2017-2018 Catalog

Civil Engineering (CE)


Dockter, Gedafa, Jerath (Chair), Lim, Mamaghani, Suleiman and Xiao

The mission of the civil engineering program at the University of North Dakota is to provide students with a well-rounded civil engineering education. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function effectively in a wide range of professional settings such as engineering consulting firms, industries and governmental agencies. The civil engineering program emphasizes the areas of environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and water resources engineering. The required curriculum includes the fundamentals for each of these areas and provides an opportunity for additional learning experiences with technical electives and a major design experience.

Teamwork, problem solving, and design exercises are interwoven throughout the curriculum; culminating in a two-semester, capstone design project during the senior year. Several courses include laboratories which develop experimental, teamwork, and communication skills. Technical reports and/or presentations required in several courses develop knowledge of contemporary issues and life-long learning skills, as well as communication skills. Relevant computer software is used throughout the curriculum. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for a professional license by taking the national Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam prior to graduation. Students who excel academically are also well qualified to pursue graduate work in civil engineering or a related field.

To encourage undergraduate engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the College of Engineering and Mines has combined programs which permit students to earn both Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering or Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degrees in an engineering discipline. These programs allow students to designate two three-credit hour courses to count for both B.S. and master’s degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and must be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

See Combined Degree Program under the College of Engineering and Mines section for additional details.

The following are the educational objectives (EO) of the B.S. in Civil Engineering program:

  • EO1 Graduates practice civil engineering, using knowledge and skills for problem analysis and solving, in a wide range of professional settings including consulting firms, government agencies and industries.
  • EO2 Graduates work mainly in the areas of engineering design, project management, construction, contract administration, technical support, and research.
  • EO3 Most graduates continue learning by participating in job related training activities, pursuing a professional engineering license, and/or attending graduate school.
  • EO4 Most graduates contribute to the economic development of North Dakota and the surrounding region.

The civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

In addition to the normal transfer credit stipulations, Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) and transfer students in Civil Engineering must complete a minimum of 22 credit hours of CE 300-level or higher engineering coursework, including the CE 482 Civil Engineering Design and CE 483 Civil Engineering Design II course sequence.


B.S. in Civil Engineering

Required 134 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The Following Curriculum:

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredits
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ENGR 101 Graphical Communication 3
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
Arts and Humanities 3
Second Semester
CE 101 Introduction to Civil Engineering and Sustainable Design 1
CHEM 122
or BIOL 150&BIOL 150L
General Chemistry II
ENGL 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences 3
MATH 166 Calculus II 4
ENGR 200 Computer Applications in Engineering 2
Arts and Humanities 3
Sophomore Year
First Semester
CE 313 General Surveying 2
CE 313L General Surveying Laboratory 1
ENGR 201 Statics 3
MATH 265 Calculus III 4
PHYS 251 University Physics I (includes lab) 4
GEOE 203
Earth Dynamics
or Introduction to Geology
Second Semester
CE 202 Civil Engineering and Sustainable Design II 1
ECON 210 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics 3
ENGR 203 Mechanics of Materials 3
MATH 266 Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 252 University Physics II (includes lab) 4
Social Science 3
Junior Year
First Semester
CE 301 Civil Engineering Laboratory I 2
CE 306 Fluid Mechanics 3
CE 351 Structural Mechanics 4
CE 412 Soil Mechanics 3
ENGR 202 Dynamics 3
PHIL 250
Ethics in Engineering and Science
or Engineering Disasters and Ethics
or Professional Integrity in Engineering
Second Semester
CE 302 Civil Engineering Laboratory II 2
CE 423 Hydraulic Engineering 3
CE 431 Environmental Engineering I 3
CE 451 Steel Design 3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Senior Year
First Semester
CE 432 Environmental Engineering II 3
CE 453 Reinforced Concrete 3
CE 421 Hydrology 3
ENGR 460 Engineering Economy 3
CE 482 Civil Engineering Design 2
Technical Elective 3
Second Semester
CE 414 Foundation Engineering 3
CE 416 Transportation Engineering 3
CE 444 Contracts and Specifications 3
CE 483 Civil Engineering Design II 2
Technical Elective 3
Social Science 3
 Total Credits134



 Students are encouraged to take ENGL 130 Composition II.


