Civil Engineering

At Purdue University Calumet, civil engineering is a four-year program of full-time study leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). The course of study is preparation for a career in a constantly changing field and provides a basis for lifelong learning.

Why Civil Engineering at Purdue University Calumet?

  • Engineering classes are small and are taught by faculty members dedicated to teaching or adjunct faculty who have many years of experience.
  • Most faculty members also engage in research, consulting, or other professional activities, and participate in professional engineering societies.
  • The laboratory facilities provide a mechanism for students to gain hands-on experience that will aid their understanding of the engineering and scientific theories taught in the lectures.
  • Courses are provided both days and evenings on a publicized schedule to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students.
  • Incoming students are assigned to an advisor familiar with the problems and special needs of new students. After choosing a major the student receives an experienced engineering faculty advisor.
  • The program prepares graduates for life and for the engineering profession.
  • A capstone, one-year project for all seniors provides the opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams to pursue an engineering idea from conception to design, fabrication, and testing. The senior projects provide a transition from university study to the real world of engineering work.
  • Cooperative Education and Professional Experience Programs are available. Both provide students the opportunity to work in the engineering profession while obtaining their degree, and to earn money to pay for their education. The work experience makes the education more meaningful, and makes the students more attractive to employers when they graduate.

Educational Objectives:

The Civil Engineering curriculum provides a broad education in the fundamentals of Civil Engineering. Students may pursue a general program or may choose a specialization in areas such as construction engineering, structural engineering, transportation, water resources and environmental engineering.

The program’s educational objectives are to provide each graduate with:

  • Engineering Competence – Graduates are competent and engaged professionals in their field
  • Continuous Learning – Graduates continue developing professionally
  • Professional Skills – Graduates demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills and are contributors in their profession
  • Societal Awareness – Graduates recognize the societal, ethical, and global impacts of their work

The flexibility of the engineering program allows students interested in other engineering disciplines not offered at Purdue University Calumet, such as aerospace, chemical, etc., to complete one to two years of study for transfer to another university. The Interdisciplinary Engineering Option allows student to design their own programs to meet their career needs; it provides excellent preparation for a career in law or medicine.

Degrees Offered

Please refer to the curriculum as shown below.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option

Electives for Civil Engineering

Suggested Plan of Study (Excel)

Civil Engineering Flow chart (PDF 36KB)

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

(127 credits)

1. Science and Mathematics (38 credits)
Course Number Course Name
CHM 11500 General Chemistry
PHYS 15200 Mechanics
PHYS 26100 Heat, Electricity, and Optics
MA 16300 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MA 16400 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MA 26100 Multivariate Calculus
MA 26400 Differential Equations
MA 26500 Linear Algebra
STAT 34500 Statistics
SCI ELEC** Restricted Science Elective
must be either a biology, environmental science or geoscience course.
2. General Engineering (29 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGR 15100 Software Tools for Engineers
ENGR 18600 Engineering Freshman Seminar
ENGR 19000 Elementary Engineering Design
C E 11500 Engineering Drawing I
C E 11600 Engineering Drawing II
C E 27101 Basic Mechanics I: Statics
C E 27500 Basic Mechanics II: Dynamics
M E 31100 Engineering Project Management
C E 31200 Fluid Mechanics
C E 31300 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
M E 34500 Mechanical Engineering Experimentation
M E 42900 Senior Engineering Design I
M E 43900 Senior Engineering Design II

4. Construction, Structural, Water and Environmental, and Transportation Options (9 credits)

Three courses from a list approved by the by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

5. Engineering Elective (3 credits)

One engineering course approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

3. Civil Engineering (27 credits)
Course Number Course Name
C E 20100 Surveying & G.I.S.
C E 20400 Civil Engineering Materials
C E 27300 Mechanics of Materials
C E 32200 Introduction to Construction Engineering
C E 32300 Soil Engineering
C E 33400 Structural Analysis
C E 34200 Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics
C E 35100 Intro to Transportation Engineering
C E 35400 Intro to Environmental Engineering
6. English and Communication (9 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGL 10400 English Composition I
COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech
COM/ENGL 30700 Written and Oral Communication for Engineers
7. Humanities and Social Sciences (12 credits)
Course Number Course Name
PHIL 32400 Ethics for the Professions
POL 30500 Technology and Society

The balance (6 credits) is selected by the student and advisor to give the student an opportunity to explore areas within the humanities and social sciences.

Subject areas not acceptable are skills courses such as writing and speaking, accounting, industrial management, personal finance, ROTC, and personnel administration. Language courses are acceptable only as part of a six credit sequence. Credit is not allowed for a student’s native language.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option (129 credits)

The interdisciplinary engineering option provides an opportunity for students whose interests and talents, while oriented toward engineering and science, do not coincide with the plans of study of the traditional engineering disciplines and who do not need an ABET-accredited degree. It provides an excellent undergraduate foundation for graduate school in non-engineering fields such as management, medicine, and law, or to begin careers that may lead to administrative or management positions in technological, engineering, or manufacturing operations. The program also prepares students for careers in large non-technological organizations such as financial institutions, which may require skills generally associated with both engineering and business. The program provides opportunities to tailor the large number of technical electives to the students’ particular needs.