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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

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Program: B.S.C.E.
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 321 ~ 260-481-6965 ~ ipfw.edu/engineering/

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Civil Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3-5 years after graduation.

The Civil Engineering program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Function and communicate effectively to solve technical problems.
  • Advance professionally to roles of greater civil engineering responsibilities, and/or by transitioning into leadership position in business, government, and/or education.
  • Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), continuing education, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure or other professional development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities.

The graduates from the Civil Engineering Program will demonstrate that they have:

  • the understanding of basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, and in one additional area of science such as biology, geology, or geography.
  • the ability to design and conduct experiments, interpret and analyze data, and report results in the areas of fluid mechanics, civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering design, and other related areas.
  • the ability to design a civil engineering system, component, or process that meets desired specifications and requirements including but not limited to technical functions, safety, quality control, time, and cost.
  • the ability to function on teams in assignments and projects, in engineering and science laboratories, and on multidisciplinary design projects.
  • the ability to identify, formulate, and/or solve civil engineering problems in major civil engineering areas including: construction management, environmental engineering, geomatics, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, materials, transportation engineering, and hydraulics engineering.
  • the understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities and the ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership.
  • the ability to communicate effectively orally through presentations, classroom participation and discussion, and in writing professional emails, memos, papers, and reports.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context and to understand the community needs by participating in community activities, conducting research, or designing a project.
  • the recognition of the need for post graduate education/learning and professional licensure, and the ability to engage in life-long learning activities including but not limited to admittance to graduate school, taking the FE exam, getting certifications, and participating in research activities.
  • a knowledge of and exposure to contemporary issues in classroom materials and discussions, projects, papers, articles, presentations, field visits, reading news articles, attending workshops, seminars/webinars, and/or in local, national, global, and professional news briefs such as the ASCE SmartBrief.
  • the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering software tools and equipment necessary to analyze civil engineering problems and design civil engineering systems. 

 Civil engineers design, construct, manage, and improve the built environment that is all around us. IPFW offers a four-year civil engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The program is designed to give students a broad exposure to all areas of engineering; to develop a sound understanding of the science that underlies civil engineering; and to foster students’ creativity and professional skills through design and project work.

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. IPFW delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.

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

Degree Requirements

To earn the B.S.C.E. at IPFW, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (see Part 4) ; you must also complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 37

