Jul 21, 2019  
2018-2019 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Civil Engineering, BS


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Contact Information

Dr. Scott J. Kenner, P.E.
Professor and Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 122
(605) 394-1697
E-mail: Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu

Lois Arneson-Meyer
Freshmen/ Sophomore Advisor, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 121
(605) 394-2446
E-mail: Lois.Arneson-Meyer@sdsmt.edu

A full description of the Civil and environmental Engineering program can be found on the program information page  and on the department web site.

Civil Engineering Curriculum/Checklist


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a BS degree in Civil Engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone +1.410.347.7700.  The civil and environmental engineering curriculum includes courses in the liberal arts, higher mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and engineering design. Civil and environmental engineers often work on interdisciplinary teams to solve complex system design problems, so a broad background in engineering fundamentals and the natural sciences is essential.  Students will take courses in environmental, geotechnical, water resources, structures, construction, and sustainable engineering. Students interested in emphasizing environmental engineering may follow a curriculum specifically tailored to this important sub-disciplinary area which includes alternative courses in chemistry and biological sciences and chemical engineering.

In the senior year, a capstone design course allows students to work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop alternative solutions, incorporate sustainable design principles, perform feasibility and economic analyses, and create detailed designs.  The capstone design experience culminates with a formal final written report and a presentation to the faculty and student peers. 

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.  Other advising information is available through the department.

Students pursuing a traditional civil engineering education will follow the CE General curriculum, students emphasizing environmental engineering will follow the CE ENVE curriculum.  The curriculum below identifies semester by semester a) courses required for both CE General and CE ENVE Emphasis, b) CE General only course work and c) CE ENVE only course work.  The total credit hours for each semester identifies the CE General/CE ENVE totals, respectively.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Total: 16/16

Second Semester


Total: 18/17

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 16/18

Second Semester


Total: 18/18

Junior Year


First Semester


Total: 15/15

Second Semester


Total: 15/15

Senior Year


First Semester


Total: 17/16

Second Semester


Total: 15/15

130 credits required for graduation


Curriculum Notes


1 Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requiements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

2 Students must earn a “C” or better in the following courses to advance in the program: MATH 123 EM 214 EM 321 EM 331 CEE 326 CEE 336/336L CEE 346/346L CEE 353 .

3The civil engineering undergraduate curriculum includes 12 credit hours of Department Approved Electives (15 credit hours for the ENVE Emphasis) that students may use to gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area to meet their individual career goals. Students may participate in undergraduate research or scholarship, which may include international design projects or cooperative education. See list below for further detail on department approved electives. Students must apply for the cooperative education program prior to starting work. For more information about the cooperative education program, contact Dr. Scott Kenner (Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu).

  • At least 9 credits of CEE 400-level or above coursework not applied to another CEE graduation requirement.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of CEE 498  (Undergraduate Research/Scholarship), CEE 491  (Independent Study) or CP 297/397/497  (Cooperative Education); not more than 3 credits may be CEE 491 or CP 497.
  • Up to 3 credit hours of 300, 400, 500, or 600 level courses in engineering, science, math or computer science not applied to another CEE graduation requirement. 

4 Prerequisites for CEE 489  are: CEE 326 CEE 336/336L , and CEE 346/346L  all with a “C” or better.

5 Basic sciences are defined as biological, chemical and physical sciences.  A list of applicable basic science electives can be found at Basic science electives 

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