Majors and Minors

Civil Engineering

Fenn College of Engineering

Since 1923, the Fenn College of Engineering has provided a tradition of high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in engineering and engineering technology. In our technological society, engineering is increasingly important in the global marketplace of business and industry. In fact, since the present and future well-being of the metropolitan Cleveland area is intricately linked with continued industrial growth, educated professionals such as engineers and technologists are in great demand.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are responsible for designing, constructing and operating much of the physical world. Civil engineers design wastewater treatment plants, skyscrapers, tunnels, bridges, highways, solar panels for space applications, and more.

Fenn College’s curriculum in Civil Engineering prepares students for successful careers in the following occupations: environmental engineer, transportation engineer, steel designer, bridge engineer, ground-water hydrologist and many others.

In addition to mathematics and science courses, civil engineering students take courses such as strength of materials, steel and concrete structures, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, environmental engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, and transportation and construction engineering, among others. Students learn useful laboratory techniques in the recently upgraded Soils Laboratory, the Strength of Materials Laboratory (that includes a variety of both manual and fully automated testing machines), and the Environmental Laboratory.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Career opportunities for civil engineers are increasing rapidly because of the aging infrastructure (roads, bridges, and other structures) around the world, and the need for its repair and renewal. Further opportunities exist in creating a clean environment.

Projected growth in all engineering fields through 2012 is 3- 9 percent, and up to 36 percent in Environmental Engineering. Engineering ranks among the highest paid professional fields.

PROGRAM

Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Civil Engineering major .

NOTE: The requirements listed below are unofficial. For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Here are just a few of the many special opportunities that Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering offers:

  • The Cooperative Education Program – Provides excellent opportunities for hands-on, paid work experience. Co-op enables our students to alternate between classes and work in the field at many prominent companies.
  • Fully accredited programs
  • Free tutoring
  • Classes emphasize teamwork and communication skills
  • Small classes and labs (average class size is 17)
  • State-of-the-art facilities – Large investments have been made in new labs and the renovation of classrooms and office space in Stilwell Hall, home of the Fenn College of Engineering.
  • Research Centers - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do research with our nationally recognized faculty
  • Student Support and Activities - Fenn College offers personalized advising and the Engineering Student Enrichment Program, along with 14 student organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. Networking events are held with alumni, and two annual career fairs are offered.

A variety of scholarships are available for exceptional students as incoming freshmen and at different class levels. An Honor’s Program is also available for qualified students.

Bachelor of Civil Engineering students are required to complete 137 hours (excluding orientation and co-op) of course work that includes university, college and major requirements. Adhering to the recommended sequence outlined below provides a balanced workload and ensures that students will have the proper prerequisites and knowledge for maximum benefit of these courses.

SAMPLE COURSE OF STUDY FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING MAJOR

First Year, Fall Semester
ENG 101 English I

MTH181 Calculus I
CHM 261 General Chemistry I
CHM 266 General Chemistry Laboratory I
ESC 120 Introduction to Engineering Design
ESC 100 New Student Orientation (Not required for transfer students)

First Year, Spring Semester
ESC 102 Technical Writing
MTH182 Calculus II
PHY 241 University Physics I
GenEd Elective
GEO 100 Introduction to Geology
CSC 121 Career Orientation (Required for Co-Op)

Second Year, Fall Semester
MTH283 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
PHY 242 University Physics II
ESC 201 Statics
ESC 250 Differential Equations for Engineers
CVE 211 Surveying
CVE 212 Intro of Measurements & Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers

Second Year, Spring Semester
ESC 211 Strength of Materials
CVE 310 Strength of Materials Laboratory
CVE 360 Mechanics of Fluids and Basic Thermal Systems for Civil Engineers
ESC 200 Engineering History & Heritage (WAC)
ESC 282 Engineering Economy

Third Year, Fall Semester
ESC 202 Dynamics
CVE 312 Structural Analysis I
CVE 361 Hydraulic Engineering
CVE 362 Hydraulics Lab
CVE 371 Environmental Engineering I
CVE 374 Environmental Engineering Lab

Third Year, Spring Semester
CVE 331 Introduction to Geotechnical Eng
CVE 332 Geotechnical Engineering Lab
CVE 446 Transportation Engineering
CVE 461 Hydrologic Analysis
CVE 322 Structural Steel Design

Fourth Year, Fall Semester
CVE 422 Reinforced Concrete Design
CVE 429 Foundation Engineering
GenEd Elective
CVE 426 Preliminary Design (SPAC)
PHL 215 Engineering Ethics (WAC)
GenEd Elective

Fourth Year, Spring Semester
CVE 403 Construction Planning and Estimating
CVE 427 Capstone Design (WAC)
Civil Engineering Technical Elective
Civil Engineering Technical Elective
GenEd Elective

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* Not required for transfer students.

** Optional course. Required for participation in co-op and internship programs.

*** Required for freshmen and transfer students admitted to Engineering College Fall, 2003 and after.

For more information, contact:
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, SH 104
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2555
www.csuohio.edu/engineering/

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