Academic Program

Established in 1908, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is involved in education, service and research programs covering a spectrum of activities in Civil Engineering. The Department emphasizes the areas of environmental, geotechnical, project management, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. The Department of Civil Engineering offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Areas of specialization include construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geotechnical and materials engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, remote sensing and water resources systems. Each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a faculty committee.

This Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program is designed to give graduates the breadth and depth of knowledge they need to work in the fields of civil engineering and to continue learning throughout their careers. The curriculum offers the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of expertise or explore the field more broadly.

The B.S. degree requires A total of 122 credit hours with emphasis in basic science (mathematics, chemistry, and physics), engineering science (mechanics of materials, statics, and dynamics), and basic civil engineering core courses (computations, materials, fluid mechanics, probability & statistics, and Geographic Information Systems). By the Junior year, each student chooses one of three tracks: Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, or Transportation Systems and Project Management. Each track specifies junior- and senior-level requirements. All three tracks include technical electives that may be selected from a combination of the six Civil Engineering specialties and other approved courses (The six specialty areas are: Environmental, Geotechnical, Project Management, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources). The curriculum provides a sensible blend of required courses and electives, permitting students to pursue their interests without the risk of overspecialization.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering is awarded after completion of 30 semester credits of approved work, with a minimum grade of “B” in core courses and a GPA of 3.0 in courses approved for graduate credit.

A minimum of 12 semester credits (four courses) completed at University of Maryland is required for the Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. Upon substantial completion of a program of study approved by a 5-member faculty committee, a comprehensive examination is required for admission to candidacy. At this time candidates are also expected to submit a research plan for faculty review. All Ph.D. students must pass an oral exam, administrated by a faculty committee, in defense of their dissertation.

Graduate research topics may vary and may be either experimental or analytical. The principal requirement for doctoral research is original scholarly work. Research guidance is available from the student’s faculty adviser.


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