Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Program Overview and Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE) offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering that provides graduates a foundation for a variety of career and professional accomplishments including:

  1. Design and construct both natural and built processes and systems to meet determined needs using technical knowledge; computer tools; design principles; and communication, leadership and team skills.
  2. Utilize measurement and analysis tools along with experimental data in investigating natural and built systems.
  3. Understand and incorporate economic, environmental, political, social, safety and global considerations in design, investigation, and construction of natural and built systems.
  4. Maintain analysis and design tools and experience through life-long learning and serve others through participation in professional and/or civic activities and responsibilities.

Program Details

Students in BSCE program must first meet progression requirements after the first year in the program. After meeting progression requirements, students take a variety of courses from other areas to build a broad foundational knowledge including:

  • Math
  • Natural science
  • Engineering science
  • Civil engineering
  • Applied engineering
  • Communication skill
  • Liberal studies

Students can pursue a general BSCE, the Environmental Engineering (EV) option, or the Construction Engineering Management (CEM) option after progression requirements have been met. Students who complete an option program still receive an accredited BS Degree in Civil Engineering and the transcript will show that the student has completed the option.

 

For students who began an undergraduate degree between spring semester of 2008 and fall semester of 2016, please review the following curriculum handbook to understand curriculum and degree requirements for the BSCE and both options.

For students who began an undergraduate degree starting spring semester of 2017, please review the following curriculum handbook to understand curriculum and degree requirements for the BSCE and both options. To declare an option, students will need to meet with an assigned academic advisor.

Admissions decisions for UW-Madison and the College of Engineering are made holistically by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

  • Prospective students interested in engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison should indicate an engineering major as the first choice major on his/her/their undergraduate application. For more information on applying to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering, please visit the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
  • Current UW-Madison students interested in switching to Engineering should review cross-campus transfer information.
  • Current undergraduate students outside of UW-Madison interested in transferring to the College of Engineering should review transfer student information.

For more information on applying to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering, please visit the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

A complete list of courses offered for undergraduate students through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering can be found on the course guide by searching for courses in the Civil and Environmental department. Keep in mind that this list includes all courses offered for undergraduate students through the department. Not all courses are offered regularly.

The BSCE Curriculum Handbooks can be found above under “Curriculum Handbooks.” These contains course and degree requirements for the general BSCE as well as for the EV and CEM options.

Current undergraduate students who are looking for other forms should visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

BSCE Program Educational Objectives

Prepare BSCE graduates to contribute to their communities through the following career and professional accomplishments:

  1. Design and construct both natural and built processes and systems to efficiently meet determined needs using technical knowledge; modern tools; design principles; ethical practice; and communication, leadership and team skills.
  2. Utilize measurement and analysis tools along with experimental data in investigating natural and built systems.
  3. Understand and incorporate economic, environmental, political, social, safety and global considerations in design, investigation and construction of natural and built systems.
  4. Engage in lifelong learning to keep pace with the continuous evolution of policies, procedures, technologies and tools for engineering analysis, design, and decision making.
  5. Serve others through participation in professional and/or civic activities and responsibilities.

At the time of graduation, UW-Madison BSCE students will have attained:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within  realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, heath and safey, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. an ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership
  13. an ability to explain the importance of professional licensure
  14. an ability to understand common failure mechanisms of a component, process, or system and their causes and prevention

Enrollment

Fall 2017: 465 undergraduate students, Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Degrees conferred

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degrees conferred, 2017-2018:  143

 

Our department’s Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting: http://main.abet.org/aps/Accreditedprogramsearch.aspx