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The Department of Civil Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. The first two years of the program apply to most other branches of engineering.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering gain four years of education credit toward obtaining a Professional Engineer license in Alaska.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission who, in addition to the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs, have completed the high school preparation curriculum listed below (or their university equivalents) with minimum grades of C will be admitted to the civil engineering program.

High School Preparation Curriculum

While in high school, students can prepare for entering and succeeding in the civil engineering program. In order to be the best prepared, students should complete the following high school curriculum with minimum grades of C:

  • Algebra - 2 years
  • Chemistry - 1 year
  • English - 3 years
  • Physics - 1 year
  • Trigonometry - 1/2 year

Students successfully completing the above curriculum will be prepared to enroll in the first year of courses that count toward the engineering degree. Students without the above preparatory curriculum will need to take equivalent university courses before taking some of the first-year courses that count toward the engineering degree. Students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisors for developing a course plan.


All undergraduate students, as a part of the mandatory advising plan of the department, must meet with their faculty advisor at least once in an academic year to review their academic progress and future course plan. It is particularly important for students to meet with their faculty advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

Academic Requirements

Any given CE or ES course may only be taken when prerequisites for the course are met with a grade of C or higher. A student who is unable to earn a minimum grade of C in a CE or ES prerequisite course may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space-available basis. Failure to earn a minimum grade of C on the second attempt may result in removal from the civil engineering program.

A student who has a semester GPA in engineering courses below 2.00 will be placed on academic warning by the College of Engineering. A student on academic warning that receives a semester GPA in engineering courses of at least 2.00 will be removed from academic warning status by the college. Otherwise, they will be removed from the civil engineering program and will not be permitted to enroll in CE and ES courses.

Graduation Requirements

CE A201Introduction to Civil Engineering 11
CE A310
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering Lab 1
CE A334
Properties of Materials
and Properties of Materials Laboratory 1
CE A341Environmental Engineering 13
CE A351Structural Analysis 13
CE A403Arctic Engineering3
CE A420Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering 13
CE A437Project Planning 11
CE A438Design of Civil Engineering Systems3
CE A461Hydraulic Analysis and Design3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
ENGR A151Introduction to Engineering 11
ES A103Engineering Graphics3
ES A209Statics 13
ES A210Dynamics 13
ES A261Introduction to Engineering Computation 13
ES A302Engineering Data Analysis 13
ES A331Mechanics of Materials 13
ES A341
Fluid Mechanics
and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
ESM A450Economic Analysis and Operations 13
GEO A155Introduction to Surveying 13
MATH A251Calculus I 14
MATH A252Calculus II 14
MATH A253Calculus III 14
MATH A302Ordinary Differential Equations 13
PHIL A305Professional Ethics3
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory 1
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory 1
or PHYS A214
Waves, Thermodynamics and Electricity
and Waves, Thermodynamics and Electricity Laboratory
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
Discipline-Specific Courses
Complete 12 credits of discipline-specific courses from the following list in the disciplines of environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources engineering. At least one course must be taken in four of the five disciplines.12
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering Design
Geotechnical Engineering
Foundation Engineering
Structural Engineering
Steel Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Transportation Engineering
Design of Highways
Water Resources Engineering
Hydrologic Analysis and Design
Basic Science Elective
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Oceanography
Principles of Ecology
Physical Geology
Environmental Geology
Technical Electives
Complete 6 credits of technical elective courses from the following list. Graduate courses may not be applied to both a baccalaureate and master degree. 26
Environmental Engineering
Aquatic Process Chemistry
Chemical and Physical Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes
Biological Treatment Processes
Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Strength and Slope Stability
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Advanced Foundation Design
Structural Engineering
Steel Design 3
Reinforced Concrete Design
Advanced Structural Analysis
Timber Design
Structural Finite Elements
Advanced Steel Design
Transportation Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Pavement Design
Highway Engineering
Traffic Modeling and Simulation
Water Resources Engineering
Surface Water Dynamics
Design of Ports and Harbors
Coastal Engineering
Sediment Transport and Coastal Processes
Ground Water Dynamics

A minimum of 132 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division

Honors in Civil Engineering

Undergraduate civil engineering students may be recognized for exceptional performance by earning departmental honors in civil engineering. In order to receive honors in civil engineering, a student must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for a BS in Civil Engineering. A minimum of 30 credits applicable to the civil engineering degree must be completed at UAA.
  • Be an active member for at least one year of both a national and an on-campus student chapter of a professional engineering society that addresses issues relevant to the civil engineering profession.
  • Have a GPA of 3.30 or higher in courses applicable to the BS in Civil Engineering.
  • Gain approval for a departmental honors design or research project prior to applying for graduation. Present an oral presentation and written report of project results eight weeks prior to scheduled graduation. The project proposal and final written report must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in or prior to the fall semester of the senior year.
  • Document a minimum of eight weeks of work experience in an engineering or engineering-related position.

Course Flow Charts

Suggested course sequences can be found on the flowcharts below.

2018/2019 BSCE Flow Chart
2017/2018 BSCE Flow Chart
2016/2017 BSCE Flow Chart
2015/2016 BSCE Flow Chart
2014/2015 BSCE Flow Chart
2013/2014 BSCE Flow Chart
2012/2013 BSCE Flow Chart
2011/2012 BSCE Flow Chart
2010/2011 BSCE Flow Chart