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Academic Programs

The Department of Civil Engineering of the Case School of Engineering offers an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with courses in almost all the traditional civil engineering subjects. The graduate program offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in structures, engineering mechanics, geotechnical and environmental engineering. A cooperative education program involving participating engineering firms is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

An active research program gives the students opportunities to participate in projects related to design, analysis, and testing. Projects are in areas such as computational mechanics, probabilistic design, bridges, dynamics and wind engineering, response of concrete and steel structures, fracture mechanics, static and dynamic behavior of soils, earthquake engineering, subsurface and ex-situ remediation, colloid behavior in environmental systems, and contaminated sediment dynamics.

Mastery of Fundamentals

  • (M1) Graduates will master the fundamentals of mathematics and the sciences that form the basis for engineering.
  • (M2) Graduates will have a thorough knowledge of the technical requirements for the practice of the profession of civil engineering and be prepared for advanced scholarship

Creativity:

  • (C1) Graduates will be proficient in state of the art analytical and computational techniques for the modeling, analysis and design of civil engineering systems.

Opportunities for individualized research experience.

Societal Awareness:

  • (S1) Graduates will have an understanding of the legal, social economic and environmental constraints within which the civil engineering profession must operate
  • (S2) Graduates will be aware of the special role the profession of civil engineering plays in the protection of the public health, safety and welfare

Leadership Skills:

  • (L1) Graduates will be aware of the moral and ethical standards expected of leaders in the profession of civil engineering
  • (L2) Graduates will be able to function effectively and lead professional teams as well as work independently.

Professionalism:

  • (P1) Graduates will be aware of the moral and ethical standards expected of leaders in the profession of civil engineering.
  • (P2) Graduates will be prepared for and aware of the necessity for a lifetime of learning and continued professional growth including professional registration.

Opportunities for professional development through the Co-operative Education Program.

Rationale for Curriculum

We expect our students to take leadership roles during their professional careers. We do not believe it is possible for our graduates to be leaders either technically or in management, if they do not have a firm grasp of the science and engineering fundamentals that underlie the practice of civil engineering.

Furthermore, it would be irresponsible to give students the tools for leadership without simultaneously giving them guidance in how to deal with the ethical and social issues in which that leadership will be exercised. Finally, it would be difficult for our students to be leaders if they do not leave here prepared to rapidly become valuable, creative professionals in the contemporary workplace. These factors underlie our Civil Engineering curriculum.