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  Feb 23, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

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

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

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362 ~

Mission and Objectives


Our mission is to support the needs of Northeast Indiana through education, scholarship and service. We are committed to providing quality educational opportunities to both traditional and non-traditional students and seek to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue productive engineering careers. Our faculty is also dedicated to excellence in scholarship and service to the community and the profession.

Educational Objectives

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the department has adopted a set of program objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3-5 years after graduation. Our educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • are prepared for successful careers in industry, particularly to meet the needs of the Northeast Indiana region.
  • are proficient in the synthesis process, with an emphasis on product and system design.
  • are able to work as part of a team on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • exhibit a sound foundation in the mathematical, scientific and engineering fundamentals necessary to solve engineering problems and to pursue graduate study.
  • demonstrate ethical responsibility and are aware of the need for professional registration and lifelong learning.

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering and in one additional area of science such as biology or geology.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate, and solve civil engineering problems
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct experiments, interpret and analyze data, and report results
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design a civil engineering system, component, or process that meets desired specifications and requirements
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function on engineering and science laboratory teams as well as on multidisciplinary design teams
  • Graduates will use modern engineering software tools and equipment to analyze civil engineering problems and design civil engineering systems
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms
  • Graduates will have the confidence for self-education and the ability for lifelong learning. They will have a broad education to understand the impact of engineering on society and demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues

Civil engineers design, construct, manage, and improve the built environment that is all around us. They are involved in all aspects of what makes a community work: the roads, the public transit systems, the freight transit systems, the buildings, the drinking water system, and the waste water/storm water system.  They naturally get involved with city or organization planning. IPFW offers state of-the-art knowledge in all areas of civil engineering such as structures, transportation, geotechnical, construction management, and environmental engineering. 

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: 36

Area II-Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 9

Area III-The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V-Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 2

Required Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Courses Credits: 5

Technical Elective Courses Credits: 12

Special Topics

Total Credits: 128

GPA Requirement

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

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