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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

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


Return to: Part 5: Program Descriptions

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 ~ engr.ipfw.edu


 Educational Objectives

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

The Civil Engineering Program’s 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 student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Graduates will demonstrate the understanding of basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, and in one additional area of science such as biology, geology, or geography.
  • Graduates will demonstrate 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.
  • Graduates will demonstrate 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.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to function on teams in assignments and projects, in engineering and science laboratories, and on multidisciplinary design projects.
  • Graduates will demonstrate 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.
  • Graduates will have the understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities and the ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy and leadership.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively orally through presentations, classroom participation and discussion, and in writing professional emails, memos, papers, and reports.
  • Graduates will have 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.
  • Graduates will have the recognition of 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.
  • Graduates will demonstrate 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.
  • Graduates will demonstrate 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. 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


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

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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