech Lab Facilities

A big reason Florida Tech is considered one of the best civil engineering schools in the country is the availability of fully-equipped civil engineering laboratories that support research in materials and structures, and geotechnical engineering. In addition, students have full access to the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, a 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building that houses the latest in electronic and communications technology, specialized research labs, and a 142-seat multimedia auditorium.

Located In The Heart Of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor

Florida Tech is the perfect place for a civil engineering degree. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us), minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America.

The area has the fifth-largest high-tech workforce in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.

Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and is a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.

Build Lasting Professional Relationships Through Campus Organizations

Beyond the classroom, civil engineering degree students build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Tau Beta Pi (the oldest engineering honor society in the US, student government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.

Florida Tech’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is among the most active organizations on campus. ASCE takes part in several national competitions to test their engineering skills, including concrete canoe and steel bridge. Our concrete canoe team has reached the national level several times and receives sponsorships from a variety of local businesses.

Chi Epsilon is a civil engineering honor society dedicated to honoring engineering students who have exemplified the principles of scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability in the civil engineering profession.

These organizations allow for networking opportunities for future civil engineering internships and careers.

Curriculum

Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the following curriculum.

Freshman Year

Fall (16 credit hours)

  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
  • CVE 1000 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • CVE 1001 Computer Applications Lab
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1

or 

  • MTH 1010 Honors Calculus 1

Spring (16 credit hours)

  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
  • CVE 2080 Construction Measurements
  • CVE 2083 Construction Measurements Lab
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2

or 

  • MTH 1020 Honors Calculus 2
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1

Sophomore Year

Fall (18 credit hours)

  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
  • MEE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3

or 

  • MTH 2010 Honors Calculus 3
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Spring (16 credit hours)

  • AEE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
  • MEE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra

or 

  • MTH 3200 Honors Differential Equations
  • Business or Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3

Select first HUM Core Course:

  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
  • HUM 2053 Introduction to Asian Civilization
  • HUM 2141 World Art History 1: Pre-History to Early Global Awareness
  • HUM 2211 British Literature and Culture
  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
  • HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
  • HUM 2551 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Junior Year

Fall (17 credit hours)

  • CVE 3012 Engineering Materials
  • CVE 3013 Civil Engineering Materials Lab
  • CVE 3015 Structural Analysis and Design
  • CVE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
  • CVE 3033 Hydraulics Lab

Select second HUM Core Course:

  • HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
  • HUM 2054 Introduction to Asian Civilization 2
  • HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1 (may not be repeated for credit)
  • HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2
  • HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
  • HUM 2552 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Select one Science Elective (3 credit hours)

  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1

and

  • BIO 1030 Introduction to Biotechnology

or

  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2

and

  • BIO 1040 Introduction to Biodiversity and Physiology

or

  • MAR 1010 Biological Discovery 1

and

  • MAR 1030 Introduction to Biotechnology

or

  • MAR 1020 Biological Discovery 2

and

  • MAR 1040 Introduction to Biodiversity and Physiology
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology

Spring (16 credit hours)

  • CVE 3020 Soils and Foundations
  • CVE 3021 Soil Mechanics Lab
  • CVE 4032 Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics

Select one Environmental Engineering Elective:

  • CVE 3042 Water and Wastewater Systems for Land Development
  • CVE 3052 Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems

Select one Structures Elective:

  • CVE 4013 Steel Structures
  • CVE 4016 Reinforced Concrete Structures

Senior Year

Fall (16 credit hours)

  • CVE 4060 Transportation Engineering
  • CVE 4070 Construction Engineering
  • CVE 4091 Design Project 1 (Q)
  • Design Elective (CVE) Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective (HU) 3000-level or higher recommended Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CVE) Credit Hours: 3

Spring (16 credit hours)

  • CVE 4000 Engineering Economy and Planning
  • CVE 4074 Leading Construction Operations
  • CVE 4092 Design Project 2 (Q)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 1
  • Restricted Electives (CVE) Credit Hours: 6

Total Credits Required: 131

Note: A list of approved design and restricted electives is available from the department office.

Career Outlook

Civil engineers are needed everywhere; job location is never a problem. Florida Tech’s civil engineering students are hired by private architectural, construction, environmental, geotechnical, land development, structural, transportation, and water resources companies including several national and multi-national companies. Our students also work for the local, state (water management districts, department of transportation) and federal agencies (USGS) as well as organizations such as the Walt Disney World. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, while others work in design, project management, research, and teaching.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in civil engineering careers is expected to grow 19.7% between 2012 and 2022, producing about 53,700 new jobs. While government funding is often the source for civil engineering projects, private company projects will continue to create demand for civil engineering careers.

The BLS provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions, and job outlook, among other things. Civil engineers are among the highest paid in engineering.

Last updated Aug 2020

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