OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 129
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: 2.0 average in all CIE courses.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: CIE 411, 413
Contact Information: Bill Davids, Professor and Chair, 5711 Boardman Hall, Room 105, Tel: (207) 581-2170, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Civil and environmental engineers are primarily responsible for planning, designing, and constructing facilities to serve society, all providing for the health and safety of its citizens. These facilities include highways and railroads, bridges and tunnels, airports and harbors, hydroelectric dams and power plants, irrigation and flood control projects, and the foundations and frames of buildings. Environmental engineers plan and design water purification plants, pollution control facilities, and other environmental protection projects. An engineer may specialize in one of these areas and may further specialize in a particular function such as design, management, or construction. Our programs educational objectives prepare graduates to:
- Practice the disciplines of transportation, environmental, structural, water resources, and geotechnical engineering, and/or related fields.
- Engage in advanced education, research, and development.
- Pursue continuing education and professional licensure.
- Promote and advance public health and safety, and enhance quality of life.
- Act in a responsible, professional, and ethical manner.
More information about the department and the program can be found on our web site.
The multifaceted nature of this society-serving profession dictates that civil engineers have proficiency in five areas: structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and transportation engineering. To achieve that objective, students need to be proficient in mathematics through differential equations; probability and statistics; calculus-based physics; and general chemistry. The ability to conduct laboratory experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data in more than one of the four above-mentioned major areas is emphasized throughout the program. Design is integrated throughout the professional component of the curriculum by means of design experiences and by functioning on multidisciplinary teams.
Since civil and environmental engineering is a societal profession, our engineers may also be faced with economic, ethical, political, social, and legal issues. Moreover, civil engineers must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Therefore, societal issues and communication skills are emphasized in our civil and environmental engineering courses. Moreover, the curriculum provides for Human Values and Social Context courses, including ethics, writing and public speaking. A two-course senior capstone course sequence, taken in the senior year, provides students the opportunity to apply their education to a realistic civil engineering project, while gaining understanding of professional practice issues.
Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 129 credits at an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 in Civil Engineering courses.
The program in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The program currently grants 50-60 BS degrees per year, and our present undergraduate enrollment is about 270 students. Annual student enrollment data can be found at https://umaine.edu/oir/majors-report/, and information on degrees granted is posted at https://umaine.edu/oir/degrees-conferred/.
Cooperative Work Experience Program Option
Students who are engaged in engineering related summer jobs under the direction of the department’s co-op coordinator can earn three credits of technical elective through the cooperative education program of the department.
Civil and environmental engineers work in consulting firms, construction, manufacturing industries such as paper, chemical, and ship building in the engineering offices of cities and towns, for government agencies and in private practice.
The department offers PaCEsetter Scholarships for outstanding first-year students majoring in civil and environmental engineering. In addition, students can apply for college and departmental scholarships through the College of Engineering and departmental scholarships through the department.
Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Civil Engineering
The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is outlined below. Copies can also be obtained in the Civil and Environmental Engineering office with detailed explanation of the requirements. This program can be adapted to a student’s special scheduling needs in consultation with an academic advisor.
First Year - First Semester
First Year - Second Semester
Second Year - First Semester
Second Year - Second Semester
Third Year - First Semester
Third Year - Second Semester
Fourth Year - First Semester
Fourth Year - Second Semester
Concentrations may be completed in Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. Students desiring a concentration must declare it with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department before the start of their final semester. To earn a concentration, a student must complete three 400-level electives with a grade of C or better in the concentration area as defined below.
Water Resources Engineering
Explanation of Requirements - footnotes
1. Students are assisted by faculty advisors in developing an elective program to meet their individual needs within the University’s general education requirements. While most of the general education requirements are automatically met with a civil engineering degree, a student is required to select an additional 15 credit hours of electives to help meet the 18 credit hour “Human Values and Social Context” requirement (the required CMJ 103 satisfies the other three credit hours). Courses used for credit as an Approved Science Elective or Technical Elective cannot be used for credit in the Human Values and Social Contexts area, but can be used to fulfill HVSC sub-categories such as Population and the Environment.
2. General education requirements mandate two writing intensive courses. CIE 225 and CIE 413 are designated as writing intensive courses within the CIE major, while ECP 411 meets the outside the major writing intensive course. NOTE: CIE 225 must be taken concurrently with ECP 225 and CIE 413 must be taken concurrently with ECP 413 for CIE 225 and CIE 413 to count as writing intensive courses.
3. Civil Engineering and technical electives must be a minimum of 21 credit hours with no more than two technical elective courses. Civil engineering electives are advanced (400 or 500 level) civil engineering courses. The technical elective is an advanced Civil Engineering course or CIE 394 Civil Engineering Practice or other advanced level engineering, science, or mathematics course relevant to Civil Engineering. A list of technical electives is available in the department and undergraduate student guide.
4. An additional requirement of the CIE Electives is that students take a CIE elective course in three of the five civil engineering subdisciplines: Transportation (CIE 42X), Environmental (CIE 43X), Structural (CIE44X), Water Resources (CIE 45X), and Geotechnical (CIE 46X).
5. Three credits of approved engineering science electives, usually in mechanical or electrical engineering, are required. Civil Engineering courses cannot be used for these three specific credit hours. Typical courses taken are MEE 230 Thermodynamics I, MEE 270 Dynamics, ECE 209 Fundamentals of Electric Circuits.
6. CIE 413 must be taken in the Fall semester immediately preceding CIE 411.
7. Courses that will satisfy the Approved Science Elective are: BIO 100 Basic Biology, ERS 101 Introduction to Geology, ERS 102 Environmental Geology of Maine, SMS 302/303 Oceanography, and EES 140/141 Soil Science.
Sixteen credit hours of engineering design courses are required. Eleven hours are earned in the required courses. At least five additional design credits must be included in the electives selected by the student. The College of Engineering only allows seniors whose “advancement in the field will permit their taking a graduate level course among graduate students without disadvantage to themselves” to take 500-level courses.The design content of CIE electives are as follows:
Engineering Science and Design Content of Departmental Electives
Course Engineering Design Engineering Science Subject Area
CIE 394 1-3 0 —-
CIE 424 2 1 Transportation
CIE 425 1 2 Transportation
CIE 426 3 0 Transportation
CIE 427 1 0 Transportation
CIE 428 3 1 Transportation
CIE 430 3 1 Environmental
CIE 431 3 1 Environmental
CIE 432 4 0 Environmental
CIE 434 4 0 Environmental
CIE 439 0 3 Environmental
CIE 440 0 4 Structures
CIE 442 4 0 Structures
CIE 443 4 0 Structures
CIE 450 1 2 Water Resources
CIE 455 1 2 Water Resources
CIE 456 1 2 Water Resources
CIE 460 3 0 Geotechnical
CIE 533 0 3 Environmental
CIE 534 0 3 Environmental
CIE 537 0 3 Environmental
CIE 540 0 3 Structures
CIE 543 2 1 Structures
CIE 544 4 0 Structures
CIE 545 0 3 Structures
CIE 547 3 0 Structures
CIE 548 3 0 Structures
CIE 549 0 3 Structures
CIE 556 1 2 Water Resources
CIE 562 3 0 Geotechnical
CIE 563 1 1 Geotechnical
CIE 564 3 0 Geotechnical
CIE 565 3 0 Geotechnical
CIE 566 3 0 Geotechnical
CIE 567 3 0 Geotechnical