 Students are encouraged to take GEOE 203 Earth Dynamics.


CE 101. Introduction to Civil Engineering and Sustainable Design. 1 Credit.

Course will be a series of lectures, discussions and group projects concerning the practice of civil engineering and sustainable design. Topics include: scope of civil engineering practice, professional practice issues, sustainable engineering design, ethics, communication skills, project management and team working, literature searches and information gathering, and career planning. Exposure to Grand Challenges. Prerequisite: CE major or department permission. S/U grading. S.

CE 202. Civil Engineering and Sustainable Design II. 1 Credit.

Course builds on the basic functions of the Civil 3D land systems design program from ENGR 101 and includes a team project with exposure to sustainable design functions, including activities such as: utilization of waste products and demolition materials, bench-scale pilot studies, preliminary design, product development, and preliminary product testing. Combined lecture and laboratory format is used to teach research, design, and development fundamentals. Students have access to Civil 3D software through the CEM computer system. Prerequisites: CE major and ENGR 101 and either CE 101 or permission of department. S.

CE 301. Civil Engineering Laboratory I. 2 Credits.

Course involves lab experiences dealing with: 1) determining soil index properties, grain size distribution, permeability, moisture density relations, shear strength, and consolidation of soils; 2) engineering properties of concrete, asphalt, steel, and composites; and 3) design of experiments. Students perform lab work in teams and communicate results by written reports. Prerequisites: CE major, ENGR 203, and ENGL 110. Corequisites: ECON 210 and CE 412. F,SS.

CE 302. Civil Engineering Laboratory II. 2 Credits.

Course involves lab experiences dealing with: 1) fluid properties, flow measurements, open channel flow, pipe flow, and hydraulic machinery; 2) water and wastewater treatment topics such as BOD, total and suspended solids, water hardness, chlorination, alkalinity, coagulation, and jar testing; and 3) design of experiments. Students perform lab work in teams and communicate results in written reports and one oral presentation. Prerequisites: CE major, ENGR 203, and ENGL 110. Corequisites: ECON 210, CE 431, and CE 423. S,SS.

CE 306. Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Fluid properties; fluid statics and dynamics; transport theory and transport analogies, conservation of mass, energy, and momentum; dimensional analysis; boundary layer concepts; pipe flows; compressible flow; open channel flow. Prerequisites: PHYS 251 and MATH 265. F,S.

CE 313. General Surveying. 2 Credits.

Measurements of distances and angles; EDM; satellite and inertial systems; triangulation; differential leveling; horizontal curves; vertical curves; traverse surveys; U.S. public land surveys; earthwork; boundary surveys; construction surveys. Prerequisites: MATH 165. Corequisite: On campus students must take CE 313L along with this class. F.

CE 313L. General Surveying Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Course will involve laboratory assignments dealing with measurements of distances and angles; use of EDM, GPS, and automatic levels; traversing; leveling; horizontal curves; vertical curves; and topographic survey. Offered in Summer for DEDP students. Prerequisite: DEDP students must have completed CE 313. Corequisite: On-campus students must be enrolled in CE 313. F.

CE 351. Structural Mechanics. 4 Credits.

Reactions, shear and bending moment, plane and space trusses, influence lines, deflections, virtual work, energy methods, approximate analysis, consistent deformations method, slope deflection and moment distribution methods, introduction to matrix methods. Use of computer for analysis. Prerequisite: ENGR 203. F.

CE 397. Cooperative Education. 1-8 Credits.

A practical work experience with an employer closely associated with the student's academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department and employer. Repeatable to 24 credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the civil engineering program or consent of advisor. Repeatable to 24 credits. F,S,SS.

CE 412. Soil Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Course topics include principles of soil mechanics including weight-volume relationships, classification, compaction, effective stress, permeability and seepage, consolidation, shear strength, site exploration, introduction to lateral earth pressure, and slope stability. Prerequisite: ENGR 203. F.