General Education Requirments for Civil Engineering

Department of Engineering- General Education Courses
Category B5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing   Category B6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
ANTH E105 - Culture and Society   CLAS C205 - Classical Mythology 
ANTH L200 - Language and Culture   COM 24800 - Introduction to Media Criticism and Analysis 
COM 25000 - Mass Communication and Society   ENG L101 - Western World Masterpieces I
COM 30300 - Intercultural Communication    ENG L102 - Western World Masterpieces II
CDFS 25500 - Introduction to Couple and Family Relationships   ENG L202 - Literary Interpretation 
ECON E200 - Fundamentals of Economics   ENG L250 - American Literature Before 1865 
GERN G231 - Introduction to Gerontology   ENG L251 - American Literature Since 1865 
IET 10500 - Industrial Management    FILM K101 - Introduction to Film 
LING L103 - Introduction to the Study of Language    FINA H101 - Art Appreciation 
OLS 25200 - Human Relations in Organizations   FINA H111 - History Of Art I: Prehistoric To Medieval 
OLS 26800 - Elements of Law    FINA H112 - History Of Art II: Renaissance To Contemporary 
POLS Y101 - Introduction to Political Science   GER E371 - Special Topics In Germanic Studies
POLS Y103 - Introduction to American Politics    HIST H105 - American History I 
POLS Y107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics    HIST H106 - American History II 
POLS Y109 - Introduction to International Relations    HIST H113 - History of Western Civilization I 
POLS Y212 - Making Democracy Work   HIST H114 - History of Western Civilization II 
POLS Y252 - Sports and Public Policy   HIST H201 - Russian Civilization I-II 
POLS Y301 - Political Parties and Interest Groups   HIST H232 - The World in the 20th Century 
POLS Y319 - The United States Congress   MUS Z105 - Traditions in World Music 
PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology   PHIL 11000 - Introduction to Philosophy 
PSY 23500 - Child Psychology   PHIL 11100 - Ethics 
PSY 24000 - Introduction to Social Psychology   PHIL 30100 - History of Ancient Philosophy 
PSY 33500 - Stereotyping and Prejudice    PHIL 30300 - History of Modern Philosophy 
PSY 35000 - Abnormal Psychology    PHIL 30200 - History of Medieval Philosophy 
PSY 36900 - Development Across the Lifespan    PHIL 30400 - 19th Century Philosophy 
SOC S161 - Principles of Sociology    PHIL 31200 - Medical Ethics 
SOC S163 - Social Problems    REL 23000 - Religions of the East 
SOC S317 - Social Stratification    REL 23100 - Religions of the West 
SOC S325 - Criminology    REL 30100 - Islam 
SOC S360 - Topics in Social Policy    SPAN S275 - Hispanic Culture and Conversation 
WOST W210 - Introduction to Women’s Studies    THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation 
    WOST W225 - Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture 
Category B7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing *   Category B7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing*
ANTH B426 - Human Osteology    JOUR J210 - Visual Communication 
ANTH P370 - Ancient Cultures of South America    LGBT 20000 - Introduction to Scholarship on LGBT Issues 
ANTH P421 - Moche Archaeology Seminar    LING L360 - Language in Society 
ARET 12300 - Digital Graphics For Built Environment I   MUS L153 - Introduction to Music Therapy 
ARET 21000 - Architecture and Urban Form    MUS Z140 - Introduction to Musical Expression 
ARET 22300 - Digital Graphics for Built Environment II   NELC A100 - Elementary Arabic I 
ARET 22500 - Creative House Design    NELC A150 - Elementary Arabic II 
ARET 31000 - Arch. and Urban Form in the Modern World    OLS 45400 - Gender and Diversity in Management 
ASTR 36400 - Stars And Galaxies    PACS P200 - Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
BUS W100 - Principles of Business Administration    PHIL 12000 - Critical Thinking 
CS 11200 - Survey of Computer Science    PHIL 15000 - Principles of Logic 
DANC 39000 - Introduction To Dance    PHIL 27500 - The Philosophy of Art 
EALC C101 - Elementary Chinese I    PHIL 35100 - Philosophy of Science 
EALC C102 - Elementary Chinese II    PHIL 35200 - Topics in the History and Philosophy of Science 
EALC J101 - Elementary Japanese I    PHIL 43500 - Philosophy of Mind 
EALC J102 - Elementary Japanese II    PHIL 46500 - Philosophy of Language 
ENG R190 - Rhetorical Reading    PHYS 13600 - Chaos and Fractals 
ENG W103 - Introductory Creative Writing    PHYS 30200 - Puzzles, Strategy Games, and Problem Solving
ENG W203 - Creative Writing    POLS Y275 - Politics and Film
FINA N108 - Introduction to Drawing for Nonmajors    POLS Y285 - Science and Politics
FINA S165 - Ceramics for Nonmajors    PSY 42600 - Language Development 
FINA S239 - Painting for Nonmajors    PSY 44400 - Human Sexual Behavior 
FNN 40300 - Advanced Nutrition: Food from Farm to Fork   REL 11200 - Religion and Culture 
FREN F111 - Elementary French I    REL 30000 - Religions of the Ancient World
FREN F112 - Elementary French II    SOC S109 - Community and the Built Environment 
GEOG G315 - Environmental Conservation    SOC S314 - Social Aspects of Health and Medicine 
GEOL G300 - Environmental and Urban Geology    SPAN S111 - Elementary Spanish I 
GEOL G305 - Geologic Fundamentals in Earth Science    SPAN S112 - Elementary Spanish II 
GER G111 - Elementary German I    SPAN S113 - Accelerated First Year Spanish 
GER G112 - Elementary German II    THTR 13400 - Fundamentals of Performance 
INTL I200 - Introduction to International Studies   THTR 32510 - History of Modern Drama
INTR 33000 - Culture and Design: A Cross-Culture Comp. of Arch.   WOST W240 - Topics in Feminism 
* Civil Engineering students should consult with their advisor before taking courses from Competency B.7.

Technical Elective Courses Credits: 12

Special Topics

Total Credits: 123

GPA Requirement

All engineering and technical elective courses must have a combined minimum GPA of 2.0.

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