Apr 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

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/cme

Civil Engineering Educational Objectives

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.

Civil Engineering Program Outcomes

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, economic, environmental, 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.  In addition to coursework, the department supports and encourage student participation in undergraduate research, co-op and internships, and several very active student organizations.

The civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

In its recently (2017) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News & World Report deemed the engineering programs at IPFW to be among the best in the country.

Degree Requirements

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

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 34

General Education Plan for Civil Engineering Program


A student must earn a grade of C- or better in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements. A student must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all general education courses. Students in the civil engineering program will satisfy the IPFW General Education Requirements in the following manner:




Credit Hours



ENG W131 Elementary Composition




COM 114 Fundamentals of Speech




MA 165 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I




CHM 115 General Chemistry I

PHYS 152 Mechanics





Select one course from list of approved courses, all Competency 5 outcomes must be met

ANTH E105 - Culture and Society

ANTH L200 - Language and Culture

COM 25000 - Mass Communication and Society **

COM 30300 - Intercultural Communication

CDFS 25500 - Intro. to Couple & Family Relation.

ECON E200 - Fundamentals of Economics **

GERN G231 - Introduction to Gerontology

IET 10500 - Industrial Management **

LING L103 - Introduction to the Study of Language

OLS 25200 - Human Relations in Organizations

OLS 26800 - Elements of Law **

POLS Y101 - Introduction to Political Science **

POLS Y103 - Introduction to American Politics

POLS Y107 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

POLS Y109 - Introduction to International Relations

POLS Y212 - Making Democracy Work

POLS Y252 - Sports and Public Policy

POLS Y301 - Political Parties and Interest Groups

POLS Y319 - The United States Congress

PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology **

PSY 23500 - Child Psychology

PSY 24000 - Introduction to Social Psychology

PSY 33500 - Stereotyping and Prejudice

PSY 35000 - Abnormal Psychology

PSY 36900 - Development Across the Lifespan

SOC S161 - Principles of Sociology **

SOC S163 - Social Problems

SOC S317 - Social Stratification

SOC S325 - Criminology

SOC S360 - Topics in Social Policy

WOST W210 - Introduction to Women’s Studies




Select one course from list of approved courses, all Competency 6 outcomes must be met

COM 24800 - Introduction to Media Criticism & Analysis

ENG L101 - Western World Masterpieces I

ENG L202 - Literary Interpretation

ENG L250 - American Literature Before 1865

ENG L251 - American Literature Since 1865

FILM K101 - Introduction to Film

FINA H101 - Art Appreciation **

FINA H111 - History Of Art I: Prehistoric To Medieval

FINA H112 - History Of Art II

GER E371 - Special Topics In Germanic Studies

HIST H201 - Russian Civilization I-II

HIST H105 - American History I

HIST H106 - American History II

HIST H113 - History of Western Civilization I

HIST H114 - History of Western Civilization II

HIST H232 - The World in the 20th Century

MUS Z105 - Traditions in World Music

PHIL 11000 - Introduction to Philosophy **

PHIL 11100 - Ethics **

PHIL 30100 - History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 30200 - History of Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 30300 - History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 30400 - 19th Century Philosophy

PHIL 31200 - Medical Ethics **

REL 23000 - Religions of the East

REL 23100 - Religions of the West

REL 30100 - Islam

SPAN S275 - Hispanic Culture and Conversation

THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation **




Select one course from list of approved courses

ARET 21000- Architecture and Urban Form **

ENG W103- Introductory Creative Writing **

ENG W203- Creative Writing **

GEOG G315- Environmental Conservation **

GEOL G300- Environmental and Urban Geology**

GEOL G305- Geologic Fund. in Earth Science **

MUS L153- Introduction to Music Therapy

OLS 45400- Gender and Diversity in Management

PHIL 12000- Critical Thinking **

PHIL 15000- Principles of Logic **

PHIL 27500- The Philosophy of Art

PHYS 13600- Chaos and Fractals

PHYS 30200- Puzzles, Games, & Prob. Solving **

SOC S109- Community and the Built Environment

SOC S314- Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

SPAN S111- Elementary Spanish I

SPAN S112- Elementary Spanish II

SPAN S113- Accelerated First Year Spanish

THTR 13400- Fundamentals of Performance

**PHYS 25100 is not accepted as a B7 General Elective Course**



4 (or) 7

Select one course from approved science elective courses

BIOL 10000- Introduction to the Biological World (B4)

BIOL 30400- Major Ideas in Biology (B4)

GEOL G100- General Geology (B4)

GEOG G107- Physical Systems of the Environment (B4)

FNR 103- Intro to Environmental Conservation (B4)

GEOG G315- Environmental Conservation (B7)

GEOL G300- Environmental and Urban Geology (B7)

GEOL G305- Geologic Fund. in Earth Science (B7)




Senior Design I (CE 487)




Total  Credit Hours =



1) This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirement.

2) This list of CE approved courses is posted at www.ipfw.edu/cme.

** Recommended courses for Civil Engineering students.

Technical Elective Courses Credits: 12

Students must select 12 credit hours from the following sections. Students may choose from different areas.

A maximum of two courses can be taken from non-civil engineering courses. 

Other courses may be approved with the consent of the advisor with consultation with the civil engineering curriculum committee

Total Credits: 123

GPA Requirement

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

For latest information please visit www.ipfw.edu/cme.

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