CE 412L. Soil Mechanics Lab. 1 Credit.

CE 414. Foundation Engineering. 3 Credits.

Soil improvements and ground modifications, soil exploration and sampling, bearing capacity, spread footings, mat foundations, settlement analysis, drilled shaft and pile foundations, foundations on difficult soil. Prerequisite: CE 412. S.

CE 414L. Laboratory.

CE 416. Transportation Engineering. 3 Credits.

Transportation systems; transportation planning and future developments; computer aided design; design and analysis of transportation facilities including traffic operations, highway geometry, and pavement. Prerequisite: CE 412. S.

CE 421. Hydrology. 3 Credits.

Course topics include measurement, interpretation, analysis and application of hydrologic data; precipitation, evaporation and transpiration; runoff hydrographs; routing methods; groundwater; and snow hydrology. Computer applications. Prerequisite: CE 306. F.

CE 423. Hydraulic Engineering. 3 Credits.

Fluid statics and dynamics; open channel flow; transitions and controls; hydraulic structures; hydraulic machinery; hydraulic power conversion; and hydraulic modeling. Prerequisite: CE 306. S.

CE 423L. Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory. 1 Credit.

CE 431. Environmental Engineering I. 3 Credits.

Environmental quality, water quality modeling, water & wastewater treatment systems, sludge processing, solid wastes, hazardous wastes, environmental law. Prerequisite: CE 306. S.

CE 432. Environmental Engineering II. 3 Credits.

Water distribution networks, mass curve analysis, wastewater collection systems, pumping systems for water and wastewater, system design project, computer-assisted design, confined spaces. Prerequisite: CE 306. F.

CE 434. Environmental Engineering Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Physical, chemical and biological methods used in environmental engineering, water chemistry, instrumental methods, lab tours. On demand.

CE 435. Hazardous Waste Management. 3 Credits.

Regulations, generation, storage, transportation, disposal, classification, fate and transport of contaminants, environmental audits, pollution prevention and management facilities, remediation alternatives, physical-chemical treatment, bioremediation, stabilization/solidification, thermal processes. Prerequisites: CE 306 and CHEM 121. S.

CE 444. Contracts and Specifications. 3 Credits.

Engineering contracts and specification essentials, legal aspects of engineering practice and employment; professional practice issues; procurement of work; governmental regulation. S.

CE 451. Steel Design. 3 Credits.

Selection of sections, bolted and welded connections, trusses, bearings, lightgage structural members, fatigue of structural members and introduction to plastic design. Prerequisite: CE 351. S.

CE 453. Reinforced Concrete. 3 Credits.

Materials and specifications, axially and eccentrically loaded columns, strength beam theory, shear stresses, bond and development length, serviceability, and one-way slabs. Prerequisite: CE major and CE 351. F.

CE 482. Civil Engineering Design. 2 Credits.

This is a comprehensive design course which integrates engineering design and engineering science components of previous and ongoing coursework into a major design experience. Design projects can be in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, structures, water resources, or transportation engineering. Course activities include defining the problem, formulating project objectives, gathering background information, scheduling the project, applying design standards and realistic constraints; developing design alternatives; and evaluating design alternatives. Other topics covered include project management, effective team-working, engineering ethics, and computer aided design. Group design reports and individual oral presentations are required. Prerequisites: Two of these four: CE 451, CE 412, CE 423 and CE 431. F.

CE 483. Civil Engineering Design II. 2 Credits.

This is a comprehensive design course which integrates engineering design and engineering science components of previous and ongoing coursework into a major design experience. Design projects can be in the area of environmental, geotechnical, structures, water resources, or transportation engineering. Course activities include developing and analyzing a detailed design, preparing plans and drawings, developing design specifications, and estimating construction costs. Other topics covered include professional practice issues and computer aided design. Group design reports and individual oral presentations are required. Prerequisites: CE 482 or departmental consent. S.

CE 490. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Investigation of special topics dictated by student and faculty interests. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Department approval. Repeatable. F,S.

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