Every student is assigned an advising faculty member who is available to guide students in planning of their academic schedule which meets their educational and professional goals. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least once a year before registering for classes. The student and advisor review the students academic progress and make sure that the chosen educational path still meets their needs. The faculty advise all undergraduate civil engineering students in order to ensure that they are as successful as they can be.
The Civil Engineering curriculum is designed to give students a thorough mathematical and scientific background in all of the subdivisions of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on his/her chosen subdivision through technical electives.
Twelve credits of the curriculum are available for technical electives. Students are required to choose three technical electives from the five major areas, while at the same time satisfying the ABET design requirement. All Civil Engineering students must take a capstone design course, CE 489, which is designed to bring concepts learned in different courses to culminate in a major design experience.
Students interested in structural engineering may choose courses like finite element analysis, advanced reinforced concrete, advanced steel design, timber design, pre-stressed concrete, foundation engineering, and dynamics of structures.
Students interested in water resources, sanitary, or environmental engineering may choose courses like solid waste management, applied hydraulics and hydrology, ground water and seepage, water and wastewater laboratory practices, properties of open channels, hazardous waste management, water quality management, and sanitary engineering problems.
Students interested in transportation engineering may choose courses like transportation planning, airport planning and design, railway planning and design, geometric highway design, or traffic engineering and pavement design.
Students interested in geotechnical engineering may choose courses in foundation engineering, earth slopes, and geosynthetics.
The curriculum includes a core of social humanistic subjects to provide the student with a background essential to a proper understanding of the role of engineering in society.
Students in Civil Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Education program to enhance their classroom education with practical experience in engineering-related positions in industry.
Students transferring into Civil Engineering from other departments or institutions are encouraged to do so no later than the beginning of the junior year if they wish to complete the degree requirements within two academic years.
All Civil Engineering students at NDSU are required to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 and have received a grade of "C" or better in Math 165, 166, 128, 259, 266; ME 221, 222, 223; and all prerequisites in sequence for these courses, before enrolling in any civil engineering courses that utilize these courses as prerequisites.
Graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in specialized fields. For more complete details, see the Graduate Bulletin online.