Wilkes University

Civil Engineering, B.S.

Civil Engineering Major

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (EEES) offers a four-year degree program in Civil Engineering (CIV).  EEES envisions future accreditation by EAC-ABET of this program.  The Civil Engineering program will have four concentrations that will equip Wilkes to educate students to address sustainable and resilience design to minimize risk to infrastructure due to climate change, natural and man-made disasters, and current and future pandemics and other human health threats. This program provides strong engineering and scientific experience with advanced techniques to analyze systems, use of software for civil engineering design, and hands-on activities heavily integrated into the curriculum.  Students intending to major in this program are encouraged to be well prepared in the sciences and mathematics.  Concentration areas of the Civil Engineering program include Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural or Water Resources and Hydraulics. Total Credits – 128.

The student professional chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) and the Society of Women (SWE) in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences periodically offer seminars on subjects of a timely nature.  Attending these seminars and taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam are mandatory for the completion of the degree in Civil Engineering.

Honors Program in Civil Engineering

Upon the recommendation and approval of the Civil Engineering faculty, honor students in Civil Engineering will be recognized upon completion of the following requirements: achievement of an overall grade point average of 3.25 or better; receipt of grades of 3.00 or better in all engineering courses of his or her discipline; pursuit of independent research or special projects in engineering; and presentation of research and project results at meetings, conferences, or by means of publication of a paper.  The distinction “Honors in Engineering” will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

Civil Engineering Major - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

ME-180 CADD lab

1

CHM-118 Chemistry for Engineers

 

CHM-117 Chemistry lab for Engineers

1

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First Year Foundations

3

 

16

Second Semester

EGR-200 Materials Science

3

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

PHY-201 General Physics I

3

PHY-204 General Physics Lab

1

General Education 3

General Education

3

 

17

Third Semester

MTH-211 Introduction to Ord. Diff. Equations

4

PHY-202 General Physics II

3

PHY-205 General Physics II Lab

1

ME-231 Statics 

3

EES-240 Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science

3

EES-241 Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science Lab

1

 

15

Fourth Semester

ENV-201 Prob and Stats for Engineers

2

ME-232 Strength of Materials

3

ME-234 Dynamics

3

ME-322 Thermodynamics

3

GEO-101 Introduction to Geology

3

GEO-103 Introduction to Geology Lab

1

 

15

Fifth Semester

ME-321 Fluid Mechanics 3

ME-323 Fluid Mechanics Lab

1

EGM-320 Engineering Project Management

3

ENV-321 Hydrology

3

CE-231 Soil Mechanics

3

CE-323 Soil Mechanics Lab

1

General Education Requirement or CE
Concentration Elective

3

 

17

Sixth Semester

CE-261 Construction Project Management

2

CE-263 Structural Analysis

3

CE-390 Civil Engineering Seminar

1

EGR-201 Professionalism and Ethics

1

GEO-352 Hydrogeology

3

GIS-271 Introduction to GPS and GIS

3

General Education Requirement or CE
Concentration Elective

3

 

16

Seventh Semester

ENV-391 Senior Projects I

1

CE-311 Geotechnical Engineering

3

CE-321 Open Channel Hydraulics

3

CE-325 Sustainability Engineering

3

CE-327 Adv. Civil Engineering Graphics

2

General Education Requirement or CE
Concentration Elective

3

 

15

Eighth Semester

CE-392 Senior Projects II

2

CE Concentration Elective

3

CE Concentration Elective

3

CE Concentration Elective

3

General Education Requirement or CE
Concentration Elective

3

Free Elective

3

 

17

Civil Engineering

CE-231. Soil Mechanics

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Develops the terminology and descriptions common to soil compressibility, fluid flow, response
to mechanical compaction, and strength as well as methods of determining geostatic stresses and
stress changes due to boundary loadings.

Pre-Requisites

CE-233. Soil Mechanics Lab

Credits: 1
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered
Fees: $115
Experiments with and analysis of basic soil mechanics. Three hours of laboratory per week.
Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

CE-261. Construction Project Management

Credits: 2
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

This course will introduce students to the basics of construction scheduling, resource allocation in schedules, and schedule monitoring and control methods. Introduction to regulations and permitting requirements. Two hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-263. Structural Analysis

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Introduction to structural concepts and techniques for analyzing trusses, determinate and indeterminate beams, and frame structures. Apply concepts from statics and mechanics of materials to determine internal forces and deflections of structural members and systems,
including loads and load paths. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-311. Geotechnical Engineering

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Analysis and design of earth dams, including seepage, piping, and slope stability analyses. Case history studies involving landslides, settlement, and expansive soil problems, and design of repair methodologies for those problems.  Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-321. Open Channel Hydraulics

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Application of the conservation of energy and momentum equations to open channel systems, including the analysis of open channel hydraulic structures. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-325. Sustainability Engineering

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

This course entails a study of the concept of sustainability and will examine why knowledge of sustainability principles and initiatives are important engineering tools. Concepts including life cycle thinking and analysis, industrial ecology, and the use of energy and mass balances in sustainable system design will be examined. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-327. Advanced Civil Engineering Graphics

Credits: 2
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Advanced used of AutoCAD modeling software focusing on the areas of drafting designed systems, producing documentation, and project workflows. Two hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-332. Matrix Structural Analysis

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Analysis of trusses and frames including three-dimensional structures. Use of computer models as a tool for complex structures. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-334. Timber, Steel, and Concrete Design

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Covers material behavior, external loads, and the design of tension, compression, and flexural members; simple connections used in design; design of columns and footings. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-336. Loads for Civil Structures

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

The course focuses on the theory and building code requirements for civil structural loadings that are used in design. The loads and load combinations will include dead loads, occupancy live loads, snow loads, wind loads, and seismic loads. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-342. Foundation Engineering

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Procedures used to design footings, piled foundations, retaining walls, marine structures, and slopes. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-344. Geosynthetics Engineering

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Analysis of geosynthetic materials and geotextiles that are widely used in highway, landfill, and embankment design. Develop designs for filters, soil separators, reinforced earth, and impermeable membranes. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-346. Rock Engineering

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Analysis of the applied behavior of rock encountered primarily in civil engineering projects. Topics include rock classification, rock durability, rock mass strength classification, use of stereo nets, rock reinforcement, blasting, rock socket application and bearing capacity on rock. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-362. River and Floodplain Hydraulics

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Analysis of natural channels and designed channels, flow transitions, non-uniform flow, and unsteady flow. Includes erosion control and modeling using HEC-RAS. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-390. Civil Engineering Seminar

Credits: 1
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered

Course will focus on project selection, design concepts and constraints, literature review and preliminary data collection for the senior projects course.

Pre-Requisites

Junior standing in Civil Engineering or departmental permission.

CE-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered
Fees: $125

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress report are required. One hour of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

CE-390, Department Permission

CE-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2
Terms Offered: Not Currently Offered
Fees: $125

Design and development of selected projects in the field of engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. This is a continuation of CE 391. A professional paper to be presented and discussed in an open forum is required. Two hour of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites

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