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 website 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 handbook 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.

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

You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting:

http://www.abet.org/AccredProgramSearch/AccreditationSearch.aspx

1. Program area: Select “Civil Engineering” or “Geological Engineering.”

2. Degree level: Select “Bachelor’s (4-year).”

3. Country: Select “United States.”

4. State/Region: Select “Wisconsin.”

5. Click “Search.”

CEE 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 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.

Graduates from the BSCE program will have developed the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Communicate effectively
  8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context through a broad education
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. Explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership
  13. Explain the importance of professional licensure
  14. Understand the common failure of mechanisms of a component, process, or system and their causes and prevention

Enrollment

475 undergraduate students, Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

Degrees conferred annually

Civil Engineering bachelor’s: 140