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.

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 grades of C or better 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 grades of C or better:

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 grade of C or better 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 grade of C or better 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, he or she will be removed from the civil engineering program and will not be permitted to enroll in CE and ES courses.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00:
CE A201Introduction to Civil Engineering1
CE A310
Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
and Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering Lab
CE A334
Properties of Materials
and Properties of Materials Laboratory *
CE A341Environmental Engineering3
CE A351Structural Analysis3
CE A403Arctic Engineering3
CE A420Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering 3
CE A437Project Planning *1
CE A438Design of Civil Engineering Systems3
CE A461Hydraulic Analysis and Design3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory *
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory *
ENGR A151Introduction to Engineering *1
ES A103Engineering Graphics3
ES A209Statics *3
ES A210Dynamics *3
ES A261Introduction to Engineering Computation3
ES A302Engineering Data Analysis *3
ES A331Mechanics of Materials *3
ES A341
Fluid Mechanics
and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory *
ESM A450Economic Analysis and Operations *3
GEO A155Introduction to Surveying *3
MATH A251Calculus I *4
MATH A252Calculus II *4
MATH A253Calculus III *4
MATH A302Ordinary Differential Equations *3
PHIL A305Professional Ethics3
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory *
General Physics II
and General Physics II 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
Fundamentals of 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’s degree. **6
Environmental Engineering
Aquatic Process Chemistry
Chemical and Physical Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes
Biological Treatment Processes
Advanced Unit Processes
Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Strength and Slope Stability
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Advanced Foundation Design
Structural Engineering
Steel Design ***
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
Waves, Tides, and Ocean Processes for Engineers
Total Credits114

Must be completed with a minimum grade of C.


Students are encouraged to take 6 credits from a single subdiscipline.


Either CE A432 or CE A433 may be chosen as a technical elective if not applied to satisfy the requirements described above.

A total of 132 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division (300-, 400- or 600-level).

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Have a GPA of 3.30 or higher in courses applicable to the BS in Civil Engineering.
  4. 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 Civil Engineering Department.
  5. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in or prior to the fall semester of the senior year.
  6. Document a minimum of eight weeks work experience in an engineering or engineering-related position.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science 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.

Course Flow Charts

Suggested course sequences can be found on the flowcharts below.

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