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Degree: Bachelor of Science
Area of Study: Civil and Environmental Engineering
The faculty of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department believe very strongly that undergraduate education should prepare you to be productive professional engineers. For this reason, particular emphasis in undergraduate teaching is placed on the application of engineering principles to the solution of problems. After completing a broad civil engineering core program, you’ll choose a technical sequence in an area of civil engineering of particular interest, such as structural (S), geotechnical (G), or environmental (E) engineering; construction management (C), or pre-architecture (P). In addition, all civil engineering students participate in a team-based senior capstone design course which will provide you experience with solving multidisciplinary civil engineering problems.
In order to provide you with experience in the practice of civil engineering, the department strongly encourages summer employment for students during the three summers between your semesters at Case Western Reserve University. By working for organizations in areas of design and construction, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge about how the profession functions. This experience will help you gain more from your education and it will help you be more competitive when seeking future employment.
A cooperative education program is also available. This allows you to spend an extended period of time working full-time in an engineering capacity with a contractor, consulting engineer, architect, or materials supplier during the course of your education. This learning experience is designed to integrate classroom theory with practical experience and professional development.
Students enrolled in other majors may pursue a minor in civil engineering or environmental engineering which requires a minimum of 15 approved credit hours.
Requirements for the major in civil engineering and both minors are provided in the CWRU Bulletin.
Most classes in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have enrollment of less than 25 so the students have opportunities to develop close professional relationships with the faculty. Students also have opportunities to gain practical experience as well as earn a supplemental income by assisting faculty members on consulting work or a funded research project.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with a major in civil engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.