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2017-2018 USC Lancaster Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Dec 11, 2018
2017-2018 USC Lancaster Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Civil Engineering, B.S.E.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Students will explain basic concepts in management, business and public policy.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Students will recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning, and explain the importance of professional licensure 
  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Students will explain basic concepts in leadership. 

Degree Requirements (130-142 hours)

  1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)
  2. Other General Requirements (17 hours)
  3. Lower Division Engineering (18 hours)
  4. Civil Engineering Major (26 hours)
  5. Electives (35 hours)

1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)

CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 hours)

ARP: Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (8 hours)

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for AIU

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours)

  • Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for GHS

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding - Social Sciences (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for GSS

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 Hours)

Choose from:

VSR: Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (0-3 hours)

Choose from:

    INF: Information Literacy (0-3 hours)

    • USC ENGL 102  or any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core INF course

    4. Civil Engineering Major (26 hours)

    5. Electives (35 hours)

    ECIV Laboratory Courses (2 hours)

    Select two of the following:

      ECIV Distribution Courses (12 hours)

      One course from four of the following five areas:

      Environmental Engineering

      • ECIV 551 - Elements of Water and Wastewater Treatment  
      • ECIV 555 - Principles of Municipal Solid Waste Engineering  
      • ECIV 556 - Air Pollution Control Engineering  
      • ECIV 557 - Sustainable Construction for Engineers  
      • ECIV 558 - Environmental Engineering Process Modeling   

      Structural Engineering

      • ECIV 325 - Structural Steel Design  
      • ECIV 327 - Reinforced Concrete Design   

      Transportation Engineering

      • ECIV 540 - Transportation Systems Planning  
      • ECIV 541 - Highway Design  
      • ECIV 542 - Traffic Engineering  
      • ECIV 580 - Railway Engineering I  

      Geotechnical Engineering

      • ECIV 530 - Foundation Analysis and Design  

      Water Resources Engineering

      • ECIV 560 - Open Channel Hydraulics  
      • ECIV 562 - Engineering Hydrology  
      • ECIV 563 - Subsurface Hydrology  

      ECIV Elective Courses (12 hours)

      Four ECIV electives chosen from additional ECIV courses numbered 300 and above.

      Engineering, Science, or Mathematics (ESM) Electives (6 hours)

      • Additional ECIV courses from the Distribution and Elective categories
      • ENCP 290  or above (not 310 or 360)
      • ECHE 310  and above
      • ELCT above 201
      • EMCH 290  or above (not 310 or 360)
      • CSCE 211  and above
      • PHYS above 212
      • GEOG 563 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems  
      • GEOL 300 or above
      • BIOL 101 - Biological Principles I  
      • BIOL 102 - Biological Principles II  
      • BIOL 110 - General Biology  
      • BIOL 250 - Microbiology  
      • BIOL 300 and above
      • MSCI 300 and above
      • CHEM above 112
      • MATH 521 - Boundary Value Problems and Partial Differential Equations  
      • MATH 544 - Linear Algebra  
      • MATH 550 - Vector Analysis  
      • STAT 511 - Probability  
      • NAVY 201 - Naval Ships Systems I  
      • NAVY 202 - Naval Ships Systems II  
      • NAVY 301 - Navigation/Naval Operations I  
      • ENVR 501 - Special Topics in the Environment  

      Academic Standards

      Entrance Requirements

      See College of Engineering and Computing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

      Major GPA

      Major GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing  section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Major GPA for the Civil Engineering B.S.E. program: all Civil Engineering Lower Division courses, all Civil Engineering Major courses and all courses used to satisfy a ECIV Laboratory Elective, ECIV Distribution Elective, and ECIV Elective.

      Professional Development Requirement

      This requirement is satisfied by completing one or more program-accepted Carolina Core courses for CMS and VSR, by ENGL 462 , ENGL 463 , PHIL 323 , PHIL 324 , or SPCH 230 .