Undergraduate Programs

Five-Year B.S./M.S. Civil Engineering Program


The purpose of this program is to offer qualified undergraduate students an accelerated program of study leading to a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the end of five years of study. Students benefit from the efficiency of a continuous, coordinated sequence of subjects and reduced credit hour requirements. Students can receive the Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the end of the fourth year and the Master of Science in Engineering at the end of the fifth year if all requirements are met. 

General Requirements 

Application to the five year program is made during the second semester of the junior year. A minimum grade point average of 3.0, based upon the first five semesters of grades, is required for admission into the program. Applicants who satisfy the Graduate School and Civil Engineering Department admission requirements for the five year program are assigned to a graduate faculty member who acts as their program advisor. The M.S.C.E. degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours that include at least 27 hours in class and seminar study of which at least 21 hours must be at the 500 level or higher. Courses at the 400 level are designed for seniors, but may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit if written approval is given by the student's advisor. 

Special Requirements 

A student seeking a five year M.S.C.E. must choose an area of specialized study. These areas include: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental, structural engineering and transportation engineering. Programs of study in each of these areas are described in Graduate Programs.