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, Materials, and Environmental Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements51
Required in the College of Engineering59
Technical Electives18
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
One of the following:3
Applied Linear Algebra
Applied Statistical Methods I c
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) b4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) b4
CHEM 122Matter and Energy b,c3
CHEM 123Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I b,c2
Total Hours51

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.


To fulfill their degree requirements, students must either take STAT 381 or CME 207.


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 Success Seminar a1
CS 109Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
CME 197Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering0
CME 201Statics3
CME 203Strength of Materials3
CME 205Structural Analysis I3
CME 211Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics3
CME 260Properties of Materials3
CME 290Engineering Surveying1
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 497Capstone Design2
One of the following:3
Financial Engineering
Engineering Probability and Economics b
ME 210Engineering Dynamics3
ME 250Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics3
or CME 297 Civil and Environmental Engineering Drawing and Design
Total Hours59

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


To fulfill their degree requirements, students must take either STAT 381 or CME 207.

Technical Electives

Select six Technical Elective courses (total of 18 hours), which can be any 400-level CME course (with faculty advisor approval) other than CME 493, CME 494, and CME 496. a18
Total Hours18

In order to apply CME 493, CME 494, or CME 496 to this requirement, a student (and the faculty advisor) must separately petition for this substitution, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Department Head must approve the request, prior to the student's enrollment in the course. These courses, if approved by the student's faculty advisor, must be taken as 3-hour courses.

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
CHEM 122 Matter and Energy 3
CHEM 123 Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I 2
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Success Seminar 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
CME 197 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering 0
ME 250
Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics
or Civil and Environmental Engineering Drawing and Design
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 Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CME 201 Statics 3
CME 207
Engineering Probability and Economics
or Financial Engineering
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
CME 290 Engineering Surveying 1
General Education Core course 3
Second Semester
CME 310 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 3
CME 311 Water Resources Engineering 3
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
CME 300 Composition and Properties of Concrete 2
CME 301 Behavior and Design of Metal Structures 3
General Education Core course 3
Senior Year
First Semester
CME 396 Civil Engineering Systems Design 2
CME 402 Geometric Design of Highway Facilities 3
CME Technical Elective I 3
CME Technical Elective II 3
CME Technical Elective III 3
Second Semester
CME 405 Foundation Analysis and Design 3
CME 497 Capstone Design 2
CME Technical Elective IV 3
CME Technical Elective V 3
CME Technical Elective VI 3
 Total Hours128

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