BS in Civil Engineering

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

All students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE Exam) by graduation.

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements55
Required in the College of Engineering64
Technical Electives9
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course a3
Understanding the Creative Arts course a3
Understanding the Past course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a3
Understanding U.S. Society course a3
MATH 180Calculus I b4
MATH 181Calculus II b4
MATH 210Calculus III b3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 310Applied Linear Algebra3
or STAT 381 Applied Statistical Methods I
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) b4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b4
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture b,c4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I b,c1
Select one of the following:4
Global Environmental Change b
Earth, Energy, and the Environment b
Total Hours55

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.


This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123.

Required in the College of Engineering

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
CS 109C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
CME 201Statics3
CME 203Strength of Materials3
CME 205Structural Analysis I3
CME 211Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics3
CME 260Properties of Materials3
CME 300Composition and Properties of Concrete2
CME 301Behavior and Design of Metal Structures3
CME 302Transportation Engineering3
CME 310Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures3
CME 311Water Resources Engineering3
CME 315Soil Mechanics and Laboratory4
CME 322Environmental Engineering3
CME 396Civil Engineering Systems Design2
CME 402Geometric Design of Highway Facilities3
CME 405Foundation Analysis and Design3
CME 434Finite Element Analysis I3
CME 497Capstone Design2
IE 201Financial Engineering3
ME 210Engineering Dynamics3
ME 250Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics3
ECE 210Electrical Circuit Analysis3
or ME 205 Introduction to Thermodynamics
Total Hours64

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

Technical Electives

Select at least two of the following to strengthen the design content:6
Advanced Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Advanced Design of Metal Structures
Hydraulic Design
Bridge Design
Traffic Engineering and Design
Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures
Design of Wood Structures
Design of Masonry Structures
Environmental Geotechnology
Water Treatment Design
Wastewater Treatment Design
Environmental Remediation Engineering
Engineering Hydrology
Structural Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings
Additional 400-level CME courses (except CME 493 and CME 496), including any of the courses listed above. CME 494 (Special Topics in Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Materials) may be used under some circumstances only after receiving PRIOR departmental approval.3
Total Hours9

Note: Students who are interested in taking the Illinois Structural Engineering Licensure Examination must take two courses in the structural design area. This statement is not a degree requirement and the availability of the structural design courses varies from time to time.

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
Second Semester
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ME 250 Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics 3
General Education Core course 3
Sophomore Year
First Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
CS 109 C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CME 201 Statics 3
IE 201 Financial Engineering 3
Second Semester
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MATH 310
Applied Linear Algebra
or Applied Statistical Methods I
CME 203 Strength of Materials 3
ME 210 Engineering Dynamics 3
CME 211 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics 3
General Education Core course 3
Junior Year
First Semester
CME 205 Structural Analysis I 3
CME 302 Transportation Engineering 3
CME 315 Soil Mechanics and Laboratory 4
CME 322 Environmental Engineering 3
EAES 101
Global Environmental Change
or Earth, Energy, and the Environment
Second Semester
CME 310 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
CME 311 Water Resources Engineering 3
ME 205
Introduction to Thermodynamics
or Electrical Circuit Analysis
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
CME 300 Composition and Properties of Concrete 2
General Education Core course 3
Senior Year
First Semester
CME 301 Behavior and Design of Metal Structures 3
CME 396 Civil Engineering Systems Design 2
CME 434 Finite Element Analysis I 3
CME Technical Elective I 3
CME Technical Elective II 3
Second Semester
CME 402 Geometric Design of Highway Facilities 3
CME 405 Foundation Analysis and Design 3
CME 497 Capstone Design 2
CME Technical Elective III 3
General Education Core course 3
 Total Hours128

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.