Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The four-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BS CE) enables the graduate to enter professional practice as an engineer or to continue his or her studies in programs leading to advanced degrees in the following broad fields of specialization:

  • construction engineering and management,
  • environmental engineering,
  • environmental hydraulics,
  • geotechnical engineering,
  • hydrology,
  • materials,
  • structural engineering and mechanics,
  • transportation, and
  • water resources planning and management.

The BS CE degree program is designed to offer depth in course material considered essential for all civil engineers, as well as flexibility in selecting elective courses that offer breadth of topic exposure. Civil engineers contribute to society in numerous ways; thus, the School's philosophy is to provide the student with a range of electives that meet student interests. Civil engineers must not only be technically proficient, but also must be effective in working with people and with professionals in other disciplines.

Program Objectives

Graduates will pursue a diverse range of careers that build on their engineering education. During the initial years of their careers, graduates will:

  1. apply technical proficiency in the principles and methods essential to modern civil engineering practice.
  2. demonstrate understanding of global, societal, environmental, and sustainability issues related to civil engineering.
  3. exhibit effective communication, teamwork, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills.
  4. engage in ethical and responsible practice while pursuing professional growth.

Prerequisites and Other Requirements

Although students are not obligated to take the courses during the semester indicated, they must satisfy all prerequisites for a particular course. In addition to campus-wide academic requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree, the following are also required for the BS CE degree:

A C or better must have been earned in the following:

MATH 1501Calculus I4
MATH 1502Calculus II4
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
CHEM 1310General Chemistry4
COE 2001Statics2

The number of quality points earned in CEE courses taken toward the degree must be at least twice the number of credit hours in those courses. If a course is repeated, the latest grade will be included in applying this rule. No CEE course may be repeated for the purpose of satisfying this rule if the original grade was a C or higher.

Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 34
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 2,34
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 32
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 32
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following:3
Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
The Global Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Any SS 6
Core F - Courses Related to Major
COE 2001Statics 32
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 2552Differential Equations4
CHEM 1310General Chemistry 34
Select one of the following:4
Biological Principles
Honors Biological Principles
Introduction to Organismal Biology
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
Earth Processes
Ethics Requirement (Civil Engineering approved) 1
Major Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization
Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization
Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization
CEE 2040Dynamics2
CEE 2300Environmental Engineering Principles3
CEE 3000Civil Engineering Systems3
CEE 3020Civil Engineering Materials3
CEE 3040Fluid Mechanics3
Select one of the following:3
Statistics and Applications
Statistics and Applications
Probability and Statistics with Applications
CEE 4090Capstone Design3
College of Engineering Requirements
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies3
Select one of the following:3
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Thermodynamics,Thermodynamics I
Chemical Thermodynamics of Materials
CE Breadth Electives
Select three of the following:9
Structural Analysis
Construction Engineering and Management
Hydraulic Engineering
Environmental Engineering Systems
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
Transportation Planning, Operations, and Design
CEE 4200Hydraulic Engineering3
or CEE 4405 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
CE Technical Electives
CE Electives 418
Approved Electives
Approved Electives 56
Total Credit Hours128

No pass-fail allowed, except for CS 1171.

CEE 4801 not allowed toward degree.

Students must earn a 2.0 average in all CEE courses.

1

Students must complete an Ethics requirement from the following courses: PHIL 3105, PHIL 3109, or PHIL 3127.

2

If PHYS 2231 is taken, extra credit hour goes to Free Electives.

3

Minimum grade of C is required.

4

Any 3000-level or higher CEE course, with the exception of CEE 4801, CEE 8811, and CEE 8812. Maximum of 3 credit hours CEE 4699 and CEE 4900. Only one non-CEE course allowed: COA 4010, CP 4010, CP 4020, CP 4310, and CP 4510.

5

Maximum 3 credit hours CEE 2699 allowed. MATH 1113, PHYS 2802, PHYS 2XXX (AP credit), one-hour MUSI courses, GT 1000, and FREE XXXX are not allowed.

Cooperative Plan

Since 1912, Georgia Tech has offered a five-year Undergraduate Cooperative Program to those students who wish to combine career-related experience with classroom studies. The program is the fourth oldest of its kind in the world and the largest optional co-op program in the country.

Students alternate between work assignments and classroom studies until they complete four or five semesters of work. Co-op students with a civil engineering major complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by regular four-year students. Most co-op students begin the program as freshmen or sophomores and are classified as full-time students regardless of whether they are attending classes on campus or are full time at an employer's location.

Students who participate in the program have the opportunity to develop career interests, become more confident in their career choices, and develop human relations skills through their work experience. Graduates of the program receive a bachelor's degree with a Cooperative Plan Designation.

The Georgia Tech Internship Program is for civil engineering students who do not participate in the Cooperative Program, but want some career-related experience before graduation. Students generally work for one semester, usually in the summer, with an option for more work experiences. Students must have completed at least 30 hours of coursework at Georgia Tech before they can participate in the program. For more details, visit www.gtip.gatech.edu/.

In addition, there is the Work Abroad Program (www.workabroad.gatech.edu), which complements a student's formal education with paid international work experience directly related to civil engineering. Participating students typically are juniors and seniors. The international work assignments are designed to include practical training, cross-cultural exposure and learning, and the acquisition of needed skills. This program satisfies requirements for the International Plan, which is available to civil engineering students.

For more information about all of the programs in the Center for Career Discovery and Development, visit www.careerdiscovery.gatech.edu.

International Plan

The International Plan is a challenging and coherent academic program for undergraduates that develops global competence within the context of a student's major. It is a degree-long program that integrates international studies and experiences into any participating major at Georgia Tech. It helps to prepare Georgia Tech graduates professionally and personally for successful lives in the twenty-first century.

The International Plan is not intended to replace current international programs; it supplements them. Existing study abroad opportunities continue to be offered. It is also not intended to be an add-on to the current degree programs. It is intended to be another curriculum path to earn a degree in which international competence is integrated into the program of study. The plan can be completed within the normal timeframe of four years of undergraduate study.

The overarching model for the International Plan has four components:

  1. International coursework: Three courses to include one from each of the following categories:
    1. International relations
    2. Global economics
    3. A course about a specific country or region
  2. International experience: Two terms abroad (not less than 26 weeks) engaged in any combination of study abroad, research, or internship
  3. Second language proficiency: All students in the program are expected to reach at least the proficiency level equivalent to two years of college-level language study. Students who use the language to study, conduct research, or participate in an internship during their international experience are expected to attain a higher level of proficiency. Language proficiency is determined by testing (not course credits).
  4. Culminating course: A capstone course in the major designed to tie the international studies and experiences together with the student's major

Completion of the International Plan is recognized by a designation on the student's diploma indicating completion of the degree with global competence.

For additional information about the International Plan visit www.oie.gatech.edu/internationalplan.

Research Option

The Research Option is intended for students who seek a concentrated research experience, culminating in an undergraduate thesis, integrated into their undergraduate studies in civil engineering. In order to graduate with a BSC.E – Research Option degree, the students must:

Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research (over at least two, preferably three terms). Research may be for either pay (CEE 2698 or CEE 4698) or credit (CEE 2699 or CEE 4699). Research for credit may be used towards the BS CE approved elective requirements.

Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings. This is usually done during the graduating term. The thesis will be published in the Georgia Tech Library.

Take two 1-hour classes: LMC 4701 (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 (taken during the thesis-writing semester).

At least six of the nine required credit hours of research should be on the same topic. A research proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and one other faculty member. This proposal will be completed in LMC 4701 which serves as a prerequisite for LMC 4702. Completion of Research Option is noted on the student's transcript.

Joint BS/MS Degree Program - Civil Engineering

The joint BS/MS program is designed to attract the best-of-the-best undergraduate students and is especially intended for students who demonstrate an interest in, and ability for, additional education beyond the bachelor's degree.

Students will be eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech and appropriate progress in their degree program. As a practical matter, students should apply for the program at least three semesters prior to graduation in order to take graduate-level courses prior to receiving their BS degree. Students must have a Georgia Tech GPA of 3.5 or higher for admission into the BS/MS Program in Civil Engineering.

This program is available only to those completing a Bachelor's degree with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students in the joint BS/MS program remain undergraduates until they meet the requirements for the bachelor's degree, at which point they will receive the BSCE or BSEnvE degree. Their status will then be changed to graduate status. Graduate school application fees and the GRE requirements are waived.

Once admitted, a GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained to remain in the program. Additionally, students in the BS/MS program are eligible to use the Graduate Course Option even if their cumulative grade-point average is below 3.5 at the time they complete their bachelor's degree.